Nintendo Switch’s eShop has changed its pre-order policy to allow customers to cancel without payment up to a week before release, and added some useful signalling about sales ending.
Both changes have been made without much fanfare, although both benefit the customer. The pre-order policy, as confirmed by Nintendo of America’s FAQ, replaces the previous system in which pre-orders were charged for immediately. Now, the charge won’t go through until 7 days before the game’s release, and can be cancelled freely at any time before that.
It will be a welcome change for many – Norwegian and German consumer authorities had previously (and unsuccessfully) attempted to have Nintendo’s original pre-order system deemed illegal in Europe.
As reported by Nintendo Life that change seems to have come alongside another new eShop feature, whereby games with a discount are marked with how much longer that discount will apply for. User wishlists, the Great Deals page, and the eShop homepage all now display time left discounted.
Recently, we’ve heard reports that an updated Switch model could arrive during 2021, and will allegedly feature improved “interactivity” and a better quality display.