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Do you prefer to buy full games retail/physical or digital?

Discussion in 'Nintendo 3DS Games' started by Spinnerweb, Sep 20, 2013.

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Do you prefer digital or retail full releases?

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  2. Digital

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  1. Spinnerweb

    Spinnerweb Lime Pawpaw Towns Folk

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    A lot of full, $40 3DS games have made their way onto the eShop. I'd like to ask you guys - do you prefer to buy such games retail or digital if both are available?

    With retail, you get to keep the game if unluckily your 3DS's system software goes awry (not that that's ever happened to me, thank God), you can sell it off if you don't like it anymore, and you have a nice cover to put the cartridge in. You can have many games even if your SD card's capacity is small.

    On the other hand, the game can get physically damaged and can't be redownloaded like digital games can, and if you have many retail games it's a problem carrying them around for you adventurous travels.

    With digital games, you can redownload the game if your SD card gets damaged because your eShop account is linked with the 3DS, and many early 3DS games got price drops when they came on the eShop. You also don't have to change cartridges.

    But you can't sell the game off. Once you buy it, you're stuck with it. You also lose the cover, which can be works of art in themselves. If digital full releases grow, the quality of game covers is likely to deterioate, much like how digital media and e-books killed the art of music album and book covers.

    Personally I'm all for retail. What about you guys?
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  2. Marc

    Marc Until We Go Down Forum Management

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    Digital! Retail/physical 3DS games here are almost triple the price tag. Purchasing the games from the eShop is a lot cheaper for me and it's more convenient. Plus I hate switching cartridges over and over again, :oops:

    There are more cons to buying 3DS games via eShop. If your 3DS breaks, you lose everything, :eek: Not to mention the loss of data due to errors (I never got 'em before). I recall @ErixSan sharing his experience with this.
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  3. ErixSan

    ErixSan Does Shibata Like Youkai-Watch? *dances* 3DS Pedia Contributor

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    I was using a MicroSD that time, so I suppose that was the main problem :D
    I have to make an intentional error on my console and publish how to fix it...

    Well, on the other side, I have the same problems with @Marc
    The price tag of physicals game cost me almost triple, so buying games on eShop is a lot cheaper.

    Well, also you can play every game every time you want without switching cartridges so it's so much convenient.
  4. dilawer

    dilawer The Villain in Green 3DS Pedia Contributor

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    I'll have to go with Digital games. They're easy to buy, easy to keep around and we don't have to worry about losing the carts and stuff. Digital is better.
  5. Onett

    Onett Nintendo 3DS Legend Towns Folk

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    I'll have to go with physical. I like having the box and the manual with me. Also, the fresh new smell when you open up a physical game is the best.
  6. Demon_skeith

    Demon_skeith Hiding in yo PC looking at yer files! Towns Folk

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    give me retail versions, I enjoy holding the game between my hands.
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  7. ErixSan

    ErixSan Does Shibata Like Youkai-Watch? *dances* 3DS Pedia Contributor

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    Yes, I love that too, but now with the price tags, I not interested paying more for just a box and a manual.
    Last console buying physical games: PS3
  8. Onett

    Onett Nintendo 3DS Legend Towns Folk

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    The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD came out as a digital version last Friday. The retail version hits stores two weeks later. I'm just here waiting for the retail version... :whistle:
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  9. ErixSan

    ErixSan Does Shibata Like Youkai-Watch? *dances* 3DS Pedia Contributor

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    What about Super Luigi Bros?
  10. Onett

    Onett Nintendo 3DS Legend Towns Folk

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    I got both the DLC and retail version. I couldn't resist not having that green box on my shelf. :)
  11. ErixSan

    ErixSan Does Shibata Like Youkai-Watch? *dances* 3DS Pedia Contributor

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    You bought that two times? :p

    Well, do you can receive Club Nintendo Platinum Prices?
  12. Onett

    Onett Nintendo 3DS Legend Towns Folk

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    Of course I bought both versions. I collect Wii U Nintendo games.

    Huh...?
  13. Matthew

    Matthew WE ARE... MARSHALL!! 3DS Pedia Contributor

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    I prefer retail. I love having the game to add to my collection, and the boxes are super neat. :D
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  14. ErixSan

    ErixSan Does Shibata Like Youkai-Watch? *dances* 3DS Pedia Contributor

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  15. Chief

    Chief Legendary Chief Towns Folk

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    I like having the physical copy. The act of purchasing a game allows you to leave your house and get moving. Although purchasing the game digitally saves times and everything, memory can sometimes be an issue. I also enjoy having the boxes that come with the games. The option to sell and trade the games after I'm done is always a plus.
  16. Reece

    Reece Guest

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    I have the same problem with @Marc and @ErixSan ,yup Retail is more expensive where I live compare-to the Digital download and where I live its kinda hard to find used games and if you want to sell used games its hard to find buyers .So Digital all the way :)
  17. ErixSan

    ErixSan Does Shibata Like Youkai-Watch? *dances* 3DS Pedia Contributor

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    If you found someone is selling used games, where I live, it's at the same price (or expensive) than the digital version :p
  18. andrew92191

    andrew92191 AC:NL - The Villager Towns Folk

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    I prefer the physical copy of the game.
  19. Chief

    Chief Legendary Chief Towns Folk

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    I agree with you. The only digital games I have are the regular eShop games.
  20. Lee Sin

    Lee Sin Smash and Pokemon Master Towns Folk

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    Digital only because I just don't feel like buying retail for some reason now.