It’s true that Nintendo’s been offering free software via its digital distribution service on the Nintendo 3DS since the launch of the Nintendo eShop – examples of this include Nintendo Video, Nintendo Letter Box, and even the games 3D Classics: Excitebike and Zelda: Four Swords Anniversary Edition were free for a limited time.
In the past, however, third-parties have been forced to add a price tag to all of their published titles on the eShop, potentially deterring the likes of fun, quirky little apps as seen on Apple’s App Store.
Thankfully, Nintendo’s now changed its policies to now allow third-parties to bring their free apps and games to the Nintendo 3DS’s download service.
The first of these third-party apps launched on 5th July: Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games Virtual Card Album, with Square Enix following suit with a free Dragon Quest X companion app, which will allow you to view information about friends and characters, and products from the Travelers’ Bazaar.
Are there any other companion apps, or free ports of iOS games you’d like to see arrive on the eShop?