A thing of the past?

For some time now, you've been able to walk into your typical European high street games retailer and buy download cards — like the ones shown above — for 3DS and Wii U eShop titles. However, Nintendo is looking to dramatically expand the remit of this in-store service by offering an even more convenient method of purchasing downloadable content when you're away from your machine.

The new distribution platform will be based around a tablet-based purchasing system, where retailers can give consumers the chance to select which titles they want — along with additional content — and print out a unique download code for them to use once they leave the store.

The new platform has been rolled out at Legoland Germany, and on 17th September it went live at the Reading, UK branch of Smyths Toys Superstore.

While it's not all that different to the current system, it will allow buyers to make more precise selections and will also remove the issue of using physical download cards — which, once purchased, have to be replenished.

Do you plan to make use of this system in the future, or do you prefer to do your digital downloads directly from your console? Let us know by posting a comment below.