As promised, the Nintendo eShop now carries demos of 3DS games, and the program has debuted with a demo of Capcom's Resident Evil: Revelations, which hits stores on February 7. And this is the demo Nintendo was showing off at E3 that got me super-psyched for classic RE action, not the demo that was included with Mercenaries. Don't worry, you get used to the tank controls... Although interestingly, the demo is limited to 30 plays, and counts them down as you go. (I'm going to need a few more, I think, as I forgot how to throw grenades, so I didn't even make it as far as I did at E3!)
"The demo program allows Nintendo 3DS players to be among the first to test-drive select games," said Tony Elison, Nintendo of America's senior director and general manager of Network Business. "Players can try out new genres or series, often weeks before the full versions are available in stores."
On January 26, you can try out SEGA's Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games, and there are more demos in the pipeline like Rayman Origins and Metal Gear Solid Snake Eater 3D. Personally, I'm a huge fan of demos. It can help you decide whether or not you want to get a game without having to spend any money. Demos cost nothing but the time it takes to download. And since you can just set it to download later, you can just close your 3DS and while it's sleeping, it'll download the demo for your enjoyment when you next wake it up!