One piece of Nintendo’s puzzle for digital downloads of Wii U and 3DS disc software is their ambitious plan for game-specific download cards that will be sold in retail stores, both brick and mortar and online.
Nintendo sell said cards to retailers at wholesale prices, who eventually decide on the final price consumers pay for the digital product.
It’s certainly worked in Japan, where the digital copy of New Super Mario Bros. 2 was priced at a few hundred yen lower than the eShop’s RRP, and that was before the game’s launch.
Of course, the issue is that Nintendo has yet to launch the scheme in other regions, such as Europe and North America, but we just noticed an interesting set of questions on the Club Nintendo survey for Nintendo Land that suggests it will happen very soon.
Selectable answers for the first question above all ask where the player purchased a Nintendo Land download code (bar one), with locations ranging from supermarkets to online retailers to specialist game stores.
It’s certainly got our excitement up as we anticipate the day where we can finally get our hands on download editions of 3DS and Wii U software at less than the RRP.