Published on April 27th, 2012 | by Shawn Long, Features Editor
Wii U and 3DS ‘First Party’ Retail Titles to be Released on Nintendo eShop
Nintendo seems to FINALLY be taking online gaming seriously by announcing that the “majority” of titles they develop will be available in retail and digital form on the release day of the title. The first title for this service has been announced, being New Super Mario Bros. 2 for the 3DS. According to Joystiq, the new strategy is to unify the store for the Wii U and 3DS, allowing for an account to handle the store purchases. Points will be redeemable for both platforms as well, which shows that the Nintendo Network may actually be a huge step in the right direction. The only downside is that your 3DS content is linked to your 3DS system, not the account.
I think this is a great move by Nintendo to up their game now that online is pretty much the standard. It also leads to the assumption that the Wii U will have a hard-drive, since it will support full digital releases. This is an exciting time for Nintendo and should make for a great E3.