The employee should probably think about what they say. You wouldn't scare your customers into thinking they won't come to your store to buy games anymore.
As for my opinion, I'll just preorder and have it delivered to my door. Get it instantly, no hassle, no going to the store, etc. Simple, uncomplicated and sometimes gets here a day before the release date.
I think that it's best that X/Y were physical game cards, especially since there are people who live in areas where internet and Wi-Fi is either slow or not available, and that would cause Nintendo to lose a lot of sales. This is the same kind of controversy as the rumors of the PS4 and Xbox 720 being "always online", because both involve heavy use of internet and Wi-Fi connection, and less than 40% of people in the US have no internet connection. Either way, it's unlikely to happen any time soon.
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Or, as my case happens, I do have wireless broadband but for some reason it doesn't work the same on all devices. E.g. I can access online easily enough using my PC, Wii, PS3, 3DS . . . but the Wii U can't maintain a connection. I get one error message or another like 80% of the time. Now it could just be simple interference, but then why are my other consoles (which are set up right next to it) not affected too?
Makes me glad the Wii U doesn't absolutely require a live Internet connection to run.
EDIT: In addition, while we all knew it wouldn't be any different, XY will be available physically. CoroCoro revealed their boxart, which looks fantastic to me :)
Ok im all for digital games. just geting that out of the way
however i colect the box (i have every main series game boxes) so if they get rid of hard copies i will be depressed.
now im sure at least in america that if your not in a rural area your pretty much covered by stores to name a few walmart, kmart, target, toysrus, game stop, best buy, eb games, ext. plus not to mention you can pre order them.
Ever since I downloaded Fire Emblem Awakening, I find that I prefer digital games. 8U; I'm terribly disorganized, and when I switch games I tend to lose cartridges. They make them so small, so it's easy for me to lose them for good. You can't leave digital copies on the table or on your radio or something. Plus I live one 2-hour bus trip away from the mall, so it's no hardship for me to go once a week to check new games to possibly buy via digital download.
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I'm against all digital only - if it was released that way,
I love displaying the boxes of the games next to my Pokemon collection, just to say "I own the game"
I don't have WiFi, so I couldn't not buy the game. If I buy digital and something happens to my 3DS (lost, stolen, or damaged) I would loose all data, especially if I bought the 2 games, or more copies later.
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30% of America doesn't have Internet,
Most 1-2GB downloads for your average 50MBs speed is 2 hours.
Digital copys of the game cost more then the hard copy(No joke)...I pay usually around $37 with tax included for hardcopy,digital download would cost around $44 with tax included...
Anyways,Nintendo is not a computer company,they are a video game company...They make games,not computers.
I wouldn't really be into this idea. I like getting physical copies of the games and while their are advantages to downloading a game, it wouldn't be the best move to go completely digital, at least at this point. I'll just pre-order the games and pick them up the day they're released. There are like four Gamestops in my local area within easy driving distance, so it wouldn't be too difficult in getting the physical copies.