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GameStop Starts Selling eShop Download Codes

Posted by James Newton

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Want to download Pushmo or Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins but don't want to type your credit card details into the 3DS? GameStop has started selling DLC codes for both games through its website and stores.

GameStop.com lets you purchase a digital redeem code for either game at exactly the same price it'd cost you through the eShop itself. The codes are only available in the United States at present — sorry, Canada — but hopefully if it takes off we'll see the scheme rolled out elsewhere.

This isn't the first time you've been able to buy a digital Nintendo game through the web — the Nintendo Store offers a paltry selection of WiiWare and Virtual Console games — but hopefully it's the start of a bigger push on Nintendo's part to get its downloadable offerings out there.

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User Comments (24)

Yrreiht

#2

Yrreiht said:

"sorry, Canada" Dammit! >=O
ehh.... just a matter of time before we get them anyway
And also, I approve of this idea :D

FOREST_RANGER

#3

FOREST_RANGER said:

@Pixelman Gamestop's probably testing out the approach. Hopefully, it'll be popular and successful so that more people are aware of the eShop. Then more developers can hop aboard the eShop train!

James

#5

James said:

@pixelman As far as I know, I've got one of our US guys investigating though :)

Definitely a step in the right direction for Nintendo to sell digital games in stores. More of this for 3DS and Wii U, please!

coolvw93

#6

coolvw93 said:

sounds good! i like that better than putting a $20 card on it and having money lay around on the eshop.

SkywardLink98

#7

SkywardLink98 said:

@pixelman It' just those 2 games right now, their under "DLC" under the 3DS section. I hope Nintendo expands this to other stores and ALL of the eShop games.

Raghav

#8

Raghav said:

AAAAAAAAAAAhhhhhhhhhhhhhh man I wish could bought some but I live in Canada

TKOWL

#9

TKOWL said:

Hmm, sounds interesting. Definitely a better deal than buying a $20 card just for one game.

LittleIrves

#10

LittleIrves said:

Cool. I wish they sold physical cards in the store, though, like they do for XBLA and PSN. Makes for a good wrappable present.

Henmii

#11

Henmii said:

"GameStop has started selling DLC codes for both games through its website and stores"

So you can also get it at retail? If so, that's very good!!

I mean, over here you can also get 15 Euro e-shop cards. But sometimes you just want to download a 5 or 3 Euro game! No more left-overs!!!

theblackdragonAdmin

#12

theblackdragon said:

actually, my GameStop i usually go to not only had those two games out on display for purchase (in the form of DLC codes), they also had 3D Classics: Kid Icarus on display. This was the Sunday before last, and when I asked the sales clerk about it, he tried to scan it and it wouldn't ring up in his register, but it makes me think that it'll be available for purchase too once KI:U finally hits. We'll see, i guess :3

RR529

#13

RR529 said:

@LittleIrves, they do. At least my Gamestop does. The 3DS download cards are in the same section as the XBLA, PSN, Wii, and DSi ones.

Torchwood

#14

Torchwood said:

I went to Gamestop today and they had some DS cases saying eshop DLC on them, and they had Pushmo, Super Mario Land 2, and 3D Classics Kid Icarus.(Not so sure about the last one.) I already had Pushmo and SML2, and I preordered Kid Icarus Uprising, but I'm pretty sure they sell these in store.

japzone

#16

japzone said:

I was at my Gamestop and they already had boxes up for Download codes of 3D Classics: Kid Icarus. I asked the Gamestop Employee about it and he said that his boss told him to put them up even when the employee reminded him that the game didn't come out until Mar. 23rd.

StarDust4Ever

#18

StarDust4Ever said:

I saw these the other night at Gamestop. It's a good strategy to sell more games imo. They should sell codes for every 3DS/eshop exclusive title (no DSIware though).

TeeJay

#20

TeeJay said:

What Gamestop needs is refillable eShop cards. It's so practical, why haven't they already done it?

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Guess I answered my own question.

cheapogamer4life

#21

cheapogamer4life said:

Just order SML2 via 4000ish power-up reward points. Got the coupon code, but looks like to only way to redeem it is by heading to my local GS. Would have been nice to be able to get everything I needed from their site. Baby steps i guess.

Torchwood

#22

Torchwood said:

SML2 and PUSHMO are available on Powerup Rewards. But they go foe 4490 and 7490 points, so you're probably better off saving up for those Swagtastic Star Fox Dog Tags.

Sam_Loser2

#24

Sam_Loser2 said:

Already have them, would have liked to use my points for them. I find the pre-paid cards work for me anyway.

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