eShop vs physical media

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  1. Bicster
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    Apologies in advance for the noob question: I bought my kids a 32GB Wii U - Super Mario U bundle for xmas and I also picked up Mario Kart 8. Today I realized that the Wii U allows downloading of games. Will I be able to transfer Mario Kart to the internal storage or an attached hard drive, or do I need to buy the eShop version to do that?

    Not having to mess with physical discs is easily worth the extra $20 to me... I hardly used my Wii at all until I modded it to play games from a hard drive.

    Also: Will the Super Mario U game be preloaded or on a disc?

    Thanks!
     
  2. nicklesminer

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    You would have to rebuy the game on the eshop, unfortunately a physical copy does not get you a digital copy. As of the Super Mario U question, I'm not sure. But I'd assume its digital. Hopefully someone who knows for sure could answer that for you though.

    EDIT: Looks like I was wrong about Mario. According to Amazon, Super Mario 3d World comes in its own case, so its physical.
     
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    Thanks, in that case I guess I'll return the physical copy. It's a shame retailers can't sell e-copy download codes at a discount. I'm sure they don't like being left out of that revenue stream.
     
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    Just curious, why would they? The option to get a download code from a brick and mortar is there for people who don't want to / can not enter their credit card information on the eShop (e.g. in Europe it only supports Visa and MasterCard, so personally I couldn't use my Amex). This is why retailers will have pre-order bonuses, limited editions, etc. with content that's not available digitally. With amiibo, Nintendo has also ensured people will buy from retailers as opposed to being 100% digital.
     
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    Sorry, I didn't realize that retailers sold download codes. It's not something I've seen, so I'm guessing it's not well publicized.

    Why would they sell at a discount? To get business! Why do they sell Mario Kart 8 for $45-52 vs $60 from Nintendo, along with the hassles of managing inventory?

    I guess the best you can do is try to buy eShop credit at a discount. I do this with iTunes all the time, where I never pay over 80% of face value.
     
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    Yeah it doesn't work that way. If every retailer sold download codes for games below the eShop prices, there'd be no point to the eShop for Nintendo. Everybody wants a piece of the cake and nobody will get the entire cake for themselves. Not all retailers sell download codes, but many game/electronics stores do.
     
  7. rdurbin

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    Actually there would still be a point to eshop. You would have to download the game still. honestly I don't see why retailers even sell eshop codes to begin with. You still need to download the game on the eshop and if there the same price, whats the point? well I guess you can use cash at stores, but other than that, I don't see a point.
     
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  9. WiiCube_2013

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    eShop prices aren't exactly decent because for example on the UK eShop the poorly done port of Watch Dogs for Wii U costs £49.99 and that's an absurd amount for a game that runs as low as 14 fps (its highest is between 25-30 fps though unstable).

    So if I were you I'd go with physical releases, they look nice on the shelf and you get Nintendo Points with most of them.