Nintendo Switch: Nintendo eShop updates (save credit card details, front page)

Unlike the Nintendo 3DS, but just like the Wii U, the Nintendo eShop was available on launch day on the Nintendo Switch. Unfortunately, just like pretty much everything else related to the OS, it was pretty barebone (but perfectly functional, at least!).

Only the most basic and crucial of features were available at launch: a search engine, a list of recent and upcoming releases, the ability to add funds and purchase games, a few options (such as the ability to protect the account with a password or not), and… that’s pretty much it. No sales ranking (those were added at a later date), no categories, no user ratings, and more importantly… no way to save the credit cards details.

Fortunately, that feature is now available, as it was added following today’s Nintendo eShop maintenance. It works just like on Wii U and Nintendo 3DS: when adding funds and/or buying a game, you now get the option to save your credit card details (which are stored on the console itself).

But there’s one main difference with the Wii U and the Nintendo 3DS: you can choose to not set a password to protect the details if you don’t want to. In other words: anybody with access to the console could make purchases on your account, if you also chose to bypass the password screen when launching the Nintendo eShop.

But if you didn’t, then you will only have to enter your password once (since the password is the same, it doesn’t make sense to have to enter it twice). To check your settings related to the credit card details, select your icon in the top right corner of the Nintendo eShop main screen.

Nintendo also made another change to the Nintendo eShop, though that one is not nearly as significant at first glance. Now, when you scroll down the front page (the one that lists the recent releases), you can now find a button at the very bottom, that allows you to load more games.

Due to limited screen space, games were “removed” from the Nintendo eShop front page after a while, but with this new button, you can now see older releases too. It doesn’t quite make up for proper categories and more curated sections (like the ones found on Wii U and Nintendo 3DS), but it will have to do for the time being. Good thing there isn’t too many new releases… yet!

Source: Nintendo eShop



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