New Super Mario Bros. 2 Will Be Both A Retail And Download Title

By Ishaan . April 26, 2012 . 7:09pm

As previously reported, Nintendo will release New Super Mario Bros. 2 for the Nintendo 3DS this August, worldwide. At an investor presentation today, Nintendo president, Satoru Iwata, announced that the game will be offered as both a retail title, as well as a downloadable title.

 

Furthermore, starting with New Super Mario Bros. 2, Nintendo’s own first-party games will be released as both packaged titles and download games over the Nintendo eShop, and consumers will be able to buy them either way. Iwata didn’t specify if this meant all first-party games would be available as downloads, however. Games that are downloaded will only be playable specifically on the Nintendo 3DS they were downloaded to.

 

Iwata also mentioned that you will be able to buy download versions of games both via your own Internet connection as well as at retail stores. You’ll do this by paying the store money in exchange for a download code. This collaboration with retailers is being carried out to increase the exposure of download purchases among consumers, as well as to make the ability to download games available to users without credit cards, such as younger children.

 

Finally, retailers will be able to set their own prices for download versions of games. What this means is that, if you download New Super Mario Bros. 2 off the Nintendo eShop from your own home, it may not cost the same as it would if you were to download it from, say, GameStop or another store. Prices will vary by retailer.


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  • RmanX1000

    Still dont care about NSMB2. But i am glad to see that they are implenting DL codes specifically for games. Now it’ll be easier to get copies of games that are more obscure or just ones that sell out quickly. Provided that the games are available.

  • http://twitter.com/VXLbeast VXLbeast

    Interesting (and cool) approach to downloads.  Pretty progressive.

  • takopako

    well, they’ll get a lot more of my money… i make waaaay more impulse buys when things are available online…lol.

  • http://twitter.com/vamp21 Paul Rodriguez

    I need the physical copy of New Super Mario Bros. 2. I can’t leave the original sitting all by it’s lonesome. The only games I want as digital are the games I have no other choice but to get as digital.

    • kylehyde

      Same here. With most of the first party software I don’t have problems for purchase it, but with third party software is another story. Still, if I had the chance of getting a physical copy, I will take it.

  • darkfox1


    his collaboration with retailers is being carried out to increase the exposure of download purchases among consumers, as well as to make the ability to download games available to users without credit cards, such as younger children.” This is the part that has me really hype because I am not old enough to have a credit card yet and my mom doesn’t really trust the whole using a CC on something like this lol. So yeah this part I find really godlike.

  • http://www.cclarke.me Christopher Clarke

    “Games that are downloaded will only be playable specifically on the Nintendo 3DS they were downloaded to.”

    Does this mean if my 3DS (never had a new console break but its a possibility) breaks, I can’t re-download it or just that I need to download the game individually to each 3DS I might own? It was the former that stopped me from buying virtual console games on the Wii. It always felt like a hassle if anything were to go wrong considering my Wii wasn’t tied to an account.

    • Fritzroy Woods

      make sure your 3ds is connected to club nintendo then so you have record of all your games in case your 3ds breaks or sd card goes bad- just in case. Im not sure of the answer to that question but i feel doing that will help greatly when the time comes.

  • kylehyde

    At first I was very critical of this aprouch, however, with the things explained on that way I feel  that is not so bad. Anyway, I hope they can give the option for buying codes from foreign stores via internet, since the main retailer in my country are really abusive with the prices.

  • Suicunesol

    Being able to pay for download games at retail stores is a phenomenal idea. Back when I was too young to own a credit card, I was always so disappointed when I was unable to buy something online that I wanted (even if it was cheap). I didn’t want to ask my parents to buy it for me because they did not advocate spending money on something so impractical.

    So, kudos to Nintendo. I have to wonder if this will cover all 3DS downloads, though.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jason-Partain/100000201433503 Jason Partain

    join this page to exchange friend codes and get latest nintendo updates. http://www.facebook.com/Nintendo3dsFriendsNetwork

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