During tonight’s Nintendo Direct conference, Reggie announced the Virtual Console title Super Mario Land would be having a special sale on the eShop for $2.99. The sale will take place between June 22nd to the 24th, with more sales coming soon after. Now this is all fine and dandy, but how does this affect the Nintendo eShop as a whole? With sales on the horizon, are more soon to come?
Since Nintendo announced DSiWare, I have dreamed of a digital Nintendo store, full of games, retail and bite-sized, to buy and play. The eShop is starting to fulfill those dreams. With a sale incoming, it is possible that many more could follow. Will Nintendo be pulling a Steam for the 3DS?
Super Mario Land has sold incredibly well as a Virtual Console title. I’ve seen it in the top twenty multiple times. Why the sudden sale? This approach has been done by Valve multiple times, and consumers have benefited from their practices. Portal 2 for eight dollars? I’ll take it.
The point is that digital sales have never been available by Nintendo before. This upcoming one could open up a gate that could benefit Nintendo’s digital front greatly. It is likely that many more Virtual Console titles will follow Super Mario Land‘s role, but will retail games follow suit? Could we one day witness New Super Mario Bros. 2 for sale on the eShop at ten dollars? I certainly hope so. I love Steam. If Nintendo could integrate a similar service into the eShop, I could die happy.
How do you feel about Nintendo’s new move? Happy? Ecstatic? Start raging in the comments below.