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3DS eShop Set To Launch In May, 3DS Netflix This Summer

3D versions of 2D classics, streaming videos, and more Game Gear games than you'll ever want to play.


 If you want to play My Exotic Farm on your 3DS, you'll have to wait until May.
With all of the detail and software impressions that we've been seeing about the Nintendo 3DS lately, the unanswered questions become more and more interesting. The obvious one? What's up with the Nintendo eShop!?! The company issued some additional details today about its digital offerings.

The digital arm of Nintendo's new handheld will launch after a system update planned for late May in North America and it will offer a few different types of content. A "short-form video service" will let you view trailers for upcoming 3D movies as well as video and screenshots for upcoming 3DS games. Selected music videos and "comedy shorts" will also be available. Because all comedy becomes automatically funnier when presented in 3D.

The 3DS Virtual Console will include games that were originally for the TurboGrafx-16, Game Boy, Game Boy Color, and Game Gear. These will appear in 2D, but a new "3D Classics" label will appear on classic games that have been "remastered" in 3D. A web browser and access to the games currently sold on Nintendo's DSiWare store will also be available on the 3DS after this May update, allowing a new generation of handheld owners to experience the majesty and the pagentry of DSiWare for themselves. If you've already purchased some DSiWare software, the May update will also include a way for you to transfer your purchases over to a 3DS.

Nintendo has also announced a deal with AT&T to allow the 3DS to connect automatically to AT&T's network of Wi-Fi hotspots. 3DS owners will have to opt in to the platform's SpotPass service to use the AT&T network.

Lastly, Nintendo has announced that a summer update will bring Netflix instant streaming support to the 3DS, allowng Netflix subscribers to pick up their streaming queue on the new handheld. No word on if this gives Netflix any incentive to start streaming 3D movies, but I'm going to go ahead and say that probably won't happen anytime soon.

OK, so the obvious question then becomes: Which classic games would you like to see remastered in 3D? I think some of the parallax scrolling found on various SNES and Genesis shooters would be a good fit for that look. And the Activision classic, Venetian Blinds, would obviously be huge. Jeff Gerstmann on Google+
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Posted by sewageking1

A game I would like to see in 3D is The Minnish Cap for Gameboy Advance.  I think it could look really cool with some subtle 3D effects, but I wonder how ambitious they will with turning 2D games into 3D.  Will it just look like a pop-up book, with objects like houses and trees popping up out of the screen, or will they actually be adding 3D polygons to these games?

Posted by sewageking1
@TripMasterMunky said:
" I wish they had it so you could play any Virtual Console games you purchased on the Wii would play on there too.  Portable Netflix sounds sweet. I don't know how I'd get a internet connection on the go, but still cool. "
I really wish the 3DS could play Virtual Console games from the Wii.  The ability to transfer PS1 games between a PS3 and PSP is a great feature, so I don't understand why Nintendo hasn't tried to do something similar with the DSi or 3DS.
Posted by Eyz

That's some pretty great news right there!~
 
For once the Game Gear gets some love on a modern system :P

Posted by confideration

Before I get excited about the virtual platforms i want to see how often games will be released. If it's anything like the Wii then no thanks. I'll see you in 2 years.

Posted by maderad

3DS!

Posted by AddamXavier

Nice to see them finally putting these consoles' catalogs for download somewhere, but i have a feeling the Game Gear games are just gonna be a rehash of previously released stuff.  You know, what Sega always does.
 
It will be cool to see what TubroGrafx games they put out though.

Posted by risingphoenix

hopefully they wont screw this up because it sounds awesome!