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3DS eShop Receives First Wave Of Full Retail Downloads

By Kevin on Oct 18 2012 08:11 PM
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Flying by Arwing, stomping from Goomba to Goomba, galloping by way of Epona and drifting by Kart come four new and exciting North American 3DS eShop titles. Star Fox 64 3D, Super Mario 3D Land, The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D and Mario Kart 7, are the four new 3DS eShop titles. In fact, today marks the first time in the history of the North American 3DS eShop that full retail titles are available for purchase and download. We urge you to be excited, but we want to make you aware of some important information about these awesome digitally distributed titles. Let's take a closer look at the block size (file size) requirements and pricing details.

Many of us have already had the privilege of playing through titles like Star Fox 64 3D, Super Mario 3D Land, The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D and Mario Kart 7. For those who have purchased these retail versions in the store or online, chances are you won't purchase the equivalent eShop variant. For those who are planning on downloading any one of these, we have the block size requirements handy for you. The block size requirement is, quite simply, the amount of space that is needed on your SD (Secure Digital) card in order to download the product.

I have personally taken the liberty of adding enough funds to my 3DS eShop account to verify the below listed block sizes, as shown in the following images. I was very careful not to click on the "Purchase" button during this process, however.
  • Star Fox 64 3D - 4,619 blocks
  • Mario Kart 7 - 5,083 blocks
  • Super Mario 3D Land - 2,321 blocks
  • The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D - 3,646 blocks
Each title will cost $39.99, which is the suggested retail price. In addition to the retail price, you'll also have to pay $2.80 for tax. After it's all said and done with, each one of these titles will set you back $42.79. Compared to online deals for the retail copy, this option costs a bit more. Many online retailers stock these titles for the same price, free of tax or shipping fees.

* block sizes may vary from region to region
* 1GB is approximately 8,192 blocks

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Comments: 11

Would NIntendo go broke if they gave us a 10% discount on downloadable retail titles? <_<

King Mika, on 19 October 2012 - 03:35 AM, said:

Would NIntendo go broke if they gave us a 10% discount on downloadable retail titles? <_<

I agree. These titles do deserve a slight discount as incentive to go digital.

aquizero, on 19 October 2012 - 07:07 AM, said:


I agree. These titles do deserve a slight discount as incentive to go digital.
Agreed, why would I choose digital if there is no benefit.

View Postquijas31, on 19 October 2012 - 08:24 AM, said:

Agreed, why would I choose digital if there is no benefit.

They would like the consumer to believe it is the convenience of being able to pick up and play. Of course all of that is to justify the time spent making these games digital and moving ahead in the digital age. I know that they offered more Club Nintendo points for some previous digital games. They even have a promotion now with select digital full games that you get a limited edition Donkey Kong Classic game. I mean those are nice incentives but truly more people would just appreciate a lower price tag.
I never was able to fully understand why the tax isn't part of the listed price on US products. Just something that always escaped me, since products here in Australia are GST (Goods & Services Tax) inclusive.

Maybe that explains part of the reason why the eShop versions of these 3DS games are AU$69.95, including Mario Tennis Open, which is currently only available for download in European regions.

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Equally as confusing (but hardly related to the topic at hand) is why the European (or maybe it's just the Australian) versions of games have their titles in full capitals. Though, they may be displayed the same on the 3DS Home Screen, but I have seen otherwise from the US buddies I have on my friends list.

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The Donkey Kong really isn't much of an incentive.  I too would much rather have a discount off the price.  Though downloading the game is better than carrying around games in little storage compartments which my son tends to leave on the bus.  This makes it worth the little extra money.

However,

I'll get it in the store....unless.....

View PostKing Mika, on 19 October 2012 - 03:35 AM, said:

Would NIntendo go broke if they gave us a 10% discount on downloadable retail titles? <_<

View Postaquizero, on 19 October 2012 - 07:07 AM, said:


I agree. These titles do deserve a slight discount as incentive to go digital.

You have to remember, Nintendo cannot afford to alienate retailers such as GameStop and Walmart. They aren't just going to sit there and take it if Nintendo undersells them.
I wouldn't be surprised if Nintendo of America offers discounted prices for eShop downloads. Nintendo of Japan is already doing that.
Nintendo has been pretty firm about pricing for as long as I can remember. Doesn't surprise me that the digitals are priced exactly like the hard copies. People will pay it. If for some reason I can't track down a game I want in local stores or online, I guess I may consider the d/l version. Until then, I think I'll stick with the actual cartridges for my 3DS. Also, I like having the game box, instructions, etc. Makes it fun to have a collection, I suppose.
Well, for those who like to trade games in for different games you do need the "cartridge", can't trade in a download.  I have a few friends who trade in their games quite often.  I trade in the ones that aren't worth having.
I wouldn't care if Nintendo dropped the prices of digital games....I still wouldn't buy them. This digital stuff is one of the worst things to happen to gaming IMO...