Tyrone Rodriguez, yesterday

Nintendo Download favourite Nicalis is happy with the eShop so far, with president Tyrone Rodriguez telling Destructoid he feels the eShop is a great stride forward for the company.

Speaking on the decision to feature particular games and themes instead of give all games equal billing, Rodriguez said:

The eShop, I feel, has really turned things around for Nintendo on the digital side because the storefront is heavily feature-driven. Any publisher can still produce whatever it wants, similar to iOS in both regards. However, given the feature-oriented nature, the eShop is quasi-curated without being some lame PR line like, 'consciously developing a curated portfolio'.

Criticising the Wii Shop Channel, Rodriguez is happy that the eShop features smaller sections to give browsers some direction:

Since the eShop is heavily feature-driven, this not only helps promote titles, it forces publishers and developers to make better games, hopefully. You want to get featured? You better have something good to show, curated or not.

Nicalis has already supported the eShop with VVVVVV and has pledged to bring NightSky to 3DS in the future.

What do you make of Rodriguez's comments? Do you like the eShop as it is or would you rather a more even-handed approach to displaying games?

[source destructoid.com]