The Nintendo 3DS eShop is Nintendo's new online store geared specifically for Nintendo 3DS users. This article will walk you through each of Nintendo eShop's most useful features.
At the most basic level, the eShop gives you the several options. The following are what is available available on your screen once you access the shop.
News – The news section notifies you of any recent changes on the eShop such as a new software available. It can also alert you of certain events, like most recently it notified me that I was already part of the Nintendo 3DS Ambassador program.
Recent Arrivals – This section allows you to manually browse through all the recent software and video arrivals. The latest videos allows you to view the most recent video trailers while the new software displays all the latest games and their information.
Charts – Shows you the top 20 downloads on four different categories which are "Recent Releases", "All Software", "Recent Ratings" and "All User Ratings".
Search – Allows you to search with additional search filters. You can search by Platform, by Genre, Publisher, Publisher and Price.
Wish List – This functions like your favorites browser. When you browse through a game, you can see a "Add To Wishlist" button on top of the lower screen. Every time you click on Add To Wishlist ", that game information gets added on your wish list.
Rate Titles – All the software titles that you played either through a game cartridge or downloaded from eShop gets displayed here. You can influence the demographics when you rate a title such as the gender, age, who the game is best targeted for (for gamers only or for everyone), the play style (casual or intense) and of course the number of stars (which is a scale of 1 to 5, 5 being the highest or meaning the you loved the game).
Settings / Other – The settings / other option is divided into several sections. In the history section you can check for updates for your titles (your downloaded games for now). You can also see your account activity which basically list all your downloaded software including the receipt. You can check the "Your Downloads" section to browse through all the software that you downloaded but also have the option to "Redownload" at no extra cost, so if you happen to accidentally delete something on your SD Card then you can always get it back from here.
The "Settings" section allows you to configure how eShop should behave according to your liking. You can set to receive notifications or not for example, information about your purchase history and wish list, location settings (change address, delete address), your club nintendo account and the option to link it to your eShop,
The "Other" section is composed of things such as "About Nintendo eShop" which tells you a little about the eShop, the option to delete your account and customer support information which lists all the websites, e-mail addresses and phone numbers that you could contact to help you resolve problems or concerns about your 3DS.
Virtual Console – Browse through a collection of classic games from Nintendo ranging from the Game and Watch platform up to the Game Boy (monochrome) and maybe sometimes soon, even up to the NES platform.
Nintendo 3DS Retail Games – Contains a collection of some released and unreleased titles. You can check out the price, view screenshots and game information as well as watch the trailer video of each game. What's very nice is that the screenshots both contain the top and down images for each screen, giving you a close experience of what the game could be like on your 3DS.
From the 3DS Menu, you can also select other options, some of which function as shortcuts such as going back to the main menu, search, wish list, rate titles, add funds, Settings / Other.
Perhaps one of the main concerns for user using the eShop is buying games. You can buy games adding funds to your eShop account which you can do by redeeming a Nintendo 3DS Prepaid Card or by purchasing funds via Credit Card (Mastercard / VISA). Unfortunately, the use of credit card is restricted on which region / country your card is accepted.