Super Mario Maker may, for many, fall into the 'must get a physical copy' category. Even download aficionados must be contemplating one of the physical retail options, either with the amiibo or a standard edition that - nevertheless - comes with a lovely 'design ideas' booklet. It's an Anniversary, live a little.
For those that spurn physical objects (apart from those needed for the virtual ones) there is, nevertheless, the option to download Super Mario Maker on 11th September. As previously announced it'll come with a digital version of the ideas booklet, while that'll also be published online.
North American Wii U owners now have the choice of pre-loading, too, meaning they can be smug show-offs and download 99% of the game right now. Gamers in the region can head to the eShop and select the pre-purchase option for $59.99 (US); we've checked our system in Europe and, nope, it's not live in the region as yet.
Will you be downloading this, or is the allure of the pretty physical versions too strong?
Thanks to Benson for the heads up.
What is the cost for downloading it in europe? i would download it but paying more than buying at retail is money down the toilet.
Preordered the physical version, and still hoping for a bundle with the amiibo.
I preordered a physical copy. Even if I was unable to obtain a physical copy at launch, I'd wait instead of downloading this game.
Already preordered the physical edition of this, though it's nice to have the pre-load option available for those that want it.
Paying for things a month in advance thats basically impossible for them to run out of seems a tad foolish, a digital DL isnt going to be on eBay with the amiibo.
That said, nice move by NOA for a change. While I think it's foolish to buy it it does seem to be the norm in the industry these days.
Will probably pick this up at Target, I actually like the box and the book. Did NA ever get the Mario amiibo bundle, Id pick that up if its there.
Gotta go physical
Doesn't really make much sense here. How big is this download? Only like 1 or 2 gigs? It's makes much more sense for much bigger downloads, like smash bros, or the new xenoblade x.
I was glad I could pre-download GTA 5 on the PC, as that was a good 60 something gig download, that took me a good few days to download, but it doesn't make much sense in this case.
$59.99?! Are you serious?! I figured it'd be a $20 e-shop title. Yeesh, too rich for my blood. I'll go back to romhacking Super Mario World until I can buy a used copy for a sensible price.
Whatever...getting physical anyway. Also as people mentioned it's pointless with such a small game.
I've been waiting for them to put this up. I'm a little disappointed that it's the same price even though it doesn't come with the physical bonus booklet, but this is a game I want to have always in my system ready to boot up. And regardless of size, preloading means I can get started right at midnight when it releases instead of spending an hour or two downloading on my meager 1MB/sec connection.
It's a title I'm going to be playing a lot I reckon, and will keep coming back to, so it's download for me. Planning on getting Zero Mission, Xenoblade and Starfox this year too, but will go physical for those as they will have a limited lifespan.
Pre-load can be useful when the download is huge, not sure I see the point here.
"Tough Luck, Europe"
Yeah, we get it buy the game a month before we get to play it. Meanwhile, Europe gets a Limited Edition on everything.
But $60? This is more expensive than Wind Waker or Tropical Freeze!
Already pre-ordered physical copy soo...
@Obito_Sigma Right? The price is insane. Just because it has Mario slapped on it doesn't mean it's worth dropping sixty dollars on.
This site is severely lacking Super Mario Maker articles. You bunch of slackers!
Still hoping for amiibo bundle.
@Chaotic_Eevee Have you seen the amount of content on this? I mean, I get it, different strokes for different folks, but I'd rather pay $60 for this than for the vast majority of the AAA retail games released these days.
I'll probably try to score the Limited Edition retail version. amiibo can't be sent over the internet.
EDIT: Er, the Limited Edition is coming to North America.... right?
$60 sounds a bit much for this kind of game. Sure it has enormous amount of content but a full priced game? Expected to be 20-30 at least
Is it weird that im contemplating buying both digital and physical?
FYI, you can order digital and still get the free PHYSICAL book.
For people in US, Canada, and Mexico: if you order digitally your receipt will have a toll-free phone number to call. All you have to do is give them your name, address, and Wii U serial number and they'll send you the physical Mario Maker idea booklet for free when the game releases. I just did this, it was quick and easy and my order is shown as pending on my Nintendo online store account.
You seriously thought this would be $20 or $30? I think it will be worth every cent of the $60 or $70 it will cost.
I want the physical copy but there's no preorder available yet in Canada (at least not at my local EB).
@CaPPa i'm not saying it isn't worth $60 i just didn't expect it to be that price
It'd be a hoot for digital pre-loaders to have some incentive. Maybe an early adopter discount. SOMETHING to warrant paying for it a month early.
@sleepinglion The incentive is that you can start playing the game the moment it releases digitally after a tiny download update, while all the people getting the physical version have to wait until the next day or later, or at best wait in line at a store at midnight while you're playing already.
@BooJoh That is a pretty poor incentive in my honest opinion. Those who pre-load usually get a 10% discount or so. It's how Steam does it if I recall.
@Chaotic_Eevee There's no precedent for this on console AFAIK. I don't think you get discounts for preloading on Xbox or PlayStation either. Preloading is generally there so you don't have to wait for big downloads when the game releases. If I had to guess I'd say release sales on Steam usually serve the same purpose as most Steam sales: getting people to actually buy PC games.
@BooJoh Ah, fair enough then. Though the whole 'getting people to actually buy PC games' thing irks me a little. PC Gaming sales recently overtook console sales, it isn't 2006 anymore. =)
Perhaps if consoles adopted this they could sell more copies, but oh well. That's just looking into the what-ifs.
@CaPPa I was checking out a local Toys R Us in hopes of spotting a Greninja amiibo (no such luck), but they are doing Super Mario Maker preorders there, with the added bonus of an 8-bit Mario amiibo being guaranteed available for you to purchase. At least that's what's going on in Toronto
I'm going to try to get a couple of amiibo ones(one for me and a present) but if not DLit is.
Nah. Physical copy for me as usual! I don't have enough space to download much else, anyway.
I'd rather the limited edition stuff than a pre-load in while I'll be asleep when it is ready to play anyway.
@rjejr The point isnt so much to secure a high demand item, but for those who are going to go the digital route anyways.
It's a First World problem, but none the less frustrating to have midnight hit, you have to spend minutes at best and hours at worse watching the load bar download and install a game.
Sure, it's not that big a deal in the grand scheme of things, but those high on hype or short on time value the time pre-loading shaves off.
@DiscoGentleman Yup. A simple 5 minute phone call is all it takes to get the physical book with your digital copy. Check the official site for the game, it says right there "The book comes with all physical copies of the game. For digital purchases, check your Nintendo eShop receipt for instructions on how to request a copy. You can also download a free digital version of the book on the official microsite when the game launches. Offer only valid in US, Canada, and Mexico."
@FLUX_CAPACITOR While it is true I haven't watched too much media on the title itself, it appears to be, for all intents and purposes, a game made from the hobby of ROM hacking, with some extra graphical bells and whistles.
Edit: I should also point out, what if you aren't interested in the book? Not to mention they aren't seeming to clearly disclose digital purchasers are getting that anyway. It seems to be a situation akin to Mario Party's lawsuit back in the day. Nintendo was ordered to supply special gloves, but didn't tell anyone about it so they didn't have to send many out.
@Chaotic_Eevee Would you pay $60 for a 2D Mario game? Did you buy Super Mario Bros. U? Or would you say that is too much because really, this is that... only infinitely times greater as you have countless levels available to you instead of the 50-90+.
Same goes for @Obito_Sigma and @Mega719
@ikki5 @FLUX_CAPACITOR I just watched the overview video. I was sorely mistaken. This is worth the price. My apologies.
@FLUX_CAPACITOR Excellent points, your previous post was not wasted, fear not aha! Though I must say to anybody that reads this, if you're on the fence, watch the seven minute overview video. It really swayed my opinion on this.
If you think about it, Super Mario Maker may be one of the last 2D Mario games we get in a while. Unless they can figure out some sort of new and game changing twist for them, this game will basically satisfy ever possible need for a 2D Mario game.
LOL @ people thinking this is only worth $20
ROM hacking will always be better than SMM.
(Except that more people will play SMM )
In terms of the stuff you can do, rom hacking is better but smm lets you share your creattions much easier its far more accessible. I mean if you wanna play mods or mario games you probably have a wii u.
And yeah when it was first shown off as a simple level creator it seemed like it would be kinda cheap. All the content they ended up pacming in definitely warrants the price of a full game.
@Bass_X0 You can pre order a digital code for it from Gamesrocket for £25 or at least it was last time I checked.You'll receive it to your email within 10 minutes of it being released.I buy from them all the time,got Splatoon,Yoshi and Donkey Kong TF from them digitally for around £25 too.Great website.
I have already pre-ordered the limited edition retail version
I'll live when I'm dead. Downloading all the way!
Oh, not in europe yet...? I'll just continue playing xenoblade chronicles on my gamepad, then.
I'm definitely getting the disc version, preferably with the Amiibo bundle.
I don't think Europe has had any pre-loads since Smash, unless I missed some.
Anyway, I pre-ordered the amiibo bundle. Really looking forward to the game.
I wonder if this will turn up in the European eShop when the regular game updates go live.
Hasn't Europe gotten everything the past summer? It's also pointless to get a physical copy because of how small it is, you'll have to change out the disc if you want to play something else.
Have pre-ordered the physical copy from Game - let's hope there's not another incident with a lorry load being stolen again. Hoping to get the box with the Amiibo included. And WOW! it's less than a month to it being released, can't wait.
@Mr_Diabolical It's worth having physical version because of the booklet. Digital booklets just aren't as good as physical booklets.
I want this but $60 is still overpriced
I think this is a game that suits being a download title, so it's always there on your system, but unfortunately there's a rather large price discrepancy between physical and digital here in the UK. I have a physical copy pre-ordered for £29 and I'm sure this will be £40 if not £50 on the eShop.
Tough luck Europe? At least they are getting a special edition that comes with one if the Mario amiibos. Hope they are enjoying Yoshi Woolly World too.
Reloading is helpful to save time later on at least for those who want digital. I want that book though.
well good thing i might get the limited edition of the game
I can't believe that there are people who thought this would be a 10-20 dollar eShop title. C'mon entitlement!
Getting physical... Still hoping for preloading for XC X. Big help that would be.
Physical for Mario Maker, of course.
PHYSICAL BOOK will be sent to those who buys Digital. Thats like the greatest thing ever! People that complain about pricing forgets the value of the book.
Physical for me. Mainly cause Europe.
I usually download everything, however this is one game that I will be purchasing in it's physical form. We want an actual book and not something we print or look at on a screen. I'm still hoping that we get the Amiibo bundles as well.
I also can't believe people thought this would be cheaper? However, the digital version should be cheaper this time around because the lack of a physical included book.
@vonseux The digital buyers will receive a digital version of the book. As far as I know, there will be nothing sent to you other then an email maybe.
I have pre-ordered the amiibo edition. But I am seriously considering buying both.... then giving the the physical copy to my brother but keeping the extras for myself of course.
@dkxcalibur read again. You get the physic book too. The voucher is on your digital purchage recipit.
@Ev0s check your recipt. Theres a voucher to have the collectors book delivered to you.
@vonseux Wow, that's both good news and new information for me. Thanks.
Everything I heard up till your post has said that the book included with the digital version would also be a digital version.
@DTFaux I'm all in favor of pre-buying and pre-loading, and since I'm probably best known on here as the guy who's obsessed w/ release dates, I can't fault Nintendo for putitng this up early, the earlier the better I always say, but if I can pre-pay 3 days in advance why do it 30 days in advance, unless theres some type of offer. For the MK8 DLC we got shy guy skins or something, not much, but there was something.
If they are giving us a PDF of the book when the game releases why not give us the PDF now for pre-paying for the game? Or give us a 5% discount. Something.
I do get the impression this is more the norm in the EU though, where people seem to pay full price to pre-order games even in store, in the US it's usually a $5 deposit to hold a new game.
Physical is the way to go with this one just because of the book, trying to read that on a TV or the gamepad would be annoying.
Preordered at Best Buy with GCU for $48 and can't wait. Still hoping that North America gets an Amiibo bundle as I would want that instead.
@Mr_Zurkon @rjejr You can get the physical book with your digital order if you live in US, Canada, or Mexico. Just check the phone number on your receipt.
Source: I did it myself already, also: http://supermariomaker.nintendo.com/#/buy
I... just need this game. I'm glad to hear of a pre-load. Wasn't expecting to spend this much money on a game with this paycheck, but... I guess I'm going to have to bite. Or I'll just d/l it in full later. Decisions, decisions....
Physical with amiibo
@BooJoh cool! thanks. i always download but i did want the book.
@BooJoh - After I commented this morning I checked the eShop - I do every Thursday just to see what's on - and I did see that, very cool of Ntineod to make that offer. We'll still probbaly get it physical, I can almost aways find a goo ddela near me, so many places sell the game, but it's a nice gesture. If you could order the book and get it before the game comes out that would be a really good reason to pre-pay too, but from what I read on the eShop it looks like you'll get the book later.
Thanks for the tip.
@rjejr Yeah, the CS rep I talked to mentioned several times that the book won't ship right away, and my order shows as "Pending." I won't be bothered if I don't get it right away, since I wasn't expecting to get one at all when they first announced the book.
_ I have a physical copy pre-ordered for £29_
Where from? I just paid £35 on ebay for a pre-order.
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