Rumor: Nintendo to release older 3DS games on eShop, starting with Mario Kart 7 and Super Mario 3D Land
A poster over at GBA Temp has discovered that Nintendo is now listing Mario Kart 7 and Super Mario 3D Land on their servers for distribution via the eShop.
This means Nintendo plans to release the late-2011 retail hits digitally in the near future. Both games have garnered sales of five million units or more worldwide. We reviewed both Super Mario 3D Land and Mario Kart 7 last year as well and loved every moment of them.
This is what the user found:
Well I was running my weekly scan of Nintendo’s CDN (the server where Nintendo hosts eShop Titles), and the EUR version of Mario Kart 7′s title ID was added, sometime between now and last thursday.
You might call me wrong, but if you look at the TMD, it says the title has a manual and DLP Child, just like Mario Kart 7. And the NCCH files on CDN are very close to the size of the NCCH files from the EUR version of the ROM:
Executable NCCH: CDN/ROM = 609/611mb
Manual NCCH: CDN/ROM = 2.69/2.52mb
Dlp Child Container NCCH: CDN/ROM = 26.5/26.5mb
No word on when these two Nintendo blockbusters will release on the eShop or how much they will cost but it is good to see Nintendo supporting their digital shop in this way. I think a lot of you would agree that the 3DS eShop has gotten off to a far better start than DSiWare or the Wii Shop Channel did.
Looks like we can expect Nintendo to add older 3DS games to the eShop from now on. I’m personally hoping for full DS game downloads too.