How do I get Nintendo eShop?
You will need to perform the latest system update, which will give you access to Nintendo eShop, Nintendo 3DS Internet Browser, and provide you the ability to transfer games from your Nintendo DSi to your Nintendo 3DS. For more information on Nintendo 3DS system updates please go to the System Update page.
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How do I access Nintendo eShop after I have performed the system update?
After you perform the system update, Nintendo eShop will be accessible as a tile on the Nintendo 3DS main menu.
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What is available in Nintendo eShop?
Nintendo eShop game offerings include original 3D software, 3D Classics (select classic video games re-mastered in 3D), Virtual Console and Nintendo DSiWare games in 2D. You can also view video game trailers, screen shots and background information for Nintendo 3DS games, including packaged games purchased at retail locations.
  • The new Pokédex 3D application, an interactive database featuring more than 150 Pokémon from the Pokémon Black Version and Pokémon White Version games, is available for free download. For more information please visit the Pokédex 3D detail page.
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How often will new games and content be added to Nintendo eShop?
Games and other content will be added to the service every Thursday morning.
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What video content is available on the Nintendo eShop?
The Nintendo eShop is the exclusive place to watch 3D trailers of select games revealed at E3 2011.
  • As previously noted, game trailers for downloadable and select packaged games purchased at retail locations are available.
  • Coming soon - Nintendo eShop visitors will be able to download the Netflix application and instantly stream movies and TV shows starting this summer.
  • For more information on Nintendo 3DS video content – including the upcoming Nintendo Video service which will offer original videos, music videos, Hollywood trailers, and more, all in 3D - please visit the video section at for more info.

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How do I buy games on Nintendo eShop?
You can add funds to a virtual wallet using your credit card or a Nintendo eShop Card available in stores and online. Once you have funds in your virtual wallet, you can then browse the selections within the Nintendo eShop and then click to download the games or other content you want. The funds will then be subtracted from the total amount in your virtual wallet and the purchased content will be available on your Nintendo 3DS system. You can learn more about the Nintendo eShop Card here.
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Do Wii Points and Nintendo DSi Points work in Nintendo eShop?
No, those points are specific to the Wii console and Nintendo DSi systems and are not compatible with the Nintendo 3DS system. Nintendo eShop uses a cash-based system. You can also purchase Nintendo eShop Cards that are compatible with the Nintendo 3DS system at retailers nationwide.
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Will content on Nintendo eShop have ESRB ratings?
Yes, where applicable. For more information on ESRB ratings please visit the ESRB Ratings Guide.
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How can I link my Club Nintendo account to Nintendo eShop?
When you start Nintendo eShop for the first time, you will be asked if you would like to link to your Club Nintendo account. You can also do this from within Nintendo eShop. Open Nintendo eShop, select "Menu" in the top left corner, then scroll down to "Settings/Other". Complete directions can be found at
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What are the benefits of linking my Club Nintendo account to Nintendo eShop?
Once you have linked, every product you download is automatically registered in your Club Nintendo account. You can then take a survey for each product registered to earn an additional 10 coins. Club Nintendo has a variety of unique rewards at many price points. Register products, take surveys – and redeem your coins for the rewards of your choice! View all Club Nintendo rewards.
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Can I connect to Nintendo eShop automatically no matter where I am?
To connect to the Nintendo eShop you need access to a wireless broadband Internet connection. Nintendo has teamed up with a number of companies across the U.S. and Canada to create Nintendo Zone locations, which provide a free and automatic connection to Wi-Fi. Please see for more information and to find a location near you.
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