Kotaku’s Jason Schreier reached out for comment on why AA5 will only be available as a digital download in America and Europe, and got this response:
“Historically it’s been tough to attract long term retail support for Ace Attorney titles. With the release of Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney –…
So it’s pretty much what I thought: they don’t want a bunch of boxed copies being sold for $15 a month later, or being traded in.
Tough titties, fans, because you’re in a rough spot. Buy it, you’ll justify their decision, and you won’t get another physical copy of what is largely a niche franchise. Don’t buy it, and you’ll never see Phoenix Wright again.
Considering that the last Phoenix game sold less in a month than Okamiden did in a week we should be glad we’re getting it AT ALL.
I’ll buy it digitally (honestly, I have a 32GB card in my 3DS, I have no problem with buying all of my games digitally if I can) but it would be nice if Nintendo would get with the times and do an actual online account and not locking sales to the console — but that’s another conversation for another time.
I think the online thing and ‘break your 3DS you can’t redownload games you bought’ is mainly why people are so upset about Phoenix Wright being digital.
Or with it being digital only, there’s no chance of the West getting a Limited Edition like Japan did but let’s be real here, Capcom would never do that ever.
I’m still buying it of course. Can’t say for the same for those who think “digital only, automatic no buy”
At least you can always ship your new 3DS with your broken one to Nintendo and they’ll do a system transfer for you if you can’t get into it to do it. It still sucks and takes a week AND you have to pay your own shipping, but it’s an option.
Still. There’s no reason in 2013 that they’re doing console-only digital sales other than greed. It’s one of the things that irritates me the most about Nintendo right now, but I wont say I’m going to boycott them or anything over it. It just rubs me the wrong way.