After years in the online wilderness, it seems that Nintendo is now ready to take digital distribution seriously. After already announcing a couple of months ago that every first party release on 3DS from now on will be available both on cartridge and via the eShop, Nintendo has now announced that digital download cards will be available for purchase through retail outlets.
Sony offers a similar service to those customers who are not willing or able to use their card details online, and instead purchase a game card which gives them an online code worth the same amount as the price of a game in the PSN store. Nintendo will be offering this option firstly in Japan, starting tomorrow with New Super Mario Bros 2 and Demon Training.
As it stands, there isn’t any news on whether this service will be introduced into North America or Europe, but we would say it is likely following a successful trial in Japan. Would you ever use this method to obtain your digital games? I have personally obtained PSN vouchers through game trade-ins at retail stores like Game in the UK, so I would say it is a useful option – what do you guys think?