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Nintendo 3DS eShop system update due in June

Nintendo's fancy handheld will finally get its Internet browser and eShop store on June 6, when a new system update launches.

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Back in January, Nintendo revealed that the 3DS 'eShop' digital store and Internet browser wouldn't be included when the fancy new handheld was released in March, instead launching in a system update. At the time, Nintendo expected to launch it "late May" but the company revealed yesterday that it'll in fact arrive in June.

The system update will be available to download over wifi in North America on the evening of June 6, Pacific time. It's also expected to add an option to transfer DSiWare games from a Nintendo DSi to a 3DS. Nintendo didn't give a full list of all the update will bring, only saying that it'll add "new features and enhancements" and highlighting the eStore and browser.

The eShop will sell downloadable games, like the similar services on Wii and DSi. However, Nintendo has said it's learnt from the mistakes of those dreadful stores and that the eShop will offer a "drastically redesigned" shopping experience. The eShop will also have a Virtual Console of its own, selling vintage Gameboy, Gameboy Colour, TurboGrafx-16 and Game Gear games.

While Opera has been Nintendo's browser of choice for several years, the 3DS browser is reportedly NetFront--as used by the PlayStation 3 and PSP.

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    May 12, 2011 6:00 AM

    Alice O'Connor posted a new article, Nintendo 3DS eShop system update due in June.

    Nintendo's fancy handheld will finally get its Internet browser and eShop store on June 6, when a new system update launches.

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      May 12, 2011 6:13 AM

      Well at least we have an "exactly" when now.

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      May 12, 2011 6:16 AM

      The 3ds might get its Eshop before psn is backup.

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        May 12, 2011 6:59 AM

        LOL, have people not been able to play COD online all this time or what? Sorry, haven't been keeping up...

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        May 12, 2011 7:09 AM

        I think Sony is being overly optimistic about that. If they've really had to do a full security system overhaul, you'd want them to test that think for a good while to find any holes. Seems like they've only just had enough time to draft their plan and start coding, let alone go through a full round of QA on it.

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      May 12, 2011 6:42 AM

      Finally I can play Mega man legends 3 prototype!

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        May 12, 2011 10:05 AM

        I need a My Notebook on my 3DS. I have been lost without my 128 pages! Hopefully they come out with an aqua blue one first to match the color of my system. That would be BOSS.

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          May 12, 2011 3:53 PM

          Not to mention finally getting our hands on Flashlight 3D!

          Then maybe about 38 games with Domo in them, and I think we're all just dying to see what Gameloft and Genterprize do with the new hardware.

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          May 12, 2011 4:22 PM

          You guys might laugh but I can't wait for the alarm clock apps to come out. There isn't one and I use it all the time with my DS Lite.

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      May 12, 2011 10:08 AM

      Wait a second. Thats the day before E3. I smell disaster.

      But it may be a good way to take a little wind out of Sony's press conference news...

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      May 12, 2011 4:34 PM

      I really enjoy subtleties in language sometimes. For instance, "fancy" often means overly complex or useless, and "finally" can easily refer to something that well past due. So, what we could really be saying here is "Nintendo's useless handheld receives long overdue update. GG Nintendo. Go fuck yourself."

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      May 13, 2011 12:29 PM

      The system update will be available to download over wifi in North America on the evening of June 6, Pacific time.

      lol glad to know the update will occur pacific time

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