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McGruber

I am somewhat outraged right now. I knew the 3DS didnt have gifting when I first bought one in 2011, but considering it's how many updates later I am in shock. I want to gift my nephew a game for his birthday. Street Fighter and Mario Kart to be exact. This situation pretty much sums up Nintendos utter failure in the social/online area. Didnt the Wii have gifting? I cant...

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Dave24

Wii had, 3DS does not - maybe in the future

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GuSolarFlare

maybe it's because some parents left their kids alone with their Wiis and they gifted someone else instead of buying the game by accident and then the parents complained a LOT to Nintendo about it... you know Nintendo they always try to please parents and their kids more than the old fans that are mostly adults by now....
I don't mind it at all, but some people do.

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it is interesting you say but wii had many good exclusives like madworld for older fans

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GuSolarFlare

@megacharizar true I always forget about those. yeah then there's no explanation(seeing Nintendo is getting Bayonetta 2 as exclusive what's not a kiddy title, my theory is done for)

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KittenKoder

The thing is .... for the 3DS you can buy gift cards instead, then send the code to them. So there is "gifting games" in a round about sense. I actually understand Nintendo's position in this, "accidental" gifts pose a real problem of liability. They can't assume everyone is trying to rip them off, but would lose a lot of money if they allowed everyone a method of ripping them off, and "gifting games" could potentially be such a method. If Nintendo loses money, then we lose content, so I consider it a fair deal.

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KittenKoder wrote:

The thing is .... for the 3DS you can buy gift cards instead, then send the code to them. So there is "gifting games" in a round about sense. I actually understand Nintendo's position in this, "accidental" gifts pose a real problem of liability. They can't assume everyone is trying to rip them off, but would lose a lot of money if they allowed everyone a method of ripping them off, and "gifting games" could potentially be such a method. If Nintendo loses money, then we lose content, so I consider it a fair deal.

With all due respect, Steam, the Wii, and other platforms have this functionality, but have never (At least not to the extent where it would become public) experienced these problems.

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GuSilverFlame wrote:

maybe it's because some parents left their kids alone with their Wiis and they gifted someone else instead of buying the game by accident and then the parents complained a LOT to Nintendo about it... you know Nintendo they always try to please parents and their kids more than the old fans that are mostly adults by now....
I don't mind it at all, but some people do.

I don't care about game gifting but this is exactly Nintendo's problem, some angry parent complain about some stupid thing and they rush to take whatever action is necessary to please them even if end up screwing lots of other customers. However, if a a huge number of fans respectfully request Region Free gaming or Account system, Nintendo just says screw you!, we don't base our decisions on fan feedback (Paraphrasing from Reggie's statement)

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GuSilverFlame wrote:

maybe it's because some parents left their kids alone with their Wiis and they gifted someone else instead of buying the game by accident and then the parents complained a LOT to Nintendo about it... you know Nintendo they always try to please parents and their kids more than the old fans that are mostly adults by now....
I don't mind it at all, but some people do.

I don't care about game gifting but this is exactly Nintendo's problem, some angry parent complain about some stupid thing and they rush to take whatever action is necessary to please them even if end up screwing lots of other customers. However, if a a huge number of fans respectfully request Region Free gaming or Account system, Nintendo just says screw you!, we don't base our decisions on fan feedback (Paraphrasing from Reggie's statement)

I have to agree things would be better if they didn't listen to angry parents. but I guess it can't be helped so I'll stick with Nintendo(at least for now that their decisions didn't affect me too much)

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YOu can always just by a physical copy of the game and give it to them that way.

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I'm also quite surprised we haven't seen that a long time ago.
It would surely make them a lot of money.

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I'm glad that you cannot gift games, I don't want to receive any p**p.

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I was honestly gonna gift a game for someone for Christmas but realized a week before I couldn't on 3DS.

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Super_Gravy

Well the worst can happened is that you provide the eShop code that included an game or dollar value to someone else. I don't think PS3 have gifting option either. I'm not sure about Xbox 360 even know I owned one. I know Steam and League of Legend got gifting option for sure.

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theblackdragon

I know gifting games to other people via the Wii was a lot of fun (especially when it came to gifting BPlus games to Phil, haha), but there's nothing stopping you from gifting him eShop funds instead. Just buy him some gift cards — or, in the case of Mario Kart, I think you can buy a code for the eShop game download from GameStop. I'd try calling them to see which eShop game codes you can maybe purchase from them in-store, maybe SF will be one of them too? I know they had Pushmo and NSMB2 at one point...

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thing is, it might have been such an under utalized feature that it wasn't worth nintendo bring it over to the eshop.

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KittenKoder

theblackdragon wrote:

I know gifting games to other people via the Wii was a lot of fun (especially when it came to gifting BPlus games to Phil, haha), but there's nothing stopping you from gifting him eShop funds instead. Just buy him some gift cards — or, in the case of Mario Kart, I think you can buy a code for the eShop game download from GameStop. I'd try calling them to see which eShop game codes you can maybe purchase from them in-store, maybe SF will be one of them too? I know they had Pushmo and NSMB2 at one point...

Yes, you can buy the download codes from Gamestop for specific games and gift those.

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