Nintendo 3DS owners  have been waiting for the system’s eShop to launch for several weeks now, but there has been a serious lack of news on the virtual storefront. This has surely made a few of the Nintendo faithful feel concerned, because the eShop was originally supposed to launch at some point in late May — a.k.a., later this month. Fortunately, it seems that the 3DS‘s downloadable game store is coming, and will have quite a few triple-A titles to choose from at launch.

This news comes from the latest issue of the infamous Japanese gaming magazine Famitsu, which allegedly states that the eShop is still on track to release later this month. Not only is the service said to be launching on time, but Japan will also be getting an extremely decent number of titles to choose from. With games like the previously playable Super Mario Land and the already confirmed Mega Man Legends 3 Prototype set to launch with the eShop, 3DS owners of all ages are sure to be satisfied with the eShop’s variety of content.

You can check out the list off all the eShop’s launch titles below.

  • 3DS Ware – Mega Man Legends 3 Prototype (200 yen), Petitcom (800 yen)
  • DSi Ware – The ability to import DSi Ware from DSi to 3DS
  • 3D Classic – Classic titles in 3D. Excitebike, Legend of Zelda and Xevious will be available
  • Virtual Console GameBoy – Fortified Zone, Phantasm
  • Virtual Console Game Gear – Sonic & Tails 2, Sonic Drift 2, Dragon Crystal, Columns
  • Virtual Console GameBoy Color – Super Mario Land, The Legend of Zelda DX (Demo)
  • Virtual Console TurboGrafx-16 – Games TBA
  • Demos – 3D Video Player, 3D Game Trailer/Previews Channel, Fuji TV and Nippon TV Previews

The Japanese lineup of eShop launch titles is certainly impressive, but it’s likely that quite a few of the games may not make it in time for the eShop’s North American launch. That said, it’s good to see the the service is still set to launch on time. Even better yet, it’s a great way to see what games may launch for the eShop when it becomes available in the Western hemisphere.

Hopefully Nintendo announces some details on the North American eShop soon so that we have a good idea of what we’ll be spending our money on later this month. We already know that Nintendo will be giving away Excitebike for free to celebrate the launch of the eShop, so at least that will save us all a little bit of money out of the gate.

Are you excited for the eShop’s launch later this month? Which games from this list would you download?

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Source: The Magic Box [via CVG]

tags: 3DS, Nintendo