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Nintendo Thinking About Bringing Full Downloadable Retail Games To Wii U And Nintendo 3DS

Nintendo president Satoru Iwata has discussed the possibility of Nintendo bringing full downloadable retail games to both Wii U and Nintendo 3DS via the Nintendo Network. Iwata wouldn’t say when the company would start doing this, but claims that the company now has the full ability to do so. Iwata told investors that Nintendo would need to speak to retailers first.

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    1. Nintendo Take notes from Microsoft and pay attention to how business is done. on a side note I see this as a positive/negitive thing. on hand you’re guaranteed the game but on another hand you technically won’t own it as its attach to the systems memory and when that goes so will the game.

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      1. It’s attached to your Nintendo Network account. Unless Nintendo effectively shut down, I’m sure your games will be available indefinitely.

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      2. Took a note from Microsoft? Please. Sony was the one who pioneered this in the console space. Overall it’s Steam, but Sony does it for all their games on both Vita and PS3 (along with PSP). Not trying to be a Sony fanboy here but I cringed when I saw “Microsoft.” The only thing they pioneered, or innovated in, was Xbox Live and Kinect. Nothing else.

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      1. Doesn’t mean that once a game is developed costs are calculated without physical media in mind for just people willing to purchase a download. There will only ever be one price for a game, unless a version with limited edition style features. If anything at all soon, games could potentially be re-released to download at a lower cost some time after their launch. Although it looks like the pattern for ‘previous generation software’ available through digital means is proving popular as it is currently, doesn’t necessarily mean the gap couldn’t be closed up slightly to say, Wii games will be available to buy for Wii U through digital download. If the possibility for large storage devices makes head-way with Wii U, heck maybe even full retail software would become available like the ‘Nintendo Selects’ range for Wii. Doesn’t really seem like Nintendo’s way about game retail, but they are changing tact..slowly..

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      2. All what they said and retailers usualy double what they paid for it to make a profit…….. and it may not needgst so that woud be like a %60 unless nintendo decide they want to make more money then what they were and charge it retail price effectiveley adding a %60 profit but then it would cost the same as from the store….. i think…….. geez

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      3. If the same games were available at much cheaper prices, though, Nintendo would effectively kill third party game retailers. You wouldn’t be able to go to GameStop, Best But, or even Wal Mart to buy Wii U or 3DS games because Nintendo’s online shop would drive the competition into the ground if they sold current retail games at a much cheaper price. Then, once the competition is gone, Nintendo would be free to price the games however high they want (within reason, no matter how good the game is, I’m not dropping Benjamins on it), because we would have no other option to buy them.

        It’s not greed, it’s keeping the capitalist economy alive.

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      4. Xbox and PS3 have been doing it for years. How would it kill the retail now?
        Most people under 18 would still have to go there to buy the frikin cards.

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      5. yeah so they could make their games worth more but sell them for the same price….. spend more on it make more from it

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    1. Exactly. The Resident Evil Revalations demo takes up a lot of space on the 3DS’s 2G SD card it comes with, so putting a whole game which would take up much more space would be very difficult. But if Nintendo does manage to do it, it will be very good!

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      1. That’s what external hard drives are for. I have already upgraded my 3DS card to 8 GB, since I tend to buy lots of virtual titles.

        -It was super easy, just connect the old SD card to a computer, copy the folders to your computer’s hard drive, insert new card, copy the folders there and toda! like nothing happened.

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      2. I mean nintedo makes them so they can put your games on there from your nnand when they sell 3ds‘s include it but without the sd card part

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      3. Why would Nintendo make flashcards? The 3DS already comes with an SD card and their planning to add the functionality of downloaded games to the 3DS itself; and if the space isn’t enough, buy a 16gb or even a 32gb SD card. Mainly, they wouldn’t make it because it would be too easily exploited rather than having games binded to your 3DS/account.

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      4. because people may want to sell or use the games on a different console and all your photos and song and data is stored on the sd card it would piss people off

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  1. It’s a great idea, due to environmental reasons. Can also be bad for shops. What I think they should do is, if they want to purchase a physical game from shops, at least let people purchase game in a game store with a special code and they can use that code on the eStore and it will download for them. Everyone wins there. I know there is the scratch cards for shop credit. Anyone agree with me?

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    1. But if they sell it out of shops they can make a bigger profit invest in bettering their equitement get more third party games sell more consoles the shops would have more to sell ninrendo would be better off and gaming would be better… in the long run itl be good for everyone. . .. its sad to say but nintendo seems to be decining… this may be the step in the direction they need ……. but who knows im just a kid i dont know buisness

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  2. As long as it’s cheaper than PS3 games. Don’t know about America but in Europe you can download retail games for the bargain price of about €70, when they’re in shops for less than half of that.

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  3. Don’t get too excited. If XBL is anything to go by, the titles available to DL are usually MONTHS old. And can be found at retailers for half the online price. Not to mention, that from now on, EVERY nintendo console you buy will need to download this (old by then) game to complete your account downloads.

    The only thing is saves is literally the “effort” of putting the disc in lol.

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  4. Don’t get too excited. If XBL is anything to go by, the titles available to DL are usually MONTHS old. And can be found at retailers for half the online price. Not to mention, that from now on, EVERY nintendo console you buy will need to download this (old by then) game to complete your account downloads.

    The only thing is saves is literally the “effort” of putting the disc in lol.

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  5. I’ll jump on the digital bandwagon if the prices is reasonable, though no way in hell am I going to spend more for an online version of a game, especially when I like to buy used games.

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