Buying Nintendo 3DS Games In Japan Feels Like The Future

If you live in Japan, you can buy use Nintendo 3DS games with your smartphone. Like this.

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In Japan, IC cards, such as Suica, are used as train passes or for e-money payments. You can also use these cards to add funds for Nintendo eShop purchases.

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Since the New Nintendo 3DS has a NFC reader, it has the tech to read IC cards. And in Japan, it does just that. Some people might feel less reluctant to shop digitally this way than by entering their credit card information. It's simple!

This isn't exactly new. It's been possible to do this on Wii U GamePads for the past few years.

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Even in the late 2000s, the PlayStation 3 had an add-on peripheral, allowing people to use shop via Sony's smart card Felica.

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And before that, in the mid-2000s, you could even use Felica at arcades in Japan! So, while the tech isn't exactly new, it still does feel like the future.


    How does this feel like the future? It actually feels more like an anachronism. I'm 95% certain that the WiiU and 3DS both store your credit card information on the device itself, not in your online account so you're duplicating the effort. It would be far more futuristic, or even just plain modern to be able to charge your account from anywhere that has an online connection rather than requiring the device. Sony and Microsoft have been doing it for quite a number of years now but Nintendo still requires you to purchase from the device itself.

      Not exactly. The eShop let's you purchase games and apps from your phone/PC and download them to your 3DS while its in sleep mode.

    Considering a huge chunk of games aren't available on their online store, and the sales are paltry and sparse, it feels like 2007

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