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Nintendo to support third-party digital releases

Digital initiative not exclusive to first-party games

Nintendo has revealed that it's "preparing a program" to support the digital release of third-party retail games on its consoles.


Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata announced last week plans to release digital versions of all self-published retail games on Wii U from launch, and on 3DS starting with New Super Mario Bros. 2 in August and beyond. Both digital and retail versions of games will release simultaneously and for the same price.

But digital releases won't be held exclusively to first-party titles, Nintendo has now confirmed.

"We are currently preparing a program for third parties but have nothing specific to announce at this time," Nintendo told IGN when asked about third-party title support in its digital initiative. The rep held off naming any possible third-party partners in the scheme.

The like-for-like pricing of digital content next to their retail counterparts is the subject of much debate at present, not just among gamers but also apparently among publishers themselves who are split in their opinions.