New Super Mario Bros. 2 not quite striking digital gold in Japan
Selling digital download versions of its newest games is a bold new concept for Nintendo and with New Super Mario Bros. 2 as the first major blockbuster to follow this new simultaneous release model, surely this resulted in the Nintendo Network pulling in a nice additional surplus. Right?
While company president Satoru Iwata told The Wall Street Journal, "This initial offering going forward, we've gotten a good reaction going," the Japanese sales of the digital copy might be a bit lower than what you or I or more importantly, Nintendo may have been expecting. According to Iwata, the sales of the digital copy only add up to 5% of the game’s total Japanese sales.
But at least this slight setback won’t be forcing Nintendo to reconsider the creation of Nintendo Network, as the company still sees plenty of potential in the service after the digital copy of Demon Training (the sequel to Brain Age) rounded up 20% of that game’s total sales. Although Iwata said this was largely due to the convenience of being able to play the game’s daily challenges without having to swap cartridges.
Hopefully, Nintendo learns from Demon Training’s example and begins to give gamers who buy the digital copies some sort of advantage over those who buy retail. Although preferably, this advantage should be a discounted price, or perhaps a packaged piece of bonus content.
Will the digital sales of NSMB2 be larger in international markets than they were in Japan? Considering the digital copy is selling at the same price (or at a higher one if you live in the UK) as the cart, I’m thinking that’s not the most likely scenario. Although the extra 50 Club Nintendo Coins could help its case.
Hold up, you can have silver Luigi? Anyway, I'll hope that they will strike some gold with some future games.
they should do this with out of print ds games
Well, with brain training, it's something you do for oh say, 5 minutes a day, so downloading it would make some sense. NSMB2 is expected to be played in long sessions.
really digital costs them less so they make some profet off it 3ds xl is selling well and the non digital isnt going to be as high since someone with pick up nsmb2 with a 3dsxl
If Nintendo wants to push digital distribution they need to make it cheaper, not more expensive for the consumer. Nintendo saves money since they don't have to make carts, package them, ship them, or have the retailer take a cut. Why not pass some of those savings onto the customer? Sony has it right with the Vita, sell games digitally 10% cheaper than retail and tax free.
This is what happens when they make the digital version cost more instead of less.
The only incentive to buy digital for me is if I get it at a cheaper price. Seeing as they are the same price as retail id much prefer to have a physical copy
Is this really a surprise? Who the fuck would think that making the digital version more expensive would mean more sales? Derp.
Picked it up brand new on eBay of all places for 17.99 with 1.99 postage. It's still sitting on my desk unopened.
I think it's selling well enough. It isn't tracking as high as the first NSMB but then I'm sure the DS had a larger install base at the time of the games release so as a percentage, it might be higher. Ultimately, the sales success of this game can't be measured on week or two's worth of data... unlike a lot of games that explode into the charts and disappear straight after. Providing it achieves that "evergreen" status, and there is no reason why it shouldn't, we need to be looking at the sales a year from now and view them against total install base.
Of course if the sales end up looking a bit ropey in a couple of months time, it might not bode so well for NSMBU being the system seller they want it to be.
I plan on going digital, but if I checked the eshop tomorrow and it cost most, you can count me out
The only reason id go digital is if the original wasn't portable, such as the PSOne Classics like the final fantasys and chrono cross. Since this is, i have no reason to go digital in this case.
When there is a choice between digital and physical, I'll always stick with physical.
But is the game still selling well overall?
I don't plan on buying digital and I'm sure my GF would be getting a copy physically as opposed to digital assuming she buys herself a copy. It doesn't seem worth it to me to buy a game with nothing physical to show for it.