There’s no denying that the upcoming release of New Super Mario Bros. 2 is a monumental one. It might not offer much in terms of innovation where gameplay is concerned, but its distribution methods represent a whole new digital direction for Nintendo – launching in physical retail outlets and on the Nintendo eShop simultaneously on August 17th, Nintendo gamers have never had so much choice when it comes to purchasing their games.
Similarly, Nintendo has confirmed that New Super Mario Bros. 2 will not be the only retail download in the Nintendo eShop this time next week, as recent releases New Art Academy and FreakyForms Deluxe: Your Creations, Alive! are also set to make the transition from cartridge to digital stores.
As a further incentive to start downloading, each full game purchased from Nintendo eShop will be rewarded with double the normal Stars in your Club Nintendo account.
What do you think of Nintendo’s new approach to digital downloads? Would you like to see forgotten retail gems (Cave Story 3D, CRUSH3D to name but a couple) re-released in the Nintendo eShop now the framework for such downloads is in place?
UPDATE: Reports are also claiming that the original FreakyForms game, FreakyForms: Your Creations, Alive!, is being removed from the Nintendo eShop on 16th August – the day before its retail sequel hits the digital distribution service. If the RPG mode and additional forms in FreakyForms Deluxe don’t appeal to you, but you’d like to get your hands on the original Frankenstein simulator for £5.40, you’ll have to do so before this coming Thursday.