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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?

  1. Retail

    65.6%
  2. Digital

    34.4%
  1. Wariomovie

    Wariomovie Wario Monger Towns Folk

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    I prefer buying the games in retail form, as large SD cards can become quite expensive, and retail games usually do not take up any space on the SD card (except for things like screenshots in Smash and whatnot). Besides, if your 3Ds is ever damaged and you can't transfer the information on it to a new 3DS, the cartridge will still work without the data transfer.
  2. Furyofthestorm78

    Furyofthestorm78 Pokemon Trainer Towns Folk

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    100 % retail .
    I see the use of digital games, Rune Factory 4, for example, is digital only in this country, but what happens to your digital collection when the 3ds is no longer available? Do you simply forget about them, like they never existed, the huge library of games unplayable due to them being linked to a specific console, which has broken and you are unable to system transfer for reasons... Because you have something new and better?
    I would like a significant discount to buy a digital game, like 50% or possibly more to buy digital. I dislike that the digital games are often way more expensive than a retail version.
    Of course a physical version could get damaged/ lost leaving you unable to play it, which with digital you would only have that problem if the system breaks. If you are someone who cares for their games, keeps them in cases etc, never lets them too far out of sight, then this may not be a problem, but of course still could be...
    Even though the servers have closed on the DS, at least you can still play a DS game without internet.

    Something I am curious about, I attempted to try out super smash bros 3ds on my friends console, and it wouldn't let the game start because it needed an update. What happens in the future (eg 10 years) when you want to have a go on an old game, just got a bargain on a used card, then can't play it because the servers have shut down.
    Last edited: Aug 14, 2017
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  3. Arshan

    Arshan The Hero in Green Towns Folk

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    Retail, always for me. Although mostly because my mom works at walmart and we get a discount that weighs out our taxes when buying there lol. Although it's always nice to have the box for the game and fully own the game. Nintendo can't take the game away from me if for example, the game gets removed from the eshop. Also, retail games are EXTREMELY helpful if you get a new console with backwards compatibility. It's also nice to have the option to sell your games when you know you aren't gonna play them anymore.
    Although one downside to the retail versions is that you can lose the games, which has happened twice to me in the past. Don't forget the manuals can be lost too, which has happened to some of my games which I now can't easily sell :/.
  4. Leaandro15

    Leaandro15 Nintendo 3DS Legend Towns Folk

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    Honestly Physically is better and here is why Physical games can be played repeatedly on any game console you own and once you get bored and want to switch it and play another game you can take it out and put another one. Also when you don't want the game you can sell it online for a good price if it's rare or sell it just for money while a digital game it takes forever to download when you download it on the consoles online store and once you play the game and pass it you just simply start ignoring it once you start playing other new games. Also when your console gets messed up or breaks all your games will be lost unless you have a account with the online store and remember the username and password of the account you're good otherwise your games you bought are lost.
  5. AricAttack

    AricAttack Pittoo Towns Folk

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    I know this is an old thread but once I was playing on my 3ds and for some reason I lost all my digital games and couldn't re download them that's why I prefer digital cause if my 3ds messes up or something bad happening than I can still play them with no data lost
  6. 3dsCollector

    3dsCollector Pokemon Trainer Towns Folk

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    Physical by a mile. But hey, I'm a collector, so I may be a little biased
  7. Samster123

    Samster123 Kittens will rule Christmas..... Towns Folk

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    At this point, I'm not entirely sure. Of course, I hate losing cartridges. But the downloads nowadays just take so much space. But Nintendo tries to bribe you into buying downloadable games with Gold Points. I think that I would go with digital, even if it means buying a bigger SD card.
  8. Floral

    Floral Competitive Game Aficionado Towns Folk

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    I used to be a retail only guy, but now I'm going half-and-half. If I have eShop credit or I plan to get the game as soon as it comes out, digital, unless I order from Amazon because I don't have enough to pay $60/$40 when I order the game.

    If I don't get it at launch, I'll usually get a physical copy a couple weeks later for $10-$20 off.
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  9. dani20

    dani20 Nintendo 3DS Addict Towns Folk

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    I mostly buy retail games, especially the most expensive ones, which I can't afford to lose in case my 3DS breaks. Also I'm thinking the eShop will close eventually and maybe I'll want to play an older game over the years :) . Apart of this, I really like my collection of retail games, though it isn't very big.
    Maybe I would buy more digital games if Nintendo account wouldn't be linked to the console; I mean if I'd be able to re-download them if my 3DS get lost or broken.
  10. 3dsCollector

    3dsCollector Pokemon Trainer Towns Folk

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    You can always call Nintendo and transfer your nnid to a new console. It definitely isn't as reliable as just haring the physical carts, which I prefer too. I think the eShop will close eventually too, but as long as you already have the game downloaded when that happens you should be fine.
  11. dani20

    dani20 Nintendo 3DS Addict Towns Folk

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    @3dsCollector - Yes, I know I could call Nintendo, but I live in Romania; I don't think Nintendo even knows where it is :) . I'm using UK eShop and I think I should call Nintendo UK, any problem would arise. I really don't know if it is a problem if I live in other country than eShop country...
    I also make regular backups of my card; it happened to me once to have a card with problems and I replaced it with a backup.
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  12. Farhaan Raja

    Farhaan Raja The Hero in Green Towns Folk

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    If you're getting an indie/relatively small game, go digital
    If you decide to get a game like Monster Hunter or Xenoblade, physical is your only option...
  13. 3dsCollector

    3dsCollector Pokemon Trainer Towns Folk

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    I thought Xenoblade was on the eShop? It actually might be cheaper that way lol
  14. Floral

    Floral Competitive Game Aficionado Towns Folk

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    MonHun is too. They're significantly cheaper digitally, as they frequently go on sale. Xenoblade is $20 on the Nintendo eShop for Wii U and $40 on 3DS.
  15. PersonSP

    PersonSP Writing- 'n-Drawing-aholic

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    So usually physical games are more expensive...but I found a website that sells the physical copy of Pokemon Ultra Sun for 40% off...on the launch day! I've checked them out on trustpilot and they have over 11000 votes and 5 stars. (Guess who is getting the game early? :D)
  16. Farhaan Raja

    Farhaan Raja The Hero in Green Towns Folk

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    No no no, Xenoblade IS ON the Eshop, but the download size is probably massive.
    EDIT: It's 3.8GB
    Last edited: Nov 18, 2017 at 7:32 AM
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