I guess we hoped Nintendo and the third parties wouldn't follow the same suit as Sony and others did on the PSN. Sadly, those are full RRP prices. Not unexpected, but disappointing.
Seriously, it’s a great launch line-up, especially if you’ve not owned a PS3 or 360 for a little while, and the couple of first party titles available at launch are very Nintendo.
However, it’s the pricing of the games that’s a little disappointing, with many third party titles appearing on the high street shelves at £50 or so. That’s £50 for – in some cases, like Batman: Arkham City and Darksiders 2 – rather old games.
RRP can be troublesome thing, but naturally you can buy most of the games for around a tenner less if you shop around, especially online. But Nintendo’s own download version, the eShop, is sticking to those top-end prices.
So, New Super Mario Bros. U and Nintendo Land will both run you £49.99, along with the aforementioned Darksiders 2 and EA’s latest footy game. Thankfully SEGA’s All-Stars Racing, which we reckon is the best karting game this year, is there for a bit less – £39.99, but that’s still £10 more than it is on the PSN for PS3.
At least it’s a decent selection – Tekken Tag Tournament 2 is there (£37.49), Just Dance 4 (£39.99) and the first compilation title – something the Wii had plenty of – is present and correct with “30 Great Games” for just £27.99.
In terms of eShop only titles, Trine 2 is available for £10.99, Puddle for £7.99, Little Inferno is £12.99, Chasing Aurora is £10.79 and the great looking Nano Assault Neo is a penny under £9.
Update: apparently Ubisoft are wanting £55 for ZombiU and Assassin’s Creed III.