A newly-published patent looked for by Nintendo reveals prospective plans to display individualised game ratings on the Switch eShop.
As found by Game Rant, the patent in question describes a system that can “produce a base rating that is a function of gameplay information for a specific user,” along with “a typical external ranking for [a] video game based on external information classifications.” Essentially, this indicates that a game page might theoretically include some form of ranking (similar to an evaluation rating), based upon a variety of customised elements.
The patent offers up some examples of what these factors might be. It mentions user evaluations, critic evaluations, and ownership information, noting that when these are taken into consideration, an “adjustment aspect” is produced by utilizing all of the data collected and integrating that with “the user’s specific base ranking.”
It may sound a little complex, but it sounds like a system which– on a surface area level, at least– would feel comparable to Netflix’s ‘Recommended for You’ tips. It’s an interesting idea, but it’s worth noting that a successful, released patent does not confirm that Nintendo will in fact go ahead and carry out the idea. What do you think of Nintendo’s idea? Would you like to see a system like this on the eShop, or do you choose to make your mind up about new purchases in other ways?