Japanese 3DS Gamers To Receive Retail-To-eShop Savegame Transfers In March
Games being bought via retail are to have their saved data be made available to their eShop counterparts.
The polygonal disembodied floating head of Satoru Iwata is back! We wouldn’t blame you for being nervous, what with a proven history within Nintendo for giant floating heads to have a bad habit of attempting to conquer star systems inhabited by anthropomorphic spacefaring animals.
But be at ease! This isn’t Andross. It’s the plucky President of Nintendo himself, Satoru Iwata, who has recently made available a compact Nintendo Direct broadcast exclusively in Japan.
The NintenDaan Youtube channel helpfully has translated the above Nintendo Direct mini-broadcast, which you might have noticed is entirely in Japanese. Because it’s for the Japanese. But you know what it’s like, being a Nintendo fan; you constantly want to peer over in Japan’s general direction when they do stuff and be like, “Whatcha doing…?”
All mischief aside, the broadcast talks in brief about upcoming eShop releases of mainstream 3DS retail titles. For example, though Fire Emblem: Awakening will hit the eShop and retail at the same time in the West, in Japan the game came out at retail before Nintendo were fully on the digital distribution bandwagon. As such, the eShop version of that game is only now getting a release next week.
The biggest news, however, is Nintendo’s plan to release a 3DS update in March allowing gamers to transfer saved data from their retail 3DS gamecards to their SD cards. In effect, this means that deciding to later buy an eShop version of a game already owned in retail gamecard format won’t mean players need to start over.
It’s a handy little thing and it’s nice to see Nintendo covering all the bases. Will it come our way too? We hope so, though at the same time, the West is a touch more up to date with eShop and retail simultaneous releases than Japan.
Time will tell!