Nintendo admits Wii Shop, DSiWare Shop aren't great

Unlike the Wii and DSi, when the 3DS goes on sale in a few days, it will not launch with a full-fledged digital content store. The 3DS eShop won't come out until late spring, because as Nintendo admits, it still has work to do in order to compete with Sony and Microsoft.

In a recent interview, 3DS project manager Hideki Konno discussed why the eShop was delayed.

"We definitely want to make sure that it's ready before we bring it out," said Konno, before pointing to the Wii and DSi as examples of what can happen when a download platform is released too soon.

"The iterations that we've had before - for Wii and DS - to be honest, we just haven't been as satisfied as we would like," he admitted.

Konno even went so far as to say, "I don't think that anyone has been pleased with the user response. And I don't think that people have been using it as often as we want."

Unlike the Wii Shop, the PlayStation Store and Xbox Live Marketplace, for example, run all kinds of promotions and gimmicks, offer sales for top-selling games, and offer advanced ways to organize content. The Wii and DSi stores are inflexible by comparison. The 3DS eShop, Konno assures, will be different.

"Again, we're taking more time because we want to be able to create a system where a consumer sees a promotion and says, 'Wow, that looks great!' Sees a game demo, game trailer, whatever it is, and says, 'I want that!' And the ability to then say, 'Now I can purchase it right here without having to back out and go somewhere else' - we want to provide that experience," said Konno.

The 3DS goes on sale March 27, and Nintendo has previously said it expects the eShop to go live by the end of May, via a free firmware update.

[Source: Gamasutra]

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Mar 22, 2011




  • xombiesarelove - March 23, 2011 4:42 p.m.

    Maybe with the 3DS eshop we'll finally get Earthbound...
  • Sharkbot - March 23, 2011 3:52 p.m.

    In other news the sky is blue and the grass is green.
  • DecoyOctorok - March 23, 2011 2:25 p.m.

    The Wii store has good content but a lot of it is overpriced. It sounds like Nintendo has finally accepted that being online will be an integral part of modern consoles from her on out. I'll take this as a good sign.
  • austincharlesbond - March 23, 2011 11 a.m.

    "aren't great" doesn't even start to descibe IT!!
  • metroid2099400 - March 23, 2011 3:42 a.m.

    Please, Nintendo, for the love of god, bring your VC catalog from the Wii to the 3DS. I need my Super Metroid fix on the go!
  • theretrofish - March 23, 2011 12:55 a.m.

    The only problems I had with the shops were that you had to wait in the store while it downloaded a game. You couldn't play something and have it download in the background. It also disappointed me that nintendo never really did much with it. I would have loved to see some downloadable nintendo games. They could have been short low budget things that they could have done crazy shit to their existing franchises with. We could have seen some new F-zero for less then ten dollars! We could have had some awesome kid icuris rail shooter or something. We could have had a film noir version of legend of zelda! The only things they really did anything with was two pokemon games and a remake of Doctor Mario. I hope to see more in the next store.
  • shawksta - March 23, 2011 12:38 a.m.

    You know Nintendo's Serious when they fully admit their guilt on things, unlike other companies Nintendo cares,especially risking losing sales to make sure kids dont get damaged, Their getting better and Better every year, both by hardware and by maturnity
  • losthero15 - March 22, 2011 11:36 p.m.

    what the wii and dsi shops really needed was some consistantly good original games, especially first party nintendo games
  • Kazumi - March 22, 2011 11:27 p.m.

    I don't feel that the Wii Shop and DSi Shop are that bad. I've always been able to use them, and there is some quite decent content on both services. However, they pale in comparison to pretty much every other digital distribution platform out there. I hope that they make the eShop really easy to use with a quick interface. They should also promote it a lot more. Doing some special promotions or sales is a great way to generate more interesting a platform, and it's something that is sorely lacking in the other two shops. Here's also hoping that the size limit is greatly increased. What with the larger on-board storage, as well as the 3DS coming with an SD card that will be a lot more usable then that of the Wii and DSi, I don't doubt that the size limits will be larger than on the Wii. 50 MB is a terribly small amount.
  • claytonmiller - March 22, 2011 10:30 p.m.

    I think the WiiWare and DSiWare stores are usable, but could definitely use improvements. I can't wait to see what they have planned for the 3DS.
  • trackstar103 - March 22, 2011 10:18 p.m.

    I say take as much time as you need to make it worthwhile, Nintendo. I think a key point in the success of the 3ds will be its downloadable content. It's been said plenty already, but you just cant ignore games like Angry Birds, Tiny Wings, Cut the Rope, Doodle Jump, etc. Paired with CHEAP classic from the GB, GG, etc. $.99-$1.99 games will make 3ds a must own
  • darkmagshin - March 22, 2011 9:42 p.m.

    yeah, it just needs more costume quest!

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