Starting in August Nintendo will begin releasing its first party titles, and possibly allowing third party titles in both physical and digital releases simultaneously. This new digital distribution service is going to affect both the 3DS and the Wii U when it launches later this year.
This new digital distribution service isn’t just going to effect Nintendo’s first party titles either. Today they announced through a statement to IGN, “We are currently preparing a program for third parties, but have nothing specific to announce at this time”.
“For our digital business to grow drastically, it is imperative for us to expand the exposure of the digital download products to potential consumers,” said Nintendo president Satoru Iwata. Come August we will see New Super Mario Bros. 2 be the first Nintendo title to be available in both physical and digital format.
It is expected that more solid plans, as well as games and publishing partners will be announced at this year’s E3 next month.