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Wii U eShop demos have play time restrictions



Just like the 3DS demos, Wii U demos also have a limited amount of times that you're allowed to play them. As you can see, the FIFA 13 demo allows for 10 trials. We're not sure if the numbers will vary like they do with 3DS eShop demos.

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01 Dec 2012 11:22

this is just dumb.
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01 Dec 2012 11:35

It's up to the developer to limit demos, not Nintendo. The 3DS has seen unlimited usage demos or large amounts of plays.
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01 Dec 2012 11:52

Having limited demos is still better than no demos - usually only takes one play anyway to decide if it's worth a purchase.
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01 Dec 2012 12:30

Actually this is left up to the developer just like on PSN/XBLA.

Yes PSN/XBLA have demos with restrictions as well.

Many PSN/XBLA games use the time restrictions, where you have a few weeks to play the demo as much as possible before the demo is deactivated.

Many also have the play time restrictions like Wii U and 3DS.

This is all left up to the developers.
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01 Dec 2012 13:18

@ chased, anyone with some brains can see how brainless it would be to release a Fifa demo with no play restrictions.
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01 Dec 2012 13:36

I can't stand limited demos like that. It's easier to forget a game if you don't have the demo. I prefer the method where they give you one or two modes to play and limited characters/teams, quite honestly. Quite frankly, the other type of demo seems to easy to hack, and given the WiiU's 4 and 8 GB hard drive size, it seems like you couldn't download too many demos.

I understand this is probably up to the developers, but still, I prefer the old method. I really loved getting demos in magazines, but it looks like those days are over, too (that's what convinced me to get Sonic Adventure). :(
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01 Dec 2012 13:37

I thought this was going to be a problem on my 3ds but it never was cause at most I would play the demo 2 to 3 times.

and as long as you don't quit the demo you can play it over and over again.
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01 Dec 2012 13:42

Where is said demo anyways? I can 't find it in the eShop. Euro only perhapse?
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01 Dec 2012 15:15

Eh, no biggie. I never play demos more than once or twice anyway.
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01 Dec 2012 15:18

this really sucks for me but at the same time I can understand why, to this day there are still games that im happy to just keep playing the demo over and over again with no intention of ever buying the game itself
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01 Dec 2012 17:03

amir_zwara wrote:Where is said demo anyways? I can 't find it in the eShop. Euro only perhapse?


yeah, Europe only for now.
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01 Dec 2012 18:10

Whatever, the decision is probably in the hands of the developers anyway.
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01 Dec 2012 18:42

Quizler wrote:@Roth
It changed from game to game on the 3DS. Final Fantasy Theatrhythm demo had unlimited uses.


Is that only in Europe's eShop where it has unlimited uses? I have a friend that got a 3DS XL in August and she downloaded that demo and it said 30 uses remaining. I downloaded it myself just now and it says that for me too. So at least in North America it doesn't have unlimited uses. Maybe at one point it did, but not now.
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01 Dec 2012 18:50

M1 wrote:Actually this is left up to the developer just like on PSN/XBLA.

Yes PSN/XBLA have demos with restrictions as well.

Many PSN/XBLA games use the time restrictions, where you have a few weeks to play the demo as much as possible before the demo is deactivated.

Many also have the play time restrictions like Wii U and 3DS.

This is all left up to the developers.


Care to name some examples? I can think of a small handful, but "many"? No.
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01 Dec 2012 20:31

Most of you seem to miss the point; there should be no restrictions to the amount of times you can play a demo. It's asinine, and belittling to the consumer. The demo itself is limited enough as it is, in most instances, and only giving someone a set number of times to try out a product is not good business practice. To most people, spending $40-$60 on a game does not come lightly, and these people should be given as much time as they need to make a decision.
Seems like most Nintendo fans just like to defend Nintendo, even when their decisions are a direct slap in the face to the consumer. I myself don't play demo's more than once, but if I did feel like it, I should be able to. A demo is a demonstration, so stop making excuses for Nintendo's poor business practices. It's due to this same line of reasoning that has caused many companies to price their digital offerings the same as their physical counterparts, even though a portion of the price is omitted when you remove the packaging. I swear, some people just don't get it.
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01 Dec 2012 20:45

@chambertlo

Seems like you missed the point that many of made - it is up to the developer to put these limited usages. Nintendo isn't forcing any restrictions so if there is a low restriction, blame the publishers. In fact, we've seen demos with UNLIMITED usages before.
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01 Dec 2012 21:13

the mere fact that in other systems like PSN exist games with limited tries implies in an obvious manner that the control is on the hands of the developers and not the network. Is tiring to see people so bent on attacking nintendo that they will ask others to stop defending it from something its not even in their control. Ridiculous hate.
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01 Dec 2012 22:20

Honest question here, but who came to the conclusion that it is up to the developers and not Nintendo? Has any single developer come out and stated this as fact, or did someone just make it up and enough people started repeating it until it caught on?

I'm going to ask Jools on Twitter and get to the bottom of this! But really I'd be surprised if he answered.
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01 Dec 2012 22:27

CaptainColon wrote:
Quizler wrote:@Roth
It changed from game to game on the 3DS. Final Fantasy Theatrhythm demo had unlimited uses.


Is that only in Europe's eShop where it has unlimited uses? I have a friend that got a 3DS XL in August and she downloaded that demo and it said 30 uses remaining. I downloaded it myself just now and it says that for me too. So at least in North America it doesn't have unlimited uses. Maybe at one point it did, but not now.


I am in The USA and I downloaded it ages ago when it was first released and it's listed as unlimited for me. They must of changed it since then. More proof that publishers set demo use parameters.

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01 Dec 2012 22:41

I remember when DEMOs came on discs that were packaged with magazines, those were the days.
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01 Dec 2012 22:42

It would make sense if the decision was up to the developers as they would prefer people to actually buy the game, but without a confirmation from them I'm just using logic here.
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02 Dec 2012 00:59

Wow, so Jools did reply to the tweet and say Nintendo leaves it up to developers for the number of times their demo can be played. Lets just keep that noted for future reference.
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02 Dec 2012 23:23

so why in fuck is their only demoes in the EU shop?

when the US had the shop open for a 3 weeks now |:
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03 Dec 2012 06:27

SebTH wrote:so why in fuck is their only demoes in the EU shop?

when the US had the shop open for a 3 weeks now |:


This UKer wonders the same. Especially since it's FIFA too, which will have no problems selling over here [and in Europe], demo or no demo.

Its a wasted choice.
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06 Dec 2012 18:22

Triforce of the Gods wrote:
No, it would still make sense if Sony limited them. Seriously, if you're playing the demo that much, just buy the damn game.

How about no! LOL...You know, there might not be any money around for that game or the game might not be worth the 60$ price...
amir_zwara wrote:@ chased, anyone with some brains can see how brainless it would be to release a Fifa demo with no play restrictions.

Yes, because a demo that has a set game between selected-by-the-game teams, without online play and no modes at all, is going to replace the entire game....Come on, man!

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