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September 3, 2015 Retro Gaming Blog Post:

Amazon opens a digital Nintendo store allowing games to be sent directly to your console

Using Amazon's digital Nintendo store Amazon has sold digital codes for Xbox and PlayStation games for quite a while. Conspicuously missing was Nintendo! Fear not - mega online retailer Amazon has corrected this and done so in a unique way. Jump into Amazon's Nintendo Digital Downloads area and search for Wii, Wii U, and 3DS games.

Currently, you'll find mostly Nintendo manufactured games and DLC along with some Virtual Console titles. I presume this offering will widen to include more 3rd party titles and indie games, but for now it's primarily digital versions of cartridge-based games.

Using Amazon's digital Nintendo store Remember how Kickstarter used to dump you into Amazon to fund a campaign? Amazon is following a similar scenario by dumping you into Nintendo's site to redeem a code for the game you purchased via Amazon. It sounds convoluted, but I see 2 advantages to the ability to buy digital games via Amazon as opposed to doing it via Nintendo's E-shop.

1 - Pricing seems to be the same, but once you complete your Amazon purchase, you are pushed to the Nintendo site where you log in with your Nintendo Network account. Your purchase is then sent directly to your console. So, you are using Nintendo to deliver the software, but bypassing the the E-Shop for everything but delivery.

2 - Nintendo often has E-shop sales. Amazon is now another outlet for potential savings as they often run specials as well.

Amazon opens a digital Nintendo store Amazon's digital Nintendo store will let you pre-order games. Too be honest, I'm not too interested in digital DLs of cart-based games as I'd rather buy the carts and not use up space on my SD card (or hard drive) - full games are huge. However as more indie titles and VC releases arrive, I'm definitely going to give this a try... and hope for some amazon sales.

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