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    There may be full retail games available for download on the Wii U, says Iwata


    Satoru Iwata, when speaking at a recent investor meeting has shared that Nintendo is "considering the future possibility of digital distribution of packaged software" for both for the 3DS and the Wii U. This is a fancy way of saying that you may be able to purchase full retail games via the consoles instead of going to retail store.

    In regards to the 3DS, they "already have the necessary infrastructure" to do this, and will do the same for the Wii U before it launches, but the decision to launch it:

    ...must be made by taking into consideration such factors as the relationship with the wholesalers and retailers, and the best way to be embraced by consumers

    So, it might not launch with the Wii U unless Nintendo can figure out the details. But it's still great that this seems like it'll happening at some point in the next year or so.
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    May be the only way to combat piracy?



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    Quote Originally Posted by bmarlo
    May be the only way to combat piracy?
    Well, I don't think anything will be hard for pirates to exploit - how do you think this can combat piracy (just interested to hear opinions)?

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    And after downloading one full retail game, your download limits for the entire month has gone .....

    Some ISP's in UK have very restrictive download limits, your son/daughter decides to download a game and you don't know until you get a warning email and a huge bill for 'excessive bandwidth useage', assuming you are on a restrictive download package. Like 1GB a month

    Or even better, you connect to the internet via a mobile dongle which has even bigger charges, as 'you only use email and facebook on your laptop'

    Or your ISP 'caps' your download speeds if you go over an ISP set limit, so your download speed is now effectively 25% of what it was (VirginMedia)

    Great idea, IF the ISP's get their act together and increase the limits on bandwidth useage during peak times (9am to 9pm for VirginMedia). But how will it stop people leeching the games and then creating disc images, like on the PS3 long before it was even possible to play youir 'backups' on the console

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    I didn't know that in England, download quotas are so small :O

    In Australia, we get 100GB-1TB plans lol.

    I'm in a "bad internet area" and I have 100GB so...

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    Yeah, mines 200GB a month, and I never use it all.
    Also, my first post in this thread was more of a question
    than a statement, merely to promote conversation lol.
    Seeing as we have no idea if/how the Wii U will be hackable.



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    very interesting, i kinda like the idea of online DL instead of having to go to their retailer to see if they a certain item you want only to be dissapointed & wasted gas for nothing.

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    It seems like making them downloadable would give the pirates a better way to exploit the system. I would imagine that if they are downloadable then the games would be able to be played from an external drive since the internal storage would most likely not be sufficient. That just means they are doing a lot of the hard work for the pirates. All they would have to do at that point is crack one code instead of many (I think).

    For those people with DL limits, well that is why you would probably still have the option to go purchase the physical disc. It's not the game makers job to monitor your usage, they are just providing another way to get the games.

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    pirates

    Quote Originally Posted by isoguy View Post
    Well, I don't think anything will be hard for pirates to exploit - how do you think this can combat piracy (just interested to hear opinions)?
    Actually, this may combat piracy if done correctly. Movie piracy has dropped significantly because of services like hulu plus and netflix. Prior to these services, if people wanted to watch a movie, they would either have to drive to a rental store and pay upwards $5 to $7 USD to watch it. If someone wanted to watch a movie over and over, movies cost anywhere for $40 to $100 usd. People simply refused to pay it, and took the movies for free. This service offered a reasonable price to watch movies legally, and now people who watch movies at a reasonable cost, and if you look at piracy tracking, it is still there, but the ratio of pirates per internet users is down. If Nintendo starts to offer online downloads at a reasonable cost that teenagers and young adults can actually afford, the piracy of games is likely to decrease as well. My guess is that since people have seen this reaction with movies (and to a lessor degree) and music, they may consider doing it for games as well. I guess, in the big picture, piracy can lead to better business decisions that could benefit us all. I am glad for netflix, as I watch that more than tv.... Lets all cross our fingers so we can all enjoy cheaper games....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scott Larson

    Actually, this may combat piracy if done correctly. Movie piracy has dropped significantly because of services like hulu plus and netflix. Prior to these services, if people wanted to watch a movie, they would either have to drive to a rental store and pay upwards $5 to $7 USD to watch it. If someone wanted to watch a movie over and over, movies cost anywhere for $40 to $100 usd. People simply refused to pay it, and took the movies for free. This service offered a reasonable price to watch movies legally, and now people who watch movies at a reasonable cost, and if you look at piracy tracking, it is still there, but the ratio of pirates per internet users is down. If Nintendo starts to offer online downloads at a reasonable cost that teenagers and young adults can actually afford, the piracy of games is likely to decrease as well. My guess is that since people have seen this reaction with movies (and to a lessor degree) and music, they may consider doing it for games as well. I guess, in the big picture, piracy can lead to better business decisions that could benefit us all. I am glad for netflix, as I watch that more than tv.... Lets all cross our fingers so we can all enjoy cheaper games....
    That's a very good point, but I'm sure you would agree that it is significantly harder to reduce the price of games compared to movies.

    Nintendo's bestsellers (SSBB, Super Mario galaxy etc) will always have a higher price than the other games (like movie tie-ins).

    But I guess if nintendo really tried they might do it - after all, they've already kept their console prices very low over the past few years.

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