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3DS Clarifications From Iwata's Keynote

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Having been lucky enough to attend the Nintendo keynote address, Nugget has already helpfully passed along some of the crucial information that was dished out. But there's a few things that were mentioned in Nintendo's follow-up press release that I wanted to mention as well. Specifically the amount of time you're going to have to wait before some of these features become available.

At the end of May, Nintendo will offer a wireless system update that will open up the Nintendo eShop and let you view 3D movie trailers, game trailers, screenshots, music videos and the like. This is when you'll also be able to download the Game Boy, Game Boy Color, Game Gear and TurboGrafx-16 Virtual Console titles. They also clarified that a selection of "3D Classics" will be the retro games that have been remastered with 3D effects. And until this update in May, you won't be able to download any DSiWare games or have an Internet browser.

Another important thing about the May update is that this is when they will offer you the ability to transfer any DSiWare games from your DSi or DSiXL onto your 3DS. There's no details exactly how this will work, but since both handhelds have wireless capability, I'm assuming it's as simple as turning them both on and activating a wireless transfer process. Unless, of course, you've traded in your DSi for a discount off a 3DS, in which case, hopefully you saved your DSiWare games to an SD card and they'll give you a way to copy those over as well.

Nintendo really wants to push the WiFi with the 3DS, so they're offering free access to the over 10,000 AT&T WiFi hot spots across the United States. Of course, while that's all well and good, that also doesn't take effect until the May update.

So if you're an early adopter of the 3DS, keep in mind that you're going to have to wait a couple months before you'll be able to do some of the things that Nintendo's been promising.

Of course, while the Netflix streaming is one of the coolest things Nintendo announced at the keynote, you're going to have to wait until "this summer" before you can use that. But as long as you have at least the $7.99 plan, you can stream all kinds of movies and TV shows onto your 3DS over WiFi. Now, what would be really cool is if Netflix made some actual 3D content available to watch!

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2 Comments

blackboy said:

While it would be nice to be able to save your games to an SD card and move them over to the new system that way, since the current method of moving games requires you to send both consoles to nintendo, and nintendo moves them over for you, I doubt the likelihood of suddenly being able to move downloaded games just because a new console has been released.

Aximill said:

I'm gonna wait a bit on 3DS. When the updates come about, we may start hearing about the 3DS remodel.

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