Nintendo upgrading eShop with DLC and demo support

Underwhelmed by Nintendo's eShop? Give it time. Today, the company confirmed its upcoming firmware update for the 3DS will enhance the online outlet with long overdue features like support for game demos, DLC, and improved download options.

The improvements were outlined in Nintendo's latest financial briefing, and are part of a larger strategy to rebound following one of its most disappointing fiscal years in recent memory. According to the document, part of its 'Digital Business Plan' includes opening up to eShop to future add-on content, something its president Satoru Iwata says is, “a feature a number of software creators have been looking forward to”. Developers will also have the means to post demos of their upcoming titles and control how long or how often each can be played. Lastly, the upcoming firmware update will make it easier for 3DS owners to obtain eShop content by allowing it to be downloaded while the system is in sleep mode.

Looking beyond the next firmware update, Nintendo's said it will soon be making the eShop accessible through non-3DS devices such as home computers and smartphones. Explaining how it plans to embrace these platforms, Iwata noted: “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.”

Iwata did not say when Nintendo would begin rolling out this online initiative, but his report did indicate the 3DS firmware software—complete with 3D video recording and other previously announced goodies—will be ready next month for download Japan, and shortly thereafter across the globe.

Oct 28, 2011



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  • patissier - October 31, 2011 1:55 a.m.

    Its nice they are still thinking of the 3DS just wish they had games worth getting for the system.
  • SparkleDevon - October 28, 2011 4:32 p.m.

    Now, they just need to make it more like Steam and have brief sale periods for games, to get more people into buying DLC and Downloadable games.
  • Hydrohs - October 28, 2011 3:45 p.m.

    Good to see the eShop getting functionality like this, although I'd really like to see it easier to browse through. It's absolutely terrible right now.
  • therawski - October 28, 2011 2:33 p.m.

    If these software updates make my supercard not work, then I just won't update. There are no games coming for 3ds that would make me trade putting my ds library on one card for yet another empty promise. I'm not pirating games, but they aren't making anything convenient or anticipated.
  • FoxdenRacing - October 28, 2011 12:56 p.m.

    This is a huge gamble. Could it be that Nintendo is finally walking away from the sorely-needed-industry-wide wisdom of 'A late game is late until it launches; a bad game is bad forever'? Play with your fire, Iwata-sempai, and I'll hold my judgement until you have. Please don't get burned!
  • shawksta - October 28, 2011 12:16 p.m.

    They did say about improving the Eshop, good to see Nintendo adding even more. Yay Demo's, We use some of those! I liked Iwata's approach, before he stated about DLC but he doesnt want to utilize it poorly but adding simple add ons, which makes it interesting how much they'll do for a simple DLC especially for their important series.
  • shawksta - October 28, 2011 12:16 p.m.

    *we COULD use some of those!
  • SunniDee - October 28, 2011 11:55 a.m.

    Interesting gamble
  • mopfish - October 28, 2011 2:02 p.m.

    How is it a gamble???

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