Nintendo’s always been a bit slower than most companies when it comes to adopting new technology. They didn’t add HD until the Wii U, and online play has always been something they struggled with. Yet when they do make their presence known it’s typically in a big and unique way. Today’s Super Mario Maker 2 themed Nintendo Direct presentation announced one of these types of initiatives, with Nintendo changing the way people buy digital games.
The offer involves buying special vouchers, available exclusively to Nintendo Switch Online members. You can grab a pair of Digital Game Vouchers from the eShop for $99.99. While this price may be high, it’s lower than buying new games at full price, giving you a discount if you’re OK with buying early and deciding later. The only way it can go wrong is if you never find a game to use them on.
Which does present the first big question. It seems that only select games will be buyable using these game vouchers. Most of the major first-party Nintendo titles look to be available, but it’s not clear how common that will be going forward. If there are a bunch of Nintendo Switch games you’re looking to buy digitally, and you don’t want to wait on the rare sale to hit a first-party release, this could be a good way to save some money.