Buy select titles from 3DS eShop, get Donkey Kong for free
Not too long ago, Nintendo started selling digital copies of full retail 3DS games on it’s eShop and the company has decided to celebrate this new arrangement with a very special giveaway.
The catch is that they also get more money: the games cost more on the eShop than from retailers. So technically, you're paying for the "free" game, anyway.
Yes, it does. It says "If you purchase one of five select titles from the eShop" right at the beginning of the second paragraph. I can't find your original comment outside my notifications page, though, which makes me think you realized the mistake.
And how does that make you feel? No more wide-eyed wonder when you show your kids your old copy of Mother 4 years from now. No more security that if your console dies, you can just get a new one and pick up right where you left off without waiting hours to download everything again. No more taking games to your friend's house for a party without packing up your entire console. No more instruction booklets, box art, or that satisfying "click" when you push a game into your DS/3DS. No more mental satisfaction that you truly "own" a game, among many other reasons I'm sure most people don't have the patience to read. You can't tell me you're happy about that.
Talking about going digital. It's inevitable! We'll be there sooner or later...and we'll have no choice but to embrace its coming. =/
This is a double-edged sword, though. Sure you get a nice little reward for buying a game you were already planning on getting, but at the same time, you're also pushing the idea that digital distribution is the way to go. It's the same reason they offered double Club Nintendo coins for "New" Super Mario Bros. 2.
It's simple marketing, really: make the process seem super attractive and better than the old, physical method. Once enough people are downloading without prompt (10 years from now or so), they slowly stop using boxes and discs altogether. I hope I'm wrong, but it's just something to consider.
You have to purchase it from the shop? I was hoping it would be a code included with the retail copy... I was planning on buying Paper Mario in the future.
Tempting, but I like box art for some reason, so I'll pass. Interesting offer though.
Sorry Nintendo. I prefer hard copys of my games.
Too bad I already have the game boy version of that game
sadly im nit interested in these games paper mario looks ok and i know Professor Layton is meant to be really good but i have never played one of the games
Nice! Nintendo needs to do more stuff like this to further approach Microsoft and Sony's online initiatives (I'm not stating they're nowhere near yet, but this is a step in the right direction for sure).