Oct 28, 2011

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3DS eShop Upgrading Soon

3DS eShop Upgrading Soon

2011 hasn’t exactly been Nintendo’s year, as they recently reported record losses, and are still trying to convince people to jump on the 3DS bandwagon. With the upcoming hoilday line-up and November firmware update, Nintendo is hoping they’ll improve the 3DS experience for both current and future owners of the system.

Today, the company revealed they’re improving the eShop experience to coincide with the new firmware next month.

One of the new additions will be demos–something gamers on other platforms take for granted–although Publishers can limit the number of downloads. It seems like Nintendo still can’t get over the concept of demos (they’ve experimented before, often offering them for select games and only for a limited amount of time). Still, it’s a step in the right direction.

A huge first for Nintendo is that games will now support downloadable content (both for digital and retail releases), paving the way to purchase new stages, etc., for your favorite titles. Also, in addition to DLC support, and contrary to previous statements to the contrary, Nintendo plans to support microtransactions.

Nintendo also plans to implement a feature that will allow your 3DS to download new games and apps while in sleep mode, so you don’t have to leave your 3DS open while downloading. Call me crazy, but wasn’t this a feature Nintendo taunted from the beginning?

Lastly, and perhaps most surprisingly, Nintendo has plans to offer the eShop online, similar to the way you can access Xbox Live Arcade or iTunes Apps.

“At the beginning, you will not be able to directly purchase software from your PC or smartphone. Instead, you will need to take a photo of a QR code at the eShop by using the camera of your 3DS. The 3DS will then open that specific page of the Nintendo eShop.

That function is already included in the upcoming system update for the 3DS. In the future, we will make it so [you can] purchase software by using your PC or smartphone.”

These improvements, coupled with some of the new additions from November’s firmware update, definitely make the 3DS a better experience, but is it too little too late for Nintendo’s struggling new handheld, especially with the Vita arriving soon?

[Source: Tiny Cartridge]