Nintendo 3DS eShop at GDC

Without question, we’re all excited for E3 on June 7th, but something that’s getting overlooked is June 6th – the day we finally get the 3DS update. Well, at least in North America, because we’re yet to hear of a date for elsewhere such as Europe and Australia. Nevertheless, North America gets their 3DS update the day before E3, which includes both the internet browser, 3DS eShop (or “virtual console”) and “a number of new features and enhancements”.

There isn’t going to be what you’d call a wide selection of games available from release, but there is a hell of a lot of potential for what is coming. Read for a brief sum up about what we know, what games I’m longing to see hit the eShop, and to tell us what games your wanting to see.

Nintendo has stated that they want to take their time getting this eShop right, because they weren’t happy with the way the Wii and DSi shops turned out. They want something easier to navigate, and that doesn’t involve excessive loading times. Sources say, something that is more like a program on the console, and you can hardly tell its even connected to the internet.

Prepaid cards have already been released in the US, so that and credit/debit cards should both be compatible with the shop. This time around the shop will go by a cash price system, instead of points, to make things easier. It has been announced that it will have Game Boy and Game Boy Color games (but no Game Boy Advance?), along with “classic” games in 3D – whatever that means. It was later announced that TurboGrafx 16 and Game Gear game will also be available. Remember you can port over your DSi Ware to your 3DS – so long as you didn’t trade it in the buy your 3DS like some of us.

As we reported earlier, this is everything included in the launch lineup for the 3DS shop:

  • 3DS Ware – Mega Man Legends 3 Prototype, Petitcom
  • DSi Ware – The ability to import DSi Ware from DSi to 3DS
  • 3D Classic – Classic titles in 3D. Excitebike, Legend of Zelda and Xevious will be available
  • Virtual Console GameBoy – Ikari no Yousai, Phantasm
  • Virtual Console Game Gear – Sonic & Tails 2, Sonic Drift 2, Dragon Crystal, Columns
  • Virtual Console GameBoy Color – Super Mario Land, The Legend of Zelda DX (Demo)
  • Virtual Console TurboGrafx-16 – Games TBA
  • Demos – 3D Video Player, 3D Game Trailer/Previews Channel, Fuji TV and Nippon TV Previews

No-one’s really sure what classic Legend of Zelda we’re expecting to see, but I’m tipping the original. A demo of Link’s Awakening DX also appears to be available. So that about wraps up everything we know about the eShop, so let me get on to my wishlist for games to see on the 3DS virtual console:

The Legend of Zelda

  • The Legend of Zelda and Adventure of Link (NES) – As 3D classics.
  • A Link to the Past (SNES) – As another classic.
  • Link’s Awakening DX (GBC)– We know this is coming, and finally some of us will get to experience it.
  • Oracle of Ages and Seasons (GBC) – These are a must, and can make the linked games scenario easier than before.
  • Four Swords (GBA) and Four Swords Adventures (GCN) – Despite being on the Game Boy Advance and Gamecube, these games need a rerelease with enhanced features to allow easy wireless multiplayer connections.
  • The Minish Cap (GBA)- Seriously, Game Boy Advance games should be on there to.

Everything Else

  • Pokemon: Red, Green, Blue, Yellow, (GB); Gold, Silver, Trading Card Game (GBC); Ruby, Sapphire, Emerald, FireRed, LeafGreen, Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Red Rescue Team (GBA) – So in other words, the complete first three generations. I really want to get to dominate the Hoenn region, because it’s the only region I haven’t.
  • Metroid: Return of Samus (GB), Metroid Fusion and Zero Mission (GBA) – and even the original as a classic.
  • Kirby’s Dreamland series – I want this almost more than anything on the eShop – Dreamland 1, 2 and 3 – and why not all other handeld Kirby games such as Kirby & the Amazing Mirror.
  • Mario – Everything Mario; from Doctor Mario (GB) to Super Mario Land 1 & 2 (GB); how cool will they be when you can actually save your progress and come back later. Other console Mario titles should make the classics as well.
  • Donkey Kong – Donkey Kong Country has to make it on the “classics” list.

So that’s everything that comes to my mind when I think of the potential for the 3DS eShop. Let us know in the comments below if you agree. What other games do you want to see? I am sure Tetris is amongst them. Let us know what you long for, and hopefully with the eShop coming the day before E3, we’re going to get a lot of eShop announcements at Nintendo’s press conference.

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