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Iwata recommends digital purchase of Animal Crossing: New Leaf

Iwata 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) - Satoru Iwata

Pretty much everyone is singing the praises of the digital version of New Leaf. It just makes sense for the type of game it is. Which version will you go with?

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08 Jun 2013 17:18

I will not buy any retail game digitally until Nintendo creates an account based system that ties my purchases to my Nintendo ID, just in case I lose my 3DS/it breaks. At this point, it is much to risky for me to have all of my games tied to one system, and it makes zero to no sense as to why they haven't changed this. Has no one brought this to their attention?
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08 Jun 2013 17:28

oi vey,

look people.. if you lose your 3ds nintendo will refund you the money you spent on the eshop.. ive done it.. the only issue was dealing with the sandusky/cedar point police department.. nintendo was waaay more than helpful.

im getting digital for the exact reason he stated.. it was a decision i made months ago. it just makes sense. its a game im going to want to play every single day and i dont want to keep switching and i wont need retail because i animal crossing is one of those games i dont trade-in...
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08 Jun 2013 17:37

I'm not against buying indie games with digital only releases, or re-releases of older games digitally. However you will never, ever catch me buying a retail game digitally when I can buy a physical copy for the same price. I had to buy a 32gb card for my 3DS just because the tiny 2GB card that came with it wasn't big enough for squat. Why exactly would I pay $39.99 to download a game to take up space on my card when I could just go to the store and pick up the game already on its own card and a nice box for me to put on my shelf as well.

In the old days I would have said I like looking through the manuals as well but these days they barely give you a leaflet. Regardless what I said above still stands. Not to mention that digital copies completely lose resale value, which a physical copy retains.

If I am ever to be allured by digital retail games they need to cost less than physical copies.
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Anonymous
08 Jun 2013 17:41

Downloading...
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08 Jun 2013 18:06

If I get it, retail. Too many games get dropped or are not supported at all when transferring from one system upgrade to the next, so I've become wary of not having retail titles, to be honest.
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08 Jun 2013 18:27

@thedreadpirateguy

There were like.. 2 DSiware games that couldn't be transferred from one system to the next.

Maybe 3rd party games, but it's NEVER going to be an issue with 1st party.


I'd download this game. This is the perfect game that you would constantly go back to in short bursts.
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08 Jun 2013 18:30

Autosaver wrote:@thedreadpirateguy

There were like.. 2 DSiware games that couldn't be transferred from one system to the next.

Maybe 3rd party games, but it's NEVER going to be an issue with retail.


I'd download this game. This is the perfect game that you would constantly go back to in short bursts.


Don't forget the number of VC titles from the Wii that don't transfer, such as Donkey Kong Country. I see your point, but I'm talking gaming in general these days. Think like Xbox One with no XBLA games. I think this is becoming a growing overall problem in the industry that we should be concerned about in the future.
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08 Jun 2013 18:48

This does seem like a perfect title to buy digitally. However to me having a physical copy still outweighs the convenience of having a digital copy.

I do understand peoples concerns over having an account based system. But, not having an account system doesn't really bother me because I've never been in a situation where an account system would benefit me I guess, I have never had any problem with any of my digital titles. Every instance I've heard of where someone looses their system or it needed to be replaced Nintendo has gotten their games back, or reimbursed them. I'm sure there probably have been instances where someone just lost their stuff though. On the other hand it's also possible to lose a physical game, or spill a coke on it or get a crack in a disc or something, and that is not replacable without buying a new game. I do find it ironic though, how everyone has been complaining about Nintendo not having an account system, while Sony and Microsoft do, but Nintendo are the only ones you are able to keep your digital games on the new system. DSi is transferrable to 3DS, and Wii is transferrable to Wii U, while PS3 or 360 digital (or retail for that matter) games will not work with PS4 or X-Bone. It seems Nintendo was the real safe bet when it comes to digital even without an account system.
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08 Jun 2013 19:23

When we have some form of account maybe. Just had to purchase a new 3DS XL because my circle pad borked out on my 3ds ghetto and repairs was 85 dollars. It doesn't help that Nintendo imposes a limit on the number of system transfers you can do so gamers with less luck than me are probably approching 1-3 more system transfers remaining.

I'll have to take my old 3ds to the nearest ally way for repairs and I'll have it ready for multiplayer games like smash bros for friends who don't own one.
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08 Jun 2013 19:46

I still own a NES and it can still play 20-year-old NES carts.
I still own a SNES and it can still play 20-year-old SNES carts.

I can (legally) buy new games for both systems because they existed in cart form at some point and are readily available second-hand through places like eBay and Amazon.

20 years from now, I'd like to be able to take a break from my 6DS, dust off my 3DS, pop in my physical Animal Crossing cart, and play without issues. If I lose my Animal Crossing cart, since people still supported physical media back in 2013, I can track down another copy in the world, but am unable to download it to my replacement 3DS (original 3DS LCD died out of warranty sometime during the robot wars of 2025 and had to get a second one) due to Nintendo closing down the eShop to open the Nintendo pShop for their PiiU system, brought to you by our Google Skynet overlords of 2033.

I'm just glad physical copies were still supported in 2013, because once all of the lazy people went digital in 2020, there was no way to get games once servers were shut down. Hell, even back in 2010 PSP games were being pulled from PSN due to licensing issues.


TL;DR non-fantasy version: I can still play my 20-year-old Chrono Trigger cartridge on my 20-year-old SNES.
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08 Jun 2013 20:16

Nope, nope, nope. You can sing all you want, but without a universal Nintendo account, I'll never go digital over retail.
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08 Jun 2013 20:23

Still going with digital... it just feels like it's one of those games that might be nice to always have in your system. Otherwise I'd have gone with physical, but this is one of the few exceptions.
Though it helps that where I live, digital is somewhat cheaper (or I could import it from a cheaper place... but I need this on release!)
thedreadpirateguy wrote:
Don't forget the number of VC titles from the Wii that don't transfer, such as Donkey Kong Country.

But Donkey Kong Country transfers? I have all 3 games and they all transferred to my Wii U just fine.
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08 Jun 2013 20:35

Oh, and does he want to provide me with Wi-Fi at my home so I can download it?
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08 Jun 2013 21:05

I won't pay full retail price for a download and I won't pay $40 or more for a game I have zero control over...plus, I don't have the memory.
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08 Jun 2013 21:52

Without a real account system, never going digital for retail titles. not now, not ever.
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08 Jun 2013 23:04

I have my order in for digital thru Best Buy since I had some reward credits saved up and got the game for free. Hopefully they send the code quickly after midnight which I may doubt but at least its coming. I'm really hoping Nintendo comes through with the account based system so many more people jump it. Trust me Nintendo does this and they will sell hotcakes. Its for the best.
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08 Jun 2013 23:10

I absolutely feel ripped off by paying the exact same price for download as a physical copy. You're paying the same price for less value.

But Animal Crossing isn't a game, it's an app, and another thing that makes me feel ripped off is having to carry around cartidges for every app I want to run.

Digital is easily the best choice for AC, even if Nintendo is taking us to the cleaners. (and they are)
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08 Jun 2013 23:37

theimporter wrote:
Mochlum wrote:(copies everything from SD card to computer while everyone rants about losing it forever) So I'm gonna go get my digital copy, thank you very much.


Yes, I'm sure Nintendo allows you to copy the game on your PC and then transfer it to a million SD cards and sale them -_-


I save my SD onto the computer and it works. I do that every time I buy a digital game.
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08 Jun 2013 23:38

Zanreo wrote:Still going with digital... it just feels like it's one of those games that might be nice to always have in your system. Otherwise I'd have gone with physical, but this is one of the few exceptions.
Though it helps that where I live, digital is somewhat cheaper (or I could import it from a cheaper place... but I need this on release!)
thedreadpirateguy wrote:
Don't forget the number of VC titles from the Wii that don't transfer, such as Donkey Kong Country.

But Donkey Kong Country transfers? I have all 3 games and they all transferred to my Wii U just fine.


What? HOW?! It wasn't on the Wii Shop Channel so I couldn't get it back...
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09 Jun 2013 00:06

Bluejuan85 wrote:I have my order in for digital thru Best Buy since I had some reward credits saved up and got the game for free. Hopefully they send the code quickly after midnight which I may doubt but at least its coming. I'm really hoping Nintendo comes through with the account based system so many more people jump it. Trust me Nintendo does this and they will sell hotcakes. Its for the best.


Not sure if you're reading this now, but if so, can you let us know if they're releasing the code now? I'd consider buying from there for similar reasons ...
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09 Jun 2013 00:13

Digital all the way. But I'm not getting this game. WAY too addicting and high maintenance. That said, Iwata > every salesman in the world.
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09 Jun 2013 00:28

Mochlum wrote:
Zanreo wrote:Still going with digital... it just feels like it's one of those games that might be nice to always have in your system. Otherwise I'd have gone with physical, but this is one of the few exceptions.
Though it helps that where I live, digital is somewhat cheaper (or I could import it from a cheaper place... but I need this on release!)
thedreadpirateguy wrote:
Don't forget the number of VC titles from the Wii that don't transfer, such as Donkey Kong Country.

But Donkey Kong Country transfers? I have all 3 games and they all transferred to my Wii U just fine.


What? HOW?! It wasn't on the Wii Shop Channel so I couldn't get it back...


Look at your download history.
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Anonymous
09 Jun 2013 02:04

To tell the truth after 3 years I get bored with Animal Crossing.
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09 Jun 2013 02:29

Last time I played it for a long time. Then I removed the disc, then I never touched it again. I'd rather have something I can play a little every day without swapping cartridges every time so I see why Iwata keeps saying it. Hopefully they get the accounts set up properly soon. Either way AC Is my free game.
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09 Jun 2013 07:14

He' sonly really pushing this because digital sale = more profit for Nintendo, but I will be getting the download version as it's easier and much better suited to this type of game, I agree.

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