The Nintendo 3DS launched on February 26, 2011 in Japan, on March 25, 2011 in Europe and on March 27, 2011 in North America. Now it's time for the system's first major update: Nintendo has announced it will arrive on June 6, 2011 in North America.
The update will add an Internet browser and the Nintendo eShop, which contains a variety of new content, including Pokédex 3D, an application that lets fans see Pokémon characters in 3D. To celebrate the grand opening of the Nintendo eShop, Nintendo is offering the NES game Excitebike re-mastered in 3D as a free download for 24 hours for anyone who installs the system update.
The Nintendo eShop provides access to a wide variety of downloadable content, such as original 3D software, classic games that have been re-mastered in 3D called 3D Classics, Game Boy and Game Boy Color "Virtual Console" games in their original 2D glory, and more than 350 Nintendo DSiWare games. Visitors can also view video game trailers, screen shots, and product information for games. New content will be added to the Nintendo eShop (such as Game Boy games Super Mario Land, Alleyway, and Radar Mission) on Thursdays.
To install the recommended system update, you'll need a wireless broadband Internet connection. Once you're connected, open the System Settings from the Home Menu, select Other Settings and scroll the page right to select System Update.
"The Nintendo 3DS system is constantly evolving and growing," Nintendo of America president and COO Reggie Fils-Aime said in a statement. "The Nintendo eShop is a one-stop resource for a broad range of Nintendo information and downloadable games and applications. It expands the Nintendo 3DS experience with new and entertaining content."
The 3DS offers 3D gaming sans 3D glasses and also includes the ability to take 3D photographs thanks to dual cameras on the back of the device. You can adjust the 3D intensity or turn it off completely using the slider. Nintendo issued a warning that it is not healthy for kids under the age of 6 to view 3D images.
The device also has an accelerometer, a gyroscope, a little analog circle pad, a home button, and a charging cradle. There's even an activity logger that acts like a pedometer, counting your steps and awarding coins that can be exchanged for bonus content, and a Street Pass function that lets you share certain information (think Miis) with passers-by who also have the feature activated.