Nintendo eShop to be launched in May

February 1, 2011

The Nintendo 3DS eShop will only arrive in May, even though Nintendo originally promised that the eShop would be open and ready for the 3DS launch in March.

This was confirmed by Nintendo’s president Satoru Iwata, at a recent financial results briefing. In the briefing, the following was said,

“I would like to take this opportunity to inform you of our scheduled system updates of the hardware in detail. The first system update is scheduled for late May, at almost the same time around the world. Upon this update, you will be able to use some features including: Nintendo eShop, Transfer of Nintendo DSiWare from Nintendo DSi to Nintendo 3DS, and internet browser.”

Due to the 3DS already having a shaky internet reputation, numerous analysts and Nintendo fans have been criticizing the company for not having their eShop all ready and set for the launch of the Nintendo 3DS.

Apart from the new web browser and the ability to transfer your DSi purchases to the 3DS, the Nintendo eShop will also offer Game boy, Game boy advance, and 3DS-exclusive games and demos.

Iwata also stated that, “Wii Shop Channel and Nintendo DSi Shop, which are based on internet-browser technology, have not provided the users with a sufficiently easy and accessible interface because switching from one screen to another takes time.

“As it is critical in digital software distribution that the software available there won’t be buried and go unnoticed, we will be running a drastically redesigned shop for Nintendo 3DS in which you can more comfortably purchase software through download.”


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