One of my greatest frustrations with Nintendo is their outright refusal to use modern tools. Instead of adding people as friends via username you can only add them via friend code. Instead of allowing users to carry their cloud saves over across devices, users are frustratingly locked into the Switch console they have for most popular games and if it breaks, C’est la vie. Not to mention when I want to browse my wishlist on my Switch itself, the hardware seems woefully under powered while loading content. The entire experience feels laggy and there’s a lot of waiting around while more items load before you can see your scrolling down the list take effect. It’s not as bad as the store, but it’s still bad. Today, Nintendo has opened up the ability to view your wishlist on the web. This is great and all, but it’s a bare bones and lackluster experience that hardly deserves applause.
As you can see, there’s no sort option at all. I have 238 items on my wishlist and I’m left to scroll through a long wall of items. The web view here even looks like it’s optimized for mobile. This is fine for those browsing from their phone, but while on my desktop or Chromebook it would be nice to get a more tiled or mosaic view of the items. At least give me two columns. Nintendo may even be able to spice this page up with categories of recommendations.
Steam’s new spring cleaning event shows an effort to bring games we haven’t played in a long time to the forefront and inspire us to pick them back up again by gamifying your library. It would be awesome to see Nintendo do this for wishlist items. I’m sure developers would appreciate this too. While wishlists are meant to show items in a fashion that moves them toward your cart instead of just collecting them endlessly, there’s no doubt in my mind that I would be more willing to dust some of those games off and purchase them if they were presented in a way that helped me organize my thoughts and decide on what I’m in the mood for.
While it’s understandable that Nintendo is very intentional and meticulous with how they implement features in order to protect their brand, one can’t help but think that they can give a little more thought to these quality of life updates. If you’d like to see your wishlist on the web, click the button below. Keep in mind that you will first need to sign in. What are your thoughts on this update? Is it sufficient for your needs or would you like to see it spruced up a bit?