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Free 3DS Theme Editor Comes to eShop in Japan

by Danny Bivens - December 17, 2014, 2:46 am EST
Total comments: 11 Source: NCL

The download is free, but you’ll still be spending money here.

Home Menu Kazareru Badge Torēru Center (which could be translated as Decorate the Home Menu: Collectible Badge Center), a free home menu editor, is available on the Nintendo 3DS eShop starting today, December 17, in Japan.

While downloading the software itself is free, the application is more or less a digital crane game with numerous badges available inside several different crane machines. If you opt to pay 90 yen (about $0.76 USD), you have five tries to nab badges. As a special gift to users that download the application, the first five tries are free. Badges featuring the original 8-bit Super Mario Bros., Mario Kart 8 and Animal Crossing are available this week. More badges are set to appear every week while previously released ones may be replaced.

Creating your own theme menu is easy. 3DS owners simply choose their desired badges from a menu with the stylus and then place them where they like. Users can choose from already purchased themes or special themes from the new application to create brand new themes of their own. Just as before, the ability to post pictures of your new themes are still available. This time around, users can also post pictures of their creations on Miiverse as well.

There is currently no word on a release for Badge Torēru Center outside of Japan. To check out more about this application, be sure to check out the introductory video from Nintendo below.


ejamerDecember 17, 2014

I don't love the payment scheme, or the (seemingly) somewhat random nature of what you can win, or the fact that some people will fail to unlock the badges they want due to sucking at the crane game.

And yet I still think this is a pretty awesome idea.

Spak-SpangDecember 17, 2014

Something tells me Nintendo has already thought of that. 

I am sure they can give you retries…like shoot agains in pinball if you miss all your tries.  But also, it appears to be very forgiving.

Just for the record - there is a practice crane that you can do once a day. They're like wooden blocks. On the back of some of them are a thing that gives you a prize. I'm not sure if the prize is the same every time, but today I got three free tries (in top of the five initial ones). We'll be discussing this on the Famicast for sure, so be ready for that!

Nintendo is very determined to never have an unprofitable year again.

ejamerDecember 17, 2014

Quote from: The_Dan_x

...  We'll be discussing this on the Famicast for sure, so be ready for that!

As usual, looking forward to it.

famicomplicatedJames Charlton, Associate Editor (Japan)December 19, 2014

Paying real money on a REAL crane game is generally a waste of money, but at least you get some tat that can keep for a while before losing it or throwing it out a year later.

But this......wow. Real money to play a short mini-game for the possibility of virtually decorating the background of your home menu.

That's some horse armour type crap right there!

It's called price discrimination. There are enough people willing to give Nintendo money for no good reason that it's in Nintendo's best interest to facilitate them doing that.

UncleBobRichard Cook, Guest ContributorDecember 19, 2014

I wish there was some way to convert my Wii Shop and DSi Shop credit over to this...

Gokaifire231March 12, 2015

Why won't there be one for US  :'(  :( WHY DO U DO DIS

famicomplicatedJames Charlton, Associate Editor (Japan)March 13, 2015

You should be thanking your god that it ISN'T on the US/EU eShop!

ejamerMarch 13, 2015

Quote from: famicomplicated

You should be thanking your god that it ISN'T on the US/EU eShop!

Admission of addiction?

I'd like to see this in North America too... but the longer it remains unavailable the less I care. Funny how many Nintendo products that applies to recently.

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