Nintendo eShop is getting a name change?

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The Nintendo eShop might be getting renamed. Currently, Nintendo is suing someone for pirating, but their court filing has a very interesting tidbit regarding the Switch’s digital storefront.

“Nintendo Switch users can purchase games either digitally from the official Nintendo Switch Online shop (formerly Nintendo eShop) or in physical copies…”

The key phrase here is that the court filing calls the Switch’s digital store the “Nintendo Switch Online shop” and blatantly points out that the eShop is the old name. It’s particularly peculiar given that the name hasn’t actually been changed yet and Nintendo itself has not yet announced any intention to change the name. Given the document’s formality, however, we can probably assume that the new name will happen in the future.

One of the perceived benefits of the new name is that it functions better as an acronym. Just like Xbox Live abbreviates as XBL and PlayStation Network is shortened to PSN, some have made the argument that Nintendo Switch Online functions well as the three-letter acronym NSO.

What do you make of this court document? Do you think the name change for the eShop is going to happen, or are Nintendo’s lawyers off-base? Let us know what you think in the comments below.

Eli Pales
Eli buys virtually every Nintendo title that comes out but has expanded his collection to include amiibo. He hasn't taken them out of their boxes, though, so he might be a bit insane. When not playing video games, Eli likes writing about politics and games. He also runs a decent amount. Outside.