Welcome to the Nintendo eShop thread!
The purpose of this thread is to discuss all of the latest and greatest coming from the magical world of the Nintendo eShop service on the 3DS and the WiiU. With the eShop, you can get games, demos, videos, and more! If you have any questions or want to recommend games/apps, feel free to PM me and I'll add them to the lists below. Digital versions of first-party games are available on the eShop at Midnight EST/EDT of the game's launch. So without any further ado....
eShop, Virtual Console, DSi, and Club Nintendo games
These games are created exclusively for the 3DS. Some of them are remakes of old NES games, called 3D Classics, while others are original titles. Either way, there is a lot to choose from.
Great eShop games that you should totally own (in no particular order):
Twin Bee (3D Classic - Shooter)
Mighty Switch Force (Action Puzzle)
Zen Pinball (Pinball!)
Mutant Mudds (Platforming)
Kid Icarus (3D Classics - Platforming)
Sakura Samurai (RPG/Punch-Out!!)
Dillion's Rolling Western (Tower Defense)
Bomb Monkey (Puzzle)
Steamworld Dig (Action)
Virtual Console games
You can download older games on the 3DS. Classic portable systems such as the Game Boy, Game Boy Color, Game Boy Advance, Game Gear, and the TurboGrafx-16. In addition, NES games recently became available to early adapters of the 3DS as a payback for paying the $250 launch price tag. For a complete list of games available, click on this link
Great VC games that you should totally own (in no particular order):
Super Mario Land (GB)
Donkey Kong (GB)
Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins (GB)
Metroid II: Return of Samus (GB)
The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening DX (GBC)
Blaster Master: Enemy Below (GBC)
Super Mario Bros. (NES)
Gargoyle's Quest (GB)
Punch Out!! (NES)
Kid Icarus: Of Myths and Monsters (GB)
Wario Land: Super Mario Land 3 (GB)
Wario Land II (GBC)
Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Ages (GBC)
Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Seasons (GBC)
Wario Land 3 (GBC)
Older DSi games are also available for download on the 3DS as well. There are plenty to choose from and, to make everyone's life easier, our own UncleSporky has created a list of some of the best games to get. Here
is a site that reviews DSiware games. The only site I know of that reviews every DSiware game
Great DSi games that you should totally own (in no particular order):
Shantae: Risky's Revenge (amazing platformer)
Starship Defense (tower defense)
Art Style: AQUITE/AQUIA (puzzle game with a neat aesthetic)
Art Style: PiCTOBiTS (pixel puzzle game)
Dark Void Zero (old school platformer)
X-Scape (first person space shooter thing)
Cave Story (another amazing platformer)
Dr. Mario Express (classic puzzle game)
Puzzle Challenge Express (classic puzzle game)
Photo Dojo (simple but hilarious 2 player fighting game)
Rayman (classic 2D platformer)
Mighty Flip Champs! (platform puzzler)
Alphabounce (long, extensive brick-breaking RPG)
Soul of Darkness (quality Castlevania knockoff)
Inchworm Animation (full featured animation studio)
Zenonia (great Zelda-style RPG)
Ivy the Kiwi? Mini (weird little platform puzzler)
Mighty Milky Way (gravity-based puzzler from the Shantae people)
Dragon Quest Wars (tiny strategy game)
Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Minis March Again! (great puzzler)
Castle of Magic (action platformer)
Little Red Riding Hood's Zombie BBQ (just...what)
Chronos Twins (interesting dual screen mechanic action game)
Plants vs. Zombies (duh)
Puzzle Quest: Challenge of the Warlords (if you haven't played it yet)
Viking Invasion (tower defense)
Gaia's Moon (side scroller action)
Flip the Core (side scrolling shooter)
Free games via Club Nintendo:
Nintendo is now allowing players to buy download games for their Wii, DSi, and 3DS via the Club Nintendo website. All first party games, and some third party titles, offer codes that you can enter on the official Nintendo website. Fill out a survey and earn coins (and an additional follow-up survey for extra coins). The coins can buy a variety of posters, cases, and various neat stuff. But the games are where it's at. Every month, Nintendo is offering up four games to download. You can find the current games available here.
Nintendo Video: A free download app that randomly adds short 3D movies to watch. Blue Man Group, College Humor, and Dreamworks have all contributed.
SwapNote: A free download app that allows you to send notes, pics, and sound clips to friends via Street Pass or Spot Pass.
Netflix: Link your account to your 3DS to watch (2d) movies on the small screen.
Hulu Plus: Just like Netflix, link your account to watch TV shows on the go.
3D movie recording: Record up to 10 minutes of 3D footage and upload it to youtube.
Game demos: Download demos of upcoming 3DS releases.
System Transfer: Transfer information from an existing DS, DSi, or 3DS to a 3DS. Great for when the inevitable redesign hits the scene.
A full list of additional built-in software can be found on Nintendo's 3DS site
Connect with fellow PA people
Sir Ultimos has created a friend code matching system for us to easily connect with each other. Check it out: Sir Ultimos web site and friend code matcher
. I also highly encourage everyone to add your 3DS system code in your signature if you want other people to add you.