Until now the lack of 3DS eShop cards in Europe has proved a real pain, prompting us to state the eShop card delay proves Nintendo still doesn't get it. Now Nintendo's European arm has released a statement about the cards:
Nintendo eShop Cards are now being roll out at various stores across Europe. You have the choice of several denominations for Nintendo eShop Cards.
With an increasing number of shops stocking the Nintendo eShop Cards, it will become ever more convenient for Nintendo users to make use of this easy payment method over the coming weeks, especially as Nintendo eShop Cards become available in supermarkets, book shops and many other convenient locations.
As with any pre-paid option, the Nintendo eShop Cards are activated at the point of purchase. When a user purchases a card at any sales point, the code will be activated and the credit will become available. The 16-digit code on the reverse side can be entered into any one of the following:
Nintendo eShop for Nintendo 3DS
Wii Shop Channel
Nintendo DSi Shop
Afterwards, you can begin shopping immediately.
So there we have it: on 1st September Nintendo of Europe announces that, nearly three months after the eShop launched, payment cards are "beginning to roll out" across Europe. Hopefully now we'll be able to look forward to upcoming 3DS download games in the months ahead.