Do you think Nintendo's next gen handheld after the 3DS will be pure digital...

#1levyjl1988Posted 4/28/2013 5:25:29 PM
by that I mean no more retail games.

GBA Life Cycle: 2001-2005 (Retail)
DS Life Cycle: 2004-2012 (Retail and Digital (DSi))
3DS Life Cycle: 2011-2018? (Retail and Digital)
Next gen Handheld: ???-??? (Digital?)

A lot can happen until 2018 or so. Internet speeds can drastically be improved, hopefully. Being at the mercy of an internet provider.
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#2lanifPosted 4/28/2013 5:29:41 PM
i doubt it they better have a psn style account system before then
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#3WithYouForYouPosted 4/28/2013 5:30:13 PM
levyjl1988 posted...
by that I mean no more retail games.

GBA Life Cycle: 2001-2005 (Retail)
DS Life Cycle: 2004-2012 (Retail and Digital (DSi))
3DS Life Cycle: 2011-2018? (Retail and Digital)
Next gen Handheld: ???-??? (Digital?)

A lot can happen until 2018 or so. Internet speeds can drastically be improved, hopefully. Being at the mercy of an internet provider.


Internet speeds are fine. It's the consumers not wanting their rights that isn't.
(IE: In Europe you can get internet that is 2x faster than TWC and has over 30x the upload speed for the same price as TWC)
#4strongo9Posted 4/28/2013 5:35:17 PM
It's possible.
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#5NickyTheNewtPosted 4/28/2013 5:36:13 PM
I would hate to have home consoles go all-digital, but portable ones? Yes please. To be able to access every game in my handheld console's library whenever I want? That sounds awesome to me. Obviously the system would need a bigger SD card packed in, or would need to allow bigger SD cards. And Nintendo would have to incorporate the Miiverse accounts into the new handheld so that games would be tied to your account, not your system. But I think going all digital for the next handheld would be great. While I'd miss having a physical copy, I'd rather have the convenience of being able to play any of my games straight from the system instead of switching carts to play another game.
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#6levyjl1988(Topic Creator)Posted 4/28/2013 5:38:14 PM
PSP Go tried this but failed... I guess the market wasn't ready? or did they establish themselves with UMD that the digital prices were much more than those of physical copies?
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#7TiamatKillerPosted 4/28/2013 5:44:33 PM
America isn't going anything digital-only until we decide we want to compete with the Asian countries in terms of internet availability, connectivity, and speed.
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#8TaiphlosionPosted 4/28/2013 6:02:59 PM(edited)
No, it's literally imposible for them to go digital only. Japan hates buying digital games and half the 3ds sales are in japan.
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#9UponADarkThornePosted 4/28/2013 6:14:52 PM
I hope not, for two reasons.

One, unless it changes, digital distribution of software doesn't grant you ownership of a game - just a licence.

Second, where I live, I have limited bandwidth - unless that changes, I'm sorta boned.
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#10esoteric42Posted 4/28/2013 6:16:26 PM
Ever hear of the PSP Go?

The next Nintendo handheld will NOT be pure digital.

Right now digital accounts for 10% of software sales for Nintendo retail titles.

This is a transition generation to digital, to see if it catches on.

Nintendo is slow to change. We have one more generation of game cartridges before they make the switch to pure digital.

They need consumers behind it first.
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