3DS Store Release Delayed To Get It Right
Microsoft have Xbox Live Arcade. Sony have PSN. And Nintendo have... well, about that. The Wii and DS shopfronts have come under fire from fans and pundits alike for being clunky, under-featured and cumbersome to use, and Nintendo has now admitted that they simply weren't up to scratch. The 3DS online store will apparently atone for Nintendo's mistakes, but it'll need to be delayed past launch in order to get it right.
Speaking to Gamasutra, Nintendo's Hideki Konno admitted that a number of errors stopped the Wii and DS marketplaces from realising their potential, and that treating it as a separate entity from the Nintendo Channel was a huge mistake.
The iterations that we've had before - for Wii and DS - to be honest, we just haven't been as satisfied as we would like.
It's browser-based, and to be honest, the ease of use wasn't what we wanted, and I don't think that anyone has been pleased with the user response. And I don't think that people have been using it as often as we want. And being able to, again, easily go into it, look around and purchase things. Again, it just didn't work out quite as we were hoping.
The new 3DS marketplace, however, will be a fully-integrated application that allows players to conveniently view, access and download new content, trailers, demos and 3DS/DSiware. It'll be a fusion of promotion, advertising and shopping... but unfortunately it isn't quite done yet.
It's not going to be browser-based; it's a native application. So again, the preparation needed for that is quite extensive. We're taking more time because we want to be able to create a system where a consumer sees a promotion and says, 'Wow, that looks great!' Sees a game demo, game trailer, whatever it is, and says, 'I want that!' And the ability to then say 'Now I can purchase it right here without having to back out and go somewhere else' - we want to provide that experience.
So that's one other reason why we're not bringing it out with the system itself.
Nintendo has confirmed that the shop will arrive in May, bringing a host of vintage legacy titles as well as DSiware. We'll keep you posted.