Just two days after the massive Wii U oriented livestream, “The Big N” treated its Japanese audience to another edition of Nintendo Direct on Friday, this time regarding the 3DS. However, it was only a brief two-and-a half-minute video without any new game reveals. But it still had some interesting news of its own.
A digitized Iwata announced a new save data transfer tool, which will be able to transfer save data from a game cartridge to digital copies of the same game. This tool will be available in Japan as a downloadable update sometime in March. There’s no word on when this update will be available in other regions but I’d say it’d probably be within the same month, if not on the same day.
3D Iwata also announced that retail titles Culdcept, Calciobit, Fire Emblem: Awakening, and all three versions of Nintendogs + Cats will be making their way to the 3DS eShop by the end of the month (in Japan), which will bring the total number of retail games available on the eShop up to 46. There’s no word on when these games will grace the marketplace in other regions but I’d wager soon would be a good estimate.
The save transfer tool should prove useful for those who bought their games digitally but have their save data on a physical copy that’s either rented or borrowed…or perhaps they bought both versions for some reason. However, the point remains that I’m sure there are plenty of people who’ll find it helpful.
It’s also nice to see more first-party retail titles grace the eShop to give customers the option. Now if only Nintendo would make them cheaper.