Nintendo has been a very progressive video game company over the years. It’s helped further technology, bring video games back from the brink, and, of course, introduce us to many amazing franchises. But, it is sometimes backwards in what it doesn’t do. Yet, they do try and fix that when possible. One such thing is user reviews. Despite Sony and Microsoft having it, Nintendo does not. That’s why when they announced user reviews for the Nintendo Switch and 3DS were now an option, everyone was happy. But…
…it didn’t last long. In fact, it lasted all of five days. For now, if you go to the Nintendo website under a Switch or 3DS game, you’ll see this:
“Customer reviews have been taken offline as we evaluate this feature and its functionality. We currently have no estimated date on when an update will be provided. We appreciate the positive response and thank the reviewers who provided such thoughtful commentary on the games.”
This is baffling in many ways. After all, the subtly added it to the Nintendo Switch and 3DS, and now they’re just pulling it? Did something go wrong? Well, in a statement to Polygon, they claim that the user reviews were a “trial”:
“Nintendo.com recently offered a trial customer review feature to let users share feedback about Nintendo Switch games on our website. The response has been positive, and Nintendo appreciates the time and effort that reviewers put into their thoughtful commentary on the games. Nintendo has removed this feature as we evaluate the future of the ratings functionality on Nintendo.com. We have no estimate on when an update will be provided on the status of this initiative, but we appreciate the enthusiasm shown for the trial.”
Like we said, baffling. There could be a very logical reason for this pulling of the feature, hopefully we’ll get a true explanation soon.