There are some significant changes coming to the Nintendo 3DS eShop. This is good news for anyone who feels that the eShop is currently a bit lacking.
One of the eShop upgrades, which is coming with the November firmware update, will let developers include "add-on content" to their downloadable games. "This is a feature a number of software creators have been looking forward to," said Nintendo of Japan president Satoru Iwata.
The firmware update will also let developers and publishers roll out demos. But the most welcome news will be the upcoming ability to download games and apps while the Nintendo 3DS is in sleep mode.
In the future, Nintendo will also release a web- and- smartphone-based interface for the eShop. Iwata says the function will be partially realized in the November update, which will allow people to buy games by pointing the Nintendo 3DS at relevant QR codes on the web version of the eShop. Users will also be able to use the web shop to check out game information without having to bring the 3DS online.
A fully-functional retail interface for the web-based eShop will be available at a later date.
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