Despite An Increase In Digital Sales, Retail Is Still The Majority Of Sales For Nintendo

"Digital purchasing has seem a massive boom over recent years with consumers opting to purchase their games direct from their console rather than purchasing them from stores, due to convenience. Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime says that the majority of software sales for Nintendo are physical copies especially for those game which have a large file size like Bayonetta 2. Interestingly, Fils-Aime pointed out that Super Smash Bros on the Nintendo 3DS had extremely high digital sales presumably due to its small file size. Here’s what Reggis Fils-Aime had to say."

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jayzablade1538d ago

And it always will be for me. I like to have a physical copy I can hold and see....I don't trust 'digital'

Masterchief_thegoat1538d ago

for this gen I started to like digital even though i have more physical copy

colonel1791538d ago (Edited 1538d ago )

I purchased Zelda WInd Waker HD digitally and then I found out that purchases of Wii U games are stuck in the console and are not linked to the account. Even when you back up to an SD card or HDD, you can't play it on another console.

That for me, is the stupidest thing Nintendo has ever done! Luckily I only lost one game, but what about people that buy most of their games digitally? Customer service told me that they can switch the content, only if the console is broken, but not because you sold it and got another Wii U.

That really is BS!

seraphym881538d ago

I own a wii u and 3ds....i have about 8-10 3ds games and roughly 6-8 wii u games (full 60 buck games counted only), all digital. Including bayonetta 1 and 2...and i live in the boonies and have shoddy internet.....took about 12 hours to dl both games.

OtakuDJK1NG-Rory1538d ago

I have 18 Wii U games and 23 3DS games excluding indies and VC games.

My 3DS library consist of 55% Third party.

superchiller1538d ago

Because of Nintendo's harsh, anti-consumer DRM, which ties all digital purchases to hardware instead of account, everyone should avoid purchasing any digital games or content from Nintendo. If your hardware breaks, is lost, or stolen, you lose all your digital games. No other company enforces this kind of abusive policy on its customers.

Vote with your wallet, just say NO to this anti-consumer policy.

randomass1711538d ago (Edited 1538d ago )

Actually the licenses go to your account which is stuck to the hardware. You can transfer the account to another system by calling Nintendo if you are a resident in any of the three major regions. It's dumb and archaic but I don't agree that it is anti-consumer.

OtakuDJK1NG-Rory1538d ago (Edited 1538d ago )

There no DRM
All purchases are tied to Account not hardware.
Account is tied to hardware.

Nintendo hardware are durable but storage space maybe wait u encounter.
I had countless SD card errors on my 3DS and my data and games still exist.

My first Wii U hardrive got corrupted but because all software were on our accounts we were able to redownload them on our 1TB hardrive.

Apparently you are still living in 2013 when it comes to Nintendo Network.

marloc_x1538d ago

Get your facts straight, I almost feel bad for you..

ABBAJESUS1538d ago

I buy my all pc games digitally but i like my console games physical.

fitfox1538d ago

good, lets hope it stays that way. I've lost way to much "purchased" downloadable content. I don't trust it.

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mydyingparadiselost1538d ago

I lost my digital copy of Grandia off of PSN for no reason, and I'm still holding a big digital grudge.