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.

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  1. That isn’t surprising really. Most people that want a game like New Super Mario Bros. 2 are going to buy the physical copy if they can. The people who have the downloads are the ones who didn’t get to the store on time to get a physical copy while they still had it.

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  2. Because most people like physical media for games. It’s just one of those things. Music and (maybe) movies are a different story. ESPECIALLY music.

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  3. What were they expecting? The digital version costs exactly the same as the physical version and the physical one comes with pre-order bonuses.
    When will game publishers/studios understand that they can’t charge as much for digital content as they do for physical goods?

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    • But they can… and they do. Retail stores get a cut of the money and it’s necessary for publishers to keep on good terms with the retail chains. You can’t have digital be significantly cheaper if it means it dips into the stores’ profit.

      Also, consider that digital cuts out the middle man AND saves resources. More money goes directly into Nintendo’s wallet as well as the publishers’. And that’s a good thing if you like games. It also lets Nintendo make deals directly with publishers, ie., sell the digital copy at a discounted price for a limited time (as we’ve seen already on the eShop).

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  4. xD not surprised really. Maybe Nintendo will take this a lesson and reduce the online price, or at least add something to it to make it more worth while to those not interested

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  5. if i’m going to start downloading retail titles for my 3ds or wii, i’d like to see a significant price cut. there are no manufacturing costs for a download, so there is no reason it should be the same price as a retail cartridge in a case. i don’t even tend to sell my games after i buy them, so it’s not even an issue of re-sell value for me.

    fry’s electronics in the US is selling the retail cartridge for $30 this weekend. with that sale this download price doesn’t even make sense.

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  6. Well it was pretty much expected the download thing wouldn’t catch on so quick. Only benefit is always having the game on your SD card. I still prefer having a game case even if manuals are dead and a physical cartridge. It’s no wonder Nintendo is trying to bribe Club Nintendo people with extra coins for digital but I’m not rolling over. If they had discounted the download by even just a FEW dollars they would’ve have way more success.

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  7. One of the reasons why people wont mostly buy the digital version is that if they lose their system they lose everything thats why i will stay with my physical copy

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    • That’s one way to look at it, which i forgot to think about. Maybe Ninten should have a way for ppl to automatically store their purchased downloads, an account of sorts

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  8. Mayhe it would sell better if it was on an iphone, iphones the way to go nintendo, sheesh don’t you know anything? Look at the future of gaming! Its no longer 3DS or vitanic its all about my iphone with its graphics that are superior. And games like fruit ninja, angry birds, and infinity blade, and call of duty zombies, and Nova, see there’s great casual and hardcore games that destroy any console game, angry birds beats mario, nova beats halo and fruit ninja and farm villa destroy zelda! See that’s already more games then nintendo has as IPs, and guess what if nintendo ever made a good game then I could play it with an emulator on my iphone anyways, and the ouya will be the best console yet because it can play phone games!!!!!!! Your my hero aeolus!!!!

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  9. Well, Nintendo did not even try to make it worth buying digital. I bought it at GameStop (preorder) and was given a wallet with the game as a bonus.

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  10. i’m getting the download version isn’t that big of a deal the new super mario game and also i could play it again on they’re next portable system.

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  11. Knew this was going to happen, no one would ever pay more for a more expensive downloadable version of the game than a cheaper retail version, simple as that…

    On a related topic, I got NSMB2 today ordered from Amazon, and I am really enjoying it! I don’t care if it is lazy, fun is fun.

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  12. It probably has something to do with the fact that it is cheaper to buy a physical copy. Collector’s will always choose physical over digital, but that’s even when they are the same price or the digital is cheaper. When the digital actually costs more, it doesn’t stand a chance.

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  13. Maybe nintendo should have a cloud. With that you should be able to play from the cloud while connected and download from the cloud for on the go. If your Dsi or 3DS gets stolen everything in on the cloud, even how far you got in the game(s). This would be cool.

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  14. Cartriges are for losers. So are and console games, that’s why I play on iphone where the industry is headed! This is proof that nintendo can’t evolve and will die!

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    • You are a failure at trolling. Everything you say makes no sense. Why are you, the most casual type of gamer in the world, on a Nintendo fansite? Why do you think touch screen controls are better than actual buttons? There is zero way you can transfer 99.9% of console and handheld games to an iPhone without them losing everything that makes them good and fun. Playing NSMB2 on a iPhone would be pure torture. And why are cartridges for losers? Is it because you are too dumb to not lose them, so your mommy makes you only have iPhone games which you can’t lose?

      Get a life kid, no one wants you here. Go play outside or something.

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    • 1. Obvious trolling 2. Horrendous trolling 3. You sound like you don’t play games to have fun you play whatever “is cool” or as you put it “where the industry Is headed” and last but not least 4… Just pathetic man.. Just pathetic.

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  15. Yeah, because it’s £30 to have the physical game, and £40 to download… I’ve bought the physical game :) I’m not a fan of downloads anyway

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  16. It’s because your precious nintendo made a fucking terrible business decision (as usual) by making the game cost 10 dollars more than the physical copy. I like nintendo, but they make no sense to me as a business. Speaking of bad business decisions, why isn’t there a release date or price on the Wii U yet? That’s gonna come out in what…. 3 months?

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    • say that to sony and M$ bad moves to price there console to high for consumers. also are you retarded or just that ignorant? you know as soon as they release the wii u price sony and M$ will drop there consoles prices. why do you think 3ds price drop then vita price was announced.

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  17. The reason? Are you kidding me?!?
    It’s obvious! They made the eshop version bigger! It takes up too much space! Also someone said that downloading is better because you don’t have to switch cards. We’re all gonna become fat if we can’t take a second to change cartridges…

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