Best Buy, Nintendo team up for 3DS SpotPass

Good news for 3DS owners: Retail giant Best Buy and Nintendo of America are teaming up to bring you SpotPass downloads and features to your 3DS. The goodies start June 7th (the same day as Nintendo’s E3 conference) and one day after the June 6th system update which brings 3DS owners the long awaited eShop, as well as other things.

Personally, I’m really glad to see this. I was worried SpotPass would go the way of WiiConnect24 (i.e., no where). This is certainly good to hear! Let’s hope we see more of this kind of thing in the future.


Press release:

Nintendo and Best Buy to Bring Custom Downloadable Content to Nintendo 3DS Owners

Nintendo 3DS Will Connect Automatically to Best Buy Wireless Hot Spots

REDMOND, Wash. & MINNEAPOLIS–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Nintendo and retail partner Best Buy are collaborating to give Nintendo 3DS™ owners customized, automatic wireless access at some 1,000 select Best Buy store locations nationwide beginning June 7. Once connected, the service will provide access to a variety of fun content via the system’s built-in Wi-Fi functionality, including the new SpotPass™ feature. The Best Buy service will also include exclusive offers as well as additional entertainment content such as gaming extras and movie trailers. Nintendo 3DS, which lets people see 3D visuals without the need for special glasses, launched March 27 at a suggested retail price of $249.99.

“Nintendo 3DS turns the page in portable gaming not just because of the stunning, glasses-free 3D visuals, but also in the way it keeps people connected to their friends, their games and their world,” said Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime. “Best Buy provides a firsthand look at the platform with experts to help people understand everything it offers.”

“We want our customers to fully tap into the potential of their Nintendo 3DS device, so we’re pleased to offer free access to special Wi-Fi and SpotPass content in-store,” said Chris Homeister, senior vice president of entertainment for Best Buy. “As a retail partner for SpotPass, this is another way that we’re delivering best-in-class gaming experiences at our stores across the country.”

Remember that Nintendo 3DS features parental controls that let adults manage the content their children can access. For more information about this and other features, visit

Matthew Howell

I just called 1-800-BESTBUY, and the Customer Care rep I spoke to had no knowledge about this program, and said that no information had been disseminated from Best Buy Corporate about this. This doesn’t sound good…. 

Matthew Howell

I find it sad that, as of today (June 2), no one I’ve spoken with at either my local Best Buy store or the 1-800-BESTBUY number seems to know anything about this partnership with Nintendo. I don’t doubt that it will happen, I am simply underwhelmed by Best Buy’s apparent lack of knowledge regarding this.