Yesterday we reported that the Nintendo 3DS’ eShop was coming along nicely, so nicely in fact that a list of alleged launch titles was revealed for the Japanese eShop. However, it now seems that having a lineup of titles ready didn’t mean that the scheduled update would be releasing in the previously announced “late May” window.
Nintendo has officially announced that the eShop and internet global update won’t be available until after May. The new launch date for the Nintendo 3DS’ global update hasn’t been pushed back too much though, and is scheduled to hit during the evening of June 6th in North America. Meanwhile, the same update will be coming to Japan the next day (which is actually the same day here?) at some point on June 7th.
Check out the official statement from Nintendo regarding the delay of 3DS’ system update below.
“A new system update for the hand-held Nintendo 3DS system will be available in North America the evening of June 6 Pacific time. By downloading the free update via a wireless broadband Internet connection, Nintendo 3DS users can enjoy new features and enhancements, including an Internet browser and access to the Nintendo eShop, where users can browse and purchase downloadable content.”
The delay of the eShop and internet features for the Nintendo 3DS shouldn’t come as a surprise considering that we’ve received absolutely no release information on the update that was suppose to be launch later this month. The delay isn’t anything to get too upset about either, because it’s less than a week late. Still, these features probably should have launched alongside the 3DS, so any more time spent waiting for the update is a little irritating.
One interesting tidbit of info about the new release date for the eShop is that it’s the day before Nintendo’s E3 press event where they will be unveiling their new home console. Nintendo must have a game plan and reason for the delay, so we should learn what Nintendo has planned for the future of the service less than 24 hours after it launches on the 3DS.
Are you surprised by the delay? Do you think the eShop should have launched with the 3DS?
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