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eShop FAQs

What is the eShop?
This is the 3DS version of the DSi Shop, or the Wii Shop Channel. The eShop will offer downloadable games for 3DS, its own version of the Virtual Console, the vast majority of the DSiWare catalogue and future releases, as well as additional content.

What setup do I need to complete?
When you launch the eShop for the first time, you will be asked to read various terms and conditions and opt in or out of some features. You will need to agree to the terms of the eShop as a whole and then you will get the opportunity to link your 3DS to your Club Nintendo account. In addition, you will be asked whether you want to opt in to receiving content and notifications via SpotPass, and also whether you are happy to share your 3DS data, such as eShop activity, with Nintendo. Whatever options you choose, you will have the opportunity to change them in ‘Settings/Other’ at the far left of the main section, or via the ‘Menu’ button.

What kind of 3DS games will be downloadable?
These will be new titles for download that are playable only on 3DS. These will include ‘3D Classics’, an example being the launch day release 3D Classics Excitebike, free until July 7th. In addition, you can also receive the free Pokédex 3D, allowing you to collect Pokémon in charming 3D. Titles in the pipeline include a new Mega Man Legends game from Capcom, while other developers of various sizes are more than likely planning to support the platform.

Tell me more about ‘3D Classics’
These will be re-mastered versions of retro titles that will make use of the 3D screen. In the case of Excitebike there are 3D effects, in terms of field of depth, as well as improved menus and overall presentation.

What platforms are supported in the eShop Virtual Console?
At present, there are only Game Boy and Game Boy Colour titles available. Other platforms such as Game Gear and TurboGrafx-16 are promised, and fans will be hoping for future confirmation of, amongst other things, Game Boy Advance releases.

Are the Virtual Console games simple duplicates of the originals, or do they include extra features?
Although the content of Virtual Console games is identical, there are some extra features to improve the overall gameplay experience.

During play, holding X or tapping the touch screen brings up the Virtual Console Menu. In this menu you can create a restore point (save point) as well as reset the game. You are limited to one restore point, though the 3DS also includes a ‘suspended state’, so that the game will pick up where you left off when you close and re-open the application.

When playing Game Boy games, if you hold the L and R shoulder buttons you can toggle the screen colour with the Y button, meaning you can play in black and white or with a green screen, replicating the look of the original Game Boy handhelds.

Finally, if you hold either Start or Select while opening a Game Boy or Game Boy Colour title, you can play the game in its original resolution. The game screen is smaller and appears within a mocked up representation of the original console; there is even a very subtle 3D effect to enjoy.

How many DSiWare games are being included in the eShop?
At launch, there are over 350 DSiWare titles available, almost the entire back-catalogue. A small number of games, such as Flipnote Studio, have not made the transition. New DSiWare games will also be released weekly on the 3DS, in addition to the DSi.

Are DSi games in 3D, or do they have enhanced graphics?
No, they perform in the same way as on the DSi. As with retail DS titles on the 3DS, they will also default to a 4:3 ratio on the top screen, rather than widescreen viewing.

Why can I only see a small number of DSiWare titles?
The menu in the eShop includes a ‘Nintendo DSiWare Highlights’ category, featuring 20 recommended titles. In order to find the remaining titles, you will need to use the Search function.

How do I search the eShop for games I want?
There are two search options available to you. First is a Search bar at the bottom of the main screen. Simply select the field, type in a partial or full game name and appropriate results will be returned. To complete a more detailed search, select ‘Menu’ at the top left of the touch screen and then ‘Software Search’. This enables you to search by Platform, Genre, Publisher or Price.

Now I want to buy a game, how do increase my balance?
One major change in the eShop is that Nintendo Points are no longer used. You now pay with cash credit, and like the DSi Shop you can either buy eShop cash directly on the shop, or with pre-paid cards from retailers. In Europe you can buy cash in batches of 10, 20 or 30 Pounds or Euro, while in North America you buy in batches of $5, $10, $20 or $50. To add money to your account, select ‘Add Funds’ from the left section of the main menu, or from the ‘Menu’ drop down at the top left of the touchscreen.

Are prices the same, per currency, in every region?
Each region has its own separate pricing in place, reflecting the tax requirements of each country, so prices do vary. In the case of the US, prices will vary depending on the state that you live in. You will be asked to enter your zip code, and will pay tax as required in your state.

Can’t I buy games on a purchase-by-purchase basis?
Unfortunately not. As with Nintendo Points, if you are a just short of enough money for a game you’ll need to buy more credit within the specified amounts.

I’ve bought a game — what now?
Much like the DSi and Wii Shop, you will begin downloading immediately. When the game is downloaded you can either continue shopping or leave the eShop. Your game will appear as a parcel to ‘unwrap’ on the main screen of the console. Once unwrapped you can either launch the game, or highlight it with the D-Pad and access the manual at the bottom of the touch screen. Some DSiWare games include the manual within the software itself.

Are all games stored and played from the SD card?
3DS software and Virtual Console games are all stored and played directly from the SD card. DSiWare games, however, are downloaded onto the system’s internal memory. You can save a copy of DSiWare games onto your SD card, but they will only be playable when they are on the system memory.

I accidentally deleted a download game from my SD card, what do I do?
If you accidentally delete your copy of a game, you can re-download it for free from the eShop. Find the product as if you are going to buy it, and if the system detects that the game is on your account but missing from your device, it will allow you to download it again.

Besides games, what additional content will I find in the eShop?
At present, the eShop contains game trailers for major 3DS releases such as Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D and Dead or Alive: Dimensions; this does vary per region. There is potential, as confirmed in various interviews and public statements from Nintendo, that download options such as film trailers and television shows will be available in the future.

What else can I do in the eShop?
The eShop does contain other features. If you scroll right on the touch screen you can see trailers for major 3DS releases, which can be viewed in 3D. Featured games also include information and screenshots, though screenshots are in 2D. To the left there is a ‘Recent Arrivals’ section to show new releases, a ‘Charts’ screen, which is yet to display results, as well as ‘Submit Reviews’ and ‘Watch List’.

‘Submit Reviews’ will allow you to conduct a basic review of download games once they’ve been played, on the 3DS (DSi game time for DSiWare does not count), for more than an hour. ‘Watch List’ allows you to keep an eye on games that you may be interested in buying. When viewing a title’s information screen you can add them to this list, so therefore you can navigate back to these games quickly if you decide to buy them. Games drop off your watch list once purchased.

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User Comments (48)

Homer_Simpson

#1

Homer_Simpson said:

You will need to find the product within the eShop, follow the process as if to purchase and you will notice that the download button now says ‘Re-Download’

Or in the settings section of the eShop, there is a button which takes you to all the games you have bought.

TheAmazingRaccoon

#2

TheAmazingRaccoon said:

the coolest function of the eshop is that you can change your region and the funds you have in your original region are NOT lost.

The funds are tied to the account in the region. You can have multiple accounts in multiple regions, all with different currencies of the different regions.

RedYoshi999

#3

RedYoshi999 said:

@2
Wow, that is cool. Apparently the Wii used to do that, before a system update removed that feature. Hopefully it doesn't happen to the 3DS too. But I'm not sure what you mean. Say if I had $15 on my Australian account and change it to the UK, does it convert to GBP or does it say 0 and you have to buy more in GBP? And then if I go back to Australia would it come back up with $15?

sgotsch

#4

sgotsch said:

Some were talking about 3D Mario 3DS and Mario Kart trailers(?) where do I find them?

Coproll

#5

Coproll said:

eshop works well and much faster then it was on the ds. But we didn't get all the 3d trailers over here in the Netherlands.

TheAmazingRaccoon

#6

TheAmazingRaccoon said:

@Mario_Party_Fan_999 yes, separate money for each region.

I found out this because I set my system to England to begin with, but needed to change it to NZ in order to transfer my DSiWare.

I highly recommend changing your region to England or something so you can purchase shantae and mighty milky way. I also found that England was cheaper than NZ. It may not be the cheaper for Australia, but it doesn't cost anything to change and have a look.

daznsaz

#8

daznsaz said:

3ds was starting to feel neglected not now though play doa-pokedex-excitebike got aura-aura not bad little game also got zenonia love it nice little rpg use browser etc hardly put it down now does anyone know if we get any vids from E3 seen people on friends list watching them getting jealous

Coproll

#9

Coproll said:

@7 that sucks, why not release those trailers worldwide. it's a global community.

dizzy_boy

#10

dizzy_boy said:

i wonder how many people sold their dsi`s for the 3DS. they`ll have lost all of their dsiware games without realising they need it to transfer their ganes over.
so i bet there are going to be shed loads of people cursing nintendo right about now.

Kit

#11

Kit said:

Which is the reason I didn't flog my DSi to get my 3DS, but know I'm kinda thinking about keeping both - some DSiWare you can only buy on the DSi but it can then be imported over to the 3DS - Bonus!!!

RedYoshi999

#12

RedYoshi999 said:

So is there any trailers at all available for European 3DSes? I also kept my DSi so I could transfer my games but one of them won't make it (Asphalt 4) :( Oh well, I did buy it with those 1000 free points Nintendo gave away for connecting to the DSi Shop.

@11
I don't think there is any DSiWare that cannot be bought on 3DS but can be transferred across from a DSi. I thought that anything that couldn't be bought on the eShop wouldn't be transferrable for the same reasons.

SuperSpank

#13

SuperSpank said:

@12 In the Dutch eShop there are a 3D Legend Of Zelda:Ocarina Of Time and a DOA:Dimensions 3D trailer, so i think that goes with whole Europe.

ThumperUK

#14

ThumperUK said:

@10
I'd traded in my DSi early - at the time Nintendo had simply said there would be a mechanism to play games bought with a DSi on the 3DS. I naively thought they'd do the transfer via Club Nintendo accounts.

Nintendo "customer service" has advised that there is no way to get those games back, even though I can prove I bought them as they are all listed on my Club Nintendo account.

As a result of Nintendo's policy of ripping off its loyal customers, I had about 30 DSiWare games which I have now lost the ability to play.....no doubt Nintendo are banking on people re-buying the same game in order to keep playing it.

DM666

#15

DM666 said:

@2, are you saying you can change the region of the eshop, if so how do you do it, id love to download cave story but its not in the UK store!!

jdkipfer

#17

jdkipfer said:

I am fairly certain the update also gave 60 more spaces for games on the main menu. My stuff was pushed against the far side, and after the update, there were 60 more on the other side.

Chozo85

#19

Chozo85 said:

I still think it sucks that you can only add funds in multiples of £10. If I want to buy Shantae I have to spend £20 to get it . This system is actually worse and more expensive than the old Nintendo points system.

Arctic_Furnace

#20

Arctic_Furnace said:

@19 If you buy the points directly on the DSi, Shantae works out at £11.80, whereas on the 3DS it costs £10.80. All the DSiWare come out slightly cheaper now. Although you can buy Nintendo points cards cheaper than directly on the console for the DSi.

daznsaz

#23

daznsaz said:

my doas still running ok just got a green lantern vid on my 3ds anyonelse in uk got it?

Arctic_Furnace

#24

Arctic_Furnace said:

@daznsaz Yeah, I've got the vid appear in the eShop, but it says currently unavailable when I try to download it. I would have preferred the e3 trailers for the 3DS games instead of this.

Also they have added the Nintendogs games for rating.

daznsaz

#25

daznsaz said:

yea got that nintendogs too keep trying that green lantern when its done it 'uts it on main menu its not bad hopefully get some game vids from e3 sometime

StarDust4Ever

#26

StarDust4Ever said:

On the top of the Nintendolife webpage, there are a series of mouse-over menu links, for example, under the "games" tab there is an "out now" and a "coming soon" link. I cannot access any of the mouse-over menu links with the Nintendo 3DS browser. :(

ThomasBW84Admin

#28

ThomasBW84 said:

@21 - That's the first I've heard about DoA audio glitches; I'll browse around online and see whether it's being linked to the update.

@22 - When signing up for the eShop you're given the opportunity to 'opt-in' to more detailed and targetted SpotPass content. I think your account will be monitored and certain messages will be sent targetted to your gaming habits. One example is regular updates for the Pokedex app, and I also have a family member who received messages and prompts to download that app from the store.

Token_Girl

#29

Token_Girl said:

Great guide guys!

@10
If you sold your DSi on Ebay or something, you would have made some extra money by having games included. Now someone else owns those games, but Nintendo only got paid once. Giving out a second copy to you would be the same as giving a second copy of the game to any random person who bought a used DSi.

It's the same thing with used retail games. Once you sell a retail game, you can't just show your receipt from gamestop for your original purchase and get a second copy. Why would that be true with digital titles? They're not making any extra money by having you buy the games twice, because now the person who bought your system won't buy a copy of the included games for themselves.

TheAmazingRaccoon

#30

TheAmazingRaccoon said:

@11 you need to change your region under profile in system settings. Then go to the store and create a second account.

You can pick any country within PAL with a PAL system but not USA to get cave story. So it has more benefit to those under Nintendo of Australia.

Henmii

#31

Henmii said:

It's a pity that we Europeans don't get the 5 and 50 Dollar cards (over here it would have been Euro's obviously). You Americans have more options!

zeeroid

#32

zeeroid said:

The eShop has been a very good experience for me so far. The only complaint I have is that when downloading content you are unable to navigate away to the Home screen or browse the shop. Might get annoying for larger titles.

StarDust4Ever

#33

StarDust4Ever said:

There is one more idea I have, but I'm not sure if it will work: Nintendo have said you can transfer games, but not the save data that comes with it. You can also copy save data (included with the game data) to SD card.

So I backed up my game saves onto my DSi SD card before transferring them to my 3DS. The games have been deleted off my DSi system mem, but not the SD card. I inserted the DSi SD card into my 3DS, but the game backups do not show up, leading me to believe the directory structure may be different on 3DS. So, if I copy my DSi game data from 3DS system memory to SD card, and then replace the *.bin on the 3DS card with the *.bin file from the DSi SD card, then I will have the original save data from my old DSi on my new 3DS. All that is left to do is copy the data back to system memory.

Anyone know if this will work? I'll give it a try and report back...

ThomasBW84Admin

#34

ThomasBW84 said:

@StarDust - I've added a line to the DSi Transfer page confirming that save data isn't transferred, as I forgot to include it originally. As for your idea, I'd be careful, as the systems are clever enough to know that a file has been moved to the 3DS, even if it's backed up onto an SD card. So, as said in the article, if you try to reload a DSiWare game onto the DSi after transferring it to 3DS, the device won't let you move that particular game to the system memory. This is because the 'ownership' of the game now belongs to the 3DS.

It may be different with save data, and with your idea, but it may not work because of these security settings. If it works though, let us know!

multivit

#35

multivit said:

Hi everybody, been reading here for 2 years, finally this is my first post...
So, sorry if this has been answered elsewhere, but does anbyody know why this new upgrade removes the 3d video introduced with an earlier update? I thought thus one was nice for demonstration purposes....
Thanx,
multivit

Henmii

#36

Henmii said:

"does anbyody know why this new upgrade removes the 3d video introduced with an earlier update?"

I don't know, but very strange. First they give something, then they take it away from you!

BulbasaurusRex

#40

BulbasaurusRex said:

Although the ability to add funds in $5 increments is appreciated, those x dollar 99 cent prices annoy me. It's going to take 100 purchases before those saved pennies mean anything to me. Why couldn't they have just made the base prices in even dollars for the large amount of us Americans who live in states that don't have any added sales tax for these purchases?

By the way, my pedometer has been buggy since updating. The 10 Play Coins per day still act completely normally, but my pedometer occasionally resets (without affecting the Play Coin count or limit).

DonutFun

#41

DonutFun said:

what the? but! WHAT THE HECK?! come on!!! i traded in my dsi at gamestop so I could GET my 3ds! and now you're telling me I need that to transfer my dsiware? wow!!! money going right down the drain!!! the guy at the register didnt even warn me about this!!! this is such bull!!!!!!

zelda101

#44

zelda101 said:

hey guys i would just like to is the eshop region locked.
for example if i brought a 3ds in america will it work in dubai

i would be most grateful if you could answer my question !
thanks:)

James

#45

James said:

@zelda101 Yes it would work but you'd have to buy your games from America as the cartridges themselves are region-locked.

Blade3561

#46

Blade3561 said:

Does anybody know if and when they nintendo is going to be making a Flipnote Hatena for the 3ds?

theblackdragonAdmin

#47

theblackdragon said:

@Blade3561: We know they are indeed making a version of Flipnote Studio for the 3DS, but we don't know what kind of timeframe we're looking at. :3

steriaca

#48

steriaca said:

The web browser: Why can't I assess my Hotmail/Outlook E-Mail with it like I can with the DSi?

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