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    Nintendo: physical media is here to stay, for now anyways.


    Those touting the end of packaged software “don’t share the same reality as consumers,” says Fischer.

    Nintendo has said the rise of low-cost smartphone and downloadable games has not forced a shift in focus to digital sales, and dismissed the notion of increased digital revenues impacting on retail sales.

    Speaking at the European 3DS launch event in Amsterdam last month, Nintendo of Europe’s MD of marketing and PR, Laurent Fischer, told us: “We have been very clearly communicating for a long time that the packaged software or retail market is the one that’s going to drive the mass market.

    “We have never seen any link between growth in the mobile gaming market and decrease in the normal software market. It’s two different markets, two different topics. We couldn’t find any evidence of those two markets being linked.”

    Fischer is dismissive of the eagerness with which the industry jumps on new trends, saying that until consumers show a real appetite for fully digital distribution, the high street will always be Nintendo’s priority.

    “It’s the users that decide it,” he said. “Every time we have a new technology or trend coming in, every time people say: ‘That’s the new expectation. It’ll be the mass market in one, maybe two or three years.’ You can bet it’s always wrong.

    “Sometimes it’s quicker than anyone expected, sometimes it’s dead before we can even talk further about it, and sometimes it is five or ten years later than anyone planned. None of us can tell that.

    “People who talk about the end of physical media don’t share the same daily reality as most consumers.”
    source - next-gen.biz

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    I thought this story may get some sparks flying.

    Since Nintendo is the trend setter, physical media will be the trend.

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    if it was digital...would have to back it up more then twice to be safe...

    I am against all digital....having a disc stored somewhere for safe keeping just seems better....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cile View Post
    I am against all digital....having a disc stored somewhere for safe keeping just seems better....
    That's one reason why I still buy CD's instead of using ITunes or Napster.
    Last edited by nightstah; 02-18-2011 at 01:55 AM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cile View Post
    if it was digital...would have to back it up more then twice to be safe...

    I am against all digital....having a disc stored somewhere for safe keeping just seems better....
    Quote Originally Posted by JoostinOnline View Post
    That's one reason why I still buy CD's instead of using ITunes or Napster.
    Is this the thread where old school members who dont like change post?

    If so,I dont like change either,and want to join your club!

    Physical media for me!



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    Quote Originally Posted by bmarlo View Post
    If so,I dont like change either,and want to join your club!
    We would be happy to have you. Here is our logo:

    Spoiler

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    You had to go there ---- pffft! Jeez, LOL...

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    Quote Originally Posted by nightstah View Post
    You had to go there ---- pffft! Jeez, LOL...
    Lol, you are speaking to a proud member of the Republican party! And yes, I did.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JoostinOnline View Post
    We would be happy to have you. Here is our logo:

    Spoiler

    Republicans change all the time...Well at least when it comes to promises and so forth. They are the kings of backpedaling.

    (Said in a semi-joking fairly non-biased manor...I don't buy into America's two party system so I'm neither Democrat or Republican. I find myself more of an Anarcho-Capitalist so I could give a damn about our current political system or either party.)

    I think Nintendo likes having the best of both worlds. They can collect off of both their digital media through their store and sell carts. There are other reasons to keep physical media like some people may not have wireless internet access and so forth. Also Nintendo markets their products to children and families so carts are definitely easier for kids. And backing up downloads is kind of a moot point. Not that I disagree with doing it because I do just in case but everything you buy from an online service like Steam or the Nintendo store is stored in a digital locker so you can re-download it later if need be.
    Last edited by Darkcide666; 02-18-2011 at 04:35 AM.
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