When you turn on your 3DS today, there will be an opportunity to download the device’s latest system update. It includes ease of use updates to the Nintendo 3DS e-Shop and Mii Plaza. However, those aren’t the showstoppers here: this new update also brings with it the ability to record 3D videos (continuous or stop-motion).
The company has also launched its Nintendo Zone Viewer, which allows users access to game previews, 3D videos, trivia challenges, retailer exclusive deals and more.
Twenty-eight hundred new 3DS hotspots will also be added throughout North America, including 2000 in Canada using the Bell Wi-Fi Network.
Press Release #1: Nintendo 3DS Update:
A new system update now available for the portable Nintendo 3DS™ system adds a wide range of enhancements, including the ability for users to record 3D videos in continuous or stop-motion style, updated Nintendo eShop features, new StreetPass Mii Plaza™features and enhanced online gaming. All of the upgrades are available at no additional charge to Nintendo 3DS owners.
“The addition of these new features demonstrates how Nintendo 3DS continues to grow and evolve,” said Ron Bertram, Nintendo of Canada’s vice-president and general manager. “Nintendo 3DS is our most connected system to date, and the added functionality strengthens the system’s position as a must-have holiday gift.”
Some of the features available with the system update include the ability to record up to 10 minutes of glasses-free 3D video in continuous or stop-motion style. Now users can capture moments from sporting events or family gatherings, or make their own imaginative 3D movies to share with friends. In the Nintendo eShop, it’s now easier to buy and download your purchases. Use your credit card to purchase content by adding only the needed funds. You can choose to Download Now or Download Later. Cue up the games and videos you want and let the system do the rest in Sleep Mode. Fans of StreetPass Mii Plaza™ will enjoy updates to Find Mii and Puzzle Swap. Nintendo 3DS owners can transfer photos, audio recordings and games, including save data, to other Nintendo 3DS systems. For more information about the features included in this update, go to http://www.nintendo.com/3ds/
With the new system update, Nintendo Zone™ is now available for the first time at more than 29,000 Nintendo 3DS Hotspot locations. Nintendo Zone offers users free and automatic access to game previews, 3D videos, trivia challenges, retailer promotions, coupons and much more.
Additionally, Nintendo is adding more than 2,800 Nintendo 3DS Hotspot locations in the United States and Canada, including hotels, airports and malls. In Canada, these new Nintendo 3DS Hotspot locations include more than 2,000 Bell Canada Hotspots. This brings the total number of free Nintendo 3DS Hotspots in North America to more than 29,000, including 25,000 AT&T Wi-Fi Hotspots, approximately 1,000 Best Buy stores and nearly 200 Simon Malls located in the United States. Nintendo 3DS owners can find a Nintendo 3DS Hotspot by visiting http://www.nintendo.com/3ds/
Nintendo 3DS owners who have downloaded previous system updates do not need to do anything, as the new update will happen automatically. Users who have never performed an update before can update by going to the main menu, tapping System Settings, then Other Settings, then System Update.
Remember that Nintendo 3DS features parental controls that let adults manage the content their children can access. For more information about this and other features, visit http://www.nintendo.com/3ds. For more information about Nintendo, visit http://www.nintendo.ca.
About Nintendo: The worldwide pioneer in the creation of interactive entertainment, Nintendo Co., Ltd., of Kyoto, Japan, manufactures and markets hardware and software for its Wii™ home console, Nintendo 3DS™ and Nintendo DS™ family of portable systems. Since 1983, when it launched the Nintendo Entertainment System™, Nintendo has sold more than 3.8 billion video games and more than 610 million hardware units globally, including the current-generation Wii, Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo DS, Nintendo DSi™ and Nintendo DSi XL™, as well as the Game Boy™, Game Boy Advance, Super NES™, Nintendo 64™ and Nintendo GameCube™ systems. It has also created industry icons that have become well-known, household names such as Mario™, Donkey Kong™, Metroid™, Zelda™ and Pokémon™. A wholly owned subsidiary, Nintendo of America Inc., based in Redmond, Wash., serves as headquarters for Nintendo’s operations in the Western Hemisphere. For more information about Nintendo, please visit the company’s website at http://www.nintendo.ca.
Press Release #2: Nintendo Zone Viewer:
Canadian Nintendo 3DS™ owners are now able to connect automatically to the Internet for free at more than 2,000 Hotspot locations across Canada. This access, provided through the Bell Wi-Fi network, will allow Nintendo 3DS owners to get special offers and content in the Nintendo Zone™ Viewer, download items from Nintendo eShop, receive surprise SpotPass™ content, automatically receive 3D videos from the Nintendo Video™ service, and more.
These features were announced in Canada today in a press release outlining details of a special system update for the Nintendo 3DS, which will add a wide range of enhancements, including the ability for users to record 3D videos and access free demo versions of games in the Nintendo eShop. All of the upgrades, as well as the Wi-Fi access at participating locations, are available at no additional charge to Nintendo 3DS owners.
Nintendo 3DS Hotspots:
• Nintendo has announced agreements with a variety of partners in Canada and the United States to offer automatic and free connectivity to all of the great digital content that Nintendo 3DS has to offer.
• In Canada, the Bell Wi-Fi network will offer automatic and free connectivity for Nintendo 3DS owners at more than 2,000 participating locations.
• The Nintendo Zone Viewer offers features like 3D videos, Nintendo 3DS game previews, video game trivia, and retailer promotions and coupons.
• Nintendo 3DS owners can find a Nintendo 3DS Hotspot in Canada by visiting: http://www.nintendo.com/3ds/
Nintendo 3DS owners who have downloaded previous system updates do not need to do anything, as the new update will happen automatically. Users who have never performed an update before can upgrade by going to the main menu, tapping System Settings, then Other Settings, then System Update.
For more information about Nintendo 3DS, visit http://www.nintendo3ds.com.