When Nintendo announced the 3DS, they revealed its eShop feature would soon allow players to purchase NES and GBA games to be played on their newfangled portable. Teasing that these ports would be updated, Nintendo said no more and the matter was dropped. However, earlier this week Nintendo told IGN that a select few NES and GBA ports on the 3DS would feature multiplayer.
"Once the paid versions of the games are posted to the Nintendo eShop later in the year, the updated versions will be available to Ambassadors for download at no cost," a press release from Nintendo explains. The 3DS Ambassadors program is intended to reward loyal fans with incentives such as this. Following this, IGN contacted Nintendo directly, who told them this: "When the NES games become available to the general public later this year, they will include additional features such as multiplayer simultaneous play."
I can only imagine what classic NES title Nintendo has in mind for updated multiplayer inclusion, and you can't deny it's a mouth-watering prospect. However, it would be nice to see Nintendo invest a little time in their 3DS line-up rather than ports and updates, as their dedicated line-up is a source of much concern and one of many reasons why the 3DS is not performing as well as they'd hope. [IGN]