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Old 06-14-2013, 03:43 PM   #1
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If developers and publishers have a problem with used game sales, Reggie Fils-Aime thinks they should make games people don't want to sell. The president of Nintendo of America spoke to Polygon about the controversial issue of used games on next-gen consoles.
Fils-Aime said they don't significantly impact Nintendo's sales. But he can see how they might affect others.
"Certainly, that impacts games that are annualized and candidly also impacts games that are maybe undifferentiated much more than [it] impacts Nintendo content," Fils-Aime said. "Why is that? Because the replayability of our content is super strong. The consumer wants to keep playing Mario Kart. The consumer want to keep playing New Super Mario Bros. They want to keep playing Pikmin. So we see that the trade-in frequency on Nintendo content is much less than the industry average--much, much less. So for us, we have been able to step back and say that we are not taking any technological means to impact trade-in and we are confident that if we build great content, then the consumer will not want to trade in our games."
Microsoft has clarified that it will leave resale restrictions up to publishers on Xbox One, and Sony has said PS4 publishers can continue with used-game-monetizing online passes if they so desire.
Of course, Nintendo's burgeoning digital sales might make staying out of the used game argument a bit easier for the company; Animal Crossing: New Leaf broke day-one eShop sales records when it released on June 9.
"The fact of the matter is, we will see what happens with publishers," Fils-Aime said, "but it seems to me that every major publisher has come and said we don't mind used games."
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Old 06-14-2013, 04:04 PM   #2
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For the record, Nintendo IS trying to boost digital sales. They are doing this by limiting the number of retail copies sent out. For example, my Gamestop ONLY gets as many Nintendo games as were pre-ordered. If no one pre-ordered animal Crossing, for example, they would have gotten 0 copies in stock. Many of my friends who don't reserve games and don't want to download end up having to wait a month or more to get their physical copy.

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Old 06-14-2013, 04:35 PM   #3
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For the record, Nintendo IS trying to boost digital sales. They are doing this by limiting the number of retail copies sent out. For example, my Gamestop ONLY gets as many Nintendo games as were pre-ordered. If no one pre-ordered animal Crossing, for example, they would have gotten 0 copies in stock. Many of my friends who don't reserve games and don't want to download end up having to wait a month or more to get their physical copy.
So this is why I can't find any Wii U or 3DS games >.<
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Old 06-14-2013, 04:44 PM   #4
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So this is why I can't find any Wii U or 3DS games >.<
There's always Amazon or eBay if you don't mind paying a couple bucks shipping.
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In the Gamestops in my area, it's like they order double of what was preordered and then just offer digital copies.
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Old 06-14-2013, 05:11 PM   #6
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Now that I think on it, both in the 360 and PS4 sections in my Gamestop, the used section outweighs the new. It is opposite in the Nintendo section.

Was talking to employee on day of release:
With Animal Crossing: New Leaf, my Gamestop got 5 more copies than pre-orders. Those 5 were already sold out before I got there, not even an hour after they opened. They also only got 2 more guides than pre-ordered and those sold out as well. The thing with pre-orders is they use those to gauge the amount of people who want the game in that store. If not a single person pre-ordered it, they'll think no one is interested in that area.
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It's a bit stupid how they think that pre-order count is the amount of people interested. There's hundreds of people who can't afford it at full price.
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Then those people aren't interested at launch time and would be waiting for a later shipment anyway.
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