Super Mario 3D Land, Ocarina of Time 3D And More Headed To U.S. Nintendo eShop

By Ishaan . October 4, 2012 . 12:10pm

New games aren’t the only titles Nintendo of America announced for the Nintendo eShop today. Downloadable versions of retail Nintendo 3DS are on the way as well.


Super Mario 3D Land, The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D, Star Fox 64 3D and Mario Kart 7 will be available via the Nintendo eShop as downloadable games starting October 18th. Each game will cost $39.99.


Nintendo say that future retail games will be made available on the Nintendo eShop as well. Style Savvy: Trendsetters, which will be released on October 22nd, is one of these.

  • Izzy Miyake

    Only problem with these digital downloads are that they hold no actual value. If you paid retail price for a physical copy, then later on down the road you could sell/trade that and get something out of it. I mean its convenient to have the game with you at all times and not worry about swapping cartridges or losing your data if you sold/traded it. However, if I’m paying $40+tax for a game I expect something out of it besides a “rental copy”. The only time I would even considering paying that much is for a game like animal crossing which will literally continue forever.

    Oh well different strokes for different folks, if we enter an entirely digital era with games still costing this much I’ll probably end up opting out and dealing with the backlog.

    • drproton

      I believe there is value to digital licenses when there is a service attached.  With Steam or PSN, you can download your game to multiples of your devices and there is no risk if your hardware fails or gets lost or stolen.

      Nintendo locks digital purchases to a single device.  While it can be transferred, that’s only if you still have access to the device you bought it on. So in this case, the only advantage to digital is that you can minimize the number of cartridges you carry; but the cost, resale value, and risk of loss are better for retail.

  • This also holds true for the European e-shop btw.

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