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Splatoon 2 is getting “game card free” physical version in Japan

Posted on May 18, 2017 by (@OnePunchMaz) in News, Switch

Nintendo is doing something slightly unusual for Splatoon 2’s physical release in Japan. In addition to the regular physical version, the Switch console bundle and a download code for the game you can buy in stores, you can get a “game card free” version of Splatoon 2. This is the regular game case, but instead of a cartridge, it comes with a download code for the game. This is intended for people who prefer to own a digital copy of the game, but still want a game case for their collection.

At the moment, it seems like you can only get this version at the Japanese My Nintendo store, though it’s possible some retailers might carry it as well.

Given how popular Splatoon is in Japan, Nintendo could probably get away with just selling the game case without the actual game at all and it would still be a sales hit!

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  • atomicjuicer

    Nope.

    This causes confusion about whether you are buying a physical or digital product. If you want a digital copy then it should be a cardboard scratch card if retail want to sell it.

    Those who care about a physical library can buy a physical game.

    It’s another slippery slope towards not actually selling anything to customers but rather renting a service and then withdrawing or modifying it to encourage additional spending.

    • Velen (Not WoW)

      Yeah. No. Not everything leads to your slippery slope, buddy.

      The staff for the retailers will probably ask the customers outright if they want the physical version or the “game-card free” case. This is not going to cause confusion unless the retailers themselves botch it up.

    • Constantinos Lapiotis

      No confusion anywhere. You over exaggerate.

    • Indielink

      Nah man I kinda want this option. I love having boxes for a collection but cannot tell you the number of times I have pulled out my Switch at work to play Zelda only to realize I forgot the cart.

    • Hermione Granger

      i agree with you on this, it sure is just another slippery slope towards not actually selling anything to customers.

    • Lic. Ferrett

      They know that they can make way more money with digital sales, so they are testing the waters here. If they at least included more memory on the system to encourage digital purchases, but paying for a memory card plus paying full price for a digital game I will never actually own, is a no no for me. So having an empty box in my collection is pointless too..

    • cyxceven

      I can see grandparents buying their grandkids a copy only to find out once they try to download it they don’t have space on their Switch.
      *womp womp*
      Shoulda bought that overpriced microSD! Nintendo wins again!

  • GoldenTriforce

    Nintendo, you do realize that a large portion of people who buy physical only are doing it for the cartridge, right? In 20 years or so, if Nintendo shuts down Switch servers, and your memory fails, you will lose any digital game forever, whereas a cartridge will still be playable.

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    • hi v3.0

      But there are people who prefer digital copies especially for a game like Splatoon but wants the game case too, like me. Just because you prefer cartridges doesn’t mean Nintendo should only do what you want.

      • GoldenTriforce

        Yes, but I get the feeling that someone at Nintendo thinks this is the sole reason people buy physical which is not the case.

        (I forgot to put this in my original comment, I buy both digital and physical)

        • NeptuniasBeard

          It may be the sole reason SOME buy physical copies, which honestly isn’t that far of a stretch. That’s the people they’re targeting with this.

          You have literally no reason to think Nintendo is thinking what you’re accusing them of. They’re not having this version of the “physical release” replacing the cartridge.

          • GoldenTriforce

            Obviously a large chunck of people buy physical for the box, but if it’s cheaper, Nintendo could fully replace physical media with download codes in the future. That is not what is happening with this, but it is still a concern I wanted to state.

          • NeptuniasBeard

            If they day ever does come, it wouldn’t have anything to do with this. In fact, that day has been around for a while. Companies have been selling download codes for games for years now. This in comparison is just a cute little gimmick, harmless.

          • GoldenTriforce

            Yeah I’m not saying that has to do with this version of Splatoon 2, but I hope that when Nintendo hears people say that they need to focus more on digital, they don’t perceive it as go all digital.

  • Hermione Granger

    this is the most stupidest thing i have read this week.

    • Carlos

      “Most stupidest”

      This is the stupidest thing I’ve read all week.

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  • hi v3.0

    BRING THE GAME CARD FREE BOX TO NA PLEASE. JUST WHAT I NEED

  • Reggie

    Eeugh. No thanks. If I buy a game case, I buy it to store the game cartridge inside.

  • Zeebor

    Like the Ducktales Remaster “Collector’s Edition” Capcom put out for the PS3 version a couple years back before they made actual discs anyway. Neat.

    See, even that option would have been preferable to $30 digital only for Rhythm Heaven 4.

  • Hidden Flare

    Uhh…. I’ll just say what I said yesterday on a different subject.

    Must be a foreign thing….

  • R.Z.

    It still baffles me that retail versions don’t come with the possibility to download a digital version of games.
    It would require some security measures but I don’t think it would be that complicated to guarantee it doesn’t turn into two copies.

    This here seems like a worst of both worlds scenario, but collectors gotta collect I guess ?

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