A good amount of 3DS games these days launch at retail and on the eShop. Rune Factory 4, a newly confirmed localization release from XSEED, may head down this path.
XSEED’s Tom Lipschultz said the publisher will make the 3DS title available through the eShop if possible:
“Game’s pretty big, so I don’t know if it’ll fit on the eshop. We’ll do it if we can, though, I’m sure.”
Lipschultz also noted that Rune Factory 4 likely won’t be getting a demo:
“And I don’t think it has a demo, so probably no on that front. If you’ve enjoyed previous Rune Factory games, though, then chances are you’ll enjoy Rune Factory 4 — it’s pretty much the biggest, most complex and most charming Rune Factory yet.”