If you like having physical boxes of games to add to your ever-growing, beautiful collection of joy, but also like the convenience of having your games stored within your Switch's internal memory for quick and easy access, you'll likely be pretty jealous of Nintendo's latest offerings in Japan.

On the official Japanese Nintendo store, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate and Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee! have a couple of different listings: one that is simply a case with a cartridge inside as usual; and one that gives you the case with a digital code to redeem inside instead. Each copy costs exactly the same price, regardless of whether you're getting a physical card or not, but the option is there nonetheless.


On the one hand, selling what is essentially an empty box seems absolutely bonkers, but it's actually quite a smart idea on Nintendo's part; we imagine there are many who do indeed fall into the exact category we described above and the production costs will be lower if there is no cartridge inside. 

Whether a similar deal will make it over to North America or Europe remains to be seen, but could this be a new trend for major Nintendo releases?

Let us know if you'd pick up one of these digital code boxes given the chance with a comment below.