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New 3DS eShop features coming soon

Nintendo president hints at DLC, demos and more

Satoru Iwata has revealed this morning a host of new features coming to the Nintendo 3DS eShop soon, including what Nintendo are calling 'add-on content', demos and the ability to browse eShop on your phone or PC.

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Speaking of 'add-on content', Iwata said: "After a software title is launched, content can be added to it via the Nintendo eShop. This is a feature a number of software creators have been looking forward to."

"Another addition is the ability for the software publishers to provide the owners of Nintendo 3DS systems with demo versions of their software, for which they can put a limit on the number of trials," he continued.

You will also be able to download eShop software while 3DS is in sleep mode too, and further down the line, you'll be able to catch up on what's new on eShop through your phone or PC.

"Even if a software title receives an incredible review [through eShop's user review feature], the majority of people will not know about it unless they access the Nintendo eShop with their Nintendo 3DS system," he explained.

"We would like to solve this issue by making the Nintendo eShop accessible via PCs and smartphones as well. 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 Nintendo eShop by using the camera of your Nintendo 3DS."

"The Nintendo 3DS will then open that specific page of the Nintendo eShop. That function is already included in the upcoming system update for the Nintendo 3DS. In the future, we will make it so that you will be able to purchase software by using your PC or smartphone."

So some interesting new features to look forward to in the next 3DS update and further on in the future. What do you think of eShop so far?

Nintendo announced that it is bringing a free 3DS messaging service in November at last week's Nintendo 3DS conference

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  1. Poke-J Friday 28th Oct 2011 at 09:13

    I'd love to have some free DLC for Mario Kart, extra characters and tracks would be pretty cool every now and then.

  2. Dalekbuster523 Friday 28th Oct 2011 at 09:23

    I hope that means there'll be demos for super Mario 3D land and Mario Kart 7.

  3. shy guy 64 Friday 28th Oct 2011 at 09:34

    sounds good to me

  4. jfm24 Friday 28th Oct 2011 at 09:41

    Yay demos! :D

  5. greycloud007 Friday 28th Oct 2011 at 09:45

    Finally Nintendo has realised there's money to be made with releasing DLC :)

  6. ARWING64 Friday 28th Oct 2011 at 09:47

    Demos! :D

  7. ledreppe Friday 28th Oct 2011 at 10:24

    Nice to see Nintendo are acknowleding smartphones. I'll be interested to see it on my iPhone, but how would you transfer a game downloaded through a smartphone onto your 3DS?

  8. L_A Friday 28th Oct 2011 at 10:26

    Why, all those features should have been available at launch... not almost one year after the console's release (for some of the features). But I'm not going to complain about that, I'm nonetheless glad Nintendo has finally realised it needed to bring its e-shop to a brand new level.

    I can't wait to get the demos and DLCs!

  9. SoulSilver IV Friday 28th Oct 2011 at 10:33

    Nice to see Nintendo are acknowleding smartphones. I'll be interested to see it on my iPhone, but how would you transfer a game downloaded through a smartphone onto your 3DS?

    It's likely that, when you make a purchase on your phone, it's added to your download queue, and your 3DS downloads the file the next time you log into the eShop. :)

  10. Beyond Birthday Friday 28th Oct 2011 at 10:36

    Hope they can bring down the price of some of the downloads. To be paying Ł7 for 20 year old games is not really fair or acceptable in this day and age.

  11. Eragon Firesword Friday 28th Oct 2011 at 10:44

    Hopefully this means it will actually be content that one downloads from an external source, as opposed to the preferred method of getting you to pay online to unlock content that's already on the disc/in the software.

  12. Jazzer94 Friday 28th Oct 2011 at 10:47

    I won't be happy till i find a e-shop card in london

  13. andisart Friday 28th Oct 2011 at 10:48

    This sounds all very good and is the right direction to go.
    A lot of people have asked for these type of features for a long time, so it's good to see Big N is catching up.
    Looking forward to this

  14. shadowlugia101 Friday 28th Oct 2011 at 12:00

    can wait to try out demos for games like kid icarus lugis mansion and paper mario

    i would also like to see how there going to make the eshop on the smart phone work

  15. Captain Kuchiki Friday 28th Oct 2011 at 12:41

    I can see reviews putting the QR codes at the end with the final store to help push impulse buying xD

  16. RaidingRaichu Friday 28th Oct 2011 at 12:44

    My ideas
    1.Character packs to add even more characters to Smash Bros. and MK when their released.
    2.New maps for Mk and Smash Bros.
    3. Wario and Waluigi/ Peach and Daisy add-ons for Super Mario 3D Land to let you play as them.

  17. Ai64 Friday 28th Oct 2011 at 14:16

    Ah! DLC and demos will be exciting! Yes please Nintendo! :)

  18. 5upern0va Friday 28th Oct 2011 at 14:31

    Whilst everything announced sounds like improving the e-shop, whats happened to 3D movies being available to download?
    I also agree with earlier comment that e-shop content needs to be priced more competitively.

  19. WHiTeFAce Friday 28th Oct 2011 at 14:48

    demos :D :D :D

  20. MartinIsAwesome Friday 28th Oct 2011 at 15:22

    This sounds brilliant. It could also add new life to titles you may have played and forgotten about, like extra tracks for Ridge Racer and stages for Sonic Generations in the future.

  21. Gpmps Friday 28th Oct 2011 at 15:49

    ITS EXACTLY WHAT I WAS THINKING.DEMOS.I DO BELIEVE THAT MORE 3DS WILL BE SOLD.AND THE E-SHOP IS STARTING TO GET MY ATTENTION!!!!

  22. Icytroid1993 Friday 28th Oct 2011 at 17:51

    I'd love to have some free DLC for Mario Kart, extra characters and tracks would be pretty cool every now and then.

    I love that idea! Also i feel extra DLC for Ridge Racer 3D would be great :) Demos are needed, mainly because i've downloaded a few games in the past on Wii shop channel and E-shop, and i've been dissapointed :( I'm sure many people have experienced this.

  23. omza Friday 28th Oct 2011 at 19:40

    I think an eShop app for iOS, Android, WP7 and other mobile platforms would go down well.

  24. Darklord101 Friday 28th Oct 2011 at 20:31

    Nintendo is finally catching up with the rest of the gaming world, better late than never i suppose.... :?

  25. imbusydoctorwho Friday 28th Oct 2011 at 21:26

    I'm liking the sound of that sir.

  26. Luigimon Saturday 29th Oct 2011 at 19:45

    Smartphones. Why do smartphones get everything? Why not normal phones?:(

  27. Samster296 Saturday 29th Oct 2011 at 19:48

    Demos would be nice. But I have heard that they might but that QR Iphone thing on it.

  28. Gaebora Sunday 30th Oct 2011 at 18:27

    I would kill for an MK7 demo right now :D

  29. Basty K Sunday 30th Oct 2011 at 22:24

    Demos and 3d recording do it for me. i can't go to any events for games, so i'd love to try demos for the games. and 3d recording? Enough said.

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