eShop service absent at 3DS launch?

You'll have to wait to transfer DSiWare too.

It looks like the 3DS's online store, dubbed the Nintendo eShop, won't be online in time for the system's launch.

According to a Nintendo press release, the handheld's digital game emporium won't be usable out of the box and will be added in "through a system update".

Not only that, but you won't immediately be able to transfer your DSiWare games across to your new handheld either. That service "will be provided after the hardware's launch."

We've reached out to Nintendo for clarification and will update when it responds.

Nintendo offered a few more details about the eShop at its 3DS event in Amsterdam earlier today. It will offer access to DSiWare, exclusive digital 3DS games and classic Game Boy and Game Boy Color titles.

There's no confirmation on what vintage offerings Nintendo has lined up for the service, but monochrome platforming classic Super Mario Land can be spied in official screenshots.

You'll also be able to view game trailers, download demos and rate your purchases.

Nintendo confirmed that the eShop will use "a cash-based system". Sorry folks, no bartering. Users can either input credit card details in the shop or purchase a Nintendo 3DS Prepaid Card on the high street.

The 3DS is finally due to hit European shelves from 25th March. It's going to be quite expensive

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