When Nintendo revealed New Super Mario Bros. 2 (NSMB2) late last week, many noticed the company classified the game as both a traditional retail offering as well as an eShop game. Today global president Satoru Iwata offered some clarification, revealing that the game would not only be available through traditional outlets, but as a digital download as well.
Nintendo plans to allow consumers to purchase NSMB2 in a traditional packaged form, or in a downloadable, eShop-based format that can be stored on a SD card. The publisher will also allow retailers to sell the game in this format through a 16-digit downloadable code similar to eShop currency 'gift cards' that are currently on sale.
Iwata noted that downloaded software will not be able to be shared between systems. Nintendo plans on keeping its suggested pricing of physical and digital software the same, but retailers will be able to set the prices of the software they sell as usual, including digital content.