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Nintendo (finally) has a cross-buy game for 3DS, Wii U
Nintendo (finally) has a cross-buy game for 3DS, Wii U
June 30, 2014 | By Kris Graft

June 30, 2014 | By Kris Graft
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Newsbrief: Nintendo of Europe's regular eShop news update, in which the company highlights new game releases, included an interesting bit of information this morning.

The company said players who buy the game Squids Odyssey (developed by The Game Bakers) for 3DS would be able to download the Wii U version of the game free of extra cost, as long as the two consoles share the same Nintendo Network ID. The game costs 12.99/9.99.

This is a notable move for Nintendo, as this is the first single-buy, multi-version digital game it has sold for 3DS and Wii U. We're following up with Nintendo to see if the initiative will expand.

Sony has released PlayStation games under the same idea with its cross-buy offerings starting in 2012, and the practice is common on iOS and Android.


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Lars Doucet
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Wonderful news!

Ardney Carter
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From Polygon's version of the story:

"Squids Odyssey developer The Game Bakers told Siliconera that they approached Nintendo of America about this type of cross-buy sale, which Nintendo apparently calls "conditional sales," but were told that NOA "could not support this operation yet." Polygon has reached out to Nintendo of America for additional comment and will update this post with any made."

NoA needs to get their act together, asap.

Jeferson Soler
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@ Ardney Carter - "NoA needs to get their act together, asap. " Agreed!

Jeremy Alessi
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This is very cool!

Jeferson Soler
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Actual cross-buy can't be done between the 3DS and the Wii U due to the hardware tech of the two systems being different from each other as well as the eShop software for both systems being somewhat different from each other. If the eShop was something similar to Netflix in software tech, then things would have being different, but the teams for the 3DS and for the Wii U were separate at the time and Nintendo wasn't considering doing something similar to Netflix's software technology before. Having said that, this strategy that Nintendo of Europe is experimenting with is just as good and effective as the cross-buy setup that some people want to see happen on the Nintendo systems. For now, it only works for the 3DS, so you can't get a free 3DS copy of the game if you buy a Wii U version of the game, but on the plus side, Nintendo of Europe found a way to make cross-buy work by using the Nintendo Network ID setup and the special offer system, and hopefully, NoE will figure out a way to make this new strategy work for the Wii U, allowing Wii U owners to get a free 3DS copy when they buy the Wii U version of the game. As for Nintendo of America, once again, that branch still got ways to go. Regardless of the reason behind NoA's actions, the company has to get with the program as USA is still one of the top countries for videogame sales, and with Nintendo doing well after the Mario Kart 8 release and the E3 presentation, the last thing that the American branch of the company should be doing is doing actions that would upset the fans in the US. Recently, I have noticed NoE being more bold and aggressive with its actions than NoA.

Francis Bureros
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And they say Sony copies off Nintendo...ha.

Jeferson Soler
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@ Francis Bureros - Technically speaking, Sony did copy off Nintendo in the past! Nintendo of Europe is using/doing something totally different from Sony as the eShop technology from the 3DS and the Wii U won't allow actual cross-buy. NoE just found a way to make "cross-buy" work, but the setup is so different that I hardly would say that NoE is copying off Sony. It is more of a "buy one version of the game, get the other version of the game for free" setup than a cross-buy setup, but it is still a good setup nevertheless, in my opinion, and there are fans in Europe that will like that.

Francis Bureros
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Companies rip each other off all the time, so its pointless to cherry pick certain companies as being guilty of mimicry. I'm not denying that Sony has copied off Nintendo, but so what? Most of Nintendo's tech isn't exactly original either *cough* touch screens *cough*. What you call copying, I call refining something into something better. Like take the PS Move for example, superior to the Wiimote in almost every respect sans the pointer function.

James McWhirter
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Valve allowed PC and Mac games (and now, Linux) to be bundled together on Steam long before Sony did 'cross-buy', but that's besides the point.

Right now, Sony and Nintendo's solutions are far from elegant when compared to, say, what we are used to on iOS and Android. Since Vita/PS3/PS4 and 3DS/Wii U are so fundamentally different from each other, developers still need to dedicate resources to making separate versions of the same game, rather than one game with shared binaries that can run on all systems on the same platform.

Miyamoto and Iwata have both heavily hinted that the next Nintendo platform will be iOS-like in that it'll be a shared operating system and (probably) architecture (my guess is ARM, launching first as a handheld form factor then expanding elsewhere once it gets more powerful) which will bring things far closer to iOS/Android development, demanding less resources from developers in making a version of the same game to fit both platforms (where required) and thus one purchase across all platforms is a lot more viable to implement across the board.

Chris Melby
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I hope they get this worked out. I'd like the option to transfer/access the VC games I have on my Wii and 3DS on my Wii U. Even if there's a small fee. I was a bit bummed that I could not use the Wii-U controller to play my Wii VC games and I think the only reason Nintendo did that, is to try and get us to re-buy the Wii-U versions of the games as they released.


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