Nintendo details 3DS eShop

House of Mario's new virtual shop opening June 6 with free 3D-enabled Excitebike and Pokedex 3D; Game Boy games Super Mario Land, Alley Way, and Radar Mission promised for day one.

The 3DS has been on sale in North America since late March, but gamers looking to purchase new downloadable content via the eShop have had to wait. The portable's storefront was first slated for debut in May, but then was later pushed to June. Now, Nintendo has detailed the new virtual marketplace, perhaps making the wait worthwhile.

The eShop will launch on June 6 in North America (June 7 in Europe) and will be available to gamers by downloading a system update via the System Settings tab on their 3DS.

Excitebike goes 3D for free next week.

Once the update is installed, gamers will be able to access the eShop, where they can download a free remastered and 3D-enabled Excitebike until July 7. Gamers can also grab Pokedex 3D, a free application that lets Pokemon fans view their Pokemon Black and Pokemon White monsters in 3D.

In addition to the 3D-enabled Excitebike and the Pokedex 3D, Nintendo said it plans to open up the 3DS's eShop with Game Boy games Super Mario Land, Alley Way, and Radar Mission. While Nintendo regularly updates its WiiWare and DSiWare download hubs on Mondays, new content will arrive in the 3DS's eShop on Thursdays.

Also included with the update will be a Web browser for the 3DS. According to Nintendo, the Internet viewer will let gamers view Web pages in 3D, provided said pages are capable of rendering 3D. Additionally, Nintendo said gamers will be able to move from game to browser without much of a headache. Players can pause their 3DS game, enter the browser, and then go back to their game via the system's Home button.

According to a translation by gaming blog Andriasang, the 3DS's Web browser will not support Flash or PDF files. Further, players will be able to zoom in on JPEG images in the browser and save them to an SD card. Lastly, the Web browser will let gamers store up to 64 favorites and will have parental controls.

Gamers looking to make use of their Web browser or other 3DS online capabilities on the go can sync up their systems to Wi-Fi at 25,000 locations scattered across the country. Gamers will be able to connect to Wi-Fi at almost 200 Simon shopping malls, at more than 1,000 Best Buy locations nationwide, and, through an "expanded agreement" with AT&T, at 24,000 of AT&T's Wi-Fi locations.

Nintendo also announced that in the "near future" gamers will be able to download a new "short form" video application that lets them view "3D movie trailers, comedy clips, and music videos automatically received when the SpotPass feature is activated."

For more on the upcoming Nintendo 3DS eShop, check out GameSpot's What You Need to Know feature.

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46 comments
dsrules13
dsrules13

Does anyone know at what time I can download this?

tfkrocks
tfkrocks

So if you're stuck on a game, you can go to the brower and find a walkthrough. XD Super Mario Land is epic, but I wouldn't get it because I already have the game.

McAndrew_basic
McAndrew_basic

Did they fix the save feature in Excitebike? Or is it still broken

GunBladeHero
GunBladeHero

This is great news, I'm excited! Although, I would really like to see GBA games on the eshop along with GBC ones, but I'm sure Nintendo will make it happen in the near future. :P

Wormkid_64
Wormkid_64

@ Serious They've talked about doing all of those things.And for the AR,you don''t need a new card,just software programmed to work with the card,so expect plenty of that.And I read (on IGN I believe) that Flipnote is coming to the 3DS.

Wormkid_64
Wormkid_64

Alright! At last my 3DS will be brought to it's true glory!Can't wait to play old classics in 3D,and I can't wait to hear at E3 what's in store for the future.Go Nintendo,GO! P.S. Can't wait to play downloadable AR titles.

Ovirew
Ovirew

I'm really more interested in Gameboy / Gameboy Color games to download for my 3DS, but the free Excitebike sounds kinda neat.

Gothic-360
Gothic-360

castlevania please.. castlevania...

FallenOneX
FallenOneX

So I guess I won't be using the browser as much as I thought I would. It would have been nice if it did, but 3D sites sound pretty interesting.

Serious
Serious

I feel I let the hype of 3D push me into making this purchase. I'm not saying its a total disappointment but I was having more fun with my DSi XL. The camera feature removed almost all of the different lenses (Distortion, color pad, mirror lens, mischief and frame) And only merge and graffiti were kept. While sparkle is cool. (Dream, low light, and pin hole lack the fun of the previous lenses.) and while free 3D Excitebike might sound great. I was seriously hoping for a flipnote studio 2.0 with more colors and animation tools. 3DS sound added nothing new in feature or controls. Why even change its name from DSi sound? AR games included cards are okay but I wonder are we going to see any new cards for new games? (Cause I haven't heard anything yet) Just 3D trailers and music videos from spot pass? Why not dlc from the store like the psp including 3D movies. I would purchase a 8gb or 16gb card if you gave something worth storing. Hopefully some of these things can be added with a system update or download.

twztid13
twztid13

If only mario land was in 3D.

Flint247
Flint247

Cool, Excitebike 3D for free. Finally, the eShop and Internet Browser is coming next Monday! I have been waiting forever for it! I can't wait to download the DSiware and 3DSware games for my system! :D Too bad the browser doesn't support flash, but the current state should keep me busy anyways. 4 more days!!!!!!!!!!!

Xplode_77
Xplode_77

Sweet! Two of the games that have to be on the eShop are Link's Awakening and Pokemon Red/Blue/Yellow

TheBertus57
TheBertus57

If only mario land was free, if it was i'd pee my pants

nickythenewt21
nickythenewt21

A free game and a free Pokemon app?! Color me satisfied! But now, what are the prices for the Virtual Console?

JoSilver
JoSilver

It's a real shame that the 3DS can't support flash... LAZY ADOBE CAN'T MAKE A GOOD FLASH PLAYER FOR ANYTHING!

emirblade
emirblade

@Fayt1986 Yeah, It would be uber cool if 3DS owner could play demos for the next games coming at the same time they're unveiled at E3.

Gen007
Gen007

dam no flash and no megaman but otherwise good stuff. I really hope they can get flash on the browser eventually the system is seems capable enough.

QuartrGuy
QuartrGuy

I'm hoping for the original Shantae on VC.

Solidsnake13_2
Solidsnake13_2

I can't wait for the shop to open up. I've waited too long for this shop to be open. But for vitrual console sake, I hope they can add some Classic Legend of Zeldas. Like A Link to the Past with Four Swords Adventures, Minish Cap and Orcale of Ages & Seasons. That will be just excellent. XD

Fayt1986
Fayt1986

very cool and only 4 days until this update and e3 ^^ i imagine at e3 they will announce some very cool demos since they arnt willing to say what demos it will have when it goes live.

gigk9
gigk9

Can't wait for the e-shop to come out, Just a few more days now :)

emirblade
emirblade

Oh nice. A free game for buying it early. :)

Stonecutters908
Stonecutters908

Finally. As a 3DS owner, I've almost forgotten about my system because I only have SF4 and a few older DS games. I am itching for something new to keep my attention. I hope E3 will have some more news about 3DS titles this year.

dreamgod247
dreamgod247

Has anybody baught any 3DS pre paid cards, gamestop doesn't have them yet.

Gothic-360
Gothic-360

I just want a link to the past.. that game was AWESOME... chrono trigger, and some others great clasics.. i hope there will be some gba games too like metroid zero and fusion, ect.. a shame if not

BrunoBRS
BrunoBRS

only bad things are the lack of flash support and the fact that megaman legends 3 prototype had to be delayed.

Marcster1994
Marcster1994

The 3D Pokedex sounds cool, since it's compatible with the Augmented Reality. Plus, remastered Super Mario Land in 3D. Who wouldn't want that?

vega13mv
vega13mv

excitebike was one of my NES favorites, cant wait to play it again in 3D, i have pokemon black too so the 3D pokedex will be a nice touch, so far so good ninty, keep it up

Viiper
Viiper

@Coolyfett Wait what...This has nothing to do with PSN. This is just part of what Nintendo does: Cashing in on nostalgia.

DGonlag
DGonlag

Too bad the Pokemons are only from Black and White. The worst Pokémons ever. They should have put all of them in it. But hey, maybe in a future update (which you can buy)?

Superzone
Superzone

I gotta get me a 3DS already....

Coolyfett
Coolyfett

Sounds like they will have some very cool features on this eShop. Hopefully people download a lot of apps instead of buying from the store.

Coolyfett
Coolyfett

So is this thing suppose to give PSN a run? I hope it is really competitive like the PSN.

gatsbythepig
gatsbythepig

Free 3D excitebike. I can't argue with that.

mattg90520
mattg90520

I wonder what they mean when they say 3D pokedex. Fully rendered 3D pokemon polygons? That would be sweet.

Viiper
Viiper

I'm all giddy for the pokedex :D

zequex
zequex

A free 3D Pokedex sounds pretty fun actually.

Brettsky128
Brettsky128

Sweet, this has been what I've been waiting for since I got the 3DS.