Nintendo 3DS Internet Connection Rate At 72% Worldwide

By Ishaan . October 25, 2012 . 12:00pm

The number of Nintendo 3DS users that have connected their device to the Internet has reached 72% worldwide, Nintendo president, Satoru Iwata, reported at the company’s financial results briefing yesterday.


72% worldwide is a 10% increase from the connection rate in 2011. Iwata shared that the Internet-connection ratio is particularly high in Japan and the U.S. where it has crossed the 80% mark and is still on the rise. In comparison, Iwata says, the connection rate in Europe an Australia is relatively lower.


One of the things that Nintendo 3DS users connect their systems to the Internet for, at least in Japan, is to watch Nintendo Direct videos on the Nintendo eShop. In fact, Iwata says, the eShop is currently the most popular way for Japanese 3DS users to catch up with Nintendo Direct after it has already aired. Iwata reveals that even Nintendo were surprised to learn of this.


Of course, 3DS owners also use the Nintendo eShop to download games. Without any advertisements in the mass media to promote downloadable versions of packaged games, download versions account for 3-10% of total sales worldwide, depending on the game in question, Iwata says.



This brings us to an interesting point. Animal Crossing: New Leaf will be the very first title where Nintendo will actively promote the downloadable version of the game. The TV commercial embedded above has the narrator saying at the end: “Download version available, always with you, never lost.”


Additionally, as previously reported, Nintendo will release an Animal Crossing: New Leaf Nintendo 3DS bundle (right) in Japan this Fall. This bundle will include a special edition Nintendo 3DS that has a download copy of the new Animal Crossing game loaded onto the SD card. Similar bundles for New Super Mario Bros. 2 and Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate will also be released in Japan.


Why this special TV commercial treatment for Animal Crossing in particular? Because Nintendo feel that Animal Crossing is the kind of game that users would prefer to have on their system at all times, owing to its communication features. By raising awareness of the download version of a popular game, Nintendo say they’ll make consumers aware of download titles in general.


Additionally, Iwata reveals that the Animal Crossing: New Leaf 3DS bundle has had so many pre-orders that Nintendo have had to arrange for additional production.


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  • I am the 28%

    • kupomogli

      You don’t play games online?  I’m anti Nintendo, but Mario Kart 7 was fun for a few days, until it got ridiculously boring.

      • I play games online, Just not on my 3DS(I haven’t found anything really fun to play online with so there was never any point)

        • Jose Borunda

          Kid Icarus Uprising.

          • I’ll check it out, thanks.

    • puchinri

      When I’m not at home, I abuse the 3DS’s internet, but I can see how some people easily do without it. (I did for my Lite~.)

    • Me too.

    • Elvick

      You don’t want to check out the eShop? There’s some pretty spiff games on there.

      I figured most would at least get online to look at that kind of thing. Guess not.

      • I diden’t even know it existed until about a week ago, I’ll look at it when I get some funds for Liberation maiden.

        any other games worth getting on there?

        • Elvick

          Depends on what you’re into. Mutant Mudds (apparently its on PC now though, there’s a demo on the eShop), Pushmo (called Pullbox in EU), The Denpa Men looks interesting downloading the demo now.

          There are a lot of games I haven’t taken the chance on yet, that look interesting too. Should get around to looking into those… but the buying bulks of money thing turns me off of purchasing a lot of stuff. xP

  • “Download version available, always with you, never lost.”
    This is kind of why I’d buy the downloadable version.

    • AuraGuyChris

      I do wonder what will happen if a 3DS with a retail-downloaded game is utterly destroyed, though. Highly unlikely unless you’re pretty clumsy (not you, STiger).

      Maybe you do lose the infinite download retries for sure.

      • You’d certainly lose some sort of data.

      • There’s an eShop account system on the way for both 3DS and Wii U, so I assume your activity would be saved there. In a sense, it already is, if you link your 3DS to Club Nintendo.

        You’d definitely lose all your save data, though, unless they get some sort of Cloud-saving solution in place. I’d actually personally like that very much, since I’ve had an SD card crap out on me once before and finding the right files to retrieve my save data took me two hours.

  • Bendergamer91

    Every time I see that Animal Crossing 3DS I think it’s a Pop tart -_-

  • Izzy Miyake

    This is a terrible idea. Not because having the game with me all the time is a bad thing.

    But the productivity loss…………..oh man……………

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