Diving further into the internet age, Nintendo has revealed plans to stock the Nintendo 3DS eShop with actual game demos.
Presumably this sort of thing was an inevitability from the second Nintendo revealed the online functionality of the 3DS handheld, but who can actually tell what Nintendo ever has planned?
Thus, this news comes as a pleasant surprise. Even more pleasant is the initial slate of big-name demos the company has revealed for the service.
As of Thursday, January 19, 3DS owners will be able to download a trial version of Capcom's Resident Evil: Revelations. Come January 26, they'll be able to sample Sega's Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games.
Then, at some nebulous point in the future, the eShop will also see demos for Konami's Metal Gear Solid: Snake Eater 3D and Ubisoft's Rayman Origins.
Granted, it's a slow trickle of demos, but it's certainly better than the "nothing" that fans of Nintendo handhelds are more accustomed to when looking to try out prospective future purchases.
Though, if Nintendo really wanted to boost this new service, it would offer playable demos of some of the older, smaller titles found in the eShop. Kids these days have never heard of Link's Awakening, but if Nintendo offered a free, one-dungeon demo of the game, they'd realize that it's one of the best titles in the Legend of Zelda canon.
Seriously kids, that game needs more love. Go buy six copies and report back once you've finished all of them.
Source: USA Today