download codes

Ah, download codes. I’m sure everyone is aware of the unsavory practices surrounding them. But what about the good aspects? Gamers sometimes use retailers to buy full game download codes in order to save a little money off of MSRP. Sadly, players can no longer rely on this discount in Europe any longer. Nintendo has discontinued the selling of codes in the region.

Download codes were a good option for users who had extended storage

The Big N itself provided the following statement regarding the decision to Nintendo Life:

After careful examination of the evolving European marketplace in recent years, Nintendo has decided to end the availability of download codes for its own-published software via retailers, effective 1st July 2020.

Customers will still be able to purchase Nintendo eShop funds, Nintendo Switch Online memberships, and add-on content such as the Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield Expansion Pass, at retailers across Europe. Download codes for Nintendo Switch software from other publishers will also still be available.

We’re always investigating new avenues, and will continue to work on new methods to bring Nintendo eShop content to as many players as possible.

Hmm. So starting tomorrow, European consumers cannot buy full games developed by Nintendo via download code. They can still buy DLC, funds, and third party titles, but stuff like Super Mario Odyssey and Breath of the Wild will be a no-go. The only way to get Nintendo’s games digitally will be via the eShop.

While this announcement isn’t fully terrible, it’s always sad to see customers have fewer options for purchasing merchandise. Especially when a lot of people used chains to get discounts. I can see the appeal because Nintendo titles don’t go on sale, like, ever.

Enthusiasts, what do you think of this news regarding download codes? Let us know how you purchase Nintendo games in the comment field below.


Arthur Damian
Arthur Damian is a writer, editor, educator, and lover of video games. Based and living in Brooklyn, NY, he has been gaming since the age of five, from the NES to the Nintendo Switch. His favorite system is the SNES, his favorite game is Chrono Trigger, and you cannot convince him otherwise. He loves dogs, rainbow cookies, Spider-Man, and songs with intricate drum patterns. Arthur is also the Editor-in-Chief at That VideoGame Blog.

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