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Nintendo CEO and President Satoru Iwata has outlined the first details regarding the 3DS Shop Channel towards the end of an investors briefing yesterday.

Set to introduce an entirely new interface in comparison to that seen previously on both Wii and DS, Iwata explained that it would provide consumers with an overall smoother experience, combining both sales and promotion effectively within one system. Iwata even stated that if it were on the Wii, it would be like combining the aesthetics of both the Wii Shopping Channel and Nintendo Channel. Such a resulting combination means that 3DS users will be able to enjoy a digital version of window shopping – something that Nintendo hopes will encourage and support download sales.

Whilst a demonstration video was shown behind him, Iwata discussed some of its core features of the functionality. Users will now be able to view ‘racks’ based upon differing themes, within which you’ll be able to find software that corresponds to such theme.

Once you’ve found the game you are searching for, you’ll be able to see details, view trailers for it, view ratings awarded to it by other users and even download a demo depending if one is available. You’ll also be able to browse through sections where games are listed in order of latest releases or most popular, alongside a normal search function.

[Thanks Andriasang]

Alex Seedhouse

Alex Seedhouse

After starting out with a Yellow Game Boy and a copy of Donkey Kong Land, Alex once hid in his room to play The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time one Christmas. Now he shares his thoughts on Nintendo Insider, keeping track of everything to do with Nintendo.