Due to the runaway success of the Nintendo Switch, the games library is huge, and has attracted a wide range of developers and publishers. This is great news for Switch owners! There are many excellent games to check out, and Switch Scores has many different ways for you to dive into the library.
Unfortunately, amongst the wide range of fun and enjoyable titles, there is also a steady flow of titles that some might describe as "shovelware". The bar for getting content onto the Switch eShop appears to be quite low - hence how these titles have appeared.
We're still keen to maintain as complete a database as we can, so we won't be dropping shovelware from the site. However, we will be starting to treat it a bit differently across the site with our low quality filter.
What constitutes shovelware is a controversial topic, particularly for publishers of these titles.
The critical thing here is we are aiming to flag titles that are blatant attempts to dupe customers into paying for trash. This does not include games that didn't review very well. Even those titles have merit, especially when compared to true shovelware.
We have a few criteria for which entries should be flagged with the low quality filter:
We flag at the publisher level. Most games in our database are linked to a publisher. If we deem the publisher to be putting out shovelware, all of their games will be flagged with our low quality filter on the site.
A warning will be shown on the detail page for that game. Titles may also be hidden from certain parts of the website, although they will remain in our database and in our stats.
While we are careful not to flag titles incorrectly, errors may occur. If a game you've developed or published has been flagged, you have the option to submit an appeal. Please see the contact details on our About page for how to get in touch.