We got our first glimpse of the 3DS's Shop Channel today courtesy of a Nintendo investors' meeting, and it looks like it'll offer a far better experience than its predecessors on DSi and Wii.

Satoru Iwata explained the new shopfront as a cross between the Wii Shop Channel and the Nintendo Channel, combining shopping with browsing the store for information. Games will be arranged on racks, just like they would be in a real shop, with information about the game, a brief video and even the ability to download a demo depending on the title. You'll be able to rate and recommend games as well, organise them by latest releases and popularity and search more easily for titles that interest you.

There's a brief (and very small) video on the Nintendo site activated by clicking the fifth slide down, showing how games will be organised by character, genre and more. It also shows Super Mario Land to download, just in case you'd forgotten that 3DS will feature a Virtual Console for GameBoy games.

Nintendo is set to take 3DS to the Japanese public in January as part of its mission to sell 4m units in one month.

What other improvements would you like to see in the 3DS's virtual shopping experience?

[source andriasang.com]