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May 11, 2009

Game Diary - May 11, 2009: Change of Order

Filed under: Totilo Game Diary — Tags: , , , — stephentotilo @ 9:00 am


Over the weekend I learned how to turn my new PS3 into my old one. As I made the transition I had to make a surprising choice that got me wondering yet again about a feature the current consoles lack.

I’m not sure why — and I could be missing something  — but the Wii and the PS3 don’t allow for easy interior redecorating.

Neither Sony nor Nintendo’s console lets me move my the placement of my downloaded games and demos.

Download a PS3 game and it is put at the top of a stack of items in the system’s on-screen menu, on top of the last PS3 game or demo you downloaded. With the Wii, players have each of their downloaded files dropped into the wall-of-TVs front-end of the Wii, each one appearing as an icon in that grid. As with the PS3, the placement is dictated by the order of your downloads.

Of all the possible problems with the Wii and the PS3, this is a vey minor one. But it’s a puzzling one nonetheless.

Why must “Super Metroid” on my Wii menu always be to the left of “World of Goo“? On my PS3, why did “PixelJunk Monsters” always have to be below “Linger In Shadows” and above “Calling All Cars“?

The reason is because I downloaded “Metroid” before I downloaded “Goo,” and downloaded those PS3 games in the order that they are stacked on my old PS3.

So when I got that new Wii? It was before WiiWare and before I had downloaded many Virtual Console games, so I didn’t get to move anything.

When I worked on setting up my new PS3 on Saturday? I went into my PlayStation Network, saw that I had downloaded 110 files since I first had Sony’s home machine and re-downloaded about a third of them. Once I did, I chose to manually install them in the order I want them to appear. I placed “Calling All Cars” at the bottom, because if was my first PSN game and seems like it should get that first spot. I put two of the “PixelJunk” games together so I could find them in the stack more easily. I put “Monsters” at the top, because it’s the one PS3 game my wife likes to play, and I wanted to spare her a precious second to access it in the application stack.

I welcomed the opportunity to move my files on the PS3 and re-order all my icons. But I wondered: why is the process of moving my menu icons for games so hard on my home consoles when it is so easy on, say, my computer desktop? Just drag and drop, no?

For the record, I don’t think you can have your applications on your Xbox 360 listed in anything but alphabetical order. Your Achievements stack, though, seems to be categorized by the time in your playing history when you first played each game that is listed. The newest game you play has its clump of Achievements listed first.

It is only the DSi, as far as I know, that lets you move files so that they appear in the order of your choosing. Just grab any icon with the stylus and drag it to where you want it to appear on the screen. That’s nice.

So, yeah, this is a small thing. But it’s a thing. Add it to checklist for Wii 2, PS4 and the Xbox 361? Thanks.


  1. I think if you hold A+B you can drag the Wii channels around except the disc channel like what you describe on the dsi.

    Comment by Chris W — May 11, 2009 @ 10:38 am

  2. Ditto to Chris W. “Pinch” the icons with A and B on the Wii to drag them wherever you want, just like picking up Miis by their head.

    Comment by Dan — May 11, 2009 @ 10:46 am

  3. You can reorganize the Wii Channels as the above commenter mentioned (hold A+B and drag them around), and I believe the PS3 allows you to rearrange via groups (my PS3 died a while ago so I can’t verify). I remember doing something weird like adding an album tag to Pixeljunk Eden to get it to show up first.

    Comment by thesimplicity — May 11, 2009 @ 10:47 am

  4. As everyone stated above, you can rearrange almost all the Wii icons with the A + B buttons.

    For the PS3 I ended up grouping everything by “Albums” (as the PS3 refers to them). That way all the games in an “album” are grouped together in their own folder (I just have two folders, Games and Demos).

    You just have to press the Triangle button on a highlighted file (song, picture, or game) and go to Information and you can edit the file’s metadata there.

    Comment by Alex — May 11, 2009 @ 11:01 am

  5. The Wii has drag and drop though…except its more like pinch and drop.

    Comment by Robbie — May 11, 2009 @ 12:26 pm

  6. The PS3 has a sort feature, not sure how it sorts, but it does sort. :) I have sorted as, last played.

    Comment by Juan — May 11, 2009 @ 2:14 pm

  7. Oh, how embarrassing. I had no idea! Thanks everyone

    Comment by stephentotilo — May 11, 2009 @ 3:46 pm

  8. On the ps3 you can change the order downloaded games show up. I forgot the button you have to press, but it’s between triangle, square or select. I makes the most recently played games show on top of the least used ones.

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    For the PS3 I ended up grouping everything by “List of Albums” (as the PS3 refers to them). That way all the games in an “album” are grouped together in their own folder.

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