By ReverendHunt 8 Comments
I'm ridiculously easy to please. It actually takes a lot to bug me. That's why it's so significant that I'm disturbed by this change.
As early as a couple of days ago, the icons on Nintendo's website were easily identifiable as for what you were getting. Observe:
Notice how it indicated what platform it is for, it's got some nice, aesthetically pleasing transparency, and it's just generally nice-looking. At the very least, even if you aren't fond of how it looks, you've got to like the fact that it tells you what you're getting.
Now, we come to the current appearance. Seriously, take a look at this. No nice transparency, but that's actually the least of my worries. It doesn't tell you what platform it's for! I thought at first that at least the border would indicate, since it's the same color as the 3DS eShop border, but no, all of the Wii U ones are the same now too. This leads to super awkward things like this:
You literally cannot tell which version is which without clicking it. This is a minor inconvenience, but it's still very much something that should not be happening (3DS is on the left, Wii U on the right by the way).
Now I can see them doing this if Nintendo were finally coming to their senses and instilling a cross-buy program, but as far as I know, this isn't the case yet (did I miss a Nintendo Direct?). In any case, even with games that aren't on both platforms, if you didn't know which one it was on, you'd be confused as to which one it is. Imagine seeing that there Mega Man Xtreme logo and only owning a Wii U, and being like "holy shit is this on Wii U?" and then clicking and being disappointed. Again, minor inconvenience I suppose, but one that could have been avoided by not changing this in the first place.
If anyone can provide me with a reasonable explanation for why this has happened, I'd appreciate it. 'Til then, I can only assume Nintendo has done something counter-intuitive once again, making it a tiny bit harder to be a supporter.
As a side note, the Wii icons haven't changed at all. Take from that what you will.