If the above image–which is but one of the many images in Nintendo’s Analyst Q&A Presentation–is anything to go by, Nintendo seems to be gearing up to release their big 3DS games in physical and digital formats simultaneously.
As Reggie Fils-Aime put it:
Finally, let’s talk about the games. We’ve got a massive list of AAA content on the way from all of the biggest names in gaming that are all proven franchises, all exclusive to our platform, and all coming to stores both in physical and digital formats in the second half of 2012.
Seeing Nintendo release their big 3DS titles on the eShop is a nice thing to see. Assuming that they’re set to hit the eShop at the same time as their retail counterparts, this’ll give people yet another reason to stop going to stores and instead resort to picking up bigger and bigger SD cards to hold their games. I do wonder about how they’ll price the digital versions though. That in itself could make all the difference.
Kyree didn't have an N64 or Dreamcast as a kid (so sad) and he doesn't remember finishing any of his PlayStation games, but skip to the PS2/GC/Xbox era and everything changed. He hasn't been outside to play tag in forever, but he can recall playing way too much Smash Bros. and even more Kingdom Hearts; seriously, he can recite lines from it. I think he may have a problem.
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If the above image--which is but one of the many images in Nintendo's Analyst Q&A Presentation--is anything to go by, Nintendo seems to be gearing up to release their big 3DS games in physical and digital formats simultaneously.