News Article

Europe, This Is Your eShop Launch Day Line-Up

Posted by James Newton

What's on offer on 7th June

The speculation can cease: Nintendo of Europe has announced the games you'll be playing next week when the eShop launches.

As we reported the other day, European 3DS users will be able to download the free Pokédex 3D application, which takes players through the 150 new monsters in Pokémon Black & White in glorious 3D.

Users will also get a free download of Excitebike, part of the 3D Classics range that will make old games feel new again through 3D technology. Excitebike will be free for the first month.

As for games you'll be expected to pay for, here's what's on offer:

Virtual Console — Game Boy

Nintendo does not specify if there will be other formats available at launch, so don't expect to see Game Gear, Game Boy Color or Turbografx-16 games hit the service just yet. These games have not been given prices either.

Unlike Japan, there will be no third party 3DSWare available at launch, though there'll be plenty of DSiWare to download.

Finally, the long-awaited update will also bring the 3DS web browser into play. Although the browser won't support Flash, it will allow users to view 3D images on websites, as well as the uploading and downloading of 3D photos taken using the 3DS cameras.

Lastly, there'll also be the chance to sign up for a short form 3D video service in the future, which will provide music videos, movie trailers and comedy videos all in 3D, all through SpotPass and all for free.

Anything take your fancy, Europe?

Nintendo Offers Free Re-mastered 3D Version of NES Classic Excitebike for Limited Time

June 2, 2011 – Nintendo of Europe has announced that the first major system update for the hand-held Nintendo 3DS™ system will be available in Europe on 7th June. By performing the free update via a wireless broadband Internet connection, Nintendo 3DS users will have access to an Internet browser and the Nintendo eShop, which will give them access to a variety of new content, including Pokédex™ 3D, an application that lets fans see Pokémon™ characters in 3D. To celebrate the grand opening of the Nintendo eShop, Nintendo is offering the NES™ game Excitebike™ re-mastered in 3D as a free download until July 7 for anyone who performs the system update. Additional new Virtual Console™ content available with the Nintendo eShop includes Game Boy™ games Super Mario Land™, Alleyway™ and Tennis™. New content is added to the Nintendo eShop every Thursday.

The Nintendo eShop is a digital store for Nintendo 3DS owners that provides access to a wide variety of downloadable content, such as original 3D software, classic games that have been re-mastered in 3D called 3D Classics, Game Boy and Game Boy Color “Virtual Console” games in their original 2D glory, and an extensive library of Nintendo DSiWare™ games. Visitors can also view video game trailers, screen shots and product information for games, including those available at retail locations.

Within the Nintendo eShop, Nintendo 3DS users will also be able to download the free Pokédex 3D application and start collecting data for more than 150 Pokémon™ from the Pokémon Black and Pokémon White Version games. This new application lets users see each Pokémon in 3D with animated motion and sound. The Pokémon image can be rotated 360 degrees, allowing users to zoom in and view it from any angle. The detailed Pokédex also allows users to search, sort and filter all of the data they receive in a variety of ways, making it the essential guide for Pokémon fans. Players can complete their Pokédex by sharing data with friends and using the SpotPass™ feature, or by scanning special Pokémon AR Markers (augmented reality markers). Once users have received data for a Pokémon, the AR Viewer allows them to view that Pokémon image in a real-world setting in real time, and create photos to share with friends.

Other capabilities that go live with the system update include a free Internet browser which has the capability to show 3D images on sites specifically designed to show 3D images. The browser can also be used during gameplay. Users can stop their Nintendo 3DS game and go to the browser by pressing the Home button and then resume their game when they are finished browsing. People can also use the browser to download 3D pictures from the Internet or upload ones they have taken with the Nintendo 3DS cameras.

The system update also gives Nintendo DSi™ and Nintendo DSi XL™ owners the ability to easily transfer most of their previously purchased Nintendo DSiWare™ games to their new Nintendo 3DS systems.

The system update also gives users the ability to receive SpotPass content from supported public WiFi hotspots across Europe and in the near future, users will be able to download a free application for a short-form video service that will enable them to view specially selected video content, including 3D movie trailers, comedy clips and music videos automatically received using the SpotPass feature.

To perform the recommended system update, Nintendo 3DS users can simply start the “System Settings” from the Home Menu, select “Other Settings” and scroll the page right to select “System Update.”

For more information about Nintendo 3DS, visit (from Monday)

From the web

User Comments (38)



Dodger said:

Assuming this is most of what America will get also.

Free games are cool. Free browser is cool, but I was really hoping it would have flash. 3D images with the browser? Know what people will do with that.

Hoping the US gets Link's Adventure DX too because that's what I've really been looking forward to. I want that a lot more then super Mario Land.

Edit: And we don't. Ah well, I'm sure that will come soon. Not going to waste money on stuff I don't want then, I'll get the 3DS cash card and save my 3DS cash for stuff I actually want.



Raptor78 said:

Soooooo, if this is the launch line up and the new date for shop updates is Thursdays would that mean they would skip the first Thursday or would we get a shop update a couple of days after the launch. Hmmmmmm.



FonistofCruxis said:

This launch line-up isn't that good apart from Super Mario land which I am definetley getting next week. I'm also dissapointed that the web broser doesn't support flash.



James said:

@jtr235 I was writing up the US update at the same time, crossed wires. As for why they don't release it today — they want to make a big song and dance about it at E3 on Tuesday, of course



SKTTR said:

Opens up with 5 pieces of software, two being free and three being VC in 3D? Nice.



Yasume said:

@CaptainH: Really? I thought only a select amount of classic games would be remade in 3D.

Edit: I can't find any confirmation on this after reading through the article again and look at this:

The Nintendo eShop is a digital store for Nintendo 3DS owners that provides access to a wide variety of downloadable content, such as original 3D software, classic games that have been re-mastered in 3D called 3D Classics, Game Boy and Game Boy Color “Virtual Console” games in their original 2D glory

Can you point out where it is written that the GameBoy games will be in 3D?



RyuZebian said:

Woh woh woh..! "Free or 1 month?" I'm about to say something foul directed to Nintendo, but this site is too family friendly for it. I'll just go to Kotaku, then..
Waaiit... Does it mean you only get to keep it for a month (could be, we all know our 3D video is going to disappear) or is it free only to those who download it before 7th July? I'm so confused... Help?



TrevorTheChan said:

It will be interesting to see what kind of cross-promotion we'll see when the video service launches. The frequency of new content will be vital.



Einherjar said:

I cant beleave it . I was waiting for Links Awakening to FINALY have something to play on my 3DS while im waiting for OoT and RE-Mercs...but Tennis and Alleyway ? Ok, these are not bad games but they wont be fun for long. Now i really regret buying my 3DS so early...




3DS Pokedex, Excitebike and Super Mario Land. Sweeeeet!

Plus a shed load of dsiware that I haven't downladed onto my dsi!



komicturtle said:

You guys get Tennis.

I want that D:

And Japan gets the most VC games. But they've been waiting longer than us... But still.... Kirby D:



G-MaxiMillion said:

If I had to buy myself one of the VC games out now in all regions, it would be Kirby. And I'm not even a fan of Kirby, nor Gameboy titles.

I'm not looking foward to Monday anymore, I'm starting to realise I'm gonna look through the whole eShop in less than 30 minutes, use the Internet Browser for almost nothing and play Excitebike and the Pokedex for less than an hour.



timp29 said:

Looks good. Also good on you guys for having the 'promoted' story icon. Journalism with integrity!! Respect



Yasume said:

@CaptainH: Yes, those are called 3D Classics and Excitebike is one of them. It is the original NES game and it is re-mastered in 3D. The 3 other announced GameBoy games will be in 2D just as the article states so there will only be 1 game available at launch in 3D and that is Excitebike.



Arkaein said:

@RyuZebian: It sounds like Photo Dojo when that was released. Get it during the free download period and you keep it for free forever. Get it later and you have to pay for it like a standard download.

Clearly, Nintendo wants to create an added bit of urgency for people to both buy a 3DS and access the eShop.



Pj1 said:

Do you we get exitebike for free? The wait is over soon, thank goodness......



TheAmazingRaccoon said:

looking forward to the dsiware portal at the moment because I have set my 3DS to UK to get Shantae and Mighty Milky Way



Henmii said:

So IGN was somewhat right after all. They predicted a Pokemon game that made heavily use of Augmented reality!

A pity that when I'll buy a 3DS, Excitebike 3D isn't for free anymore (I'll wait untill the 3DS gets cheaper).



WaveBoy said:

Super Mario Land and Excite Bike for free and in 3D? Oh hell yes.
And you know, I'm kind of glad I held off opening up my 3DS and instead saved it for June, well the 5th to be exact. 2 days after that the eShop will be opening, not to mention Zelda OOT 3D is hitting this month hehe. But the best thing yet, will obviously be Nintendo's insane E3 on the 7nth.
Going to be an awesome for me! muhaha



Late said:

Now I have to buy 3DS before it's too late. I want that Excitebike. I could buy it already but I was thinking of getting some more money first.
School ended today, now I have a lot of time to work and get some money



CapnKael said:

Very small amount of stuff available, but i'm kinda happy about that. At the end of the day, if there were 40 games available I would never be able to afford them all, but with three (of which I'm definately getting two - Mario and Alleyway) it makes it easier to keep up with the games released weekly.

Leave A Comment

Hold on there, you need to login to post a comment...