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Postby rhyfel » 13 Aug 2012, 17:08

RIP OFF short and sweet.
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Postby Agent75 » 13 Aug 2012, 17:10

The sad thing is that it looks like there's enough numpties out there who're willing to pay into downloads including DLC. Having a game on disc/cart means you own it and can go back to it years later. For me, a download is worthless and a waste of money. Nintendo are trying it's luck with a £40 download and they'll be lucky to find that there's enough idiots who'll buy into it.....
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Postby adnanrules » 13 Aug 2012, 17:15

Its'a quite stupid of Nintendo to price is at £40 but people will still probably buy it, I remember on PSN full games like Infamous (I'm sure it was that game) was going for £49.99 and in the shops or online you can purchase box games, even when it first released between £34.99 and £39.99 but there was ratings on the games given by users indication that consumers bought it. Even though it's £10 - £15 cheaper for the box version. If i was going to buy NSMB2, I would never put £10 more, box version is fine for me :)
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Re: OPINION: £40 Mario paints a gloomy picture for 3DS

Postby rbt2 » 13 Aug 2012, 17:19

I'm glad they're pricing digital downloads way over the odds. And it ain't just Nintendo either.

It means it'll delay this lark as the norm for even longer.
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Re: OPINION: £40 Mario paints a gloomy picture for 3DS

Postby zinaptik » 13 Aug 2012, 17:20

this also does not bode well for wiiU downloads, I bet Nintendo will follow the rest and slap 20 euro/10 pound on games more than retail. and if you consider that most of the wiiU games are tarty-ports I foresee a lot of backlash come launch day.
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Re: OPINION: £40 Mario paints a gloomy picture for 3DS

Postby Mobius01 » 13 Aug 2012, 17:21

Why are downloads so extortionately high for consoles / handhelds, yet they're as cheap as chips on PC?
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Re: OPINION: £40 Mario paints a gloomy picture for 3DS

Postby Cogglesz » 13 Aug 2012, 17:32

Total rip off, i don't see how you'd pay top rate RRP for the convience to download using your own wifi, saying that though a lot of stuff on nintendos E-shop are pretty high priced, if it was like between £25-£30 i'd have considered it (save a fiver from packaging and cartridge, retails cut etc) nintendo would probably make more from it than it is at 40 because i don't see many people at all buying it for that price.
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Postby TheLastDodo » 13 Aug 2012, 17:36

Hang on...........so Nintendo are now copying Sony?

:mrgreen:


To be serious though, if you have the ability to download NSMB2 from the eShop then you likely have the ability to buy a boxed version from Amazon for a tenner less or buy it from a ShopTo and not only get it a tenner less but get it delivered the following day so what's the point in buying NSMB2 from the eShop?
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Re: OPINION: £40 Mario paints a gloomy picture for 3DS

Postby razors edge » 13 Aug 2012, 17:41

This is just stupid beyond words.

Get a grip Ninty.
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Re: OPINION: £40 Mario paints a gloomy picture for 3DS

Postby wrightandrewjame » 13 Aug 2012, 17:49

Sony do have some ridiculously priced games, but they aren't all so bad. ICO and Shadow of the Colossus HD was cheaper on PSN than in stores at the time of release. Until Zavvi did their Mega Monday sale today Dirt Showdown was cheaper on PSN than in stores thanks to their Summer Sale.

Obviously occasional sales and one offs aren't going to change any buying trends in a massive way, but there's always choice and the chance of a bargain.
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Re: OPINION: £40 Mario paints a gloomy picture for 3DS

Postby Mmmmgrolsch » 13 Aug 2012, 17:58

There just isn't any need for it at all, but I'd say its there to take advantage of the lazy when it comes to consoles, but for the handhelds? Pretty stupid as most people prefer to not have to carry games with them when it comes to portable devices.
Sony have actually got it right with the Vita, the games come down in price with retail games unlike the PS3 store. They also launch the games at shop prices as well. Still I think they should be cheaper that physical.

Personally for me though, I think it's a mugs games buying digital unless the game is max of £12. Otherwise it seems daft to mug yourself.
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Re: OPINION: £40 Mario paints a gloomy picture for 3DS

Postby frazzerr » 13 Aug 2012, 18:02

Digital games should be in all honesty be cheaper than the retail versions as your getting a manual and a case with the retail version. I wonder if any Nintendo fan boy will attempt to justify this lol ? :lol:
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Re: OPINION: £40 Mario paints a gloomy picture for 3DS

Postby Mmmmgrolsch » 13 Aug 2012, 18:08

frazzerr wrote:Digital games should be in all honesty be cheaper than the retail versions as your getting a manual and a case with the retail version. I wonder if any Nintendo fan boy will attempt to justify this lol ? :lol:


Justify it? They'll say it's another great innovation from Nintendo, and a great thing like the no 3DS charger :lol:
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Re: OPINION: £40 Mario paints a gloomy picture for 3DS

Postby AJDarkstar » 13 Aug 2012, 18:17

I love Nintendo dearly, and I was sincerely hoping they wouldn't eff this one up, but they did. As someone else said, as a sop to retailers who don't want to lose business. There isn't just the missing box/manual and lack of resale value to consider, but the SD memory card space and likely longer loading times to consider.
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Re: OPINION: £40 Mario paints a gloomy picture for 3DS

Postby TheLastDodo » 13 Aug 2012, 18:20

New Super Mario Bros. 2 (3DS) £25.47 @ TescoEntertainment after using T15OFF25 code.


Makes eShop price look that little bit worse now :lol:
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