It was delayed from being available at the console’s launch for a late May release. It was then delayed to June 7th (in the US) – which is now, and we now have it. Seriously, people just need to man up and be patient. Nintendo said it would come in the evening, and they delivered at 9:40pm PDT, around 12 hours before their E3 press conference. It was just as they had promised, so people need to stop having a cry.

Honestly, I don’t think Nintendo is truly satisfied with this release. I don’t think they were as ready as they had hoped to be. Why release it then? I think they’ve got some announcement(s) that they wanted to reveal at E3, which required the update to be released. They just got it out in time.

At 9:40pm PDT the official announcement was made, along with the notification sent out to 3DS systems. The update itself was available a tad beforehand. The cool part – it was a worldwide release. So those of us in Australia, and elsewhere, got the update the same time as those in the US. After a decent download time, and a restart, there is the updated system for all to see.

So what’s new? There’s the internet browser, which is nice. It will take a bit of adjusting for those of us accustomed to the DSi browser. The 3DS will now also download software updates automatically while in sleep mode. Another notable change is when you press the power button you are told that to activate sleep mode all you now need to do is close the console. You can also now import your stuff across from your DSi!

Of course, the big change is the Nintendo eShop – which so far has received nothing but complaints. People, obviously don’t use common sense. The shop has just launched, and so is still undergoing maintenance – as the messages on the eShop say. Those of you who run a website like us, would have some sort of understanding for how there is still the need for maintenance after going live with such a thing. Obviously the general public doesn’t sympathize though.

What people are forgetting is that Nintendo is effectively doing this update overnight in its main market – the US. It will have a few quirks to sort out. That’s why we’re getting error codes, and maintenance that prevent us from using the shop. It is effectively supposed to be available and fully ready in the morning. We’re not supposed to all be there trying to use it the minute it launches, and causing traffic overloads.

Nintendo knows we’d do this, but they also know that when it’s overnight, most people shouldn’t be accessing it yet. Nowhere near as many people are using it as there would be if it was at 4pm. People need to give it a moment to gain its bearings, and stop having a whine like they are on Nintendo’s and our Facebook page. Show some patience and it will be fully functional soon, if it isn’t already for you, because it is for me!

3Ds Virtual Console

So, from what I have seen of the 3DS shop, it is fantastic. It has a very nice interface, similar to the 3DS menu – and while not a massive launch array – there is lots to please. There is the free Excitebike as part of the 3D classics, the free Pokédex 3D and Super Mario Land on the virtual console for $6AU. They are the three for me that will see a prompt download.

There’s also much more – such as some other virtual console games, a selection of DSiWare, and details on released and upcoming games like Ocarina of Time 3D and Dead or Alive: Dimensions 3D – both with trailers which we can actually view in 3D now. No doubt the eShop is going to be a great step for the console and gaming – consumers just need to have some patience and realize that it won’t be perfect at first. Give it some time and it will be ready for you – if it isn’t yet. There are also search features, enhanced options and settings, a section to submit user reviews, a watchlist and much more. Don’t forget you can link your Club Nintendo account as well.

Overall though, this is an extremely bad time for a launch. Nintendo is focused on E3, we’re all focused on E3 – and this and E3 are almost too much for the both of us to handle at the same time. It makes me think that we’re going to be seeing something at E3 that made it necessary for the update to be out beforehand. Nevertheless, this eShop and update is as good as we’ve expected, so check it out.

This is the complete list of US eShop launch titles

The US has a lot more titles available than Australia and Europe. The main difference being due to DSiWare titles, of which outside of the US have so far only gotten the DSiWare favorites. Europe/Australia also has “Tennis” instead of “Radar Mission”. The shop updates every Thursday, so expect lots more titles – especially after E3.


  • 3D Classics: Excitebike
  • Pokedex 3D

Virtual Console

  • Super Mario Land
  • Alleyway
  • Radar Mission

DSiWare Favorites

  • Plants vs. Zombies
  • Airport Mania: First Flight
  • Big Bass Arcade
  • Anonymous Notes Chapter 2
  • Go Series Captain Sub
  • WarioWare Snapped!
  • Faceez! Monsters
  • Remote Racers
  • Dr. Mario Express
  • Hospital Havoc
  • Army Defender
  • Arcade Bowling
  • Fantasy Slots: Adventure Slots and Games
  • SteamWorld Tower Defense
  • Date or Ditch
  • Extreme Hangman
  • Advanced Circuits
  • Supermarket Mania
  • Academy: Tic-Tac-Toe
  • Shantae: Risky’s Revenge

Quick Plays

  • Tetris Party Live
  • Bejeweled Twist
  • Brain Age Express: Math
  • Frogger Returns
  • Brain Age Express: Sudoku
  • Word Searcher
  • 5 in 1 Solitaire
  • Arcade Bowling
  • 21: Blackjack
  • Crazy Pinball
  • 7 Card Games
  • Arcade Hoops Basketball
  • Clubhouse Games Express: Card Classics
  • Number Battle

2-Player Games

  • Ferrari GT: Evolution
  • Photo Dojo
  • Animal Boxing
  • Alt-Play: Jason Rohrer Anthology
  • My Farm
  • Absolute Chess
  • Everyday Soccer
  • Magnetic Joe
  • A Topsy Turvy Life: The Turvys Strike Back
  • My Exotic Farm
  • Jazzy Billbiards
  • Absolute Reversi
  • Clubhouse Games Express: Family Favorites
  • Art Style: BOXLIFE
  • Flight Control

4-Player Games

  • Dragon Quest Wars
  • Battle of Giants: Dragons-Bronze Edition
  • Guitar Rock Tour
  • American Popstar: Road to Celebrity
  • Bomberman Blitz
  • Spot It: Challenge
  • Need for Speed: Nitro-X
  • Pop Island: Paperfield
  • Ante Up: Texas Hold’em
  • Cosmo Fighters
  • UNO
  • Spot The Difference
  • Scrabble Classic
  • AiRace
  • Drift Street International
  • 101 MiniGolf World
  • Clubhouse Games Express: Strategy Pack
  • Mixed Messages
  • 4 Travellers: Play Spanish


  • Mario vs Donkey Kong: Minis March Again
  • Mario Clock
  • Mario Calculator
  • Game and Watch: Mario’s Cement Factory

Card Games

  • Downtown Texas Hold’em
  • 24/7 Solitaire
  • The Seller
  • Touch Solitaire

Puzzle Games

  • Puzzle Quest: Challenge of the Warlords
  • Word Searcher 3
  • JellyCar 2
  • Ikibago
  • Telegraph Crosswords
  • FIZZ
  • Spotto!
  • Art Style: AQUIA
  • Bookworm
  • Bloons
  • Puzzle League Express
  • Art Style: precipice
  • Don’t Cross The Line
  • Simply Mahjong
  • Animal Puzzle Adventure
  • Crazy Sudoku

Essential Games

  • Dark Void Zero
  • Cave Story
  • Thorium Wars
  • Little Red Riding Hood’s Zombie BBQ
  • Rhythm Core Alpha
  • Arcade Hoops Basketball
  • Paper Airplain Chase
  • G.G Series Dark Spirits
  • Dragon’s Lair
  • Music on: Electric Guitar

Strategy Games

  • Might Milky Way
  • Rummikub
  • Scrabble Slam
  • Fieldrunners
  • Don’t Feed The Animals
  • Number Battle

Games That Begin With W

  • Word Searcher II
  • World Poker Tour Texas Hold’ Em
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