Poll: The Case of the eShop

Let us know if you think the 3DS’s eShop is critical for the system’s launch.

By M. Noah Ward. Posted 01/26/2011 20:00 10 Comments     ShareThis

3DS in Charging Cradle Masthead

We’re not sure why Nintendo of America is being coy about 3DS’s eShop launch day availability (perhaps to steal attention after the PSP2 announcement or Iwata’s saving something for GDC) but many Nintendo fans have expressed incredulity over the lack of info. Yet with 30 retail, boxed games coming out in the system’s first two months, do we need an eShop right away? Let us know in the poll below.

Should the 3DS' eShop be available on the handheld machine's launch day?

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10 Responses to “Poll: The Case of the eShop”

  • 432 points
    dmgice says...

    There needs to be a third option.

    3. Meh. This whole poll is silly since it WILL be there on launch.

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  • 360 points
    M. Noah Ward says...

    Nintendo has not confirmed launch day availability of 3DS’s eshop for North America. Only Europe has.

    Also, if it were going to be there at launch, there would have been no reason for all the doublespeak at the 3DS event– they could have just said, “Yes, but we’ll talk about that later.”

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  • 315 points
    Greg Wampler says...

    Heard it’s there on launch day, you just have to download it. I think it’s their way of getting you online. That’s just background noise I’m hearing though.

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  • 393 points
    James Stank says...

    I’m not so sure about that. The current rumor is that Nintendo is releasing the eShop in Japan in May, which would be 3 months after its launch. That would be a huge mistake, and I can only hope that it isn’t the case. Because if they don’t get theirs til May, we probably won’t get ours til then either.

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  • 315 points
    Greg Wampler says...

    Yeah, but that is probably more like the realistic approach. I don’t think Nintendo is ready to launch yet. They obviously have a much improved structure to their online system and servers. We just gotta be patient and enjoy the game cards for now. Nintendo could have launched the 3DS a bit later and had it all complete, but they want to show their investors something by the end of their fiscal year.

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  • 690 points
    KisakiProject says...

    May? Seem way to late.

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  • 54 points
    Rift says...

    I don’t think its as big of a deal to have it at launch than everybody thinks it is. I would rather wait and have them put as much time and effort into it as possible rather than have them rush through it. Maybe its just me but I’m happy to wait till may for it.

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