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Day-1 eStore and browser confirmed for 3DS

Launch day firmware update to enable download games

Nintendo has confirmed that its eShop digital shop for 3DS will be available at launch, despite prior suggestions to the contrary.

However, accessing it will require a firmware update, planned for release on day one of the new console's availability.

Nintendo told Eurogamer that the download service, as well as the 3DS' web browser, would not be a part of the "initial firmware." No reason for this was given.

The eShop will host downloads of DSiWare games, plus an as-yet unspecific array of retro Nintendo titles from the GameBoy range.

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