Super Mario 3D Land and more heading to 3DS eShop

The eShop for Nintendo 3DS gets an infusion of first-party goodness

Nintendo has announced that the Nintendo eShop will soon have downloadable versions of the company's best 3DS titles. Super Mario 3D Land, The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D, Star Fox 64 3D and Mario Kart 7 will all be available for purchase on October 18, with a suggested retail price of $39.99 each. Nintendo has also pledged to add more existing 3DS title to the eShop.

"The Nintendo eShop demonstrates Nintendo's commitment to providing consumers with unique digital content through a combination of creativity and convenience," said Scott Moffitt, Nintendo of America's executive vice president of Sales & Marketing. "The variety and quality of games coming this year is unmatched, from new entries in established franchises to original properties."

Nintendo also promised a number of original games for the eShop, including action-puzzle game NightSky on October 25, Pushmo sequel Crashmo on November 22, and Fluidity: Spin Cycle on December 27. Level-5's collaborations with some of Japan's best developers will also launch this holiday season: SUDA 51's Liberation Maiden, Yoot Saito's Aero Porter, and Yasumi Matsuno's Crimson Shroud.

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Patrick Frost QA Project Monitor 7 years ago
Now I understand WHY it has to be 39.99 but surely there's a point where annoying supermarkets is a better situation then guaranteeing no one is going to buy a digital copy of your game. The saving on distribution and manufacture (which is a big part of 3DS game cost really) is pretty damn high and that should roll down to the customer.

For instance, would Starfox sell well at 10? I think it definitely would. Are many people going to buy it at 40? Unlikely.
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Caleb Hale Journalist 7 years ago
Downloading a digital copy of a game costs two things - money and memory. Making your digital copy the same price as the physical copy of a game means the consumer is actually going to pay more in the long run, since they'll be the ones who have to purchase bigger SD cards to store that digital library.

Nintendo seems to underplay the value of digital storage space, kind of like the way toy companies disregard the long-term cost of buying four more D batteries to keep that remote-controlled thingymabob running for another three hours. Upgrading a card or hard drive may not be all that expensive, but it certainly isn't free. And game companies shouldn't pretend they aren't pushing people closer and closer toward needing that bigger hard drive with each digital purchase.

Plus, I agree with Patrick above. A lot of production costs are wiped out when you go digital. Consumers have been trained to expect cheaper prices for keeping their purchases digital. Hell, my day job is in newspapers, where we've conditioned people to expect the news for free so long as they don't get it from a broadsheet or tabloid. I don't recommend going that route as a business decision, but there's certainly a middle ground Nintendo can manage for the sake of good faith with customers. If not, most people are going to stick to buying physical copies of games, especially when brick & mortar and even online stores start putting those games on the discount rack.
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Jamie Read 3D Artist, Neon Play Ltd7 years ago
39.99 is too much in my opinion. Most places are selling these games for between 24.99 - 29.99. I think selling digital copies for 24.99 would be killer for Nintendo. SD cards are so cheap these days that if you downloaded most games, and they were selling for 24.99, you would save a ton of money in the long run.
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Daniel Hughes Studying PhD Literary Modernism, Bangor University7 years ago
Sad to see older games haven't been discounted. At 20 a pop those games would fly off eShop. However, when it comes to Nintendo's digital push, I think the more exciting news has been overlooked in favour of the more negative news.

Look at the line up of original eShop content--it's excellent! It's also a good sign that America/Japan only games, such as the Guild 01 (the level 5 projects that were released on cartridge elsewhere) games and NanoAssault (another physical release outside of Europe) are coming to Europe through the eShop. It's a great sign that when localisation costs are risky, Nintendo will bring projects to these shores as digital only releases, benefiting the developers and the 3DS userbase immensely.

It's also good to see original first party content such as Denpa Men, Hana Samurai and Hydroventure coming out over here, alongside a sequel for the rather excellent Pushmo. I'm really going to have to scrape some pennies together and catch up on the eShop stuff I've missed, too.
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As far as I'm aware Nintendo NEVER discounts their 1st party titles and they are still long sellers, even the used prices in gamestop are very high. The only exception is when they re-release titles as gold edition for a cheaper price.
So don't hold your breath for discounts. Also, retail is way more important to nintendo to risk pissing them off just to cater to a handful of digital-buyers.
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