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Exciting new things heading to 3DS - here's what we've got to look forward to

We're very much in a temporary lull after the release of Nintendo 3DS. You've probably finished Pilotwings, breezed through Super Monkey Ball and realised that Super Street Fighter IV 3D's online mode is actually as addictive as illegal things and taken a bit of a break for your family's sake. So what now? Where are the games? Fear not! A new firmware update is due any day now - and it's going to give us loads more to do.

 

eShop

For starters, the biggest point of the update will be the Nintendo eShop, which will give us a load of new (old) games to play as well as some neat bespoke software. Here's what's been confirmed so far:

 

3D Classics

Nintendo is giving a selection of old games (most likely NES and arcade classics, at least to begin with) a 3D make-over - and giving away Excitebike at launch. This could be Japan-only, but we're fairly sure we'll be getting that too, especially given the game's good reputation in the West. But it won't end there. Imagine how good classics like Donkey Kong could look in 3D.


Above: As Borat (or Cundy) would say... "Very excite!"

 

Game Boy and Game Boy Color games

Brett's already had some hands-on time with Super Mario Land and Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening. They're so old now that an entire generation of gamers will have missed out on them - and 3DS is going to be a wonderful way to experience them for the first time, just so long as you can forgive the technical limitations.


Above: There it is, folks - your 3DS will be showing images like this very soon

 

TuboGrafx-16 games

There hasn't been a confirmed list of titles for the eShop's launch, although the existing line-up on Wii's own Virtual Console gives us a clue. Bomberman '93 gave us plenty of hours of retro fun when that got a re-release. The small screen would be the perfect home for its simple charms.

 

Game Gear games

Five of 'em at launch, rumoured to be Columns, Sonic Drift 2, GG Shinobi, Sonic Triple Trouble and Dragon Crystal. That's not bad at all - Columns and Shinobi are both pretty damn essential and Sonic Triple Trouble was the last 'proper' Sonic game released on the system, so it was pretty advanced for the hardware. Sonic Drift 2 sure ain't a patch on Mario Kart... but who knows? Maybe on a screen where you can actually see what's going on, it will provide more entertainment.

Here's hoping Disney's happy for Donald Duck's Lucky Dime Caper and Mickey Mouse's Land of Illusion to get re-released soon.


Above: Donald Duck and Mickey Mouse each had a couple of great handheld platformers. Do want!

 

Demos and more

Nintendo's aim for the new eShop service is for it to be a mix of Wii's Shopping and Nintendo channels. It also wants browsing the store to be fast-flowing. So we'd imagine SpotPass will be used to download the contents of the store's 'stacks' (indexes of grouped games) to the internal memory, leaving you to fly through menu screens instead of waiting for each one to load s-l-o-w-l-y. Being able to browse for demos, trailers and special offers quickly is going to mean an enjoyable shopping experience for you and more revenue for Nintendo. Everyone's a winner.

 

Internet Browser

Interesting one, this. The DSi's browser and its shop-bought DS phat counterpart was pretty rubbish - will the new internet browser be any good? It's actually already got an icon on the 3DS' menu screen, which doesn't do anything except tell you that it'll be unlocked in a future firmware upgrade. This will be the second major feature unlocked by the update.


Above: Remember this? DS Lite's browser came in a box with an extra RAM card. And it still sucked

There's also the possibility a Facebook channel, although this is unconfirmed. DSi was given social networking access in a firmware upgrade, so it makes sense that the new machine would have at least the same functionality as its predecessor.

 

Backwards compatibility with DSiWare

If, like us, you had games stored on an SD card from DSi, you were probably disappointed to see that they didn't even show up when you put it into your 3DS (even though all your photos did). These previously-downloaded games will apparently be activated on your 3DS with the new firmware via the currently closed off 'System Transfer' option in the settings menu. We do hope that this doesn't require the original DSi system to be present. Yup, that one's looong gone.

 
Above: This picture from the website shows DSiWare compatibility as well as trailers of upcoming games

Nintnedo's being tight-lipped on the exact date of the new firmware's arrival, but it is due this month. Once we get these features and the summer releases start flowing, the system's really going to take off. We're excited - are you?

10 May, 2011

24 comments

  • shnazzyone - May 12, 2011 3:24 a.m.

    Dammit, I want this update now!
  • meh - May 11, 2011 10:45 p.m.

    Once the new Zelda : OoT remake comes out, this will further strengthen my will to buy this.
  • Shatgan - May 11, 2011 7:50 p.m.

    I'm getting megaman legends prototype :D
  • philipshaw - May 11, 2011 3:45 p.m.

    Can't wait for for my free copy of Excitebike
  • mackshizzle - May 11, 2011 5:57 a.m.

    The manual said that I can go to the home menu, access the internet without closing out my game and go right back in. What kind of sorcery is that?!
  • shawksta - May 11, 2011 5:24 a.m.

    Yep thats right, I feel like a Druggy with Super Street Fighter 4's Online! Cant wait till this update kicks in!
  • gumbyx84 - May 11, 2011 1:16 a.m.

    Last I read, Nintendo said you had to have the original DSi/DSi XL to transfer the games over. http://techforums.nintendo.com/message/29727
  • masterjoe123 - May 10, 2011 10:03 p.m.

    I wonder if the internet will be in 3D. Nintendo needs to hurry up with this update.
  • Bawheidbob - May 10, 2011 5:38 p.m.

    GG Shinobi i remember playing that game so much back in the day to the point where i could complete the game without getting hit during an entire playthrough. probably my best achievement in life sadly :)
  • Zanthis - May 10, 2011 5:25 p.m.

    I'm enthusiastic, but I really just want the update to go live at this point. Also, don't take away my Ok Go music video.
  • WindsorG - May 10, 2011 5:25 p.m.

    @Codystovall Mega Man Legends 3 - Prototype Version says hello. E-Shop launch title, completely new and packed with content. That's the only -announced- brand new title coming with the eShop at launched. DSiWare has fantastic releases that I doubt you played. Maybe you did, but all of them will be available from day 1 and are more than checking out. There are plenty of new games to go along with classics. And come on, seriously, there's not a single classic game that you played as a kid that you lost track of and would like to play again? There's not a single classic game that you wanted as a kid but never got a hold of? Don't pretend that there isn't.
  • Spybreak8 - May 10, 2011 5:07 p.m.

    This would have been perfect at launch, let you waste some nostalgic or fresh time as you're waiting for Zelda and the other announced 3DS games to come out.
  • DarkTone - May 10, 2011 4:55 p.m.

    Agreed. LOVE the Ninty back library but they should concentrate on the future.
  • nebno6 - May 10, 2011 4:51 p.m.

    As I read on another forum, im guessing they're waiting for everyone to buy flash carts for their ds or custom firmware etc. and then make the updates ban these consoles, then people have an incentive to stop pirating.
  • codystovall - May 10, 2011 4:26 p.m.

    Need new games, not old.
  • kurtissmejkal - May 10, 2011 4:06 p.m.

    So no date, just an ambiguous timeframe of this month :I
  • marioman50 - May 10, 2011 3:51 p.m.

    @BigWillis Shantae, and possibly Mighty Milky Way Check out IGN's "The Top 15 DSiWare Games" feature, and see if anything there interests you.
  • GR_JustinTowell - May 10, 2011 3:49 p.m.

    So hands up - who's going to link their credit card to the 3DS store? ;)
  • Bladex206 - May 10, 2011 3:45 p.m.

    I really hope the shop will have a good spread of classics. I did not buy many VC games on my Wii. However the 3DS seems like the perfect fit to have a full library of 2D games that I could take with me anywhere. My wallet is ready.
  • GR_JustinTowell - May 10, 2011 3:41 p.m.

    @nebno6 - I did say last 'proper' Sonic game on GG. I would never even entertain the prospect of including Sonic Blast as part of the main series :P

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