Nintendo has always been an integral part of the childhood of people, especially the ones born in the 90’s.Most of us have craved for a Nintendo despite dealing with the wrath of our parents, haven’t we? Many of us know Nintendo as the gaming console which each one of us so ardently desire. But actually, Nintendo is the name of the company that sells these gaming products. The company started in Tokyo, first as a toy company and continued from 1956-1972, making its name as a toy-seller. But due to the herculean task of constantly innovating, given the ephemeral nature of toy fads, and being on the verge of bankruptcy, Nintendo had to change its strategy and focus on gaming consoles, producing the first video-gaming console in what was a groundbreaking innovation. This release sent shockwaves through the entertainment industry. It is difficult to produce a brief history of Nintendo as it has made so many transient changes with changing technology.
Nintendo e-Shop: A complete solution for gaming
The Nintendo e-Shop is Nintendo’s answer to the critics talking about its existential crisis. With the advent of digitalization, it was necessary for Nintendo to launch a digital platform having a collection of a plethora of games, available for purchasing and for downloading. It is more of an online store for games, like the Google Playstore is for apps.
· The Nintendo 3DS
The Nintendo e-Shop was initially launched in June 2011, as a part of an update for the Nintendo 3DS, which was launched in 2009. This was Nintendo’s answer to the competition posed by Sony Playstation Vita. The Nintendo 3DS is a handheld gaming device which can produce stereographic 3D effects without the use of 3D glasses and was a landmark release providing an awesome gaming experience. The 3DS is the successor of another successful console, the 2DS.
· The Nintendo Wii U
The Nintendo Wii U was launched in 2012 as the successor of the Nintendo Wii. It is a home video gaming console with a game pad controller and was the first Nintendo console to support HD graphics. The console got a positive response due to the game pad controller and improvements to its online functionality.
The Nintendo e-Shop was first integrated with both the 3DS and the Wii U as a digital distribution service.
· Features of the Nintendo e-Shop
The Nintendo e-Shop works over a Wi-Fi connection to facilitate downloads. It keeps a history of downloads so that the previously purchased softwares can be re-downloaded, whenever required. The downloads can be queued and kept in the wait-list for downloading at a suitable time.
The e-Shop has been made flexible when it comes to the currency and unlike its predecessors, it shows the price of the products in regional currencies (for available regions) instead of Nintendo points. Also it comes with multiple payment options, thus making the payment process hassle free.
A much needed and appreciable feature is that it has been made suitable for multitasking. We can work on the Nintendo e-Shop in the middle of a game using the home button (a feature restricted to Wii U) and can do a number of tasks on multiple web pages. We can queue 10 downloads at a time which can run in the background as well.
On the lines of the tried and tested Playstore and multiple online stores, the Nintendo e-Shop also comes with the option of rating and reviewing a product. This feature helps buyers to authenticate the product and get a testament to its usefulness, whether it is a worth for money.
The Nintendo e-Shop also provides a video streaming service, via a number of third-party online streaming services, some of which are exclusive to Nintendo users. The Nintendo 3DS and Wii U come preloaded with Netflix, Hulu plus and Amazon video, the front runners in online video streaming. Also some of the videos have an option to be downloaded for offline viewing.
All in all, Nintendo has gone through a metamorphosis from Gameboy to the Nintendo e-Shop integrated Wii U and 3DS. With a presence in almost all of the major countries in the world, the Nintendo games are increasing their presence swiftly and deftly through the Nintendo e-Shop.