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Submitted by donniebaseball 520d ago | interview

Nintendo: Our digital sales are soaring

Reggie Fils-Aime tells us that Fire Emblem alone sold around 80,000 units digitally; also, the pace of Wii U releases will increase "dramatically" (3DS, Industry, Nintendo, Wii U)

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KrisButtar  +   520d ago
Does he really use the word "dramatically" everytime he is in the spotlight?

those are some positive numbers for the 3DS
R00bot  +   519d ago
The 3DS has been doing dramatically well after it's bumpy start.
deafdani  +   519d ago
I find your comment to be dramatically accurate.
R00bot  +   518d ago
Thanks, I thought it was dramatically accurate too, you might say that I thought it was dramatically dramatically accurate.
sitharrefus  +   520d ago
Nice numbers, i still prefer the retail game over digital, i like having physical copies of games.
darthv72  +   520d ago
that is...
if there is a retail version of a digital game available. Not all digital games that nintendo is praising are retail releases. There are some really good dsiware and wiiware titles you wont find in stores.

Personally, i like physical copies as well. But for a game like Nano Assault Neo (wii-u) and EX (3ds) arent available in retail like the original nano assault was.
Relientk77  +   520d ago
Agree physical copies are better and actually have value. Also if a system breaks you still have the games
rainslacker  +   520d ago
Numbers were probably helped since they short-supplied the retail chains. Manager at GameStop said they were only allowed to sell the DD version, and the price new on amazon was through third party sellers at around $60. I managed to find a lone copy at a Best Buy about 40 minutes away.

It is pretty easy to find at retail now though. I also wonder if those numbers include the LE FE 3DS, which included a digital copy. Would of brought that myself had it been an XL.
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AngelicIceDiamond  +   520d ago
Not trolling or anything but digital content is the only thing Nintendo fans can buy at the moment.
PiperMCFierceson  +   520d ago
That Reggie guy man he's a real piece of
Chrono  +   520d ago
More people would buy from there if they make an account system.
Main_Street_Saint  +   520d ago
I was one of the ones who bought Fire Emblem on the eShop but yeah I would probably buy more often on the eShop if they did that.
TacoTaru  +   520d ago
I more than agree with this. I'd like to swap my 3DSs when the battery winds down but they make it impossible with the digital versions locked to single console.
Main_Street_Saint  +   520d ago
This is why it's more important then ever to have games tied to an account as opposed to the actual hardware.
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MNGamer-N  +   520d ago
That is because they are creating physical game shortages and delays. I will not fall for it though, and will wait until the end of time to own physical copies of my media. I have the need to feel something tangible in my hands and smell the fresh ink of a new instruction booklet. Game porn, I guess.
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Chevalier  +   520d ago
Those numbers are only inflated because they purposely didn't send copies of their game to stores. I had customers coming in and caving buying points to purchase fire emblem as a last resort after multiple failed attempts to get a physical copy from us.

We were told to sell codes by Nintendo, because it looked like no one was getting more copies. Then guess what? We ran out of codes as well (seriously I had a WTF?! moment when we sold out of a digital code), so yeah Nintendo really did customers a great disservice with their garbage release strategy.

In the time we sold like 50 copies of the fire emblem (digital and physical copies combined) we could have sold over a 100 copies easily (That's how many people we had to turn away). Oh and guess what everyone is magically getting restocked now!
Knushwood Butt  +   520d ago
Same thing happened with Animal Forest 3DS in Japan.
rainslacker  +   520d ago
They probably prefer to sell it that way anyways. More money since they don't have to spend the money on actually manufacturing the cart. For the people that really want to play, and want a physical copy, they even may be able to double dip.

Personally any 3DS game I get I know I will want day one(JRPG's), so will likely just pre-order them.
Munnkyman  +   520d ago
Thats the same thing a guy at target told me, they only got 3 copies of monster hunter and of course sold out by the time i went there to get it. He said nintendo has been shipping low amounts of games because the would rather have people by them from the eshop.
Dan_scruggs  +   520d ago
Less DOOOOMED.
Nerdmaster  +   520d ago
I bought almost all my 3DS games digitally. And I'll keep doing it when I buy a Wii U.
Chevalier  +   520d ago
Those games are tied to your system, what happens if it breaks or the battery dies and is irreplaceable? What then?
MNGamer-N  +   520d ago
Or if - god forbid - you lose the system or it gets stolen. At least my game cartridges will be safe, which are a far bigger cost than the system itself.
Dgander  +   520d ago
Didnt Nintendo say they would fix that issue in the future where it would be possible to have an account on any system?
tweet75  +   520d ago
fire emblem digital sales were only high because the game was in limited quantities for a month after its release. I dont understand why all the other games are in significant quantities in physical form. I believe this was intentional by nintendo. I wont download 3ds games because of storage issues. Until nintendo finds a way to have large storage space for downloads on 3ds i will not be buying retail downloads.
AdvanceWarsSgt  +   520d ago
32GB SD card?
Dgander  +   520d ago
"That's also going to be true of the Wii U, he says - but it appears the company is keeping that powder dry for E3." <---- Seems like they are holding back WiiU games for E3 to try any do the same thing they did to the Vita with the 3DS. If true i hope Sony is prepared with the PS4....for a guy that dont buy Sony products anymore i dont want to see them exit the console race. At least they are focusing on games first for their gaming system.
_QQ_  +   520d ago
I came here for Reggie.
Realplaya  +   519d ago
Actually the digital sales aspect is smart. If I remember correctly If I go in and buy a games second hand then the developer doesn't get anything the games is technically sold or resold. and the only person that makes money is the place selling it. Now as a developer if i sale 40,000 retail and 80,000 digital I at least make something. The only ones complaining about this are people who buy the games but guess who is not complaining about selling that many games digitally? You guessed it developers.

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