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SheldonRandoms

21. Posted:

Retail for me, because I would have filled up my SD card by now if all of my games were digital.

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Gamestop gives hardly any money back for trading games in, so that's really pointless. The only reason I still go physical is that there are more sales for physical copies at different retailers than DLing the game.

Anyone who wants their money back should be selling on eBay or Amazon, honestly.

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For the 3DS, I still buy physical games, mostly because they took too long to implement the digital downloads system and I didn't like the idea of having some physical and some digital games. However, I will buy Animal Crossing digitally as it's perfect for that. 3DS carts aren't that large anyway so I can deal with carrying them around. Also, 3DS games can be quite cheap at release in Australia while the eShop charges full price.
For the Wii U though I've gone fully digital (other than the Nintendo Land pack-in.) The discount promotion combined with the super convenience of having every disc on my Wii U outweighs the slightly higher cost of digital games.

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Digital because in 10 years if I wanna play Paper Mario SS again I'd have to play it only on my 3DS, while the Digital accounts will be with me forever

Well at least if your 3DS is still working in 10 years or you still have transfers left from the system transfer limit of 5. At the moment, I would bet my money on the physical cartridge, for sure as long as (3DS) software belongs to the device rather than to an account.

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I like having Retail copies of things if I can. I'd much rather have 3D Land, OoT 3D, MK7, etc on a cart than on an SD card.

This doesn't stop me from getting Crimson Shroud, Mutant Mudds, Dillon's Rolling Western, etc though.

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It definitely depends. In general, I like to buy retail because I like having an actual physical object to have forever. Plus I collect this type of thing so having an actual item is a must. Some things I still go the digital route though because some games are just perfect for it. For instance my digital games up to this point are Art Academy, Crosswords Plus, Mario Kart 7, and Harvest Moon: A New Beginning. These are all games that are meant to be visited on a near-daily basis or are great pick up and play games. Future titles I plan on going digital with are Animal Crossing and Brain Age. So basically, unless a game will be in regular play rotation for many years or requires daily visits, I prefer physical.

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retail unless digital is cheaper. And even then, limited space eventually means it won't be so...yeah...

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Mordresh wrote:

Physical when it comes to retail type games, cause I still like the box art and such.
Of course for pure eShop games I'm fine with digital.

The biggest adverse on the 3DS are the "limited" system transfers, especially with all the remakes Nintendo is doing of their hardware.
Buy a retail copy, you can have it forever, by it digital and that's questionable.

I agree with this. I have no problem going digital when it comes to eshop exclusives and you can hold many more of them than retail copies anyways, so I'd rather save SD space for them. I still like box art, etc., especially as something to look back on, so that's a reason to stay physical for me. That last sentence in your post also is a reason I prefer retail, along with the other good points(ability to resell at some point, ability to lend/borrow). The whole account thing is arguably one of the biggest turn offs as well.

Unless you're someone who absolutely has to have every game in existence or you're someone who is a natural hoarder of everything, I don't see space as too much of an issue these days; We aren't stuck in those monstrous cartridge days anymore.

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It depends but I prefer retail. Right now I'm purchasing Harvest Moon because the digital has coins while the retail don't. I don't get why the other one has while the other don't.

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I still go with retail for the most part, though I do understand some of the advantages of download versions though. I must say, I like having a box. Not to mention you can share physical copies the game quite easily, and you can sell the game if you don't want it anymore.

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Retail, I like when I can actually hold the game in my hand, and I love when I open boxes and such. I love collecting games, and I put them on my shelf, so they look cool :3

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I have to say this: I can see why someone would want having digital copies of handheld games. However, I can't see the problem with having retail copies of home console games. Unless, of course, you have a Deluxe Wii U.

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33. Posted:

Physical, for pretty much the same reasons everyone else has listed:

-Digital titles are tied to a 3DS, not an account. That's a big no-no for me.
-You tend to find more consumer-friendly prices on physical copies than you do on the eShop, especially if the game has been out for a while. I'm just not going to drop $40 on a game when I can find a better deal on it elsewhere.
-I can always re-sell physical copies on eBay, Amazon, etc., should the need/desire arise.
-Aside from lending the entire system as well (which is not happening), there isn't a way to lend digital titles.

And for some reason, I tend to be much better at playing physical copies of stuff through to the end, as my Steam and Wii Virtual Console collections can affirm. It's something about myself that I don't fully understand, since I don't think it's totally based in, you know, logic.

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34. Posted:

Mordresh wrote:

Hokori wrote:

Digital because in 10 years if I wanna play Paper Mario SS again I'd have to play it only on my 3DS, while the Digital accounts will be with me forever

Well at least if your 3DS is still working in 10 years or you still have transfers left from the system transfer limit of 5. At the moment, I would bet my money on the physical cartridge, for sure as long as (3DS) software belongs to the device rather than to an account.

This is kinda ironic considering you'll most likely need a working 3DS to play those cartridges anyway ;)

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35. Posted:

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And for some reason, I tend to be much better at playing physical copies of stuff through to the end, as my Steam and Wii Virtual Console collections can affirm. It's something about myself that I don't fully understand, since I don't think it's totally based in, you know, logic.

I have the same problem with Steam! But that's probably because of, well... sales. Crazy sales twice a year.

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Retail, mainly because I like having an actual COLLECTION of games. And I don't want to waste money to buy a bigger SD card when I can play my games saved on its own disk.

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LZBirdboi wrote:

Mordresh wrote:

Hokori wrote:

Digital because in 10 years if I wanna play Paper Mario SS again I'd have to play it only on my 3DS, while the Digital accounts will be with me forever

Well at least if your 3DS is still working in 10 years or you still have transfers left from the system transfer limit of 5. At the moment, I would bet my money on the physical cartridge, for sure as long as (3DS) software belongs to the device rather than to an account.

This is kinda ironic considering you'll most likely need a working 3DS to play those cartridges anyway ;)

But you don't need a specific 3ds to play them; it can be any 3ds from your continent :P.

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Waann wrote:

RevolverLink wrote:

And for some reason, I tend to be much better at playing physical copies of stuff through to the end, as my Steam and Wii Virtual Console collections can affirm. It's something about myself that I don't fully understand, since I don't think it's totally based in, you know, logic.

I have the same problem with Steam! But that's probably because of, well... sales. Crazy sales twice a year.

Ditto xD. I bought Batman Arkham Asylum, Arkham City, Bioshock 1&2 - all for 25$ about a month ago, and I hardly touched them lol.

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39. Posted:

Whatevers cheapest.

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Retail. You'll regret it when you buy everything digitally and lose it all at once with your 3DS.

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