Nintendo Switch, Nintendo Switch Lite and Nintendo Switch OLED users are surprised with a new and improved Nintendo eShop feature. The Nintendo eShop has a notorious reputation for being bare bones and not very user-friendly. Unless you know exactly what game you want to buy from Nintendo eShop, it’s often tedious to use. And it’s been that way since the Switch was released in 2017, with minimal improvement since then. That said, there was some progress this week as Nintendo made it easier to sort search results.
Until the update, searching the Nintendo eShop gave you a single column of results. Post the update, two columns are displayed at once. This may seem like a small improvement, and it is, but it’s one that Nintendo Switch owners have been asking for and it’s one that will save users a lot of time looking for games on the digital store.
Unfortunately, this doesn’t fix other issues such as the incredible amount of shovelware on the console or the input lag, both of which make searching for games in the digital store more difficult and longer. In other words, this upgrade doesn’t revolutionize the experience, but it does bring the digital storefront a wee bit closer to PSN and the Xbox store in terms of functionality, and beggars can’t be pickers, of course. It is an improvement of the Nintendo eShop, which needs many more improvements and rarely gets those improvements.
What also remains to be seen is whether this feature will be brought forward. Nintendo has a frustrating habit of falling back every time it releases a new system, throwing away years of improvement and refinement in the process.
As for why Nintendo didn’t highlight this change, we don’t know, but it means there may have been more changes and improvements that haven’t been discovered yet. That said, if anything else is discovered, we’ll let you know. In the meantime, click here to learn more about not just the Nintendo Switch, but all things under the Nintendo umbrella.