And when it finally launched, did we get the pleasant browsing experience sorely lacking from previous Nintendo marketplaces? The e Shop is still pathetically half-baked and messy compared to pretty much every single rival.
Games and categories are just thrown together in random order, all on a single row, so you can only get one item detailed on the screen at once, and you need to manually scroll through icons in order to get to where you want -- if you even know what you're looking for.
Oh, and let us not forget to mention that Nintendo still won't pull its head out of its arse when it comes to international offerings.
We're in a global market now, yet still I am told by my Australian friends that they don't get jack-shit on the e Shop, while they get to read about what other territories are getting.
I wanted to think Nintendo knew what it was doing, had learned from its mistakes, and would kick righteous amounts of downloadable arse. I'm not saying Nintendo's online plans are the saying, however, is that I could cut into my dick and bleed my dick's blood onto a brick of my own shit, and the resultant dickbloody shitbrick would make for a better online plan.
Alarm bells were ringing when it became apparent that Nintendo couldn't be bothered to have the store ready in time for the 3DS' launch.
There was some part of me -- some naive, doe-eyed, expectant part of me -- that truly thought Nintendo was going to get its act together with the 3DS e Shop.
For possibly demented reasons, when I heard that Nintendo intended to make serious strides with its digital offerings and give us something to make the 3DS a worthy download platform, I actually wanted to trust it.
That Nintendo's going to insist on a drip-feeding approach by giving us one or two downloadable games a week is frustrating beyond measure.The arbitrary placement of categories absolutely astounds me.Right at the very end of this long parade of icons, you have the following items in order: For Your Road Trip, What We're Playing, Nintendo 3DS Games Coming Soon, Coming Soon to Nintendo e Shop and ... That's two release lists nestled in between two game genre categories, hidden at the end after a bunch of other nonsensically placed items.There's no order, no theme, nothing to justify the thoughtless placement of these icons. Tapping on an icon in this single row brings us to another bunch of icons, again all arranged in a single row.If you don't know the exact name of what you want, then good luck finding it. Some of you are reading this now and your first thought is, "He finally admits it!