New Super Mario Bros 2 was a big release for Nintendo as it marked the first time the company has released a “full” retail game for download.
And it was a release that was mired in controversy, as many gamers criticised the price Nintendo was asking for the game.
Some Japanese sales data has come in, and here’s the good news: Nintendo president, Satoru Iwata has confirmed that so far, digital sales accounted for five per cent of total sales.
This might sound like a small number, but it’s a good start. Given that the digital release spooked retailers (the game was discounted on day one – perhaps a first for a Nintendo game – in Australia), Nintendo’s going to want to grow that number further for future releases, but even with a “high” price point there is clearly an appetite for downloadable Nintendo retail games.