Why is the Save Data Transfer Tool one-way?

#1avengahPosted 4/6/2013 3:48:07 PM
It seems like an arbitrary restriction. The way I see it, if someone's bought a digital copy and wants to delete it off his system to make room for another digital download, he should be able to move his save data to the physical copy. This would be in Nintendo's interest, because it would reduce the risk of the physical copy being sold on as used.

So, does anyone know the reason for this?
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#2DeathSoul2000Posted 4/6/2013 3:48:48 PM
because nintendo.
#3Fr33zPosted 4/6/2013 3:55:47 PM
nintendos been pushing for digital sales thats why. theyre cheaper than physical for them and they can still charge full retail price.
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#4SquirrelettePosted 4/6/2013 3:56:14 PM
avengah posted...
It seems like an arbitrary restriction. The way I see it, if someone's bought a digital copy and wants to delete it off his system to make room for another digital download, he should be able to move his save data to the physical copy. This would be in Nintendo's interest, because it would reduce the risk of the physical copy being sold on as used.

So, does anyone know the reason for this?


Yes and no to it being in their interest. They really, *really* want people to start buying digital, that's why they released the transfer tool at all. They certainly don't want to do anything to facilitate people going back to cartridges. Carts cost them money to manufacture and ship. Digital is 100% profit.
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#5yXvScootalooQwzPosted 4/6/2013 3:57:38 PM
Nintendo is still new to modern electronic entertainment features such as this v_v
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#6avengah(Topic Creator)Posted 4/6/2013 3:57:41 PM
More than full retail price in some cases. Nintendo first party games are usually 29.99 or 34.99 in a shop like GAME, but 39.99 on the eshop, but people will pay the extra for convenience, especially after so many GAME shops closed down last year during their financial troubles. The only shop in my town that sells games now is Argos, and as it's not a game shop, its selection is very limited. People have to travel further to get to a specialist game shop.
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#7avengah(Topic Creator)Posted 4/6/2013 4:05:02 PM(edited)
So are they going to release some kind of transfer tool for when I inevitably have to buy a higher capacity SDHC card? I'm expecting it to upload my data to a temporary internet location, then download it back on to my new 16GB SDHC card when I get it. Or even a higher capacity one. It's just that the 16GB one is locally available for a tenner.
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#890sRetroGamingPosted 4/6/2013 4:24:00 PM
DeathSoul2000 posted...
because nintendo.

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#990sRetroGamingPosted 4/6/2013 4:35:36 PM
avengah posted...
So are they going to release some kind of transfer tool for when I inevitably have to buy a higher capacity SDHC card? I'm expecting it to upload my data to a temporary internet location, then download it back on to my new 16GB SDHC card when I get it. Or even a higher capacity one. It's just that the 16GB one is locally available for a tenner.


They have no "In the Cloud" service i.e. user accounts for both content and sava data :/. the only way you can "back up" your data is via a strait copy (entire unmodified folders) to your PC and then paste (entire unmodified folders) back onto your new larger capacity SD card.

It's pretty stupid but this IS Nintendo...
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#10avengah(Topic Creator)Posted 4/6/2013 5:05:03 PM
Am I right in saying there's a checksum, so even the slightest modification will make your SD card "unreadable" according to your 3DS?
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