Many people were unhappy about the prospect of the 3DS not launching with its eStore available, which Nintendo will be using for DSiWare, 3DSWare, Game Demos, Virtual Console and all other such downloadable content. However, it look like that was just a phrasing issue – while they won’t be available  instantly on the initial 3DS itself, they will be available as firmware updates on day one.

So why is the eStore relevant to Zelda gamers? Firstly, its Virtual Console is confirmed to contain Link’s Awakening (presumably as one of the earlier releases since it was one of the two VC games already available for demo), and secondly it means that those playing it will be able to tab out mid-game, launch a web browser, start up Zelda Universe, and head over to our Link’s Awakening Guides, all on the 3DS itself.

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  • Holy smokes…and I thought my iTouch was sweet!

    • portallink

      And the 3DS may have flash lite, so you can actually watch online videos. I'm guessing that it wouldn't have full flash and the ability to play flash games though.

      • Nothing my computer couldn't do, but it isn't exactly portable, so yet another reason for a 3DS. ;D

  • Querulous

    Yes, now I can get my Link's Awakening on day 1!

    Only two comments? I guess a lot more people were unhappy about this than figures. C'mon, persons! Show appreciation!

    • ChainofTermina

      maybe you were just early.

  • victinii

    oh btw i voted down everyone in the the Twilight Princess post

    • chad

      why? some of those people didn't deserve to be

      • victinii

        im just malicious

  • bobbby

    Yay. Link's awakening in all it's 2d sprite glory. Best handheld zelda ever.

  • Anomynous

    Although I have never played Link's awakening before I think its a good game from all the reviews its been getting. Hopefully I will get as soon as possible to finally know what it is like. I Regret not getting the game at first my only mistake that is keeping me from becoming a true Zelda Fan.

  • Hylian Phoenix

    Why don't they just include it with the 3DS itself??

    • victinii

      that would be sweet

  • Wow. This is true technology we're having these days. Although I prefer not to use any guides or walkthroughs because then Zelda isn't fun. But I still think that Zelda Universe did a great job on the walkthroughs!

  • Man oh man. Technology never ceases to amaze me. It gives me the chills to think about where we could be headed next. Imagine what the successor will be… o.o

  • SuperTriforce

    I can't wait to get my very own 3DS!

  • Anonymous

    Saw this on Joystiq

  • That is an encouraging bit of news, to be sure. I'm more excited about the Virtual Console than the browser, though, I must admit.
    Nothing like a little nostalgia to make the doubters buy the product in the end, eh?

    Thanks for the update.

  • Danimus

    Are we talking Link’s awakening DX, or just the old black and white?

  • I think too, that it is a good game from all the reviews its been getting. It is easy to find , but its not easy to find a great blog like this.