Nintendo allows customers to choose retail or digital from Day1
Nintendo plans on pushing Wii U into bold new digital territory for a
console. In an investor's conference today, global president Satoru Iwata
revealed his company plans to allow consumers the ability to purchase
Wii U software either in a traditional, packaged form or as a digital
download. The publisher plans on having this service in place with the
system's launch, though indicated only first party software would be
involved at this point.
The Nintendo 3DS will feature the digital/package option first, starting
this August with New Super Mario Bros. 2. 3DS owners will be able to
download the game to their SD card, either by signing on to the eShop or
by purchasing a download code in a retail location.
No further details were given. Iwata did not indicate if Wii U would see
any hardware modifications to accomodate this new strategy. Previous
iterations of the system did not feature a hard drive, though Nintendo
documentation stated an external, USB-based drive would be supported.