Feb 24th, 2014


If you’re looking to get a little more bang for your buck when it comes to buying Wii U or Nintendo 3DS games, then you’re in luck. Best Buy is currently having a 20% off promotion for Nintendo eShop cards of any value. The $20 card currently runs for $16 on the site, while the $50 card costs only $40.

Recent releases that are worthy of being picked up include Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze, Bravely Default, Unepic, and there are a bevy of worthy Wii U virtual console titles that should garner your attention. These eShop deals seem to be pretty common lately and there’s no end date for this one in sight. Still, it’s better to jump on this if you can.

What will you get?

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  • Adrian

    Hmmm. Child of Light?

    • Kaihaku

      Eyep. I’ve also got my eye on The Girl and The Robot and A Hat in Time. Hopefully they’ll get release dates soon.

  • Capt. Smoker

    Cheap bastards, considering how expensive eshop titles are, they can fuck off, Nintendo needs a ps+ service

    • Adrian

      I will never buy an e-version of a title that is available on disc for a comparable price. But this deal would be decent for virtual console and soft copy only games.

      • Capt. Smoker

        I never buy retail games in digital form either, never will, not until it’s worth doing it, I was on about the non retaik games, there expensive, here in the UK anyway, £13.50 for Dr Luigi….. not the only overpriced game on there


      Also, why in the fuck did they changed the point system? It’s bad enough they sell you digital games at retail prices, but because of where I live, I have to pay a sales tax….TWICE!
      to add money I gotta pay a tax to buy something i pay a tax. This is discouraging me from buying digital at all. Sony, Micro and Nintendo needs to go back to the point systems

      • Mayoo

        Sales taxes doesn’t apply on gift cards and points don’t allow quick view of the real price.

        • BIG Franky

          yeah…. you don’t pay tax on the initial gift card purchase…. so you aren’t getting taxed twice.

      • Austin Troth

        put your zip code as 07001 and enjoy no tax ok

  • gerb1977

    This is a great deal….especially if you are a Best Buy Rewards customer and part of the Digital Deluxe program for Wii U. Cost me $97 for what will be about $155 worth of gaming purchases on eShop. Child of Light and Mario Kart will both be paid for well in advance.

  • J_Joestar

    sounds like a great deal…
    *lives in Canada where the promo didn’t extend to the last few times they did it*

  • Purchased two $50 cards yesterday. Save 20% now and then get 10% back when I buy games off the Wii U eShop is a great deal.

    • Mayoo

      I would do the same thing but unless our downloads/purchases are not console-bound anymore, I am not doing bigger purses than $10~$15 on the shop.

      I heard many horror stories where Nintendo refused to give back games after console was stolen or broken.

      • To be honest that concerns me too which is why I back up my USB Hard Drive every time I add something new and then once a week or so for any game saves that may be on the drive.

        I hope Nintendo makes the process of associating e-purchases with an ID or some way for customers to keep their digital purchases.

        • Mayoo

          This + add the possibility to use a NAS to backup games.

      • Kaihaku

        Then you’ll be glad to know that Nintendo is finally working on updating that archaic policy. Iwata told investors last month that they’re working on making Nintendo Network function more like Steam and PSN in that regard.

    • RichM

      I know there are those that talk about the fear of losing games, but I thought Nintendo put that to rest with the Nintendo ID. Aren’t your purchases tied to your ID and not the console itself? Like an Apple ID or a Google Account?
      Anyways, the savings are even greater if you take into account sales tax and the cost of driving to the store. You are not charged sales tax when you purchase from the eShop, at least I am not. Thus, I save 6% or approximately $3.60 in sales tax on a $60 game. Plus, I don’t have to drive to Best Buy which is about 10 miles away. That’s a gallon of gas (20 miles there and back) which goes for $3.27 in my part of the country. So, I “avoid” another $6.87 in cost, plus save $12 and get $5 back…wow! That’s a smoking hot deal! So, I can buy Mario Kart 8 for $66.87, or I can get it for $48 and then get $5 credit at the eShop.

  • Fred

    Just got Donkey Kong Country Tropical Freeze for $40/$35.
    $40 because of the 20% off, $35 if you consider I used a $5 Deluxe Digital Promotion certificate to do it and then immediately got another so for all intents and purposes $35 for a game that was released a few days ago!
    Awesome deal!!!

  • steveb944

    I think I’ll go for a $50 card to cover my DLC purchases. I think I’ll be investing in that quite a bit in my future.

  • Sam

    I wish I could get some. But I’d much rather have the physical form.

  • Kaihaku

    Love these deals. Especially with games like The Girl and The Robot, Child of Light, and A Hat in Time on the way for 2014.

  • Des

    That might be a good deal if you’re buying a new game but older E-Shop games are way overpriced. For example, Batman Arkham City Armored Edition had a price tag of $60, last I checked. Priced higher than the newer Batman Arkham Origins. Store prices for the game are like $20 NEW. Are you kidding me Nintendo? That’s a big reason I’d rather buy disk versions of games than shop from their e-shop.