Pikimal: Buying Mario games has been a no brainer for ages. Yes, the answer is always yes. Whatever the innovation (or lately, lack thereof) Mario has always been a day one purchase. It was simple and comforting.
I prefer the physical copy for the fact that I can take the game with me and use it on any 3ds, even let a friend borrow it. I am not restricted as I am with a download. Downloadable content is fine with the classic games in the virtual console, or games that are created for the 3ds shop. However, as far as actual games go, I don't see a point. The problem is that they are charging the same price! Why should I buy it digitally and restrict myself to the one 3DS unit if I am not getting a better deal. $10 cheaper, and I might consider the download. But at full retail price? Forget it! How do they justify that? They don't have to pay for packaging or shipping to a store, or any of that stuff. So why do they think that a downloadable copy of a game is worth the same price as a physical retail copy? Its not. Sure its a better deal for Nintendo, but even if they lowered the price by $10-$15 bucks from the retail price, they would be making a great profit! All that money they would be saving on packaging and distribution would make the price cut more than worth it to them. They are saving lots of money by selling it as a download, why not pass that savings on to the customer? Also personally for me, I am a sucker for media packaging. I might even be slightly OCD when it comes to it. In fact, I refuse to buy any game from gamestop that does not have the original packaging or box! Yes, this includes DS games. If they have it, and they don't have the box witht he original artwork, then I wont buy it. I am picky about my blu ray movies, games, dvds, and pretty much anything that comes in a package. I like to line them up and display them on my shelf as a collection. Lastly the concern is storage. I dont want to fill up my 3DS SD card with stuff that I don't need to fill it up with. I don't know how big the file is, but I guarantee you that it is bigger than anything on the virtual console! Its going to take up way more space than it should, and therefore I would rather save my space for some of those classic handheld zelda titles that might get a 3ds shop release sometime down the road.
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