21skywakeSun 25th Mar 2018 Something I'm not sure anyone has added to this conversation is the fact that the Wii/DS servers were out of Nintendo's control. Towards the end the Wii/DS online servers were owned by IGN's parent company. They were the ones who shut the servers down. The shop channels are, I would assume, a bit of a different story but I'm not 100% sure where the control for that service fell. It may be similar. Either way I wouldn't be surprised if Nintendo decided to manage things differently with Wii U and 3DS. Afterall your Nintendo Network ID is still potentially the way you login to your Nintendo Account. So shutting down that infrastructure entirely might cause more headaches than it resolves. Aiodensghost wrote: Even then, when it comes to the CD issue, I don't get the same quality out of digital formats like I do with CD's or vinyl records. In fact, I lean more towards physical formats for everything, as not only can I hold it in my hands, but I also get better quality out of a physical than a digital, and even then, if they stop distributing a digital, I still have it, as I own a physical copy. Possibly a bit off topic but a couple of things worth mentioning. Firstly there's nothing inherently superior about CDs vs other digital formats including mp3s assuming the bitrate is decent. And vinyl is most certainly technically sub-par in terms of sound quality compared to CD. The idea that vinyl "sounds better" comes from two separate things. Firstly the colouring of sound from the technology itself which is entirely subjective but also how old music is mastered vs how the dynamic range is killed in some modern releases. I personally like buying physical copies of music and have a small vinyl collection. But, lets be honest, it's for the collector factor not for "better quality sound". None of which matters at all for games BTW. The physical and digital copies of a game are literally identical. The bigger concern for digital distribution of games is that the servers might die and your drive might die which will cause issues because games can't be copied like movies or music. Edited on Sun 25th March, 2018 @ 04:48 by skywake Some good Aussie musics: King Gizzard, Pond, TFS "Don't stir the pot" is a nice way of saying "they're too dumb to reason with"