Fire Emblem: Awakening launches in North America on February 4th. When the tactical role-playing game arrives, consumers have the option of purchasing it in physical form from retailers, or downloading the entire game straight from the Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS.
The price of each version is $39.99, and if you pre-order a physical copy from GameStop, you’ll receive an art book.
Fire Emblem: Awakening reaches Europe in April.
The Cave launches in January 2013 on PC, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and Wii U. The game features a total of seven playable characters, each of whom has his or her own story and behaves differently, including The Monk, The Scientist, The Hillbilly and The Twins.
When Wii U releases in Japan on December 8th, all of its launch games will be available for download from the Nintendo eShop except for two games. Mass Effect 3: Special Edition and Monster Hunter 3G HD will not be available in the Nintendo eShop and will need to be purchased in physical form from Japanese retailers.
WiiWare’s iteration of Dr. Mario, Dr. Mario Online Rx, is a Club Nintendo reward for a limited time. The action puzzle game usually needs 1000 Wii Points ($10) to download, but Club Nintendo members can grab a Dr. Mario Online Rx download ticket for a mere 100 coins until October 14th.
Neko Entertainment’s Puddle, a physics puzzle game in which players must guide a puddle of fluid to its destination by tilting the environment, is coming to Wii U. The game is currently only available for download on the PlayStation Network and Xbox Live Arcade, but will arrive on the Nintendo eShop for Wii U at the console’s launch.
A GBAtemp user was running a weekly scan of Nintendo’s CDN, which is the server where Nintendo hosts eShop titles, and noticed that the ID’s of the European versions of both Mario Kart 7 and Super Mario Land 3D were recently added to it. This means that, supposedly, Mario Kart 7 and Super Mario 3D Land will join New Super Mario Bros. 2 as downloadable titles from the Nintendo eShop for Nintendo 3DS.
Developed by Game Freak, Harmo Knight can be purchased via the Japanese Nintendo eShop for Nintendo 3DS. And its download size is almost as big as the downloadable version of New Super Mario Bros. 2. Harmo Knight takes a little over 2000 blocks of memory from an SD card and costs roughly $18, which makes it the most expensive Nintendo eShop exclusive title to date.
Japanese retailers sell download cards for New Super Mario Bros. 2. In North America, however, consumers don’t have the option of purchasing download cards for the game. Instead, Nintendo 3DS users in North America can obtain the game by three methods: purchasing a physical copy from a retailer, downloading the title directly from the Nintendo eShop, or buying a download code (not card) from participating retailers.
For the first time, Nintendo is giving consumers a variety of ways to buy the game. Shoppers can purchase a packaged game as usual at retail locations nationwide. They can go to a participating retailer and buy a code to download the game directly to their Nintendo 3DS system over a broadband Internet connection. Or they can simply purchase and download the game on their own from the Nintendo eShop using a wireless broadband connection. Regardless of purchasing method, the game sells at a suggested retail price of $39.99.
New Super Mario Bros. 2 and Demon Training are the first Nintendo games that were released at both Japanese retailers and the Nintendo 3DS eShop. According to Nintendo president Satoru Iwata, in Japan, 5% of those who purchased New Super Mario Bros. 2 bought the downloadable version of the game, and 20% of Demon Training consumers downloaded the title from the Nintendo eShop.
According to a recent Nintendo newsletter, consumers will be able to download New Super Mario Bros. 2 from the North American Nintendo eShop at midnight on August 19th. If you download the title by September 20th, and your Nintendo 3DS is linked to your Club Nintendo account, you’ll receive 100 coins. Both retail and downloadable versions of New Super Mario Bros. 2 will be released on August 17th in Europe, August 18th in Australia, and August 19th in North America.