Why I Love Digital Downloads

Happy Tuesday!

I’ve been playing a lot of Nintendo 3DS games lately and it got me thinking about just what I have on my 3DS.

Why I Love Digital Downloads

When the virtual console became a thing, I was impressed. I was excited. I wanted to play older games on my newer consoles. I mean, when we tried hooking up our Nintendo 64 a few months ago, the games were all messed up. Simply because they’re old, but I still miss playing them.

It wasn’t too long after that that downloading digital versions of games became a thing. I didn’t care too much for that.

Like books, I prefer the physical copies of video games. I like having the cover art and the small cartridge. I have a small bucket where I keep all my handheld games.

Then a few games, Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Dual Destinies, for example, came out only as digital versions. I was disappointed because, as I said, I like having the cartridge.

It wasn’t until I started exploring more of the eShop and started downloading more digital games that I’ve begun to appreciate them more.

There are two reasons for this:

1. When I take my 3DS anyway, I have a plethora of games at my fingertips.

I always take my 3DS on vacation with me, along with a Ziploc bag of games. I still bring extra games, of course, but it’s nice to know that I have a good amount of games either way. I can take my pick if I’m playing in the car and the extra games are in my bag in the trunk.

2. This is the most important reason and what made me think of this post:

I was lying in bed the other night, wanted to play a different game, but I didn’t want to get up.

There you go, the secret’s out.

I have a ton of games to keep me occupied late at night when I’m too tired to move, but not tired enough to actually stop playing my games and go to sleep.

Sounds crazy, I know, but I’m sure I’m not the only one.

What’s crazy is that you should all see my eShop wishlist…

Do you prefer digital or physical games? Let me know in the comments! 

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13 thoughts on “Why I Love Digital Downloads

  1. I hear ya. Somewhere through me owning the 3DS and Wii U, I wanted to go pure digital. Bought a micro SD card for the 3DS and used a spare external HD for the Wii U to ensure I’d never run out of space. It’s so damn convenient and makes travelling much simpler. Only downside is you’re pretty much out of the 2nd hand marker because of it. But I wouldn’t have it any other way. Planning to get a 128 GB micro SD card for my Switch soon.

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  2. Where do you draw the line between your desire for a physical game and the convenience of digital downloads? Are there some games that you’d still want to buy actual copies of, or has convenience completely won the battle?

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    • Convenience hasn’t won, no. I still prefer physical games. I typically only buy the digital ones if they’re cheaper, I have eshop gift cards, or they don’t come as a physical copy. But I used to hate having to download it (of a game only came digitally), but now I don’t mind it.

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      • I’m with you there – I definitely don’t hate digital games like I used to. But I still always want to buy physical copies of all the big release games I’m excited for, like Zelda and Splatoon. I just can’t bring myself to get those digitally!

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  3. I prefer digital for a couple reasons. The biggest is because of space. Media takes up a lot of space and while I have more now, it is never really enough. The other is convenience, having a library of games at your fingertips is magical. Granted I still buy physical on occasion, especially since digital pricing isn’t always great but I’d prefer digital if I can swing it.

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  4. I have put it into my head that the first party titles I will go out and buy physical like Zelda, MK8 Deluxe, ARMS, Splatoon, etc. Indie games I don’t mind downloading as firstly they don’t have any other option and secondly, the actual data size of the games are not as vast and don’t take up too much space on the console.

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    • That’s a good point. Yeah, I don’t mind downloading the indie games. It’s funny because one we downloaded The Girl and The Robot, we realized we don’t have much on our Wii U. The menu looks so bare compared to my 3DS.

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  5. I prefer having the physical copy for collector’s sake, but I do love being able to have all the games on my system. Funny as it sounds though, I’d sacrifice convenience to own a wonderful box of the game, as something to look at and display on my shelf.

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