New Super Mario Bros. 2, other retail 3DS games to be sold on eShop
Digital distribu-ton! Confirming recent rumors, Nintendo president Satoru Iwata announced plans to release some retail games, including New Super Mario Bros. 2 and the Brain Age followup “Onitore,” on eShop at launch.
The codes will be sold at retail (like GameStop’s experiments with 3D Classics Kid Icarus), in an effort to familiarize users with downloadable software, maintain relationships with retail partners, help those retail partners with things like stock (by having them “stock” more digital codes and fewer boxes) and solve the problem of fixed prices on the eShop by letting retailers set their own prices and discount stuff as they see fit. Wii U games will also be sold digitally in the same manner.
What I’m not sure about at this point is whether these games will be accessible directly through the console as they are now. It kinda sounds like Iwata is pushing the idea of going through GameStop.com or the like, rather than just direct. I mean… they’d have to let you buy stuff directly, right? Bear in mind, I’m just wondering aloud here. That aspect has yet to be confirmed either way, so adjust your anger accordingly.
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What’s the fucking point of digital downloads if I still have to go into a retailer or to some other fucking service?
Jesus Christ, Nintendo continues to know jack-fucking-shit about the Internet.