No Download Store, DSi Support for 3DS at Launch

The Nintendo 3DS hits store shelves on March 27, but it won’t come with support for downloadable games or a web browser. And forget about playing DSiWare games you already purchased, at least for the time being.

A big press release from Nintendo has the details following its 3DS press event in New York. All those features — DSi support, web browsing and a downloadable games store — are planned for the 3DS and have been discussed since it was first announced, but they’re just not ready for launch, it seems.

There’s no timetable for the launch of the “eShop downloadable game store, but Nintendo insists it’ll include new games for the 3DS, Virtual Console games that originally appeared on the Game Boy and Game Boy Color, plus standard DSiWare. It just didn’t say when.

Huge bummer on Nintendo’s part, and as Wired points out, a possible indication that it isn’t quite as serious about downloadable games as all information and market movement suggests it should be at this point. After all, the iTunes App Store is nearing 10 billion downloads, and no small part of those (and no small amount of money) are from games.

Oh, and one more thing: the 3DS will have a revamped Friend Code system that won’t require a World War II Navajo codebreaker to use.

That same press release says the 3DS connected locally to same Wi-Fi network won’t need codes at all, but will automatically detect each other and fill in the necessary information. But the system still comes with a code and you’ll still have to type it in when you want to make online friends with other 3DS units. Luckily, the system is smart enough to remember the code the for all games rather than require new codes for each game.

We don’t know how long the idiotic numbers will be or what the friend cap is, but we do know the 3DS will notify you when a friend comes online with a light on top of it. Excuse my enthusiasm: whoo-frakkin-hoo.

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