3DS eShop getting demos, add-on content, sleep mode downloads, web store

Nintendo President Satoru Iwata revealed big plans for 3DS eShop during the company’s most recent financial briefing.

According to Iwata, the next 3DS system update will add a boatload of functionality to the eShop including the ability for publishers to create add-on game content and game demos. The 3DS system itself will also become capable of performing downloads in Sleep Mode. That’s right, no more staring at the screen as you wait for your Game Boy Classics to download. This update is scheduled for the end of November.

Finally, a future 3DS system update will make the eShop accessible online so gamers will be able to browse and purchase downloadable titles from their PC or smartphone.

It’s probably too early to start shouting “Nintendo is working on a 3DS eShop iPhone app!” But Iwata certainly makes that sound like Nintendo’s next move.

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