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.