3DS eShop: Five Reasons You Need It
Mario, Pokemon and free Excitebike. What every starving Nintendo fan needs.
Nintendo 3DS owners can finally breathe a collective sigh of relief. After waiting more than two agonizing months, the publisher will finally release the highly anticipated eShop June 6 in the U.S., giving players the chance to download re-mastered classics, DSiWare and new pieces of content.
The eShop comes as part of a free update, so there's nothing to lose by downloading it. If anything, it will only serve to enhance a handheld in need of a boost.
That said, we can't wait. There's a lot to love about this virtual store, and you shouldn't hesitate to grab it.
With that in mind, we have five reasons why you need the eShop.
As soon as you open the eShop, you'll be able to download the old NES classic, Excitebike, free of charge; the game supports glasses free 3D. On top of that, you can also download Pokedex 3D, a digital encyclopedia that features Pokemon from the recently released Black and White. You can view the critters in 3D, check out their stats and acquire additional battle monsters through StreetPass and by scanning QR codes from Nintendo.
Bottom line, video game publishers don't make a habit of giving away free content, so don't ignore this rare opportunity.
Nintendo plans to dig through its library and re-release plenty of Game Boy/Game Boy Color titles, such as Super Mario Land, Alleyway and Radar Mission. OK, so those last two are a bit weak, but Super Mario Land is without question one of the best portable adventures of all time.
On top of that, Sega hopes to Game Gear to 3DS, opening the door for a wealth of Sonic the Hedgehog games.
3DS will also run all the DSiWare games, like Mighty Milky Way, Shantae: Risky's Revenge and Dark Void Zero. Nintendo will even let you transfer games from the DSi and DSi XL to the 3DS. Now you can keep everything in one place.
Unprecedented Nintendo access
From what we've seen, Nintendo has gone to great lengths to make the eShop a more satisfying experience than Virtual Console on the Wii. Not only can you rate games, but you'll also be able to access trailers, screens and info for titles both on the Shop and in stores.
Finally, you can expect a whole new category of video games specially designed to take full advantage of the 3DS' capabilities. Although Nintendo plans to launch 3DSWare after the eShop, it should be a grand unveiling, thanks in part to Capcom's upcoming Mega Man Legends 3: Prototype Version.