You’ll soon be able to switch save data from physical to digital copies of 3DS games

Now, this is an interesting development from Nintendo.  They’ve already said they’re going to be making older 3DS games like the Legend of Zelda Ocarina of Time 3D, Super Mario 3D Land and Mario Kart 7 available via the eShop.

But apparently they’re also going to be making a tool available that lets you move your save data from the physical game card versions of 3DS games to the eShop bought downloadable versions.

It’s a nice idea, but there are a few things that are bugging me about this whole concept:

1. Will you be able to move your save data from a downloaded copy of a game to a retail version?  As much as companies seem to want everyone to switch to digital versions of games, there are likely to be quite a few people who start out with the eShop version of a game and switch to the physical game card version.  Are they going to be catered for with this?

2. Why not just scrap the whole conversion thing and save all data to the SD card?   So now retail games would use it like a memory card and you could seamlessly switch between a physical and digital version (the latter of which you’d be entitled to get for free if you own the former) and do whatever the hell you like.  Seems a lot easier and more logical if you ask me.

Still, it’s a nice step forward for Nintendo, you’re not just losing all your save data if you own a physical copy of a game and decide to move to/buy a digitally distributed one.



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