Thursday, June 2, 2011

Nintendo 3DS finally gets an update

Can I get excited about "Excitebike?" When it's free, I can.
Nintendo's first update for their struggling new handle-held gaming device, the 3DS, will be released on the evening of June 6. The free system update will finally bring the built-in 3DS internet browser online and users will also be able to make downloadable game purchases through the Nintendo eShop.

As a bonus, anyone who updates their system before July 7 will also receive a 3D version of the NES classic game "Excitebike" for free.

Nintendo hasn't released any price points on games that will be available in the eShop. Perhaps the biggest profiled release at the onset is "Super Mario Land," a black and white platformer that marked Mario's first adventure on the colorless GameBoy back in the day.

In other 3DS news, Saturday June 25 is "StreetPass Day." Nintendo is hoping gamers will use the day to meet up and make use of the utility that allows other gamers to drop in and visit the virtual world contained on your 3DS.

In Chicago, Grant Park and Cloud Gate (aka "The Bean") have been mentioned as possible meet ups during the day. Exact plans haven't been finalized just yet, though. You can follow updates on the Facebook group Nintendo 3DS Chicago StreetPass.

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