As creative as a company like Nintendo can be, not everything can be groundbreaking or unique all the time. Such is the case for Nintendo’s digital store, simply – yet appropriately – called “Nintendo eShop.” However, according to some verbiage in a current lawsuit filed by Nintendo, that might just be changing.
Twitter user Spawn Wave posted an image of a section of the filed lawsuit’s paperwork that stated, “…Nintendo Switch Online shop (formerly Nintendo eShop)…,” indicating that a name change may be in the works for the online store.
The lawsuit itself is essentially a copyright infringement case with Nintendo of America seeking damages against a party who illegally modified the NES Classic Edition, while pirating and pre-loading a collection of “800+ games” onto the console.
Nintendo is suing someone for selling systems with pirated software. What's interesting is some of the wording in the paperwork mentioning the eShop being renamed. https://t.co/F9BfdpgHoM pic.twitter.com/GzKuxqmfz7— Spawn Wave (@SpawnWaveMedia) December 13, 2018
In regard to the rumored name change, the full statement reads as follows:
“Among NOA’s newest video game consoles is the Nintendo Switch. Nintendo Switch users can purchase games either digitally from the official Nintendo Switch Online shop (formerly Nintendo eShop) or in physical copies on cartridges specifically manufactured for use with the Nintendo Switch console.”
The fact that the Nintendo eShop is being referred to as its "former" name in a legal document is an interesting one, as it suggests that a name change has already been completed. It would likely be considered a creative downgrade if “Nintendo Switch Online shop” - as listed in the legal document - became the official name for the online store. Currently, the Nintendo eShop URL takes visitors to the “Game Store” page, rather than an “eShop”-branded page.
The timing of a potential name change would be equally as intriguing, considering the fact that the Nintendo Switch’s Online Service went live in September. One would think that a name change to the Nintendo eShop would have gone hand-in-hand with the release of Nintendo Switch Online.
Obviously, all of this is based on assumptions, with no confirmation of whether or not a name change may be coming for Nintendo’s digital store. It will be interesting to see if Nintendo releases anything official, or if they even address the rumor at all.