Nintendo is making a fresh push into the digital age with the 3DS and Wii U, both of which are set to offer full retail games for download. Apparently the company is committed to this idea. The first such game is New Super Mario Bros 2 for the 3DS, due in August, and Nintendo announced today that it will offer a little extra Club Nintendo perk if you download the digital copy.
A Club Nintendo promotion offers 50 coins for registering the packaged version of the game, but a full 100 for the digital version. Both require you to buy the game and fill out a survey, but the digital version automatically registers it as long as you've linked your Club Nintendo account to your 3DS. It's not much of a difference, but it is double the currency for the company's rewards program, and that may just be enough to sway some users to the digital version.
The looming question is about space. The 3DS XL, set to launch alongside NSMB2, sports a 4GB SD card. The older version of the system has less memory by default, so it's hard to say how easily older owners will be able to fit it on their systems. Shacknews has contacted Nintendo and will update as more information becomes available.
Steve Watts posted a new article, Nintendo offering incentive for digital download of NSMB2.
Nintendo is pushing its new digital downloads initiative, by offering a Club Nintendo bonus for buying the digital version of New Super Mario Bros 2 instead of the retail version.
This is the same rewards program that prevented me from getting my Doc Louis Punch Out because I was 1 day late with gathering up the correct amount of points!!! The Nintendo reward program can be a cruel bitch.
Have they even discussed how their store front is going to work?
The problem with my Wii is that the stuff I actually paid for is stuck on that Wii and not assigned to any kind of account so when the Wii is gone all of the downloads are gone. I'll assume they have some more modern type of a digital store in place so that purchases are tied to an e-mail address or account.