Switch eShop

A newly-published patent applied for by Nintendo reveals potential plans to display individualised game ratings on the Switch eShop.

As spotted by Game Rant, the patent in question describes a system that can "generate a base rating that is a function of gameplay data for a specific user," as well as "an average external rating for [a] video game based on external data categories." Essentially, this means that a game page could theoretically contain some form of rating (similar to a review score), based on a variety of personalised factors.

The patent offers up some examples of what these factors could be. It mentions user reviews, critic reviews, and ownership data, noting that once these are taken into account, an "adjustment factor" is created by using all of the data gathered and combining that with "the user's individual base rating."

A visual look at Nintendo's patent.
A visual look at Nintendo's patent. (Image: Patentscope)

It might sound a little complex, but it sounds like a system which – on a surface level, at least – would feel similar to Netflix's 'Recommended for You' suggestions. It could theoretically see which games are reviewing well among critics and other users, track which games you already own to line those thoughts up with your tastes, and then offer up a final verdict on which games you might like.

It's an interesting idea, but it's worth noting that a successful, published patent doesn't confirm that Nintendo will actually go ahead and implement the idea. We've seen plenty of patents appear in the past that have never seen the light of day, as well as plenty that have, so we'll just have to wait and see.

What do you think of Nintendo's idea? Would you like to see a system like this on the eShop, or do you prefer to make your mind up about new purchases in other ways? Let us know in the comments.

[source patentscope.wipo.int, via gamerant.com]