Mar 29th, 2013

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In the age old debate of physical versus digital media, digital media has another point struck against it this morning. Darksiders II–a release title for the Wii U–will have its digital version removed from the Wii U eShop in Europe. There is no mention made about the North American eShop and why it should get to keep its version for now.

For those wondering why this may have occurred, currently the Darksiders franchise is in the process of seeking a buyer after its publisher THQ went belly up late last year. Most of THQ’s popular properties like Company of Heroes and Saint’s Row found swift homes, but certain others were left languishing. There have been many rumors about who might want to buy the property, including Platinum Games.

As for those customers who already purchased the game digitally, you’ll be able to re-download your title at any time. Nintendo isn’t taking away access from customers who have already bought it. Future customers who might want to will have to purchase a physical copy, however.

[via NWR]

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  • val berger

    I’d love to buy digital copies to have games always on my WiiU’s harddisc. But not as long as it’s a disadvantage to buy digital games. Most of the time, retail games are even cheaper which makes absolutely no sense. And now …. THIS?!

    • Fred

      How is it a disadvantage to buy digital games? I don’t understand this? I bought my first few Wii U games physically and the rest digitally my only regret is that I didn’t buy them all digitally!

      • sdmac200600

        Well the games aren’t tied to your NNID so if your console bricks or breaks, you have no way of getting your games that you rightfully own back.

        • gobrowniesgo

          Not true..Nintendo’s help line can do that for you..

          • sdmac200600

            This guy on youtube still has not been repayed by nintendo the amount of money he spent in the eshop when his sytem broke and he called last month. They wanted him to send in a receipt showing proof of first and second Wii U purchase which he did last month and nintendo said they would get back to him and they never did. All that could have been avoided had nintendo tied the games to the NNID instead of the console.

          • gobrowniesgo

            true..but you can still get it back…it just take may alittle bit of time..

      • gobrowniesgo

        lt’s a disadvantage if the game sux, you have no way of trading it. Also if you want to lend it to a friend, you can’t..

        • Fred

          Those are 2 legit points, but it’s not enough to keep me buying discs

      • val berger

        If a game, that I am not allowed to borrow to a friend, resell, that’s filled up with DRM and which doesn’t cost anything to be manufactured physically costs more than the physical games, then you gotta admit, something went terribly wrong. If there’d be a rule that digital copies would always have to cost like max 80% of the retail price (similar to Music-pricemodels) then that would be better. In the end in never own the product itself but only a copy, no matter if it’s on a disc or your harddisc, but on the disc you somehow got more freedom to do with it what you want.

        • Fred

          Downloading games on my Wii U IS cheaper. Since I have the Deluxe I get the promotion which means 10% back so while it’s not the 80% you want it’s 90% and you get more club nintendo points. Plus sometimes they go on sale (for example this weekend Sonic Racing was on sale for $30 yes I downloaded it!)

          • val berger

            You got a point with the 10% there which I totally forgot. On the other hand, of course games are on sale now and then. it’s the same with retail games. But I’m talking about games at their release. You shouldn’t have to go through this premium-process to be able to pay less for a digital copy. No one in the industry does that. Digital music, books and even movies (athough movies are way worse quality than their retailversions) are always less expensive than the retail copies which makes absolutely sense as digital copies just don’t have to go through a fabrication & shipping process. Of course, hosting a serverfarm isn’t for free, but many industries already proved, that you can definitely sell digital stuff way below the price of physical copies.
            Don’t get me wrong. I’m not even against digital stuff at all. I actually planned to only install digital games onto my wiiU as I wanted to be able to access it all the time. But buying retail games is just so much affordable. Not to mention the extra external harddisc, I would need as soon as I download more digital games. But yeah, that would be the least bad I think.

          • Fred

            Having to buy an external hard drive is a legit point, but I figured if I go out and get a 2TB hard drive I’ll always have enough space.
            Personally the 10% discount plus the extra club Nintendo points is enough for me (not only do you get a few extra points for games like NSMBU, but you get points for games like Sonic Racing and NBA 2k13 where people that buy the disc don’t get any points for them).
            Plus, if I’m going to spend $60 on NBA 2K13, I’d rather have all $60 going to Nintendo/2K sports so that they can be fully funded to continue making great games. If I buy it from Walmart they get a chunk and I figure they get enough of my money as it is I don’t feel the need to give them anymore of it.

  • Fred

    How is this a con to digital games? This happens to physical games too. For example I want to buy Xenoblade for the Wii (it’s not a very old game either), but I can’t find it anywhere and in order to buy it on ebay I’d have to pay over $100. If you bought it and need to redownload it for any reason you still can so in my humble opinion digital is better and I will continue to buy ALL my Wii U games digitally

    • thedeciderU

      good point, though i prefer a physical copy.

    • TOUGH_STUFF

      GameStop has it used for 44. But not all stores maybe try to get one of ur local employees to order one for you?

  • Fred
    • Chiwawa

      oh shit! thanks bro. im headed there right now.

    • angel

      fuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuck, i bought it at full prize

    • Adrian

      Thanks for the tip, I just went to best buy and picked it up. I lucked out and got a sales person who had NO IDEA about the sale.
      So I asked about the Wii U pro controller sale, they said they didn’t know. We walked to the controllers, HE grabbed a black one, and said it was 50. I said, online it is 35. He said he would check. so HE took the black one over to the computer and did his little lookup. I was expecting him to come back and say it only applied to the white one. But he never did!
      Haha, so I lucked out and got a black one for the sale price. Pretty awesome. This controller feels AWESOME in your hands. Actually much better than the gamepad. I’m playing some ZombiU with my friend with it tonight.

      • Adrian

        UpdatE: Just played multiplayer on ZombiU for the first time. Holy crap! completely different from the regular game. Was crazy.

      • Fred

        Why would anyone give this a down arrow?

        • Adrian

          Answer: Because some sad children are so bored that they think causing trouble is entertainment, and so unintelligent that they think downvoting people is causing trouble.

  • Adrian

    Watching you doom sayers, and you super nintendo lovers debate over how successful the console will be as if you are marketing and technology experts is laughable. How about we just wait a year and watch how you are both wrong.
    Maybe stop making predictions, and just…I dunno. Go out and have some fun?

  • gobrowniesgo

    There’s a report that Crytek wants to buy the Darksiders ip.. could this mean that EA will get to publish it?

    • NkoSekirei

      hope not

      • gobrowniesgo

        me too..they would ruin that game too..

  • gobrowniesgo

    To all Trolls:
    lt is your fault that the U is not selling. You people turn potential buyers away by bashing something that you do not like. And yes potential buyers read comments on articles, whether you think so or not.

    • Adrian

      I wouldn’t give them that much credit. Though I’m sure they are not helping. But the the majority of people who need to buy a wii U are parents (for their kids). These parents probably don’t spend their time reading forums about Wii U.

      • gobrowniesgo

        True, but l’m sure some parents do some homework. ln theory anyways.

    • greengecko007

      Yes, blame the trolls, because you can’t bring yourself to think that the Wii U isn’t selling as good because Nintendo made a mistake with the launch? Nintendo admits that they underestimated how long it takes to crank out HD games and they admit that sales could be better. Nintendo WILL turn the Wii U into a success, but blaming their mistakes on trolls is just idiotic.

      • gobrowniesgo

        l was referring to people who do homework on the web before they make a purchase. And l never said that Nin. didn’t make mistakes..but it looks like sales picked up last week..

        • greengecko007

          But you see? Nobody does that. If you want to research a product, you typically go to the companies website, or maybe gamestop. No potential buyers for the Wii U go to fansites to see what the raging 10 year olds and the trolls think.

  • david jarman

    To the other David: You claim to only own a wiiu console. Yet, you complain the lack of games on it. If you don’t own any other console then you would be wanting to purchase and play like assassin’s creed, blacks ops, batman, need for speed, spiderman, trine 2, super mario bros, darksiders 2, mass effect 3 and etc, etc. now you could say that maybe you played them on another console or at a friends house and liked it on the other console better, but then I would have to call you an idiot for purchasing the wrong console for you. And if you going to compare it to a PC I will have to call you an idiot. If you bought it cause its a nintendo then you’re a bigger fanboy then most on here. Besides all launches and I stress all launches are slow. Look up ps3 and Xbox bullshit launch. Both of them were a bigger failures then this launch and look how great they are doing now. I guess what I’m saying here is I call your bullshit. Quit trolling. Leave.

    • Guest

      Good point (not David)

  • Dominic Coradazzi

    Damn, I’d completely forgotten this game was on Wii U
    just goes to show no one cared