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Old 07-04-2012, 10:12 PM
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Nintendo announced that New Super Mario Bros. 2 will be on the eShop at the price of $39.99. Same price as the physical version. Why!? You're only paying for the game. No manual(s), packaging, or shipping. I'm definitely not getting it digital. What do you think?
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Im getting it digital. Digital games are way more convenient then packaged games. I dont have to keep changing game disc or cartridges. When a game is available for download at launch I always get it. If not then I will get the retail version.
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Eh, Nintendo needs to figure out the whole supply-demand deal with the eShop. As Fludd said, some people value the the "convenience" enough to make it worth the retail price. If digital games don't take off well we might see the price lowered.
Or maybe not since it doesn't cost much to keep it available for DL.
Digital games are a bit complicated...
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Nintendo announced that New Super Mario Bros. 2 will be on the eShop at the price of $39.99. Same price as the physical version. Why!? You're only paying for the game. No manual(s), packaging, or shipping. I'm definitely not getting it digital. What do you think?
1/ They don't want to undercut the retailers. If they priced it much lower, no one would buy the game at retailers.

2/ You pay for the convenience factor, just like everything else in this world. Isn't the tiny bottle of ice-cold Coke at the register more expensive than the much larger bottle of Coke in the soda aisle that's gonna have to be put in the fridge first?

3/ They could give a slight discount on it like Sony does with its first-party titles, like 10%, saving you $4, but at the end of the day Sony does that because they force you to store your games on their super expensive proprietary memory cards so you end up paying extra for that space anyway, as opposed to the SD cards the 3DS stores downloads on.
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I hate to ask, but can someone provide a source? In case you can't, I'll look it up myself.
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Old 07-05-2012, 12:39 AM
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While there may be the convenience factor and they don't want to undercut the retailers, it should be priced a few dollars lower.

1) No cartridge
2) No manuals
3) No packaging
4) Pay for SD Cards

While it may be convenient to just go to the home and press start on a game, I can get a case that holds games. Also, with the way Nintendo has their eShop, if you get a new system because your old one got lost/stolen/damaged beyond repair, you can't download it again for free.
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I can get a case that holds games.
That's exactly what some people want to avoid. I'm only 23 and I literally have a chest full of old games (and their cases) from my childhood in my parents' house, plus plenty of them cluttering my old room.

There's only so much space on a shelf and it fills up fast. I like physical media because I like to own a physical copy and a box for stuff I care about, but the no box and no cartridge thing is part of the convenience people like dematerialized games for.
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Because it's for convenience and another option, and lower pricing would ruin retail.
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While there may be the convenience factor and they don't want to undercut the retailers, it should be priced a few dollars lower.

1) No cartridge
2) No manuals
3) No packaging
4) Pay for SD Cards

While it may be convenient to just go to the home and press start on a game, I can get a case that holds games. Also, with the way Nintendo has their eShop, if you get a new system because your old one got lost/stolen/damaged beyond repair, you can't download it again for free.
Nintendo Network will probably fix the issue of playing games only on that console.
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Old 07-05-2012, 02:34 AM
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I think the game on the eShop should be $29.99- $34.99. Atleast $5 difference. I'm sure Nintendo could earn those $5-$10 from DLC.
Old 07-05-2012, 03:15 AM
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The same reason e-books and paperbacks cost the same. For now publishers still need retailers, thus they cannot undercut the retailers, Gamestop, Best Buy, Wal-Mart will refuse to carry their physical products. It wouldn't be worth it to them.
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It's still within price range, but I would prefer it to be like $30;As I like the case, and will miss the club Ninty codes and stuff I can actually own.
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It's still within price range, but I would prefer it to be like $30;As I like the case, and will miss the club Ninty codes and stuff I can actually own.
Im pretty sure you will still get the coins. Just like with the eshop titles it automatically gets registered then you will just have to do the survey.
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I thought they'd do the same thing Sony was doing with the Vita and make the games 10% less. Doesn't affect me anyway since I like having physical copies of my games.
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Im pretty sure you will still get the coins. Just like with the eshop titles it automatically gets registered then you will just have to do the survey.
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If the pricing is the same, I'll get retail. I hate boxes, I hate having to change the cartridge when i want to change the game.

but at least, I can sell my usd game to someone else when I'm done with it ...

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1) No cartridge
So more convenience of never having to switch it out.


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2) No manuals
The manual is built into the game, like all the cartridge games, so this isn't even a illegitimate point...

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3) No packaging
So less clutter/more convenience.

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4) Pay for SD Cards
2 GB SD card comes free with system, and I have yet to upgrade for a bigger one(Have all 20 ambassador games, 8 eshop games, 10 dsiware games, 3 downloadable apps, 5 demos, and 7 trailers, not to mention my retail games)

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lost/stolen/damaged beyond repair, you can't download it again for free.
Then don't but it digitally...

I honestly am fine with the way nintendo is pricing the games, they have to keep up with the retailers and downloads are more convenient anyway.
That and I never buy console/handheld games digitally anyway, so I don't really care.

And for the record, you also don't have to pay for gas/shipping of the retail games, so that is something else to consider...
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i thought download would have been cheaper, no packaging or shipping...
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Old 07-05-2012, 02:43 PM
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i thought download would have been cheaper, no packaging or shipping...
Wait. Its already stated why "no packaging" is an invalid point.

But no shipping?

You are not paying for shipping when you buy the digital game lol. Common sense.
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I still prefer physical media anyway.

Now get off my lawn.
Old 07-05-2012, 03:36 PM
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Nintendo announced that New Super Mario Bros. 2 will be on the eShop at the price of $39.99. Same price as the physical version. Why!? You're only paying for the game. No manual(s), packaging, or shipping. I'm definitely not getting it digital. What do you think?
This is entirely expected. Publishers still depend on brick-and-mortar shops to move a large percentage of product, so it wouldn't make any sense to piss them off and a risk a boycott by undercutting them with a lower-priced digital release.

To put it another way, publishers need the stores more than the stores need the publishers because that shelf-space can easily be filled with a competitor's product.
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I'm not entirely sure how it works, but based on what someone said one could lose their game content if they were to lose the sd card or the 3ds. this is what scares me the most, losing those multiple games because of one little sd card being lost or damaged. I really wish that they would do a system like steam has, you can just have the games on your profile so a damaged 3ds / sd card wouldn't be an issue. Games being connected with your club nintendo account or something like that would be amazing
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1. They need to make money
2. There is a virtual manuel
3. It's digital, why do you want packaging?

And that game isn't gonna be that great. I know I, along with many others are going to sell it when we're done. You can't sell it if it's digital
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But no shipping?

You are not paying for shipping when you buy the digital game lol. Common sense.
If we're not paying for shipping, wouldn't it make sense that digital should be cheaper than retail, considering that we do pay for shipping and packaging when we buy a retail copy of a game?
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Old 07-06-2012, 01:36 AM
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It's not going to be that great to tell you the truth, it doesn't look like the true quality a 3DS can have, plus it's like a remake of the first. They should make a Super Mario 3D World.
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So more convenience of never having to switch it out.

Nintendo has to pay to make cartridges, therefore no cost to make cartridges should = less digital


The manual is built into the game, like all the cartridge games, so this isn't even a illegitimate point...

You're right, it isn't an illegitimate point, it is a legit point. I just checked my Mario Tennis Open case and inside is an English manual, a French manual, a recommended games slip, and a Club Nintendo code slip. Digital doesn't have any of this, so Nintendo doesn't spend money on making it. Therefore, the digital version should cost less.

So less clutter/more convenience.

Nintendo doesn't have to make packaging = not costing them any money. If they don't spend money to package the game, the digital game should cost less.

2 GB SD card comes free with system, and I have yet to upgrade for a bigger one(Have all 20 ambassador games, 8 eshop games, 10 dsiware games, 3 downloadable apps, 5 demos, and 7 trailers, not to mention my retail games)

2 GB = 1 3DS retail game. 3DS cartridges are 2-8 GB, and usually most of that space is taken.

Then don't but it digitally...

Well with the fact that Nintendo has announced today that an account system between the Wii U and 3DS will be made, then yes, this isn't a problem anymore.

I honestly am fine with the way nintendo is pricing the games, they have to keep up with the retailers and downloads are more convenient anyway.
That and I never buy console/handheld games digitally anyway, so I don't really care.

And for the record, you also don't have to pay for gas/shipping of the retail games, so that is something else to consider...
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Very rarely a 3DS game is 8gb, I think Dream Drop Distance is 3-4 gb and it has 35 hours of just story mode! excluding bonus portals. Those take 60-70 hours. (Played the Japan one.)
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It's not going to be that great to tell you the truth, it doesn't look like the true quality a 3DS can have, plus it's like a remake of the first. They should make a Super Mario 3D World.

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Have you ever heard Iwata explained all this Digital/Retail Games Plan?

I do remember it from Nintendo Developer/Editor Conference. (Not Nintendo Direct)
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Super Mario 3D Land is not a Super Mario World game.
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Super Mario 3D Land is not a Super Mario World game.
how is it not?

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Doest it really matter? It would be like a $3-$5 difference. Most of you are complaining for nothing.
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If we're not paying for shipping, wouldn't it make sense that digital should be cheaper than retail, considering that we do pay for shipping and packaging when we buy a retail copy of a game?

Shipping adds onto the original price. So it'd be over $40. You're still paying for the same thing, shipping just costs more.
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Not worth it. I dont want the game anyway but, why is it the same price? Thats pretty stupid.

Also, how hard is it to push your finger on the cartridge, take it out, then push a new one in? Usually takes me a few seconds...
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Not worth it. I dont want the game anyway but, why is it the same price? Thats pretty stupid.

Also, how hard is it to push your finger on the cartridge, take it out, then push a new one in? Usually takes me a few seconds...
You have to go get the game from its case, take the old game out put it in its case, then put the new game in. That takes alot more then just going to your menu and selecting the game. Plus you have to keep up with all those cartridges.
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You have to go get the game from its case, take the old game out put it in its case, then put the new game in. That takes alot more then just going to your menu and selecting the game. Plus you have to keep up with all those cartridges.
You could always just have the game in a drawer or table or something so you could easily get it.
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You could always just have the game in a drawer or table or something so you could easily get it.
What about when your on a bus or something. Downloaded games are always going to be more convenient then retail games.
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What about when your on a bus or something. Downloaded games are always going to be more convenient then retail games.
or something like when you're at your friends house and you accidentally forgot your brand spanking new copy of new super mario bros 2. With the digital copy you can say "fear not my friends, for I have the power WITHIN my 3DS!" and all of your friends will stare at you with wonder and amazement! It's possible this is slightly exaggerated
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LOL. Just got an email/ post from My Nintendo News. The $39.99 price is off. Maybe it was the retail price? I hope they make the price lower. I'll probably not download it either way. What if your brother or friend wants to play? The only person who has played my 3DS is myself.
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LOL. Just got an email/ post from My Nintendo News. The $39.99 price is off. Maybe it was the retail price? I hope they make the price lower. I'll probably not download it either way. What if your brother or friend wants to play? The only person who has played my 3DS is myself.
News flash: Nintendo has announced the correct price for the digital release of New Super Mario Bros. 2: It will cost 60 bucks and it will contail Day-1 DLC. Also for the 500th time, Wario is not in the game.

lolololol

Regarding the brother thing, you can always, you know, let him play the game on your 3DS?
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Of course not! It's my system! Have you seen his DSi? I don't want my 3DS that way. I'll download apps and games onto my 3DS, but probably not retail games unless I know I'm the only one that will play it.
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Of course not! It's my system! Have you seen his DSi? I don't want my 3DS that way. I'll download apps and games onto my 3DS, but probably not retail games unless I know I'm the only one that will play it.
Yeah, I totally saw the DSi of a stranger i met on the internet's brother.
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(Mildly large amount of text coming)

I'm pretty sure it's been said before, but digital copies aren't any more convenient than their physical counterparts. Sure, you could have 2 or 3 games on the free SD card you got with the system (If even that), but what happens when that space runs out? You have to buy a new one and put games on there. That makes it necessary to switch SD cards to the one that has the game you need to play. If they are unlabeled, then it's a hassle to find the right one. Physical copies are at the very least labeled. You lose your system? Well too bad, you lose all of that digital content. If only you bought the physical versions. You may have lost your system and maybe the game currently in it, but at least you have the ones that weren't lost. Home menu too cluttered? Too bad, you have to organize that mess to even find the game that you want. The physical copies can just be put on a shelf for easy access. The only absolute con for physical copies is the sake of portability. Although you could just get a case that holds the ones you need during a trip, but I guess that would be too inconvenient.

TL;DR: Physical copies, while they may require a miniscule amount of effort to change games, can be more convenient than the digital versions.

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In case you haven't checked, the price for the digital release of New Super Mario Bros. 2 has been removed from the eShop. Maybe they will change it after all.
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The reason that digital games are the same price as the physical version is simple. Because there are enough idiots out there who will buy it, and Nintendo knows it. Big companies will try to screw over their customers as much as we let them. If Nintendo's customers weren't so ignorant, there is no way this sort of thing would fly. Nintendo doesn't deserve all of the blame here. We do, the gamers. Hardcore or casual, most of us support this bull**** and things will only get worse unless we grow a backbone.

Are you guys even aware that you don't actually own anything you download from Nintendo? All of their digital games and DLC has DRM. How come you don't care about your rights? What the hell is wrong with everyone?

I am 30 years old and for most of my life I could buy a high quality, complete game and actually own it. Those days are behind me sadly. Stop ruining gaming for everyone else.
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The reason that digital games are the same price as the physical version is simple. Because there are enough idiots out there who will buy it, and Nintendo knows it. Big companies will try to screw over their customers as much as we let them. If Nintendo's customers weren't so ignorant, there is no way this sort of thing would fly. Nintendo doesn't deserve all of the blame here. We do, the gamers. Hardcore or casual, most of us support this bull**** and things will only get worse unless we grow a backbone.

Are you guys even aware that you don't actually own anything you download from Nintendo? All of their digital games and DLC has DRM. How come you don't care about your rights? What the hell is wrong with everyone?

I am 30 years old and for most of my life I could buy a high quality, complete game and actually own it. Those days are behind me sadly. Stop ruining gaming for everyone else.
Although the price has been removed and most likely will be changed...

Yeah, I'm totally ruinning gaming for ya. Go tell that crap to the Capcom fanbase, the ones who buy Disc-Locked Content and then claim that we don't own everything that is on the disc we bought.
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Although the price has been removed and most likely will be changed...

Yeah, I'm totally ruinning gaming for ya. Go tell that crap to the Capcom fanbase, the ones who buy Disc-Locked Content and then claim that we don't own everything that is on the disc we bought.
Or Blizzard fanboys that say Diablo 3 cannot be offline as its a multiplayer game and never used for SP...
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This doesn't surprise me at all, they still need to make a profit. The digital version is just for people that don't want to switch the cartridge in and out, which I can understand.
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Or people with games from other countries. I'm getting it digital, because I don't want to spend $80 for a Mario game.
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While I agree that it'd be nice to have the game's box and manual, I do prefer digital copies over physical copies, simply for the convenience of not having to carry around the carts with me.

I prefer small cases, such as the "3DS Microsuede Touch Pak", in which only carry a limited amount of games as it is. I don't have space for every game, so I'd like to be able to carry my favorites and get a few digital games as well (to have extra content and more variety in a smaller package).

It might be mainly because I'm such a young whipper-snapper.
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Why are you guys surprised that both versions are the same price?

The box isn't part of the game, neither is the instruction booklet. They give you the box to hold the game in, and instructions so you're not ignorant before you play it. You're paying for the GAME, not the crap that comes with it. That stuff's extra. If you haven't noticed, the game comes with it's own built-in manual, so you're not missing much. The box and the instructions don't add to the price, that's the price of the actual game. So it makes sense that both versions would be the same price. There will never be a "convenience discount".

tl;dr: You're buying the game. Deal with it. I'm tired of pointless anger over game prices.

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Why are you guys surprised that both versions are the same price?

The box isn't part of the game, neither is the instruction booklet. They give you the box to hold the game in, and instructions so you're not ignorant before you play it. You're paying for the GAME, not the crap that comes with it. That stuff's extra. If you haven't noticed, the game comes with it's own built-in manual, so you're not missing much. The box and the instructions don't add to the price, that's the price of the actual game. So it makes sense that both versions would be the same price. There will never be a "convenience discount".

tl;dr: You're buying the game. Deal with it. I'm tired of pointless anger over game prices.

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Speaking of ignorance, you are a shining example of that. You have absolutely no idea what you are talking about. Why do you insist on justifying Nintendo's bull****? You also forgot to mention the costs relating to shipping and retail.

Just because games usually cost $40 doesn't mean they should always cost that much. If the cost of making the game is drastically reduced, shouldn't they pass some of that savings on to the customers? Nintendo could charge $20 for the digital version and still end up making more profit overall compared to the physical version. Charging the full $40 for the digital version (which is inferior to the physical version) is complete bull**** and it should piss you off.

Just because you love Nintendo doesn't mean they can do no wrong. Stop trying to fool yourself and others into thinking this is acceptable. It's not, and any responsible educated consumer knows that.

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Speaking of ignorance, you are a shining example of that. You have absolutely no idea what you are talking about. Why do you insist on justifying Nintendo's bull****? You also forgot to mention the costs relating to shipping and retail.

Just because games usually cost $40 doesn't mean they should always cost that much. If the cost of making the game is drastically reduced, shouldn't they pass some of that savings on to the customers? Nintendo could charge $20 for the digital version and still end up making more profit overall compared to the physical version. Charging the full $40 for the digital version (which is inferior to the physical version) is complete bull**** and it should piss you off.

Just because you love Nintendo doesn't mean they can do no wrong. Stop trying to fool yourself and others into thinking this is acceptable. It's not, and any responsible educated consumer knows that.
Yes, I do agree that Nintendo's sheer stupidity of leaving the game the same price, they'll still continue to do the same thing until they gain profit. While in my eyes, the downloadable version should be $25-$30, Nintendo's still gonna do this to get as much money as possible, and they know that some gamers who think it's "convinient" will buy it. I was originally planning on buying it digitally ($80+ for a physical copy of a Mario platformer!?) but I realized I shouldn't buy it at all. Even for $40, it's not worth it.
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Also, it would be very wise to get it in an actual cartridge. Because if you somehow have your 3DS data erased, you will no longer have it, I'm guessing they'll give you a code or something, but still. And think how much space in your SD card that will take up, I have enough troubles with my E-shop games, let a alone a full 3DS game.
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And now it's time for tonight's news:

Scientists have discovered a new method for producing electricity that is 10 times cheaper than normal. There will be absolutely no change to your monthly electrical bills however. This is because electricity is electricity and you should pay traditional rates regardless.

In other news, shoe maker Nike has invented a new material that never degrades or gets worn out. Thanks to this amazing new technology, you can wear the same pair of shoes for your entire life. However, you cannot buy the shoes. They will only be available to rent, for $30 a month. This is because shoes are shoes.

In our last story for the day, half of the world's water supply was contaminated, thus doubling the cost of producing drinking water. However, the price to buy water will not change. This is because water is water and the price should stay the same. In related news, all water companies are expected to go out of business within the year, due to being unprofitable.
lol so much win.
And I agree, they don't have to pay for shipping or packaging so it should be cheaper.
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Yes, I do agree that Nintendo's sheer stupidity of leaving the game the same price, they'll still continue to do the same thing until they gain profit. While in my eyes, the downloadable version should be $25-$30, Nintendo's still gonna do this to get as much money as possible, and they know that some gamers who think it's "convinient" will buy it. I was originally planning on buying it digitally ($80+ for a physical copy of a Mario platformer!?) but I realized I shouldn't buy it at all. Even for $40, it's not worth it.
Its not stupidity, look at xbox or playstations market place, You can get new release games on it from the same price as retail, Nobody is complaining to them about this. Its just business, and actually you can usually get the retail game cheaper then the digital one on these digital stores.
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But with physical I get to see and feel the box art. I also get to see my games grow and expand. With downloaded games you don't get that. That's why I never have any downloaded games on my PS3
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Its not stupidity, look at xbox or playstations market place, You can get new release games on it from the same price as retail, Nobody is complaining to them about this. Its just business, and actually you can usually get the retail game cheaper then the digital one on these digital stores.
Do you own a Vita? Probably not. Full retail games on the Vita's store usually cost around $5 less than the physical copy. Not all games, but most. This is because a) You pay extra for the Sony memory card and b) it doesn't come with all the instructions, box, shipping and production costs, etc.
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Do you own a Vita? Probably not. Full retail games on the Vita's store usually cost around $5 less than the physical copy. Not all games, but most. This is because a) You pay extra for the Sony memory card and b) it doesn't come with all the instructions, box, shipping and production costs, etc.
But when you buy digital games on the Vita, you have to spend extra money on memory cards to store them on. Also, the physical version's price will decrease over time, quickly becoming cheaper than the digital version.

And lastly, you actually own the physical games, which means you can resell them later, making them even cheaper.
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But when you buy digital games on the Vita, you have to spend extra money on memory cards to store them on. Also, the physical version's price will decrease over time, quickly becoming cheaper than the digital version.

And lastly, you actually own the physical games, which means you can resell them later, making them even cheaper.

Bold: I said that in my post.

While the price may decrease over time, the initial price will be lower. Also, I am sure after a few years, the digital price will also lower. I am on the side of physical, as that is what I buy and I only get digital if it is a digital only game.
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Price should be the exact same. One thing I would just like to point out (I bet someone already did, but I am not going to read through this thread) is that it WILL come with a manual. It is one of those digital manuals. Also, the 3DS came with an SD card so you didn't HAVE to pay for that. I personally would never buy it because it isn't in a cartridge. But it is nice that Nintendo is giving us options so that we don't have to go to the store every time we want to buy a game. And as for the box, do we REALLY care about it that much? The most I EVER heard about the case is when it was misspelled in Revelations. Besides, I bet you could save money and make one yourself.
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*Checks Steam* Huh, I see games that are just the same price as their physical counterparts. Though I hate to mention it, CoD: MW3 would still be $60 if it wasn't for the summer sale. It's not just Nintendo, other companies do it as well.
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Price should be the exact same. One thing I would just like to point out (I bet someone already did, but I am not going to read through this thread) is that it WILL come with a manual. It is one of those digital manuals. Also, the 3DS came with an SD card so you didn't HAVE to pay for that. I personally would never buy it because it isn't in a cartridge. But it is nice that Nintendo is giving us options so that we don't have to go to the store every time we want to buy a game. And as for the box, do we REALLY care about it that much? The most I EVER heard about the case is when it was misspelled in Revelations. Besides, I bet you could save money and make one yourself.
The reason why it shouldn't be the same price is because Nintendo has to pay for NONE of that. They don't spend money on materials for the manual. The card they gave you is 2GB, that can hold 1 retail game. They don't spend money making the boxes either, so that should result in a change in the price.
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The reason why it shouldn't be the same price is because Nintendo has to pay for NONE of that. They don't spend money on materials for the manual. The card they gave you is 2GB, that can hold 1 retail game. They don't spend money making the boxes either, so that should result in a change in the price.
Mine is 4GB and it should be the same price because the 3ds has a manual for most things on the bottom touch screen. Also just buy another SD card they're very cheap.Also they spend money on things it doesn't make sense on how they don't spend money on they're merchendise.
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Mine is 4GB and it should be the same price because the 3ds has a manual for most things on the bottom touch screen. Also just buy another SD card they're very cheap.Also they spend money on things it doesn't make sense on how they don't spend money on they're merchendise.
But they don't waste money on those digital manuals, and Nintendo gives a 2GB with every 3DS. Whether you bought a different one or not is irrelevant.
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Besides, I bet you could save money and make one yourself.
Lol, how would that save me money? The box isn't included in the digital version, but is included with the retail version. So if I were to buy the digital version (which is the same price as the retail :l *d***e**r**p)and "make a box myself," it would cost me more.
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If the eShop games were much cheaper than the physical carts, people wouldn't bother buying the physical carts anymore and I think gaming would ultimately suffer from that. People could just buy multiple larger SD cards (which are fairly cheap, normally) and download all their games instead.

In my honest opinion, I'd prefer a downloadable title over a physical cart as long as the game has amazing replayability. For example, a game like Mario Kart 7 or Super Street Fighter IV would be an amazing downloadable titles because you could always have it on your 3DS to play a few matches if you've ever wanted to. But I would rather not have a game such as Super Mario 3D Land downloaded, no matter how amazing of a game it was, because once you get 100% on that title, there's not much to bring you back to it (unless you wanted to replay it, of course).

That's just the way I think about it, anyway.
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The reason why it shouldn't be the same price is because Nintendo has to pay for NONE of that. They don't spend money on materials for the manual. The card they gave you is 2GB, that can hold 1 retail game. They don't spend money making the boxes either, so that should result in a change in the price.
Dude, the manual and the cartridge cost them like 20 cents.
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Dude, the manual and the cartridge cost them like 20 cents.
well if thats the case, if they sell 1,000,000 online with it being 20p cheaper. they will save 200,000... (if you get what i mean...)
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I agree, without shipping, packaging, manual and plastic costs it should be at least $5 less than retail.
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so if they done the maths, they would figure out download was cheaper. then as its cheaper, more people will be likley to buy it, which in turn would make them more money...
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At the bottom before u play a game isnt thier a manual?
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yeah there is, but they have to pay for the paper, ink, and the printing of the manual... there its just a digital manual
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You forgot to add in the price of gas... that kinda evens things out.
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No biggy. You still get a manual and the game. Having the cartridge does nothing special. Its still the same game.
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I agree, without shipping, packaging, manual and plastic costs it should be at least $5 less than retail.
Also, the retail store gets a cut too. They are the middle man here.
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IMO it should be like $15-$20 because of no shipping and stuff
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15-20$

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No, because then Nintendo would make no profit, or at least very little.
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Digital downloading is stupid anyway, the load times aren't nearly as fast unless you have like a 16gb class 6
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Nintendo would definitely lose money if they had made the digital versions any cheaper than the physical carts. Think about it, if people could get a brand new $40 game for only $20 on the eShop, a lot of people would no longer feel obligated to go out and purchase the game in-store. This could also piss off a lot of retailers because they'd also be losing business.

I don't think digital download is too bad. It's nice that we have the option and I'm sure there will be some people who will love it. I'll still be getting most of my games physical because the collector in me desires the cases on my shelf.

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Well its not $20 dollars off. Probably like $5 dollars off. And alot of people still have that 2gb sd card, so they cant buy alot of digital games.
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Well its not $20 dollars off. Probably like $5 dollars off. And alot of people still have that 2gb sd card, so they cant buy alot of digital games.
A lot of the current digital games are fairly small, and NSMB2 is also going to be fairly small (about 1/5 of your 2GB SD card)

$5 off would be fair. Sony does that with some of their games on PSN, then again, it costs an arm and a leg to buy their memory cards.
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Has anyone with a Japanese 3DS downloaded it yet? Not sure if they updated the e shop with it yet since its the 28th over in Japan
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If you want digital but don't want to pay the same price as retail- either deal with it or wait till the amazing Amazon lists digital codes to buy. They usually have $10 off digital items (such as 12-month Xbox Live cards).

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How much is it in eshop princessavia?
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