Retail downloads on the 3DS eShop start, for most of us, with New Super Mario Bros. 2 in mid-August. For Japanese gamers, however, it all starts in just eight days, the same day as the arrival of 3DS XL and Five Minute Demon Training, the next Brain Training entry that's also known as Onitore. A common criticism of the download option is that you're potentially paying more for less, missing out on extras and only having a download file for your purchase: Nintendo has responded with a promotional campaign to tempt gamers to the eShop.

Anyone who buys a copy of either game on eShop will receive a free copy of Donkey Kong: Original Edition from the 3DS Virtual Console, with double the normal Club Nintendo points; buying both games will also earn a bonus 20 Club Nintendo Points. The promotion will run from 28th July to 2nd September, so Japanese 3DS owners have plenty of time to decide.

Does this promotion do enough to encourage the digital option, and would you like a similar offer when New Super Mario Bros. 2 arrives in August? Let us know what you think in the comments below, and also have your say in our Facebook poll.