Last Friday, Nintendo issued a statement to popular video game blog, joystiq. In the statement, Nintendo detailed their plans for how they’re going to distribute games for the 3DS and the Wii U.
Hit the jump for the press release and other details!
Here is the full statement from Nintendo:
Nintendo is aiming to significantly expand its digital business. In August, New Super Mario Bros. 2 for the Nintendo 3DS system will launch both as a packaged game at retail stores and as a digital download in the Nintendo eShop. The majority of Nintendo-published Nintendo 3DS games will have the same dual-distribution strategy. Likewise, the majority of Nintendo-published Wii U games will be available both as packaged products and as digital downloads starting on launch day.
These downloadable games will also be available for purchase at participating retail stores and on retailers’ websites. Our customers can visit retail outlets or their online shopping sites, look for the products they want and pay for the product there. The retailers will then provide shoppers with a 16-digit code that can be exchanged in the Nintendo eShop for the game. This will give shoppers more options to find and purchase their favorite games.
From this, we learn that the majority of first party games will have the dual distribution as described above. For example, New Super Mario Bros. 2 will be sold in both the standard packaging with the game cart or over the Nintendo eShop. The digital download can be purchased both directly on the eShop and in a retail store, such as GameStop.
Earlier, Nintendo revealed why they decided to have retail purchases for the digital download. Nintendo said that they did not want to alienate customers who prefer to purchase physical copies of games. Further, they wanted to use this as an opportunity to expose customers to digital purchases and allow people who are generally unable to buy digital downloads with a credit card. Kids, for example, would have a more difficult time purchasing a digital download straight to the 3DS.
With this in mind, we can be almost certain that the future Zelda games will be available both for purchase as a physical copy or digitally over the eShop.
Additionally, this press release also reveals that the Wii U store will be called the eShop, “The retailers will then provide shoppers with a 16-digit code that can be exchanged in the Nintendo eShop for the game.”
What do you think about these changes? Is Nintendo taking a step in the right direction with the digital option? Tell us in the comments below!