Nintendo Reveals 3DS eShop Launch Games
Get ready for Excitebike, Pokedex 3D and plenty of DSiWare.
After months of waiting, the highly anticipated 3DS eShop and Internet browser will be available via download on June 6 in the United States. Even better, Nintendo pulled back the curtain on the official launch lineup.
Here's the best news. After installing the update, you'll be able to download free content.
First up is Pokedex 3D, a digital encyclopedia of more than 150 Pokemon from the recently released Black and White on DS. Not only can you view these battle monsters in 3D (along with their stats), but you can also collect more using StreetPass and by scanning codes. To learn more, read our Pokedex 3D preview.
Next up is the NES classic game, Excitebike, re-mastered in 3D. It'll be free until July 7.
In addition, you'll be able to download Game Boy hits Super Mario Land, Alleyway and Radar Mission, though Nintendo is a bit vague as to whether these titles will be available day one. Instead, it lists them as "Upcoming Virtual Console content." That said, future updates occur every Thursday.
Of course, you'll also have access to all of the DSiWare games. Nintendo will even let you transfer content from DSi/DSiXL to the 3DS.
"The Nintendo 3DS system is constantly evolving and growing," said Nintendo of America president and COO Reggie Fils-Aime. "The Nintendo eShop is a one-stop resource for a broad range of Nintendo information and downloadable games and applications. It expands the Nintendo 3DS experience with new and entertaining content."
As for the browser, it can display 3D images from websites specifically designed to display such pictures, but you can forget about Flash. On the positive side, you can pause a game, open/close the browser and then resume play.
Finally, Nintendo plans to release a short form video service that'll give users the opportunity to view 3D movie trailers, comedy clips and music videos through SpotPass. No word on when that will happen.
What's the verdict? Not a bad lineup by any means, but nowhere near as cool as Japan's eShop, which includes Excitebike, Xevious, Super Mario Land, Mega Man: Dr. Wily's Revenge, Kirby's Dreamland, Baseball, Phantasm and 3DSWare games like 3D Block Breaker and Mystery P.I.: The Missing Film. To be fair, though, 3DS debuted in Japan first.
On that note, we can't wait to download the eShop next week. Time for some Super Mario Land.