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3DS eShop to get DLC and demos

Nintendo "aiming to accelerate" its digital business

Nintendo plans to up its game on the digital content front by introducing demos and DLC to the 3DS eShop.

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"We are... aiming to accelerate our digital business, the importance of which is expected to become even higher in the future," Nintendo president Satoru Iwata told investors following the company's dismal half-year financial results.

Iwata outlined "several new functions" set to be added to the Nintendo eShop, including downloadable content for games post-release, "a feature a number of software creators have been looking forward to".

He also said developers will be able to release demos of their game, "for which they can put a limit on the number of trials".

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"In terms of its usability, we know that there still are several issues with the Nintendo eShop," Iwata went on to acknowledge.

"We have made several improvements for this time. For example, software downloads can be done when Nintendo 3DS is in sleep mode, which will lessen the need for the users to patiently wait by while downloading several software titles at once or while downloading software with a large memory capacity.

"Although this next feature is not going to be available with the next system update, we are now preparing for the Nintendo eShop to be available on the Web so that you can access it via PCs or smartphones too.

"At the beginning, you will not be able to directly purchase software from your PC or smartphone. Instead, you will need to take a photo of a QR code at the Nintendo eShop by using the camera of your Nintendo 3DS. The Nintendo 3DS will then open that specific page of the Nintendo eShop. That function is already included in the upcoming system update for the Nintendo 3DS. In the future, we will make it so that you will be able to purchase software by using your PC or smartphone."

[ SOURCE: Nintendo ]

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