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In Japan, the download sales for New Super Mario Bros. 2 only made up 5 percent of total sales.
Nintendo president Satoru Iwata told the Wall Street Journal, "This initial offering going forward, we've gotten a good reaction going." He did say, however, that Demon Training, the sequel to Brain Age, has seen digital sales make up 20 percent of sales. Iwata believes this is due to the game's daily challenges and players not wanting to switch game cards.
New Super Mario Bros. 2 was released in Japan on July 28. The game has since sold 790,732 at retail, according to Japan sales tracker Enterbrain.
The game is out this Sunday in North America.
[Source: Wall Street Journal vs Joystiq]
Not too bad considering it is their first digital offering.
Lol well that would make sense when the Digital version costs more than the retail version in some countries.
Lol I guess most aren't used to seeing a full-fledged Mario game being sold through digital. I myself prefer to have hard copies of those games.
Even though that's low, the game still has good overall sales.
That sucks for nintendo.
Sounds about right.I would think given the choice most would pick the boxed game.At least you can sell,trade,or lend it to some one.
5% of total sales sounds low until you realize that's close to 40,000 downloads.
Big surprise. Japan doesn't even seem to notice that current consoles get digitally distributed games. But, more importantly, downloading a Mario game? That's just not right - and I'm not talking about, "For tradition's sake". Why would you wait so long for a download to complete on this? Mario games are ubiquitous. I'm not kidding when I say they sell these games at Supermarkets and Convenience Stores. Just walk down a block or two and pick up a copy.
Unless Nintendo lowers the price on the download - and c'mon, they won't - there's no advantage to getting this on the eShop. In fact, they'll be NEGATIVE advantage to buying this digitally in time. Physical games get discounts, whereas digital games (unless you're on Steam or another PC platform) hardly ever get discounted.
Better to have a physical copy than take up all the space on a SD card