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3DS 101: Downloading Game Demos and Streaming Videos from the Nintendo eShop

by Blogger ‎10-28-2012 07:56 AM - edited ‎12-17-2012 07:07 PM

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If you're new to your Nintendo handheld and want to use it to its fullest there are lots of cool features worth checking out. One of my favourites has to be the Nintendo eShop channel, which offers a collection of new and classic games, demos, videos and apps to wade through.  There really is something for everyone here so it's worth checking out for yourself, you never know what you might find!  
 
If there's a particular game your eyeing but not sure if you want to make the purchase, Nintendo frequently offers downloadable game demos and streamed videos.  These are updated weekly and feature a variety of games worth skimming through.  Want to know how to download these game demos and stream these videos for yourself?  Check out my tutorial! 
 
Let's get started: boot up your handheld and check out your Home Screen.  There are plenty of channels available to access, but for this particular tutorial you'll want to select the Nintendo eShop channel.
 
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Now that you're in the Nintendo eShop, you'll want to locate the Demos page.  Here you'll find all the current game demos along with some video trailers, depending on the game. 
 
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So let's say you're interested in checking out Theatrhythm Final Fantasy, but not sure if you want to purchase it.  You can select it and check out what sort of content Nintendo offers for the game.  
 
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After selecting the game, several different options pop up including videos, demos, and add-ons. Theatrhythm doesn't seem to offer a video trailer, but it does have a downloadable demo.  Upon accessing it you need to verify you have enough space for the download and you're good to go.  
 
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Now you wait. The download process usually doesn't take more than a few minutes, but it depends on how strong your internet connection is.  
 
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Once the game has downloaded, it will appear as a present on your Home Screen.  Isn't that nice? If you want to play, all you have to do is unwrap it.  
 
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Some games will also offer video trailers and tutorials.   The Denpa Men, for example, offers a video trailer which I can stream onto my 3DS.  
 
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To watch the video, or select one of many videos all you have to do is select the Videos button and click play!  How is that for easy? 
 
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Want to try out Nintendo eShop or any of the other channels for yourself?  All you need is a Nintendo DSi, DSi XL, 3DS or 3DS XL.  You can get each of these handhelds at Future Shop!
 
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The Nintendo DSi (now in a matte red) is a best-selling, high-powered handheld video game system in a sleek, folding design. It comes fully-equipped with features like touchscreen control for a unique gaming experience. You can snap photos with the built-in camera, edit and send them to friends, play your music, or browse the Internet - not to mention play a huge library of amazing games.




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The Nintendo DSi is a high-powered handheld video game system in a sleek, folding design - loaded with features like touch screen control for a unique gaming experience. Snap photos with the built-in camera, edit and send them to friends, play back your music with Nintendo DSi Sound, or browse the Internet with the Nintendo DSi Browser.




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The world's most popular gaming system just got even better. The new and improved Nintendo DSi XL features a screen that's almost twice as large as before, 3 pre-installed games, a larger and easier to use stylus, and more. It's powerful, portable gaming and entertainment in the palm of your hand.




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Prepare yourself for a portable gaming experience like no other. The Nintendo 3DS system is here, offering truly 3-dimensional gaming with unprecedented depth and interactivity, so you see and feel your games in an entirely new way. With all the features you love about the Nintendo DS, and a host of new ones, the 3DS creates a truly lasting impression.




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Prepare yourself for a portable gaming experience like no other. The Nintendo 3DS system is here, offering truly 3-dimensional gaming with unprecedented depth and interactivity, so you see and feel your games in an entirely new way. With all the features you love about the Nintendo DS, and a host of new ones, the 3DS creates a truly lasting impression.




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The Nintendo 3DS XL puts a super-sized 3D experience in your hands, letting you enjoy amazing 3D gaming on the go. Both screens are 90% larger than the original 3DS, and the top screen provides cool 3D visuals without the need for special glasses. With an ever-growing selection of games to choose from you'll enjoy an immersive experience anywhere you go.




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The Nintendo 3DS XL puts a super-sized 3D experience in your hands, letting you enjoy amazing 3D gaming on the go. Both screens are 90% larger than the original 3DS, and the top screen provides cool 3D visuals without the need for special glasses. With an ever-growing selection of games to choose from you'll enjoy an immersive experience anywhere you go.




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