Nintendo of America “Could Not Support” Squids Odyssey Cross-Buy Promotion

By Ishaan . June 30, 2014 . 9:32am

This morning, an eShop release schedule from Nintendo of Europe indicated that Squids Odyssey, an indie RPG by The Game Bakers, will effectively be the Nintendo 3DS and Wii U’s very first “cross-buy” title, meaning that you’ll only need to buy the game once and you’ll be able to play it on both platforms when it releases this Thursday.


There is a catch, however. Siliconera got in touch with The Game Bakers and learnt that the promotion only works one way—you buy the game on 3DS and get the Wii U version for free. You will not be able to buy the Wii U version and get a free 3DS copy.


The Game Bakers revealed to us that it was actually Nintendo of Europe that approached the studio and asked if they would be interested in the promotion.


“Indeed this is something new for Nintendo, they call it conditional sales,” a representative from Game Bakers shared with Siliconera. “They asked us if we’d be interested in this kind of operation and we said yes. I believe Squids Odyssey is one of the first titles or the first title to support this.”


“Unfortunately,” the representative continued, “it’s only 3DS -> WiiU for the moment, even though I know they would like to see this work the other way round (and we’d like it too!).”


I asked if there were similar plans for Squids Odyssey to be a cross-buy game in North America as well, but was informed that Nintendo of America “could not support this operation yet”. I then asked if this meant that The Game Bakers had approached NOA about the promotion.


They replied: “Yes we did ask, we really like this promotion and wished to make it happen for all gamers, but NOA could not support this kind of promotion.”

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  • nekolife

    It always amazes me how behind the times Nintendo is with online / digital infrastructure. But these systems don’t show up automatically, it takes investment to design and build the whole framework.

    • Limbless

      What really surprised me is just how well Mario Kart 8’s online functionality works. Maybe it’s a sign that Ninty is on the way to the 21st century regarding online functions? We can only hope.

    • XYZ_JolteonZ980

      Couldnt they just ask other companies for assistance, the way they are doing it is so odd, testing it one way first, even.

    • Enzo

      I think the strangest thing is that this doesn’t show how behind Nintendo is with online but rather how Nintendo of America, for some reason, doesn’t want to support this.

      • Jeremy Barnes

        Reggie needs to be fired and start selling used cars.

    • idrawrobots

      Yeah the hardware and OSs of the 3DS and Wii U were done by different teams. The good news is that since the Wii U came out that those separate teams have been combined into one group. So hope fully they are going to something more united.

    • Nintendo’s still a very ‘at home’ kind of group, admittedly. They aren’t really interested in online play more than group play and being social about it. That seems to be their stance on just about everything for their home consoles.

      • Michael Mario

        Mm. In Japan, the population density is a lot higher than in other places in the world, so online console gaming hasn’t really caught on much. Both the Wii U and 3DS seem to have been designed with the Japanese market in mind as well.

        I mean, unless you live in the big city, are you really going to be able to pass a good amount of people in Streetpass when the market for handhelds is shrinking? Or how useful would the Gamepad’s usability as a second screen for gaming when the TV’s in use be when most households in the west have more than one TV.? Both are still good consoles and I really enjoy my 3DS, but it looks like there was a lot of disconnect between NoJ and their international markets there.

        • I live in Arkansas.

          That should put my thoughts into perspective. :P

      • TechTinker11

        Eh thats why I like them. I almost will not buy a game if they do not support local multiplayer, online I’m not too interested in. But Smash, Mario Kart, Pokemon, Zelda, Metroid, ect their not closed to local only.

        I kinda look at disgust when I see online on other games, its always more of the same, I get it to increase playtime of a game, though that could also be done if AAA games wern’t movies also, lol.

  • YagamiShinji

    I bought a Wii U less than a week ago, and while I’m impressed by it’s qualities, the online service is pretty behind the times. Having my NIntendo ID tied to my console makes me worry, even more because I have Wind Waker HD, Mario Kart 8 and Mario 3D World there.

    I hope Nintendo can fix these things before it’s too late. The Wii U is impressive, but they need to improve the online services.

    • dawnbomb

      you can call support and if your stuff gets stolen or whatever have your ID applied to a new system. you can also tie it into your 3DS at the same time. its not really a ishue so no worries. just make sure you make a nintendo account and register your system with your account so your nintendo ID is also linked to your account.

      • YagamiShinji

        In fact that a option if you live in a country with Nintendo’s support. I live in Brazil, and the official Nintendo support here is done by a third party.

        Maybe I won’t have problem in the future, because I don’t plan on switching systems or anything like that, but it’s still worrying that someday it might stop working.

        • NeatNit

          You have it good. I live in Israel, and there is absolutely no Nintendo support. Not in the slightest.

          • SMT

            I live in Israel as well, having no Nintendo support is what kept me from buying anything Nintendo for the longest time…

            But I did buy a 3DS last year, because of all the good games it has + access to the DS catalog. But I did make some digital purchases (There’s no other option for something like Phoenix Wright or the upcoming SMTIV), so it scares me to think if it ever gets broken or stolen, as I’d probably lose my purchases because of no Nintendo support…

  • Shippoyasha

    How about a little credit to Steam, PSN and XBL for paving the way a bit, Nintendo? > elbow nudge <

    • Somebodyissilent

      Never gonna happen. They are to prideful.

    • subsamuel01

      Nintendo’s not a follower but sometimes I wish they were.

  • dragoon_slayer12

    Could not or “would not”? I’m a digital customer, and I wish Nintendo would get their act together, especially since I’m picking up my Wii U this week. I don’t want to have to re-buy the same game twice just to play it on a larger screen.

  • subsamuel01

    Nintendo’s eShop and online infrastructure is so far behind, its one of the reasons why the Wii U is doing so poorly. They really need to step their game up.

    • Bobby Jennings

      Agreed. That’s my issue with them.

      • Kaihaku

        Same here. I don’t have a problem with the Wii U’s horsepower but it’s online infrastructure leaves a lot to be desire. However, to their credit, Nintendo has made more progress on this in the last two years than they did in the five previous.

    • Fronkhead

      Nintendo have the infrastructure in place, it’s just poorly executed. Such a shame, too, but I have my hopes that they will finally ‘get’ it for QOL.

  • Ying

    The good thing about this is that it means Nintendo is finally including cross-buy with their games.
    The bad thing is that I was just starting to like NoA again, and they reminded me why doing so was not a good idea.

  • They’re calling this a “promotion”? I would call it an “obligation” towards consumers…

    • Fronkhead

      It is, but the current state of both Sony and Nintendo’s platforms means it can’t be an obligation when compared to, say, iOS and Android.

      Since all the systems across the board are so different in terms of hardware, developers still have to make separate, in some cases specialised versions of their game to fit each piece of hardware, so it’s still a lot of work to make a separate version.

      Both Iwata and Miyamoto have heavily hinted that Nintendo’s next platform will be like iOS, though, in that there will be a single operating system and likely shared architecture (my guess is ARM, and the first piece of hardware will be a handheld with a more powerful console launching years later) between all systems on the platform, and thus developers can make games that share universal binaries and run on both without having to make two separate versions.

      Until that happens, though, the whole ‘cross-buy’ purchase thing on Steam (PC/Mac/Linux), PS, NN, will still only apply on a case by case basis rather than across the board.

  • Is cross buy really that common for new titles? I don’t see every multiplatform Sony title doing it (or do they?!). Only classics which Virtual Console should implement.
    Still, I wonder what is up with this, the game is the first I heard of attempting it.

    • Joshua

      The US PSN store lists 40 cross-buy games, not including PSOne Classics.

    • darke

      Crossbuy is mostly an indie-game thing. There’s only a few AAA games that support it (the God of War remakes, a Ratchet and Clank title and Playstation All-Stars are the only three I can think of).

  • It might seem ridiculous, but I think I see why NoA doesn’t want to support this. It isn’t true cross-buy; I assume that the 3DS and Wii U versions are counted as separate games on the eShops. It’s more of a “buy this game and get that one 100% off” thing, and NoA might not want to do it because they’re planning ACTUAL cross-buy features.

    • TalesOfBS

      Don’t count on it.

  • xXDGFXx

    Good for Nintendo for implementing this. However, I will still never buy a damn thing from their store until my purchases are tied to my account.

    • Derek Chiasson

      It is pretty much account based now. NNID has been around since Wii U launched and has been on 3DS since late last year. You can easily move things from system to system and if there’s a problem I’m pretty sure all it takes is a quick phone call to fix it. It’s not like you just lose your content if your system stops working or something.

      • Shady Shariest

        Good to hear they have sorta fixed that. The news about that one guy who didn’t get all his virtual purchases recovered when his Wii U broke hurt Nintendo quite a bit.

    • phayroent

      This. Nintendo may be stepping into the digital front more, but their archaic system lost them any support from me. Maybe next-gen they will be at the level of the PSN from 2006.

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