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Best Buy to Offer Wireless 3DS Content in Stores

by Jared Rosenberg - May 17, 2011, 11:38 am EDT
Total comments: 4 Source: (Press Release)

Soon you will be able to visit a Best Buy with your 3DS and have content wirelessly transmitted to your system. 

Update: Best Buy’s Mark Cassutt responded to our query about the “exclusive offers.” He said, “We are working with Nintendo to identify just what those exclusive offers will be. And we hope to make the announcement soon.”

Starting June 7, 3DS users will be able to wirelessly download special 3DS content, such as movie trailers and game extras, directly to their system when visiting participating Best Buy locations. The wireless data transmission will be performed using the SpotPass and Wi-Fi functionality of the 3DS.

There will also be “exclusive offers” available through the new service, though no details were given. We've reached out to both Best Buy and Nintendo representatives for clarification.

The Best Buy service is scheduled to launch on the same day as Nintendo’s E3 2011 Media Briefing, and a day after the eShop goes live.

Nintendo and Best Buy to Bring Custom Downloadable Content to Nintendo 3DS Owners

Nintendo 3DS Will Connect Automatically to Best Buy Wireless Hot Spots

REDMOND, Wash. & MINNEAPOLIS--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Nintendo and retail partner Best Buy are collaborating to give Nintendo 3DS™ owners customized, automatic wireless access at some 1,000 select Best Buy store locations nationwide beginning June 7. Once connected, the service will provide access to a variety of fun content via the system’s built-in Wi-Fi functionality, including the new SpotPass™ feature. The Best Buy service will also include exclusive offers as well as additional entertainment content such as gaming extras and movie trailers. Nintendo 3DS, which lets people see 3D visuals without the need for special glasses, launched March 27 at a suggested retail price of $249.99.

“Nintendo 3DS turns the page in portable gaming not just because of the stunning, glasses-free 3D visuals, but also in the way it keeps people connected to their friends, their games and their world,” said Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime. “Best Buy provides a firsthand look at the platform with experts to help people understand everything it offers.”

“We want our customers to fully tap into the potential of their Nintendo 3DS device, so we’re pleased to offer free access to special Wi-Fi and SpotPass content in-store,” said Chris Homeister, senior vice president of entertainment for Best Buy. “As a retail partner for SpotPass, this is another way that we’re delivering best-in-class gaming experiences at our stores across the country.”

Remember that Nintendo 3DS features parental controls that let adults manage the content their children can access. For more information about this and other features, visit http://www.nintendo3ds.com.


rad.i.kalMay 17, 2011

This sounds cool but i bet we won't fully understand what they are doing til E3

TurdFurgyMay 17, 2011

I'm starting to like this Street/SpotPass thing.

SilverQuilavaMay 17, 2011

...cool. let me know when they start distributing through Nintendo WFC. or whatever it is they do with the internet.

leahsdadMay 17, 2011

But the problem is that I just hate Best Buy.

Though, it looks like Best Buy is really getting on the 3DS bandwagon, with the launch in New York, Triforce Johnson, and everything.  I wonder if all that hoopla paid off in sales.  I don't know about everyone else, but I got my 3DS through Amazon, because the deals were a-freakin-mazing.

In fact, is Amazon making money from video game sales?  Because they're offering the best deals, hands down, for any system's games, and not just with their low prices (Portal 2 on PC for 30 bucks!).  I'm always getting these game credits they're offering, where they give you 10 bucks towards your next game purchase or something to that effect.  Sometimes I get it after the purchase, and they let you use that on pretty much anything game related that they themselves sell. 

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