Take A Look At Nintendo’s New Prepaid Cards In Japan

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The Nintendo 3DS eShop is scheduled to launch next week, and it appears as though preparations are already being made in Japan to provide a new batch of prepaid cards that are compatible with digital purchases for Wii, Nintendo DSi and Nintendo 3DS.

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Here’s a look at the regular prepaid cards, courtesy of Inside-Games:



In addition to these, some stores such as Seven-Eleven will also provide special Mario, Zelda and Famicom-themed cards. Prices for these start at 1,000 yen:



And here’s a glimpse at a couple of the older themed cards. These are only compatible with the Wii and Nintendo DSiWare, and are going to be completely replaced by the new cards:



The Nintendo 3DS eShop will launch during the evening of June 6th in the U.S. (June 7th in Japan). Mega Man Legends 3 Prototype Version was initially supposed to launch alongside the shop, but was later delayed to an unknown date.

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Ishaan specializes in game design/sales analysis. He's the former managing editor of Siliconera and wrote the book "The Legend of Zelda - A Complete Development History". He also used to moonlight as a professional manga editor. These days, his day job has nothing to do with games, but the two inform each other nonetheless.