Nintendo Offers Free Re-mastered 3D Version of NES Classic Excitebike for Limited Time
REDMOND, Wash., June 2, 2011 – Nintendo of America has announced that the first major system update for the hand-held Nintendo 3DS™
system will be available in North America the evening of June 6,
Pacific time. By installing the free update via a wireless broadband
Internet connection, Nintendo 3DS users will have access to an Internet
browser and the Nintendo eShop, which contains a variety of new content,
including Pokédex™ 3D,
an application that lets fans see Pokémon™ characters in 3D. To
celebrate the grand opening of the Nintendo eShop, Nintendo is offering
the NES™ game Excitebike™
re-mastered in 3D as a free download until July 7 for anyone who
installs the system update. Upcoming Virtual Console™ content available
in the Nintendo eShop includes Game Boy™ games Super Mario Land™, Alleyway™ and Radar Mission™. New content will be added to the Nintendo eShop on Thursdays.
Nintendo eShop is a digital store for Nintendo 3DS owners that provides
access to a wide variety of downloadable content, such as original 3D
software, classic games that have been re-mastered in 3D called 3D
Classics, Game Boy and Game Boy Color "Virtual Console" games in their
original 2D glory, and more than 350 Nintendo DSiWare™ games. Visitors
can also view video game trailers, screen shots and product information
for games, including those available at retail locations.
Within the Nintendo eShop, Nintendo 3DS users will also be able to download the free Pokédex 3D application and start collecting data for more than 150 Pokémon from the Pokémon™ Black Version and Pokémon White Version
games. This new application lets users view each Pokémon in 3D with
animated motion and sound. The Pokémon image can be rotated 360 degrees,
allowing users to zoom in and view it from any angle. The detailed
Pokédex also allows users to search, sort and filter all of the data
they receive in a variety of ways, making it the essential guide for
Pokémon fans. Players can complete their Pokédex by sharing data with
friends and using the SpotPass™ feature, or by scanning special Pokémon
AR Markers (augmented-reality markers). Once users have received data
for a Pokémon, the AR Viewer allows them to view that Pokémon image in a
real-world setting in real time, and create photos to share with
"The Nintendo 3DS system is constantly evolving and
growing," said Nintendo of America president and COO Reggie Fils-Aime.
"The Nintendo eShop is a one-stop resource for a broad range of Nintendo
information and downloadable games and applications. It expands the
Nintendo 3DS experience with new and entertaining content."
capabilities that go live with the system update include a free
Internet browser that has the capability to show 3D images on sites
specifically designed to show 3D images. The browser can also be used
during game play. Users can stop their Nintendo 3DS game and go to the
browser by pressing the Home button and then resume their game when they
are finished browsing.
The system update also gives Nintendo DSi™ and Nintendo DSi XL™
system owners the ability to easily transfer most of their previously
downloaded Nintendo DSiWare™ games to their new Nintendo 3DS systems.
the near future, users will be able to download a free application for a
short-form video service that will enable them to view specially
selected video content, including 3D movie trailers, comedy clips and
music videos automatically received when the SpotPass feature is
To install the recommended system update, Nintendo 3DS
users can simply start the "System Settings" from the Home Menu, select
"Other Settings" and scroll the page right to select "System Update."
that the Nintendo 3DS system features parental controls that let adults
manage the content their children can access. For more information
about this and other features, visit http://www.nintendo3ds.com.