Nintendo planning to continue using physical media

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I like my physical game discs and tangible boxes. Thank you, Nintendo, for not abolishing them.

In an interview with Edge Magazine, Laurent Fischer – Nintendo of Europe’s MD of marketing and public relations – said that Nintendo isn’t planning to jump on the boat with Apple and other companies to switch to a download-only system of delivering games and applications.

We have been very clearly communicating for a long time that the packaged software or retail market is the one that’s going to drive the mass market.

We have never seen any link between growth in the mobile gaming market and decrease in the normal software market. It’s two different markets, two different topics. We couldn’t find any evidence of those two markets being linked.

Although this was said at the Nintendo 3DS Preview Event in Amsterdam, it’s reasonable to assume that the comment applies to Nintendo’s strategies as a whole, not just in the portable space.

So when the Wii 2 comes out, you can rest assured that you’ll still be rushing out to local stores to get your hands on new games. Personally, I love that Nintendo’s going this direction, as it means I’ll still be able to line up and gloat over my game collection. The thrill of bringing a game hope and eagerly ripping off the shrink wrap won’t be going anywhere, either. It also means that the Wii 2 won’t be the end of exciting midnight launches or awesome pre-order bonuses and collectors’ editions of games.

You can see that I’m in favour of Nintendo’s decision to keep supporting physical formats, but what do you think of it? Would you rather have the convenience of choosing your games to play from the comfort of your couch, or do you prefer the gratifying feeling of physically owning your games?

Source: Edge Magazine via 3DSConnect (thanks for sending this in, Mark!)

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  1. Guest

    WTH European boxes have plain text on the back. I WANT LOGOS TOO! >=(

    BTW, shame on you for not owning MH3, Z:TP and an extra copy of MP3:C =P
    Altough the fact that you own Okami makes me like this site a lot more =D


  2. Guest:

    WTH European boxes have plain text on the back. I WANT LOGOS TOO! >=(

    BTW, shame on you for not owning MH3, Z:TP and an extra copy of MP3:C =P
    Altough the fact that you own Okami makes me like this site a lot more =D

    I do actually own Zelda: Twilight Princess (it would be ridiculous to have a launch Wii and not own it, don’t you think? :P ), but a friend’s borrowing it from me right now. xD And agreed about Okami; it truly is a grossly under-appreciated game. :)

    I feel sorry for you, with regards to your boxes in Europe. I think I remember seeing them when I was visiting family in Switzerland last year. For me, I guess it makes collecting games all the more worthwhile!

  3. Wertville

    I love hardcopies, it lets me see how awesome of a gamer I am :P

    Oh, and used games. Gotta love used games.
    (Which is what happened to my LoZ:TP. But, I beat everything, except the bug collecting stuff. And I REALLY wanted Rune Factory: Frontier. I say it was a fair trade :P )

    • Eh…I’m not really that great a fan of used games, as I love having all of mine nice and shiny (and I’m quite obsessive when it comes to Club Nintendo, too). Still, for people who buy used, there’s no digital equivalent to speak of.

    • Same here, I’m quite reluctant when it comes to purchasing used games. I like new and shiny things!