news\ Apr 26, 2012 at 10:27 pm

Nintendo will release retail Wii U, 3DS titles digitially

Nintendo is making changes, and it plans on getting in on this whole digital distribution thing with both the 3DS and Wii U. In an investors briefing, Nintendo President Satoru Iwata announced that both platforms would feature digital versions of retail games.

Regarding the 3DS, the Nintendo boss said the downloaded games would be saved onto an SD card. He listed games such as Animal Crossing, Nintendogs, and the tentatively titled Onitore. The first game scheduled to launch both digitally and at retail will be New Super Mario Bros. 2. The Big N also plans to sell retail titles for the Wii U digitally starting at launch.

Gamers will be able to download games through the eShop, but they will also have the opportunity to purchase download codes at retail. While this may seem weird to some of you, it makes sense for a couple of reasons. For starters, it allows Nintendo to remain in retailers' good graces. Second, there's still that group of people who are afraid of downloading stuff online because they don't want to be hacked (read: robbed).

It's good to see Nintendo making moves to get in on digital games distribution. Microsoft and Sony have been doing it for a long time, and plenty of other digital distribution shops such as Steam have thrived on the downloadable games model. So whether you need a shiny case, manual, and disc in your games collection, or you like saving space and download all of your games, it looks like Nintendo plans to please both 3DS and Wii U owners. Good on 'em!


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