The Nintendo 3DS eShop launched recently along with a new firmware update that finally adds a browser to the handheld. Right now, it’s mostly bare, with a few 3DS video demos and a couple of handheld games. To go with the eShop launch, Nintendo has included two bits of free software for you to download and enjoy. The first – and a treat for retro gamers – is a 3DS version of the NES classic Excitebike. The second, and one that’s thrown PokÃ©mon fans in to a frenzy is PokÃ©dex 3D; a sort of real life catalogue of all 150 creatures from the newest games in the series, PokÃ©mon Black and White. It starts you out with a tiny collection just 15. So how do you get more?
The first way is to make sure your 3DS has internet connectivity. The PokÃ©dex will download 3 new ones for you each day. The other, as is typical for PokÃ©mon, is to trade them with others. So then what the heck are those AR Maker cards that’ve been floating around for? Well, they’re for taking Augmented reality pictures. Provided you have the PokÃ©mon registered on your 3DS already, the AR Marker allows you to take snapshots of the creatures using the magic of augmented reality. Want a picture of an Emboar on your couch? This is the way to do it. The AR Markers also add creatures to your sticker book, so if you’re a real PokÃ©mon fanatic, you’ll want all of them.Â There were four handed out at E3 this year, and I’ve scanned them all for you so you don’t have to go hunting for them in the seedier bits of the internet.
If you, as a South African, have found you’re unable to access the eShop I have a little bit of bad news; it doesn’t look like we’ll be getting official support for the service. Boo! Hiss! There is a workaround though; set your region to UK and you’ll be able to download all the free stuff, like the PokÃ©dex, from the online repository.