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Incentives for downloading 3DS games in Japan announced

Club Nintendo points and Donkey Kong for free!

It's already been announced that, from August, Nintendo will be making 3DS and Wii U games available for download on their respective eShops, with New Super Mario Bros. 2 kicking the scheme off over here. To sweeten the deal, however, Nintendo has announced some incentives for the download versions of both NSMB2 and Demon Training, the new game from Dr. Kawashima's floating head.

By buying either game, Nintendo are rewarding downloaders with a free Virtual Console copy of Donkey Kong and twice the Club Nintendo points (40 points). By buying both, they'll receive another 20 points as a bonus on top of what they're already earned. It's a neat way of getting people used to the new scheme before the Wii U hits later this year.

Just one question remains: when are we going to get an incentive of our own?

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  1. vix_chan Friday 20th Jul 2012 at 09:30

    I can see myself downloading dr kawashima's game, but not the Mario one.
    I always felt that Brain Training never was like a full game, so having it downloaded to the console is no problem for me.
    But a nice long game like Mario deserves its space on the shelf.
    Also, free Donkey Kong! Woo-Hoo! I really want that XD

  2. MartinIsAwesome Friday 20th Jul 2012 at 09:45

    Is the Game Boy version of Donkey Kong or the NES version? If the former, a game that's been in my Watchlist for ages, I'd gladly download Devil Training. Like Vix said, a new Mario game needs to be in a box.
    Do we know yet if there are any differences in price for the retail and digital versions?

  3. nick_gc Friday 20th Jul 2012 at 09:52

    That's a fantastic idea and a good way to entice people to stop buying physical. Though, I don't think that'll ever happen with me. Unless the incentives become something you can't buy in the shops, then I doubt I'll ever go this route.

  4. imbusydoctorwho Friday 20th Jul 2012 at 10:48

    Unless I can't find said game in shops,then I'll resort to this.

  5. Redfish20 Friday 20th Jul 2012 at 10:55

    I'll admit I'm tempted to download NSMB2 and everything else for that matter to save having to carry hundreds of cards around. That said I would need a rather big (and therefore rather expensive) SD card for this plan to be sensible.

  6. CDS Friday 20th Jul 2012 at 11:23

    If only we had incentives like this. I'm half and half when it comes to software download or retail.
    On the one hand, it means easier access to your games if you have them downloaded, but at the cost of space on your memory unit.
    On the other hand, retail games are easier to access as well, but at the cost of space in your pocket with a bigger case to hold them all.
    Other than that, I see no difference other than downloaded games are better for when you can't take the entire case with you I.E. - Going to a convention on a train.

    Still, I'll wait until the full plan for the download games is released.

  7. Slinkington Friday 20th Jul 2012 at 11:26

    Wait, buy a physical copy and get 250 stars. Buy a download version and get only 40 stars? The free game is nice, if you don't already have it I guess though. (Or do we only get 200 stars for registering now?)

  8. nick_gc Friday 20th Jul 2012 at 11:53

    Wait, buy a physical copy and get 250 stars. Buy a download version and get only 40 stars? The free game is nice, if you don't already have it I guess though. (Or do we only get 200 stars for registering now?)

    That's the Japanese Club Nintendo system. It's all worked out differently so while it sounds like you get less it's (more or less) proportionate. It's 5000 Club Nintendo stars in the UK for the Game & Watch DS game, where as it's 500 points on the Japanese Club Nintendo.

  9. Herbert_Rarr Friday 20th Jul 2012 at 11:58

    Only a max of 60 points? You can't get anything with that. This isn't persuading me.

  10. inuyashaDS Friday 20th Jul 2012 at 12:24

    Man, I want more club nintendo points but i don't have any more nintendo eshop money. RAGEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!! :evil: :evil:

  11. Tams Friday 20th Jul 2012 at 12:32

    I prefer having something tangible. Boxes look better and also make me feel like I'm getting more for my money.

    Waiting for a download isn't as exciting as waiting for the postman either. :P

  12. ledreppe Friday 20th Jul 2012 at 12:39

    I wont be making a point of downloading a lot of 3DS games, as it would require using several SD cards, which I can't be bothered with. However, I will be getting a 3TB external USB HDD for my Wii U and will try to always get the download versions on that system.

  13. CyberGW Friday 20th Jul 2012 at 13:25

    Pre-Ordered the physical release of NSMB2. I prefer to have a nice looking box.

  14. Commandervideo Friday 20th Jul 2012 at 13:38

    Donkey Kong should of been a 3DS abassador game

  15. Pyron12 Friday 20th Jul 2012 at 13:43

    Only a max of 60 points? You can't get anything with that. This isn't persuading me.


    Read the post made by nick_gc.

  16. Komodo_Wolfgang Friday 20th Jul 2012 at 14:11

    Uhm, but you get 250 stars when buying a game in shops.. its more of a let down isnt it?

  17. CDS Friday 20th Jul 2012 at 14:31

    Uhm, but you get 250 stars when buying a game in shops.. its more of a let down isnt it?

    Read the post made by nick_gc.

  18. Sex Bob-omb Friday 20th Jul 2012 at 15:30

    I would rather have the physical copy than download, That way i can lend it to my brother and trade in when i'm finished

  19. MartinIsAwesome Friday 20th Jul 2012 at 15:53

    I wont be making a point of downloading a lot of 3DS games, as it would require using several SD cards, which I can't be bothered with. However, I will be getting a 3TB external USB HDD for my Wii U and will try to always get the download versions on that system.


    Assuming that the download games will be huge.
    This Nintendo Gamer article (written by ONM alumnus and legend, Chris Scullion) breaks down the sizes of some 3DS games. As you can see, some of them are surprisingly small, eith even Ocarina of Time 3D being under 0.5GB, and Super Mario 3D Land by comparison was only 0.31GB. I can't see New Super Mario Bros 2 being any bigger than that, and Kawashima most likely won't be anywhere near that.

  20. danbish Friday 20th Jul 2012 at 16:02

    Also, free Donkey Kong! Woo-Hoo! I really want that XD


    If its the GameBoy Donkey Kong then definitely go for it, it's a brilliant game! However, if it's the NES version then I'd consider missing it. That was my very first Wii VC purchase on launch day and it's missing the conveyor belt level (2nd one). If I knew that before hand then I wouldn't have downloaded it. I still feel a bit cheated by it even now, all these years later.

    Still, I suppose if it's free...

  21. NSMB23DS Friday 20th Jul 2012 at 18:36

    Wait, buy a physical copy and get 250 stars. Buy a download version and get only 40 stars? The free game is nice, if you don't already have it I guess though. (Or do we only get 200 stars for registering now?)

    That's the Japanese Club Nintendo system. It's all worked out differently so while it sounds like you get less it's (more or less) proportionate. It's 5000 Club Nintendo stars in the UK for the Game & Watch DS game, where as it's 500 points on the Japanese Club Nintendo.


    AND in Canada/USA it is 1200 for game & watch ball. :wink:

  22. jaco_p Sunday 22nd Jul 2012 at 16:09

    Unless I can't find said game in shops,then I'll resort to this.


    can't find mario or brain training in the shops? unlikely
    i'll d/l mario only if it's cheaper and/or incentive otherwise what's the point? just uses up space on your HC SD card

  23. jaco_p Sunday 22nd Jul 2012 at 16:18

    also, a valid point we must consider is that with downloadable games, more money goes directly to the developers, as they don't have to pay to make a box, shipping, by the time game take their cut, or whoever, they've lost a lot of money on overheads. having said that, if it's on play cheaper than a download then i'll do that every time, they gotta have incentives

  24. NSMB23DS Saturday 28th Jul 2012 at 20:59

    Also, free Donkey Kong! Woo-Hoo! I really want that XD


    That was my very first Wii VC purchase on launch day and it's missing the conveyor belt level (2nd one). If I knew that before hand then I wouldn't have downloaded it. I still feel a bit cheated by it even now, all these years later.


    You shouldn't feel cheated because I don't believe Donkey Kong (NES) even HAS a "conveyor belt level" I'm pretty sure there are only 75m... Then again, in SSBB that stage IS called 75m, and definetly is not the final level, so, ... ... Can someone please help me out here?!? :?

  25. CDS Saturday 11th Aug 2012 at 13:31

    The UK incentive to download the games is okay I guess, but still would be better if we got more.
    Nintendo of Europe

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