3DS eShop Helps Kill Time During Post Holiday Rush

It took a while, but we managed to survive the holiday gaming season, particularly Nintendo’s impressive 3DS lineup that included both Super Mario 3D Land and Mario Kart 7. Talk about sensory overload.

What’s on deck in January? 505 Games’ My Pet Puppy 3D, releasing the 11th.

Suddenly, Resident Evil: Revelations February 7 launch date seems so far away.

Years ago, before downloadable games went mainstream, players endured software droughts that went on for months. Things were so bad that summers were filled with virtual tumbleweeds rolling across the digital landscape.

Today, there’s the 3DS eShop, and Nintendo has done a great job populating it with must play titles on a weekly basis.

We have to admit, the big N has come a long way, even from DSiWare, which suffered from an abundance of weird applications and primitive games.

Not so with 3DS. Before the holidays ended, Nintendo and third parties wowed players with PushmoMighty Switch ForceVVVVVV and a host of Game Boy hits, like Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden CoinsTetris and Bionic Commando.

Today, they have Samurai Sword Destiny, a promising hack and slash adventure from UFO Interactive. Later, Zen Studios will deliver Zen Pinball 3D January 12, and Nintendo will hopefully bring 3D Classics: Kid Icarus Stateside.

After January, we have plenty more to look forward to, including Dillon’s Rolling Westernand Sakura Samurai: Art of the Sword.

Point being, it appears Mario and Co. have finally recognised the importance of delivering quality software on a weekly basis to keep fans interested. Not sure whether it was the App Store/Android Marketplace that led to this. Regardless, it’s wonderful to see, and we look forward to enjoying more downloadable games throughout 2012.

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