First Cross-Buy Opportunity on Nintendo Systems

When the Nintendo Network ID feature was added to the 3DS last year—after its original debut on the Wii U—it seemed obvious that Nintendo should implement a cross-buy option so that you can play a game on both the Wii U and 3DS at no extra charge. This is something already available on Sony’s Playstation consoles; for example, players can make just one purchase of the game Another World and play it on either their PS Vita, their PS3, or their PS4. Makes sense, and also is a goodwill gesture for brand-loyal customers.

This week, we’re hearing of the very first cross-buy opportunity for Nintendo consoles. Players can purchase Squids Odyssey on the 3DS and then, at no extra charge, have the option of playing the game on the Wii U. No, it’s not a huge deal at first glance—just one game, whoop-de-doo—but considering it’s the first time we’ve seen this happen on Nintendo systems, it’s actually an enormous first step toward (hopefully) more thorough cross-platform integration from Nintendo.

Now, at the time of writing, this option is only available in Europe, but we suspect it’ll be rolled out in North America soon enough.

Considering how many games are showing up on both the Wii U and 3DS eShops these days, offering cross-buy to customers seems like the right step to take. We’ll keep you posted on any new developments as they happen.


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