GDC11: Nintendo eShop for the 3DS Available in Late May

By Allen Park

March 2, 2011

Looks like we finally have a pseudo-release date for the 3DS’s all encompassing online store: late May of this year. In a continuation of our GDC keynote news, Reggie announced that in an online updates coming in late May, the Nintendo eShop will be added to the 3DS, and with some new promising features.

The eShop will include the already existing DSiWare service, along with the ability to transfer DSiWare games from your DSi account to your shiny new 3DS. Added too will be the 3DS flavor of the Virtual Console, offering classic handheld games not only from the Game Boy and Game Boy Color, but also from the Game Gear and the TurboGrafx-16 handhelds.

And if that weren’t enough, Nintendo will also be offering 3D Classics, beloved retro games from the Nintendo library, remastered in 3D. Whether this will be successful or not, I can’t be sure, but it’s certainly an intriguing thought.

Oh, and there’s also going to be some short-form video service too that offers music videos and comedy-shorts selected personally by Nintendo, but who cares about that? I’m daydreaming about playing Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Ages/Seasons and the Game Gear version of Lion King on a modern Nintendo handheld.

Heaven: I finally have it.

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Allen is an utter whore of a gamer; he's completely open-minded to all games, be they AAA blockbusters or $5 casual children's games. His focus is on indie games specifically, valuing gameplay and ingenuity over sparkly visuals and ridiculous gimmicks. When he's not geeking out over the newest art game, he's out toning his sexy, sculpted shoulders while surfing epic 1.5ft waves, or having a good time with local, high-gravity microbrews.

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