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Clearly Nintendo is bribing Mario


Whenever there is a discussion with digital retail on the Nintendo 3DS, it’s always involves New Super Mario Bros 2. It’s understandable since the plumber’s upcoming adventure will be the first for Nintendo to be release their games both in retail stores and eShop download simultaneously. There is already an advantage and disadvantage on the decision to download New Super Mario Bros 2. The advantage is receiving 100 Club Nintendo coins when downloading within the first month of its release and no need to swap cartridge for continuing on reaching the 1 million goal. The disadvantage is the unchanged price tag (or very little price change including tax) and more cautiousness with your 3DS account.

Personally, I don’t think we should decide on whether to be on board with digital retail purchases or not depending on the decisions involving New Super Mario Bros 2. Eventually, previous first-party releases will be available on the Nintendo eShop and I can think of one title that will really help a clear understanding on Nintendo’s digital strategy on digital retail.



Kid Icarus: Uprising

Justifying the exact price tag with only difference between physical and digital retail is that digital is instantly available on the system is no longer the case with Kid Icarus: Uprising. It’s not just the box, two-thirds of the full package is also missing when just downloading Kid Icarus: Uprising, the 6 AR Cards and the 3DS Stand that are feature in every copy in new condition. For those that don’t own the game yet and have the option to download it from the Nintendo eShop may not want to. If the digital retail price for Kid Icarus: Uprising is the exact price as the retail package, the elective scale will be unbalance, favoring the retail package just for the inclusion of a training wheel if necessary and the interest in digital retail purchases will decline.

The solution with digital arrival of Kid Icarus: Uprising

Nintendo should definitely consider lowering the price for Kid Icarus: Uprising on the Nintendo eShop since this digital retail doesn’t contain the full package, literally. Whether to pay Kid Icarus: Uprising full price for a full package or paying less for just the game is an equal understanding for both retail stores and Nintendo’s digital strategy.

Will it be New Super Mario Bros 2 or Kid Icarus: Uprising deciding your fate with the consideration on digital retail and Nintendo’s trust on their digital strategy? Are there other first party 3DS titles that you want a logical price for their digital alternation? Leave your welcoming thoughts on the comment section below.


Last edited by SkywardL on July 25th 2012, 12:44 pm; edited 1 time in total

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I wouldn't mind picking up Pokemon rumble blast, tales of abyss, NSMB2 and a few others via DL, but I'd have to check with the game first
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I hope we will always have the option for physical media, but I don't see that happening. Sad
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I think that Nintendo should charge less for digital retail titles because.
1: It's cheaper to distribute
2: People don't get a tangible product.
3: People can never sell the games.

If Nintendo sells the games for a discount I'm all for it, but if it costs the same as physical retail games I'll be irritated.
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Digital retail should never become the only option for gamers Neutral
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I'll wait until I know what Nintendo is going to do about the pricing and content of their digital retail downloads before I have an opinion about their strategy.
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I'm only doing this because when I move to japan I don't wanna import from America (wish I had a Japanese 3DS) and because if I find my special someone I'm sure we'd own about the same games and having 2 3DS systems is better then having 2 boxes of the same game for a ton of games that at least I own, and because in 15 years I doubt 3DS games will be backwards compatible, but I'm sure Nintendo will allow system transfers and paying $40 now is cheaper then paying $40 now and $20 for it on VC in 2024
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I just ordered a new copy of Kid Icarus: Uprising, not too long ago. I really don't see how Nintendo is going to offer KI:U as downloadable retail title. If every new physical copy includes a stand, then that probably means it's a good idea to have one available. Plus, anyone who decides to purchase a digital copy will miss out on those 6 free AR cards. Although, the ability to transfer digital retail titles onto a next generation console may actually be the ideal choice, in the long run.
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@Nintenbro wrote:I just ordered a new copy of Kid Icarus: Uprising, not too long ago. I really don't see how Nintendo is going to offer KI:U as downloadable retail title. If every new physical copy includes a stand, then that probably means it's a good idea to have one available. Plus, anyone who decides to purchase a digital copy will miss out on those 6 free AR cards. Although, the ability to transfer digital retail titles onto a next generation console may actually be the ideal choice, in the long run.
Exactly and you could always just buy a stand and cards separate, same with any pre order bonuses although it will cost more...until the next gen comes and you have to pay to DL 3DS games anyway
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We'll all eventually have our own network account, once the Nintendo Network is fully established. Which will supposedly function similar to a Cloud account. If your 3DS or WiiU becomes lost or stolen, you just need a valid police report. Nintendo will fully reimburse whatever hardware and or software that was lost or stolen. This isn't the case with physical retail.
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