Why Can't We Pre-Order and Pre-Download Games on Nintendo Switch?
The clock struck midnight and I raced to my Switch to download Splatoon 2, only to find that the eShop had crashed, because everyone else had done the same. Doesn't that sound like a problem, Nintendo?
I know these opinion posts usually tend to be about Nintendo, and that's because so often in the games industry the head scrathing decisions are the ones made by Nintendo.
So what happened this time? Nintendo just released their latest big title, and I (along with many others) were unable to give Nintendo my $60 in exchange for their product. If I were in charge of a big company such as Nintendo, I would find that concerning. However, Nintendo did their usual "act as if nothing is happening" routine of not making a statement.
Eventually (after an hour of mashing the eShop button) I was able to get through and start my download, but why did I even have to deal with this frustration in the first place? On my Xbox One and PS4 I can pre-order games digitally. Heck, I can even pre-downland the thing so that I can get right to playing it once it releases.
But here's the real kicker: I can pre-order and pre-download digital games on my Wii U and 3DS! How does Nintendo offer such a standard feature on their previous platforms yet neglect to include it in their new flagship device!? It's mind boggling.
Perhaps there's a technical obstacle Nintendo has to overcome to include this feature on the Switch. If that's the case, tell us. But Nintendo is the king of putting their fingers in their ears when their fans have something to say.
I'm sure this feature will be available at some time in the Switch's future, but why did I have to deal with the headache last night? What kind of business isn't eager to take money from its customers? Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, ARMS, and Splatoon 2 have all experienced similar releases now. How much longer does this have to go on before Nintendo includes this basic feature on their latest platform?