Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Nintendo Makes The Digital Push On 3DS This Fall

Nintendo is making the move to digital distribution swiftly with not only new 3DS titles this fall but also a slew of hits from last year. To assist with this, Nintendo will release a program next year to move your save files from the physical cartridge to the 3DS. Oddly enough, this will require you to own both the physical and digital versions on each game which kind of defeats the purpose of buying the games again in digital form. The games set to hit the eShop in Japan this fall are:

  • Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D
  • Mario Kart 7
  • Mario Tennis Open
  • Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games
  • Pilotwings Resort
  • Star Fox 64 3D
  • Super Mario 3D Land

It is simply a matter of time before these hit the 3DS worldwide. Nintendo is also taking its first steps into paid downloadable content tomorrow with the release of New Super Mario Bros. 2 Coin Rush DLC. Provided Nintendo keeps their word on not abusing paid DLC, this will offer hardcore gamer's additional challenges to complete. Set to release 10/04/2012 for New Super Mario Bros. 2 are:

  • Gold Rush Pack (1 star difficulty) - $2.50
  • Coin Challenge Pack A (3 Star Difficulty) - $2.50
  • Nerve-Wrack Pack (5 Star Difficulty) - $2.50
Topping off the digital push is a promotion that rewards players who purchase digital versions of Nintendo published games this fall. If you decide to skip the physical cartridge, you will receive a special version of Donkey Kong for the NES (playable through the 3DS Virtual Console) titled Donkey Kong: Original Edition. To qualify for the promotion, you will have to purchase one of the qualifying games from the 3DS eShop and register it with your Club Nintendo account before January 6, 2013. The list of eligible games are as follows:

  • Paper Mario: Sticker Star
  • Style Savvy: Trendsetters
  • Crosswords Plus
  • Art Academy: Lessons for Everyone!
  • Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask

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