EShop Revamp Confirmed

Published on October 28th, 2011

Nintendo will overhaul the 3DS eShop service with demos, sleep mode downloads, downloadable content and a browser version for PC and smartphones.

Company president Satoru Iwata broke the news to investors in recent financials saying that Nintendo is “aiming to accelerate [their] digital business.”

Demos will hit the eShop soon although developers will have the power to limit the number of times these can be played.

Another new feature will be sleep mode downloads that allow software, DLC and other updates to be downloaded whilst the system is in sleep mode.

A browser version for PC and smartphones will also be introduced. Purchases will not be available through the browser version of the eShop instead providing 3DS owners to snap a photo of a QR code which will open the correct page on the 3DS eShop.

Eventually, eShop purchases will be available through PC and smartphone.

A new firmware update is confirmed to land on the 3DS next month.

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