New Super Mario Bros. 2 to be both retail and digital.

#1 Posted by Hailinel (25205 posts) -

Here's something of interest. According to Siliconera, Nintendo plans to release New Super Mario Bros. 2 as both a physical retail release and as a digital download through the eShop or other digital retailers. People will be able to buy the game either way. Apparently, Nintendo plans to do the same for other first-party titles as well.

Another point of interest: Individual digital retailers will be allowed to set their own prices for the digital version, so buying it through the eShop directly could differ from GameStop's price, and both could vary from Amazon's price.

#2 Posted by Dany (7887 posts) -

Impossible. This is Nintendo we're talking about. They don't know how to use the internet!

#3 Posted by Bocam (3819 posts) -

Nintendo is evolving

#4 Posted by BeachThunder (12393 posts) -

*Waits for Iwata to visit the Valve offices*

#5 Posted by Hailinel (25205 posts) -

@Bocam said:

Nintendo is evolving

Cue the Pokemon evolution theme.

#6 Posted by DarthOrange (3890 posts) -

@Hailinel said:

@Bocam said:

Nintendo is evolving

Cue the Pokemon evolution theme.

#7 Posted by FluxWaveZ (19383 posts) -

Seems like digital versions of retail games, similar to the Vita, will be a continued strategy for Nintendo. This is Nintendo, so this remains to be seen, but it's pretty cool if they manage to pull it off.

#8 Posted by kurtbro900 (116 posts) -

Was wondering when they would start doing this. I'll still get the box, though.

#9 Posted by Romination (2777 posts) -

Is this the real life!?

...IS IT!?

#10 Posted by vince_kupo (142 posts) -

@Dany said:

Impossible. This is Nintendo we're talking about. They don't know how to use the internet!

Interesting fact they were one of the first videogame company to use an "network infrastructure" game service, The Satella view in the mid 90s. Plus they had network stuff on the NES. :p

#11 Edited by MikkaQ (10344 posts) -

Oh man if this continues, I'll be buying 3DS games out the ass.

#12 Posted by ZenaxPure (2569 posts) -

I think the most important news about all this is that Nintendo said devs/publishers have full control of their own pricing for the digital versions of games. I hope this means full at any moment control, I would love to get some sort of steam-like thing going on a major console. I love buying crazy cheap games I will never play, and I know I am not alone.

#13 Posted by JackSukeru (5963 posts) -

Very cool. While I'm a bit worried about the more limited storage space on handhelds (I don't want to have to stack up on a bunch of SD cards, that would seem counter intuitive) and I actually like the little cartridges they come on, the pure convenience of having a bunch of games to launch anytime really sells me on it. This does make me wonder if they will retroactively add some of their earlier games to this system, like Kid Icarus or 3D Land, seems like the obvious way to go, no?

As for Wii U supporting it, hell if it comes with enough storage space I could see myself going all digital on that one.

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#14 Posted by Dynablade (166 posts) -

Love that I'll have the option to download full retail games on both the 3DS and Wii-U. I hate living in a small town with too little games to choose from.

#15 Posted by ZenaxPure (2569 posts) -

@RockmanBionics: IIRC you can use 32 gig SD cards on the 3DS, I don't believe most 3DS retail games are more than a couple of gigs so you could probably store quite a few on one of those. I know if they properly support the service I will have to buy a large one for myself.

#16 Posted by JJOR64 (19065 posts) -

Now will digital games be out day and date with their retail counterparts?

#17 Posted by JackSukeru (5963 posts) -

@Zenaxzd: If a 32 gig card would work without issues I could see myself getting one of those, will have to look into it further, later.

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#18 Posted by ZenaxPure (2569 posts) -

@JJOR64: According to Nintendo they certainly will on the Wii U, dunno about 3DS but I'd assume so.

#19 Posted by LordAndrew (14430 posts) -

That doesn't seem very Nintendo-like at all. Cool. Also, my mission to purchase all eShop content looks to become a lot more expensive. I should just give up now, because I really don't want my 3DS tainted by Zombie Slayer Diox anyway.

#20 Posted by Hailinel (25205 posts) -

@LordAndrew said:

That doesn't seem very Nintendo-like at all. Cool. Also, my mission to purchase all eShop content looks to become a lot more expensive. I should just give up now, because I really don't want my 3DS tainted by Zombie Slayer Diox anyway.

It seems that people really underestimated Nintendo's whole commitment to making their online experience better. There really haven't been any notable missteps in their 3DS online and it keeps improving.

#21 Posted by ImmortalSaiyan (4700 posts) -

@LordAndrew said:

That doesn't seem very Nintendo-like at all. Cool. Also, my mission to purchase all eShop content looks to become a lot more expensive. I should just give up now, because I really don't want my 3DS tainted by Zombie Slayer Diox anyway.

Why would you buy all eShop games? Not even Jeff would do that, granted they seem to be much better on the 3DS.

#22 Posted by Phatmac (5726 posts) -

Nintendo learned how to use the internet!?

#23 Posted by LordAndrew (14430 posts) -

@ImmortalSaiyan said:

@LordAndrew said:

That doesn't seem very Nintendo-like at all. Cool. Also, my mission to purchase all eShop content looks to become a lot more expensive. I should just give up now, because I really don't want my 3DS tainted by Zombie Slayer Diox anyway.

Why would you buy all eShop games? Not even Jeff would do that, granted they seem to be much better on the 3DS.

I bought all of the initial Virtual Console batch, and continued a few more times. Since I already had everything by that point, I figured why not keep it up. I've already upgraded my SD card once. I can do it again! Money's no object. Until it starts becoming an object, which is soon.

#24 Posted by louiedog (2335 posts) -

Tomorrow's story: Nintendo confirms Wii U will support 802.11b only, contain 4 GB of storage that isn't upgradeable, and 36 digit security codes will needed to be input every time you want to download a game rated above E.

#25 Posted by Cybexx (1223 posts) -

The apocalypse is nigh! The only hope of warding off the cleansing flames is that Nintendo notes you can not transfer this game between systems.

So I'm kind of torn. I want to embrace the digital future so hard but I'm wary of digital services that haven't figured out the whole linked-to-account/re-download thing because you know, pirates. Its going to take another decade before they have some kind of system to activate and deactivate a limited number of devices on the same account, hopefully they don't head down the same path as EA and we need to spend 5 years at the pay-for-the-privilege-to-redownload truckstop.

I'm happy to experiment with smaller titles knowing full well that I might never get them off my system but I don't know if I want to do that for something larger despite the convenience of having it on my system at all times. What Gamestop, or someone I Iike more, should do is offer the digital copy as a pre-order bonus for the physical one, a digital gateway drug if you will, though I guess that would exist in the realm of conflict of interest so...

#26 Posted by zamaeri09 (25 posts) -

If this is true its quite a stark change for nintendo and probably will mean the Wii U will have a sort of sizable HDD. It kinda excites me to see Big N brave a whole new world for consoles on digital downloads. still concerned about refunds, are they tied to an account or console, is it same day release? lots of questions

#27 Posted by DeF (4975 posts) -

@Dany said:

Impossible. This is Nintendo we're talking about. They don't know how to use the internet!

And here's the kicker: all Wii U software will be available digital AND retail from day one!

All coming from Nintendo's financial briefing so no speculation there.

#28 Posted by chrissedoff (2167 posts) -

Can't wait to NintenDownload it.

#29 Posted by Contrarian (1143 posts) -

It is always good to have options and although I will always prefer retail, if a distributor is setting their own price and they have a good special on a game, then I would be crazy not to consider it.

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