Death Squared Dev Says Games on the Switch eShop Can No Longer Be Under $1.99
Nintendo is apparently making some much-needed changes to the Switch eShop in an effort to weed out some sub-par experiences.
It is no secret that the massive success of the Nintendo Switch has also brought on an onslaught of cheap, terrible games on the Nintendo eShop. Many times, if you were to browse through the deals section, many games would cost less than a dollar. According to a developer, Nintendo has implemented a new rule that will try to fix the issue.
A developer from SMG Studios, the devs behind Death Squared, stated over on r/NintendoSwitchDeals that their game was at the time only $0.99 on the eShop and that it will be the lowest price it will ever be on the eShop. As of right now, it appears the dev has edited their response. However, Nintendo Life was able to report on it before the message was changed. Previously, the dev also stated: “New Rules on the eShop mean no game can be below $1.99 and this is 99c because I planned this sale back in Aug!”
The sale for Death Squared is no longer available and as I scroll through the deals section of the eShop right now, I am able to only find two games under the price point. But as the dev noted, the sales might have been previously planned before the change was initiated.
Polygon had reported that Nintendo recently made some changes that would not allow a game that cost only a single cent to be on the “best sellers” section of the eShop.
I am happy to see that Nintendo is apparently making some much-needed changes to its virtual storefront. The eShop has been progressively getting more and more cluttered as the success of the Nintendo Switch continues to rise. Often times, the deals section would be flooded with games that would cost only pennies just so that they would get some recognition on the platform in hopes that someone would buy it. Hopefully, we get some official word from Nintendo on this soon. However, I doubt we will because Nintendo allows some of these experiences to exist on the platform in the first place.