Nintendo to go Day and Date With Digital and Retail Sales

New Super Mario Bros. 2 kicks off the Big N’s embracing of major digital releases.

During a recent presentation to investors, Nintendo’s president and CEO Satoru Iwata announced that the publisher would be making a push towards releasing boxed versions of games alongside their digital counterparts. A project codenamed “Onitore” will be part of this push, with New Super Mario Bros. for the 3DS.

Games will download directly to your SD card from the Nintendo eShop, or you can purchase 16-digit download codes from retailers. Iwata acknowledges that the eShop still isn’t the optimal shopping experience for gamers but says that Nintendo is working on it. He also quashed any questions about sharing games between devices, meaning one device, one copy of the game.

New Super Mario Bros. 2 will be available for the 3DS this August.

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