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3DS eShop confirmed for June 6/7

Online updates delayed until E3 week but eShop and browser confirmed

The release of the 3DS's eShop and other online feature are to miss their promised May launch, but only by a week - as Nintendo prepares its new services for E3 week.

The North American and European update will be available on June 7, with the Japanese update a day earlier on June 6, according to Japanese magazine Famitsu - as translated by website Andriasang.

Nintendo of Europe has confirmed that the eShop and Internet browser will be included in the update, but has remained uncommitted on other features such as the portable Virtual Console and the ability to transfer DSiWare downloadable titles from a DSi to the 3DS.

"By downloading the free update via a broadband Internet connection, Nintendo 3DS users can enjoy a number of new features and enhancements including an Internet browser and access to the Nintendo eShop, where users can browse and purchase downloadable content," said the company in a short press statement.

Other content apparently mentioned by Famitsu, as translated by website The Magic Box, includes Mega Man Legends 3: Prototype Version for ¥200 ($2.50/€1.70) and Petitcom for ¥800 ($9.90/€6.90), as well as Nintendo's 3D Classic range of remastered NES titles including Excitebike, The Legend of Zelda and Xevious.

The Game Boy, Game Boy Color, Sega Game Gear and PC Engine/Turbografx is also believed to be supported from launch in Japan on the Virtual Console, along with demos of a 3D movie player, 3D game preview channel and content from Japanese television channels.

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David Jenkins