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Iwata Recommends eShop Version of Animal Crossing: New Leaf

By Kevin on Jun 08 2013 02:24 PM
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Salesman, or sincere recommendation?

In the recent Iwata Asks: Animal Crossing: New Leaf interview — a laid-back, easy-going, question/ answer type of discussion between Global President of Nintendo Satoru Iwata and the creative minds behind popular Nintendo game franchises — Iwata-san finalizes by recommending the digital download option for Animal Crossing: New Leaf.

Satoru Iwata said:

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I'd like to conclude this interview with a few words of my own. Animal Crossing is a game that I hope people will play throughout the whole year. But we want people to play other games too. So something I would recommend is the digital download version. I think a title like Animal Crossing: New Leaf, which you can play throughout the year, is ideally suited to this format. That makes me sound a little like a salesman, doesn't it? (laughs)

Animal Crossing: New Leaf will debut at midnight in the North American 3DS eShop on Sunday, June 9th for $34.99. Europe and Australia will receive the game less than a week later on June 14th and June 15th, respectively.

Will you be purchasing the digital or retail version of Animal Crossing: New Leaf?

Source: Iwata Asks via GoNintendo


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Comments: 12

I will most likely be going for the retail version. I tend to leave the older games to digital like the older Zeldas.
I already fully paid off my copy at my local game stop so I will be getting a physical copy! Yay! The collector inside me insisted!
I mean, it's clear that it benefits Nintendo as a company to push the digital copy. And I do think they're ahead of the game in pricing. If people are willing to pay retail price for a digital copy, then why not? But I won't be convinced it's worth the money unless they develop a type of cloud system for save game data. Because I've heard a few tales of failed system transfers and it just makes more sense to me to have a cartridge where that "transfer" is purely physical and not hampered by wireless technology.

Denpa Men tell me things. I trust their judgement.
I want to start buying digital copies of games, however I don't have a big enough memory card :T
i love retail format too but AC must be played for a long time and it's better to have it on own consolle always. And it's possible with the digital delivery.
I'm saying that but i've pre-ordered the game in a GameStop shop (Italy) and i'll receive the minis of Fluffy and the Town Hall too.
Now could be the time to upgrade your SD Card! I picked up a 32GB SDHC card from Amazon for $15
I'm on the fence as to which version I'll get. I like the convenience of digital, but I just got the fancy Animal Crossing Game Card and Stylus set from Club Nintendo. Geez, tough decisions!
A part of me wished I had the digital version of this game because it is so, pick up and play for a few minutes here or there. Oh well, I still enjoy my physical copy and won't be swapping out any other game for a while.
I won't be purchasing any game that costs more than $20 from the e-shop, on 3DS or Wii U. I believe that Nintendo's biggest fault is tying user accounts to systems, rather than having them be cloud-based and multi-platform. Until Nintendo allows me to maintain ownership of the games I purchase beyond the system, I cannot in good conscience view purchasing expensive games digitally as worth the risk. Thoughts, anyone?
i havent bought yet, i think i will get the retail version.
I have the retail version but I am staring to wish I got the digital. I have managed to bump the cart causing it to eject in the middle of playing multiple times. :(
I picked the 3DS eshop digital download. I will still might get the fail transfer if I did one anyway...