by Mike Bendel on January 31, 2011 @ 7:59 am
As revealed earlier this month, some of the more integral aspects to the 3DS’ online experience – such as the eShop and built-in browser – will arrive post-launch. In a recent financial results briefing, company president Satoru Iwata gave a timeframe for the eventual rollout: May.
In late May, nearly two months after the initial launch, Nintendo plans on deploying a sizable firmware update that will add the digital shop functionality, along with the ability to browse the web and transfer purchased DSiWare titles to the new system.
Why the delay? Nintendo is spending extra time to get it right, pointing to the faults it made with the Wii and DSi shop channels. In that regard, Iwata called the eShop a “drastically redesigned” avenue.
“As it is critical in digital software distribution that the software available there won’t be buried and go unnoticed, and that we can prepare pleasant encounters for consumers, we will be running a drastically redesigned shop for Nintendo 3DS in which you can more comfortably purchase software through downloads. Our goal is to make Nintendo eShop a place where you feel like stopping by and enjoying window shopping.”
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