More information concerning the Nintendo 3DS seems to be coming in every day. According to Nintendo, the first system updates for the 3DS are scheduled to be released in late May. What does this mean for those getting a 3DS right at the release date?

It means that the internet browser, the friends list, the eShop, and the DSi/3DS ware transfers won’t be available until this update is completed (though the time of the update may vary by region, as Nintendo Europe has made quite different time promises). Now let me touch base a bit with each of these sections I have mentioned.

More after the jump.

Internet Browser/Friend List

So far, it looks like the internet browser will operate about same as the current DSi system. However, new features have been implemented to include your Friend List. Instead of a different Friend Code for each game, you will have one friend code for each console system. Also, you will be able to track the status of your friends on the Friend List. Just like when a friend on your IM contact list signs in or updates his/her status, you will be able to use this feature on the 3DS as well.

Once you register your friends, you can see if they are online, in other words, whether they are connected to the internet, the software they are playing and the short messages they enter…Of course, you can choose to independently determine if you are willing to notify whether or not you are online and if you are willing to disclose which software you are playing with. In addition, when a friend of yours comes online while you are playing a game at a Wi-Fi access point, the Notification LED blinks in orange.

Nintendo eShop

The new eShop is basically a revamp of the Nintendo’s current Wii Shop Channel and DSi Shop. Changes will hopefully make this area more easily navigated and easier to just browse around.

At Nintendo eShop, we will sell Virtual Console software, Nintendo DSiWare playable with the compatibility of Nintendo 3DS and new Nintendo 3DS software developed for download. As we already showed you in the previous conference, in addition, we will distribute the classic games with a new 3D look, called “3D Classics.”

DSi to 3DS Transfers

Once the eShop is up and running, you will be able to transfer some of your content from your DSi to your 3DS.

In addition, to prepare for when consumers purchase a new Nintendo 3DS, we are planning to make it possible in the future for consumers to collectively transfer the software bought through Nintendo eShop on one Nintendo 3DS system to another Nintendo 3DS system even though the total number of transfers shall be limited.

Source: Nintendo’s Third Quarter Financial Results Briefing
  • This is AWESOME! Now I know my iTouch can't touch this! ;D

    • Whatifzeldawereagirl

      Well, with as much as you touch yourself, we had all had enough of it by now..

      • Ah, there is one trait you're easily distinguished by, Erim (no, not your ego >astonishingly!<). Two, actually, but I won't give away the second, only the first: You're angry because the Hidden Order has toppled you, and you think your trolling crap can undermine us. You juvie troll… B)

        • Majorasez:FUK!FUK!

          Nope. Still won't believe there's any "Hidden Boreder".

          -though I'd stay hidden too if I was that lame.

          Herez da secreted codez to gain asses to teh club: U R L A M E ..and then mortal mario will come out and perform a fatality on you!

          • Haha, no the secret code is: 'It's a secret to everybody.' We all know that, siwwy twoll.

            I take that back. You're obviously one who wishes to become a Zelda fan–no, you are. You're on a Zelda site after all, posting your views, getting to know the community…interacting with other Zelda fans. You love the series too, but you only have a harder time of introducing yourself. That's no problem; we can accept you for who you are. πŸ˜‰

            P.S. The Hidden Order still watches you.

          • BellaKazza

            What's the Hidden Order?

          • A secret organization founded to combat trolls, and divulged only when intimidation to trolls is needed most. It won't upset the normal flow of comments by posting stupid things itself (unless forced, as below); it's members, myself and…others, are dedicated to be sure chaos is not brought about by trolling.

          • Errantguards

            ..~*yOU GUys are sooo FUN-NEE, you don't KNOW U screw this place up more with your anti-antagonist-antics….. .. . ..HEEHHehHEHEEEhehEeee……

    • Ashmic

      I thought ur comment is witty, shame the ppl below have a Sh*tty sense of humor

      • Ashmic

        why – 4 i was talking about Thareous's comment not the insults after it!

  • Mr. Link

    Very nice, but i hoped that the internet browser would be made better.

    • Whatifyouwerentsogay

      And I had hoped that your post would be made better, but you don't see me b!tching about it.

      • Dennab Nonnag

        Oh, so Erimgard the Bored has returned! Incredible. As if flaming his tucus wasn't enough before. Or are you one of his "impostors" again? *Yawn* You make it so hard to tell.

        Now go away and <_>;;. XP

  • lol

    Still using friend codes? When will Nintendo learn?

    • Jani

      Never, sadly.

      But the friend codes are now linked to the DS itself and global across all games, so it's a step in the right direction. Now we only need one code.
      I could probably memorise one code.

      • Blizzeta93

        Kind of like your wii console

        • ThatOneGuy

          You guys are missing the point. These friend codes are completely different than the ones on the Wii/DS. The way Nintendo describes them ("they are not system dependant…You only need one code…You can keep track of your other friends who are online"), just see them like an Xbox live gamertag on the Xbox 360, except you don't have to pay $50 a year for it and its portable.

  • Sounds pretty sweet to me. I'm pumped!

  • Ashley

    I'm calling it, SS delay for a long while/ maybe next XMAS

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  • Lizzy

    Nintendo!! Come on! Dont let us get our hopes up the bring em' down!

  • Anomynous

    Late May??? That doesn't seem too long, so i guess I'll just wait, but during the time I Will get the money to get Kid Icarus, Kingdom Hearts 3D, and ZELDA!!!!!!!!!

  • This is awesome! So what they're saying is that when you get the 3DS, you will be able to play only DS games and DSi games until the first 3DS game. I'm going to save up in the mean time for Kid Icarus: Uprising, Kingdom Hearts and Final Fantasy, Konami, Assassins Creed: Lost Legacy, Mario Kart 3DS, Star Fox 64, and The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. πŸ™‚

    • mcdude910

      No Majora, there will be 3DS games available. But the Virtual Console games, and the internet browser won't be available until May. Does anyone know if DS and DSi games will be playable on the 3DS?

      • You just save your DSiWare to an SD card and place the SD card in your 3DS I think to run them and yeah they run DS games but a DS won't run 3DS games… Obviously lol, it is the next gen console

  • dragonchi26

    well that's just great, so when I buy the 3DS in march, it will be borderline useless until May, and wont be able to play the game I want till after June. well done Ninteno, you REALLY thought this out didn't you *sarcastic golf clap*

    • crazymallets

      Yea, I was kinda of thinking the same thing. Not to mention how much the system costs.

    • Hylian Phoenix

      I was just about to say that. NO good launch games, no online store, internet, it's NOT worth buying at the start.

      • mcdude910

        I disagree. It would be smart to get it now (maybe sell your DS/DSi if you have one), then wait for the games to come out. Also, I think that the $250 price was really cheap. I expected $350, $300 at least. I mean think of playing games in 3D! It's pretty neat if you ask me. I thought it would cost a lot more money.

  • dragonchi26

    Nintendo** (sorry for the typo)

  • Erim Explains

    Well, you see.. It doesn't bother them, really, so they just ignore it. They're mostly quite mature individuals so they don't have a strong emotional reaction to inflammatory commentry.

    Only a silly child like you would ever become truly agitated by the casual remarks, what's really just a lot of goofing-off..

    But I don't care how you take it, because it's making it even more hilarious!

    • Erim

      Actually, that was some other troll that called you n.iggers…

      Well, I'm off to go explore this "zelda dungeon" place..

      ..sounds like my kinda place! Dungeons were always the BEST in Zelda games!

      Evil, darkness, fear, violence.. all bunched up and filled to the brim into one small place!!!!! It was the LIFEBLOOD of my Zelda experiences!

      -I'll send them your regards.

  • Yes: 1) If they attack Zelda profusely enough (not with minor kinds, like "zelda sux; Halo rules"; I'll typically handle them) and insult and/or cuss at the site, we confront them; 2) if they can't be reasoned with, we pursue them; and 3) if they persist at their mockery, we take them down (with words, but not like the reply above), or contact the admins. This troll has done enough to warrent all three.

    But you may as well know, I've been wrong before (most famously with Death Killington), yet I reasoned it out with the disgruntled members, who apparently had a joke, not trolling in mind. But we *are not* loose cannons.

    • lifesavers2

      Thareous, when facing a troll, I would recommend Rule #14.

      Meh. Rule 46 is better anyways… FA ftw.

      • XD FA? Nah, I like #33 the best. Entertaining and then boring them to death always works.

        But for real, what is FA?

        • lifesavers2

          Google it. 2nd Hit (for me at least) The hub of all Rule #46-ness, according to the internet.

          I am going to get mega-trolled for mentioning FA, now.
          Those are links, btw.

          • Erimgawd

            This is not 4chan. Everyone else is just going "What's FA?"

            I'd just drop it right now. The entirety of the trolling I've done here doesn't compare to one sentence of truth involving FA.

          • lifesavers2

            One sentence of Truth: Awesome.

            Maybe we'll all burn in hell now.

          • BurningFurFags

            Yiff in HELL!

          • lifesavers2

            Fap in HELL!

  • joey

    nintendo so should have something predownloaded so i can USE MY 3DS ONCE(like a 3D movie or a 3D minigame)

    • mcdude910

      That's a good idea. Agreed.

  • Erim is BEN

    Hello, Zedla Unverse. I'm am Erim, but my name is BEN. I'm here to haunt you.. forever! >:B

    until you give me my adult Ruto doll.

    Now go to Hyrule Hell, Zelda lovers!

    • Bitf Adict

      How did this get 11 thumbs down? It's obviously a joke…

    • BEN

      You shouldn't have done that.

  • Phantom7

    Oh well, I won't be able to get a 3DS until late June or early July anyway, so I'm content. πŸ˜€

    • mcdude910

      Yeah, me too. I don't got the dough.

  • mcdude910

    Who agrees that the next DS (after the 3DS) should be able to play Gameboy games again. Not just the Gameboy Advance games either! Gameboy and Gameboy Color, too.

    • Rohan

      It's called virtual console. Sure, you'll have to pay for them again, but Nintendo knows if you really want to play those games again, you'll buy them again.

      • vick

        oh sure why dont we all just buy the same game again and keep on blowing our hard earned cash out the window when we could be using that to go to school or make an investment.

        • Zelda

          Oh, for the love of god. They'd only be like what, $5-$10? That's as much as a you would pay for a meal at KFC. And I highly doubt your old games are going to last very much longer within the next few years. Get over it.

    • McDude… This isn't another DS, it's the next console completely – Nothing to do with DS/DS Lite/DSi or DSi XL – It's a standalone console. I hate people calling it "The Next DS" as it gets mistaken so much for a rehash of something old.

  • robbies7897

    @mcdude910 That would be a cool feature, but I don't see that happening unfortunately. πŸ™

    I'm still buying the 3DS at launch. I've pre-ordered and everything lol. Sucks we have to wait for the updates, but eh, I still think it's a sexy system lol.

    • mcdude910

      @Zeldamon Ranger:
      I know that. That didn't at all answer my question though. As for the virtual console crap, I'm not rebuying all of my gba games. Even if it was $5-$10, I'd still be paying about $100 for games I already have! I meant the next "Nintendo Handheld" should be able to read GB, GBC, and GBA cartridges.

  • Bless you for finding the time to explain the terminlogy towards the beginners!

  • TheRose

    Why Isn't the Red 3DS coming to Europa ? D:

    • skilar

      its not going anywhere just aqua blue and cosmos black

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    to those who are whining about the friend codes, there is only 1 code per system and they mentioned at the conference a couple weeks ago that they will automatically sync with any other 3DS with your approval so it's like sending a friend request on facebook, calm the hell down >_> and im sure they've made it where we get usernames, or, gamer tags if you will, so seriously, no big deal.

  • bob

    yes u can go to youtube it was in the conference, smart one

  • Alex

    YES! what about a Home browser. Google?

  • Mario

    I'm really looking forward to the e-shop,internet browser,and 3D videos but It's a little disappointing that we have to wait till late May for these features.

  • Frank

    I already got the update! I'm here in Guam and just a few minutes ago I got the update!!! No I'm joking :/ Just a few more days and we will have these cool features.

  • jordan

    well its june first and the system updade didnt work for me