Nintendo finally released it's eShop application on the Nintendo 3DS and I have to say I am impressed and a little disappointed at the same time.
Now I know that gamers shouldn't expect much right now in the Virtual Console part of the application, but compared to Japan (they got six) we got three launch titles (Super Mario Land, Alleyway and Radar Mission) and not mention a free Excitebike 3D Classic. The emulation for the Gameboy games works quite well, although it looks like the screen is a little blurry or that could just be my eyes or something. The addition of having a save state is really helpful, I tend to screw up in Mario games so this is a great plus for me.
When I first downloaded Excitebike, I thought it was going to be the original NES title but with 3D. To my surprise the 3D actually does something, it changes the background and adds little things that I don't remember seeing in the original game, but I could be wrong because it's been awhile since I've played the original Excitebike on the NES.
Now onto the layout of the eShop. I really think Nintendo did a good job with the overall setup, it's much better than the DSi Ware shop. You can now search for titles at the bottom of the touch screen, give ratings on scale of 1 to 5 for games, but you have to of had played the game for at least an hour to give a rating. They also let you know what is the most popular search at the bottom of the search bar, which I think is pretty cool. Nintendo will also let you search what games are going to come out in the near future for the 3DS and it has the retail prices as well. Say you want to check out the upcoming Ocarina of Time remake, you simply click on the 'Nintendo 3DS Games Coming Soon' and you can click the title you want more information about and it will tell you the release date and prices. You can also look at screenshots of the title you picked on the touch screen, giving you a little taste of what it would look like on your 3DS.
So that's my impression of the Nintendo 3DS eShop, if Nintendo would have put Link's Awakening on there, it would have made my day, but I can deal with playing Super Mario Land for a little while until then. If you have a 3DS, go check it out. Thanks and a have a great day.