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Nintendo Planning Third-Party Digital Downloads

Nintendo is moving fast to catch up to the competition, as it's planning to allow third-party publishers to offer their games digitally on Nintendo systems.

IGN has a statement from a company representative that reads, "We are currently preparing a program for third parties, but have nothing specific to announce at this time."

Last week, Nintendo declared that it was going to offer digital downloads of its first-party games alongside retail releases starting with New Super Mario Bros. 2 for 3DS in August.

Now that Nintendo is embracing digital downloads of full games, it's worth noting that the Wii U only uses SD cards/flash memory and doesn't have a hard drive. Although it's not hard to get cards as large as 64GB for around $50 (and with that comes room for expansion, etc.) it'll be interesting to see how much memory is included out of the box and whether most consumers will have to plan for more memory.

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