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Why has Nintendo pulled user reviews for Switch games so quickly?

Nintendo has removed the user reviews for Switch games, just a week after opening the floor to its gamers.

The firm has quickly suspended the ratings service, citing it as a trial that’ll be evaluated following positive feedback from fans.

Reddit users first noticed the functionality last week, which allowed gamers to give the game a star rating and tag it with relevant identifiers like ‘fun to play’ ‘immersive’ ‘family friendly’ etc..

Gamers were asked to provide a headline, comments and a description of themselves as either a Nintendo fan, core gamer, casual gamer or parent.

They’re were also asked to clarify whether the review offered any spoilers, which is nice.

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Image credit: Polygon

In a statement (via Polygon) Nintendo said: “ recently offered a trial customer review feature to let users share feedback about Nintendo Switch games on our website. The response has been positive, and Nintendo appreciates the time and effort that reviewers put into their thoughtful commentary on the games.

“Nintendo has removed this feature as we evaluate the future of the ratings functionality on We have no estimate on when an update will be provided on the status of this initiative, but we appreciate the enthusiasm shown for the trial.”

Whether the useful feature will be back remains to be seen. Nintendo is saying it is evaluating it, but offers no guarantees of a return.

Whether the firm is simply ironing out the flaws or has decided against opening up a public forum after all remains to be seen.

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