Nintendo 3DS eShop won't be ready for launch

Ninty confirms virtual store delay

May update will see redesign games store land on handheld.

Nintendo has confirmed that its new look eShop will not be sitting pretty on the 3DS when it launches in March. The new store, a complete revamp on the DSi shop, will instead be coming as part of a software update in May.

In a conference call explaining the delay, Nintendo chief Satoru Iwata said the gaming giant wanted to get the experience right on its next-gen handheld. “We will be running a drastically redesigned shop for Nintendo 3DS in which you can more comfortably purchase software through downloads."

The 3DS is set to launch on these shores on 25 March, following a massive unveiling in Amsterdam this month. Titles up for grabs include PES 2011 and Street Fighter IV.

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