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Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze download size revealed

The Japanese Nintendo website has put up the download size for the upcoming Donkey Kong Tropical Freeze game. The 11.4gb game will be available on 2014.2.13 in Japan and it seems as though the game will support the Wii U Pro controller but not the Wii classic controller.

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It also appears that the Nintendo Network online integration is going beyond just Miiverse posts. Nintendo mentions on their website of a ‘Time Attack’ challenge which will allow you to participate in an online ranking.

Leave a comment below and let us know if you’ll be buying a physical copy or a digital copy?

 

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  • Shota

    buying a physical copy! love the dkc series. dkc:returns still had that old dkc magic. i bet this one is gonna be awesome as hell (david wise composed the music !!!)

    • Fred

      I wish they’d put the original trilogy on the eShop to commemorate. I’d buy those too without any hesitation.

      • Shota

        damn ,that would be awesome!

      • https://www.facebook.com/BlueLightningTechnicalServices Bob Wilkerson

        That would be smart of Nintendo to release related VC titles along side a new title. Hell even offer some sort of promo like if you buy the new game you can get a discount code off the VC titles.

        • Fred

          They wouldn’t even have to put it on the Wii U just bring it back on the Wii side of things (I don’t know why they removed them) and I’ll be happy to pay $8 each. I’d also love to try DK64 as I never played that one.

          • darkcreap

            Yes, very strange too. Why would they remove it?

          • lonewolf

            Probably they are making them to work for the wii u so you wouldn’t have to downnload them twice?

          • darkcreap

            Yes, but the issue is that to do that, they wouldn’t need to remove them from the Wii VC. All the games so far for the WiiU VC were also in the Wii VC before.

        • darkcreap

          They have done that with Mario games and Zelda games before. A Link To the Past after A Link Between Worlds, plus Super Mario Bros 3 after Super Mario 3D World (or just a little before, I do not remember).

          If those games appear on VC, I buy them even if I haven’t got the time, like I did with Super Mario World on VC. Those games are a must have if only for nostalgia. At least for those I couldn’t have as a child.

  • Seth S. Scott

    physical at launch, no doubt. game looks amazing.

    • http://ejercitogeek.net/ Mercurio2054

      1 of those 11 Gigabytes are for the hair textures

      • ETeach

        I’d believe it. Cranky’s beard is glorious.

      • justin476

        They do look super impressive…

    • DK_Hadouken

      I was already getting the physical copy, because that cover is awesome!

    • That guy who hates Spike

      I’m going full download with my new 2TB Hardrive. This will be my last game I can fit on my Wii U. And just barely as well. I fear I’m going to have to be very nitty gritty when an update comes to one of the games I’ve already saved my data for.

      • http://gentlerobot.com/ Gentle Robot

        Me too. The HDD I bought is smaller than any game case.

    • Andrew

      physical copy all the way.

  • Wayne Beck

    Never been a Big DKC guy, but every time I see an article on it, even if it doesn’t say anything particularly kool about the game, I want it a little more.

    • Skelterz

      give it a shot man there’s not much else coming out this feb not that i know of?

      • RyuNoHadouken

        Lego Movie game!

    • Fred

      That’s how I was with Mario 3D World after the E3 video I didn’t think I was going to buy it, but every time I learned more about it that changed a little and in the end I downloaded it at midnight on the release date.

    • darkcreap

      Try renting the game before to ensure it is your cup of tea before buying it. I mean, if you haven’t played the SNES games. If you have, you will very likely like this one. Retro did a good job to take the feel of the original DKC series on the SNES (which I played with friends or alone) while renewing it a little bit. DKC Returns was a very good sequel to the SNES, which was difficult since RARE dig a great job with those games.

    • http://gentlerobot.com/ Gentle Robot

      You can grab the Wii game for next to nothing used. I was surprised at how great it is.

  • http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B008SRISGU#reader_B008SRISGU Adam Howell

    Have a hard drive.. Wouldnt have bothered buying most of my games without one

  • Skelterz

    physical copy for me i’m not to keen on digital downloads unless its retro or E-shop indie games, looks great music is really good as well all in all its a solid game coming at the start of nintendo’s most important year for the wii u..

  • Skelterz

    physical copy for me i’m not to keen on digital downloads unless its retro or E-shop indie games, looks great music is really good as well all in all its a solid game coming at the start of nintendo’s most important year for the wii u.

    • Denvy

      I generally thought the same way myself, until recently. With more games not even including manuals and the fact that digital downloads can be re downloaded were something crazy to happen, I lean towards digital sometimes. If someone steals my physical copy or if my physical copy cracks or scratches, I’m plumb out of luck.

      • Skelterz

        each to their own i’ll stick to my old ways until the very end lol.

      • Fred

        I agree with you. Unless I can find the game significantly cheaper on a disc (I bought my physical copy of Need For Speed: Most Wanted U for $7.50) I’m going digital. Plus it’s convenient when switching between games I just go to the home screen and pick the new game.

        • Denvy

          Plus for another year or so the digital promo is still in effect which is a good incentive!

      • Skelterz

        physical ftw

  • Nintenjoe82

    Can’t ignore a first party title in the middle of a Q1 drought but can’t justify until I get the last few green stars on SM3DW! Also pretty hard to justify another platformer when AC4 is only £20 brand new.

    • Skelterz

      where is AC4 £20 at the moment??

      • Nintenjoe82

        It was in my local GAME and £24 online but I just checked and it’s back to £45 so DKCTF it is!

        • Zac Alias

          Grainger games has it on for £32.99! Not bad! Where are you getting yours from?

          • Nintenjoe82

            Not sure yet. Maybe we’ll get a Nintendo direct for SNES remix, in which case I will be sorted until Mario Kart :)

        • Skelterz

          that’s a shame i’d pick that up for 20 quid nevermind i;ll keep my eye out

          • Nintenjoe82

            try going into a GAME if you have one nearby. I saw a few copies in mine.

          • Skelterz

            cool beans there’s one like 30 mins away will do.

    • D.M.T

      What are you talking about? There’s no Q1 drought.

      • Nintenjoe82

        January – no first party games at retail
        February – one first party game at retail
        March – no first party games at retail

        There might be announcements, eshop games and one or two 3rd party games but I know nothing of them.

        • D.M.T

          January – Wii Fit U
          February – Donkey Kong
          March – Mario Kart 8.

          Maybe i’m wrong about MK 8 but i’m pretty sure that the release date is some time in March.

          • Nintenjoe82

            I’ve had Wii Fit U for a while so my January is pretty bare. I don’t want to jinx MK8 by assuming it will be ready. March has been said but I don’t believe Nintendo release dates until Iwata says them on ND. I think it’s a shame they didn’t reward us early adopters with the demo.

          • Skelterz

            Mk 8 april watch this space.

      • BIG Franky

        uhhhhh…. we have ONE triple-A title scheduled for release in Q1… if that isn’t a drought, I don’t know what is….

        • D.M.T

          If I’m correct. Mario Kart 8 will be released in March. That’s 2 games which is not much for people who can a new game every month but i can’t buy a new game every time so i’m cool with that. And Wii Fit U was released last month. that’s not a “triple A” game but it’s still a huge game for the Wii U.

          • Magnus Eriksson

            looooooool

          • darkcreap

            I think that in Q1 we have Watchdogs very likely and DKC. For me it is ok. Not because of economical reasons but because of time constraints. Nonetheless, you have a point. Not everyone has the mone or time to play one game each month. The problem is the people who have and get bored.

            EDIT: And Mario Kart 8, I forgot that one.

          • Nintenjoe82

            I told you not to jinx it!!!

            Just kidding, apparently MK8 is due in May. It could’ve been a lot worse. I was worried it would be September.

    • Fred

      Did you play Donkey Kong Country Returns? My time with that game is what is going to sell me on Tropical Freeze

      • Nintenjoe82

        yeah, even my memories with DKC on SNES would be enough but I’m getting genre fatigue.

    • darkcreap

      I bought AC4 at launch, but did not have the time to play it until now. I am liking the pirating game, despite the fact that I much prefered AC3’s large countryside areas.

      The story, up to this point (I am around sequence 5 or 6), is not that compelling for me, but I am liking it nonetheless. Give it a try at least. If you liked AC3, you will likely like this one. I loved AC3, but it was also because it was my first AC game ever, so that should be taken into account.

      • Nintenjoe82

        I liked AC3 but the loading times, Desmond missions, travelling through a sequence of locations to progress the story and certain things about the pacing of the game really made me hate it by the end. I still managed 100hrs of just hunting bears and stuff so I know I will like AC4. I might hold out til the next Ubisoft digital sale and buy an HDD.

  • Joe Fraley

    Ugh, how much longer are we going to print discs and boxes. What a waste.

    • Skelterz

      some people still like to actually own the stuff they buy man digital isn’t for everyone.

      • Denvy

        Some? I’d say most still enjoy the physical copies. People like to hold something they purchase. Even though I lean digital (sometimes) there’s nothing like cracking open that shrink wrap.

        • http://gentlerobot.com/ Gentle Robot

          I’d rather hold my sweaty balls than cradle a plastic box like it means something real and isn’t just a crude vessel for a collection of digits.

      • Joe Fraley

        I’m not saying they aren’t fun, I’m just saying it’s hugely wasteful. Surely the joy of just owning a plastic box is pretty trivial, right? It’s not like the funnest part of the game or something. Compared to the industrial level waste and transport costs, do people really care still about having a full bookshelf? It’s such a menial contribution

        • D.M.T

          I think you’re missing the point here. This is not about having fun owning a plastic box and a manual that almost no one reads, this is about actually owning your games. When you buy a digital game, you don’t own the game, you just have the right to play it. What you buy is the rights to play the game. But when you buy a physical copy, you actually OWN the game. You can do whatever you want with the physical copy after you’re done. You can sell it if you want or you can give it to someone as a gift or you can your friend borrow the game from you or you can keep it in your collection etc. That’s the reason why a lot of people, me included, like physical copies.

          • Joe Fraley

            I wouldn’t say I missed the point, since as you can see from this thread, lots of people actually say things like “cause it’s fun” and “cause I like em” all the time. You raise a compelling point though. I can see why people would be concerned about ownership issues. But another way of asking this question is: why do companies even bother to make the discs? If they switch to e-distribution models, people don’t have a choice about ownership. I’d be shocked if their sales dropped afte the switch, and they’d save money on distribution.

          • Daniel Gonzalez

            People have the choice not to buy digital copies and then those companies are screwed. This is why options are available because they know the consumers will complain about it and rightfully so. Forcing people to go one way, is risky business. and they know that. Most importantly, not everyone wants to waste money on an external hard drive to fit all these games on their console.

          • Joe Fraley

            Well let me ask you this. Suppose that a heavy hitting, tier one, first party game is made available digital only. For example, suppose Super Mario 3D World was merely an eshop title. I don’t doubt that people would complain. But just as a speculative matter, how much worse do you think the sales would be? In other words, if we expect the print and digital version together to sell 1,000,000 copies, how many fewer copies do you think would be sold if it were only available digitally? Would you guess only 800,000 would be sold? Would you guess only 10,000 would be sold? I’m just trying to get a sense of how badly digital only models would do compared to the one we have now. My guess is that, as much as customers would complain, they’d bite the bullet and buy them all the same.

          • Daniel Gonzalez

            Doubtful. Physical sells more than digital even in today’s gaming industry. While I do like digital up to a point, it’s not going to take over anytime soon. People love their physical copies. Unless laws of ownership pertaining to digital copies changes, I don’t see people taking kindly to it anytime soon. With that said, companies won’t risk it when they know the consumers are the ones who give them profit. It wouldn’t be worth the gamble.

          • Joe Fraley

            I understand that there are many more physical copies sold than there are digital copies for any top tier game. I’m conjecturing that so few digital copies get sold partly because there is a physical copy alternative available. I don’t know the actual numbers, but let’s say that 1,000,000 digital copies of Super Mario 3D World have been sold so far, and 10,000,000 physical copies have been sold. If the game had only ever been available digitally, do you think that the game would only have sold the same 1,000,000 copies? Or do you think that lots of the people who actually bought physical copies would have settled for a digital copy if it had been the only available choice?

          • Daniel Gonzalez

            If it were the only choice, then most like they would such as how indie games are sold. Though, it’s doubtful that it would come to that is what I’m getting at. I get what you’re trying to say, but I don’t see that happening anytime soon. Physical copies are still in high demand, and it would be foolish for companies to suddenly just switch to digital.

          • Joe Fraley

            But it would only be foolish for them to switch if they thought they’d sell fewer games on that model. In the thought experiment we’re considering, my impression is that Nintendo would have sold just as many copies of Mario 3D as they already have, or at least close to as many. That’s because the new Mario is a great game with a lot of hype – and people with WiiUs really wanted to play it. If Nintendo would have sold as many copies in either event, then why does it make good business sense for them to continue to spend more money than necessary by printing physical copies?

            I agree that such a switch is not in the near future, because market pressures are very powerful. I’m just wondering why Nintendo, and other game companies, are even bothering. They must think that they’d lose a significant number of sales without physical availability, but does that seem right to you? At least in the case of a popular, well-reputed game like Mario 3D, I would be shocked if that were true.

          • JB

            In the end, it’s just a consumer rights issue, look no further than the whole XBox One debacle last year. Mircosoft wanted to go all digital, then they caved to consumer pressure in the 11th hour. Forcing consumers one way or the other is bad for business.

            On the other hand, If digital distribution was handled like the Steam model or at least at a 10-30 per cent markdown from retail, I could see a more digital future. Heck they could even do what Nintendo did with Luigi U; release the digital version first and price it cheaper and sell a retail version for a limited time and limited quantity and price it higher.

          • Joe Fraley

            Yeah, I think that you’re right JB. I told D.M.T. too that I can understand the ownership concerns. That speaks to me for sure.

            Part of me is curious if the people resisting digital distribution for games are also still buying CD’s and DVD’s. I’d be especially surprised about music. Lots of audiophiles tout the CD as having much lower data loss rates, and thus better sound on high quality systems. Still, my impression is that, for the most part, basically everyone has embraced the digital model for buying and storing their music, even where they face the same sort of property issues that are coming up in this thread.

            I find it weird that people are on board for music and movies, but not games.

          • JB

            Warning: I’m thinking out loud, so I may be all over the place. LOL

            I think a lot of it has to do with the pricing model on consoles, to be honest. I’m sure those same people who buy physical don’t complain when they are downloading tons of stuff from Steam, or when PS+ have awesome games on their storefront.

            Also, I don’t think a 59.99 game can be copied or transferred as easily as say digital audio and video, so it’s a pill that’s a lot harder to swallow than an album for 6.99 or a movie for 14.99 that I can download and burn to as many devices/blank media I want and that’s if you’re not subscribed to an all you can eat service.

            Another thing is portability. I can understand people embracing digital music. It’s a hell of a lot easier to manage a music collection in that manner. I would wager the majority of people buy a truck ton of music per year and far outweighs their gaming purchases. I know I’d rather have my whole collection in the cloud or access music from Spotify nowadays rather than manage a bunch of jewel cases/CD holders in my car/house. Then there’s the use case for going out for a run and having your collection with you.

            As far as movies: In a world of Netflix, Hulu, HBO Go and various other On Demand and rental services, you have a myriad of options at your fingertips. Again, you can take those anywhere with you as you can access a lot of those services from your laptop, smartphone and tablet.

          • Skelterz

            I didn’t say that owning games is fun? yet you basicly made out like that’s why i like to own it there’s nothing fun about it i like to own because then its on my shelf with the rest of my shit that i have games books CD’s etc its a personal thing everyone’s different but don’t expect to have a decent chat with anyone on this site coming across the way you did to me earlier as you’ve learned you will get told.

          • Joe Fraley

            Sorry, I didn’t mean to misconstrue your position. When you say “it’s a personal thing,” it sounds to me like you mean that you get some pleasure from owning the discs, in addition to the pleasure you get from being able to play the game. By “fun,” I just mean pleasure. Is this a more fair representation of your feelings?

            My claim is just that whatever personal gratification there is in owning physical goods, surely it doesn’t outweigh the waste and inefficiency required to produce them. Let me put the point in the form of a question. Is there any amount of economic pressure that would make you think the pleasure of owning the physical discs wasn’t worth the cost? For example, if the cost of printing the discs meant that Nintendo would go out of business, would you think that it was worth giving up physical copies for digital ones?

            Obviously that’s not the case. The cost of production and shipment is not going to drive Nintendo out of business. I’m just wondering if there is any cost whatsoever that would be relevant to you. As a different example, if physical games suddenly cost $1 more than digital versions, would the physical copies seem worth it to you, merely for the pleasure of having them on your bookshelf? If they cost $5 more, would it be worth it? Is there any number that would change your mind?

          • Skelterz

            No i just prefer buying them and when i said its a personal thing i meant like personally thats what i prefer to do its about preference dick job get a life.

          • Joe Fraley

            Well, I don’t really understand that response. I know a lot of gamers feel a strong sense of attachment to the physical distribution model. I think it’s pretty clear that it suffers serious problems, so I’m just trying to get a sense of what’s behind this. This isn’t intended to be a personal attack, just an open dialogue, which includes challenges to popular, yet opaque reasons. If you mean that you have no reason at all for preferring physical discs – that you just prefer them and that’s it – then I don’t see where further a dialogue can go.

          • Skelterz

            then stop replying phoenix wright?..

          • Joe Fraley

            Lol, the attorney? I mean, yeah, I guess that’s all that’s left to do. I’ve obviously upset you or hurt your feelings. Apologies all around – I just wanted to Mae it clear that I wasn’t trolling, just trying to explore an issue.

          • Skelterz

            lol nah im the troll and im full and tired no hard feelings hahaha peace bro

          • http://gentlerobot.com/ Gentle Robot

            Microsoft wanted to let us to sell the game after we were done and everyone lost their shit and said it was the worst idea ever.

    • starwars360

      Microsoft
      Sony
      EA
      Bethesda
      Rockstar Games
      Ubisoft
      2K Games
      WB Games
      And more publishers had released their games with huge GB into digital!!!

    • Denvy

      Glad you like to cart your entire system around to play games with friends. That’s just not for everyone.

      • Fred

        I don’t like to do that either, so I invite them over to my house or play online with them.

        • darkcreap

          Yep, both have advantages and disadvantages. On one hand, I would very much like digital, but the price and the fact that I can’t lend a game to a friend does not help.

          I think that linking your games to your Nintendo Network ID rather than to your machine would be more comfortable. I think that Steam (for sure) and maybe Sony and Microsoft allow you to do that. You can go to a friend’s house, login to your account and enjoy the games. I am not sure about the restrictions though.

          On the other hand, it is not nice that you need to be constantly online even for single player, but also Steam allows you to stay offline for some time, I think.

    • Frankie

      The Xbox One has 500 gb. Battle Field 4 requires 40 gb and Dead Rising 3 takes 35 gd, and just had a 13gb update. One fifth of the Xbox Ones memory is gone. That is why games are not digital only.

      • Fred

        That’s what external hard drives are for. I’ve purchased most of my Wii U games digitally so I bought a 2TB hard drive

      • Joe Fraley

        I’m with Fred. 1TB runs $50 at Best Buy. That holds approaching 100 games this size. I can’t think of a system that even had a 100 games I wanted – let alone wanted to have all at once (since of course, one can always add and remove games you’ve already paid for via the eshop)

        • Frankie

          Why should I have to go buy an external hard drive to use my system? I can understand with memory cards because the technology was not there, but now it is. And 1TB at Best Buy is around $90. Costumers do not want to spend additional money for a system that is already hundreds of dollars.

          • darkcreap

            “Costumers do not want to spend additional money for a system that is already hundreds of dollars.”.

            Actually, it is not that expensive. Take into account that, without the hardisk, you would get a lower price.

            Also, have into account that, should the hard drive break down, you have to call Microsoft to get a new one. That will add transport and labour costs. Unless you want to try and buy your own, open the console and put the new one.

            With external hard drives, you don’t depend on the one who sold you the console and, by the time your hdd breaks down, you will buy a similar disk for a very much lower price for the same capacity, as technology always gets better.

          • JB

            If they put any more memory in it at launch, we would’ve been paying *at least* 50 bucks more than what they were already selling it for. I’d rather get my own external drive on my own time and when my budget allows (a 2TB drive is probably cheaper than what Microsoft would charge us if it came installed), as I’m sure I’m not going to burn through all 500GB right away, let alone in the first year of launch. Also, 500GB is sufficient for those who don’t plan on going all digital, which I’m sure is the majority of consumers.

          • Frankie

            Did you not read the comment 2 above? The games are taking insane amounts of memory, even when they are not digital.

          • JB

            Yes, I read it. You can stick in about 8-10 games (possibly more depending on the size of the install) before running out of space. My point is that I’d rather pay less for the system and *buy my own external storage* on the cheap, rather than pay for a pre-installed, larger hard drive. There’s more to not going all digital than just the size of the games, if that was the case, Steam wouldn’t exist.

            A lot of it on the console front has to do with consumer rights and pricing structure and internet caps…

          • Frankie

            The average consumer will not be happy with having to buy an external hard drive.

        • lonewolf

          I was reading your dialogue with other people on this subject so i just want to add that electronic companies spend resources and pollute the environment by making external harddrives or flash drives so you could buy and store your digital games on. As you said before that physical copies of games do the same but in fact the boxes can be recycled (as stated in the wiu game boxes). so your argument falls short here. you need additional energy just to download the games as well where for the physical games you just pop it in and play the games (at least for the wii u) the only benefit for the digital copies is (i must admit) that because the company doesn’t need to do the physical copies and the games themselves would be cheaper the other is the same just give or take few things it all ends the same way.

          • Joe Fraley

            Hey lonewolf, thanks for joining the discussion. I would never say that a digital distribution model requires NO resources. For example, in addition to the costs you already mentioned, a digital model requires vast servers across the world, which take up land and energy of their own, as well as producing their own industrial waste.

            However, there are several factors that make digital distribution much more efficient than physical distribution, or at the very least more optimistic.

            First, shipment and transportation of goods is actually the largest source of waste in almost any industrial system. At least the way things are currently done, enormous amounts of fossil fuel are required to get games (or almost any good) to stores and houses all over the world. That’s bad news that we dramatically reduce in a digital model. As you rightly point out, we don’t eradicate this problem by switching to a digital system, since of course hard drives and cables and all sorts of things still need to be shipped all over. However, the effect would still be enormously positive.

            To see this, just count all the times you’ve ever driven to the game store to pick something up this year. Compare that to the one time you’d need to order or go pick up an external drive. Now multiply those numbers by the number of stores that sell games, and by the number of games that came out this year. It should be clear how dramatic the difference is, even without empirical evidence (which one could easily furnish).

      • JB

        Most of Dead Rising 3’s 13GB was replacing assets that were already present in the original game, so the patch is really just 2GBs extra. The argument of going all digital is not a matter of the size of the hard drive, as you can just plug in an external drive, the issue is “consumer rights” The general consumer isn’t ready for an all digital console yet, as a lot of people like to share and resell games, and have something tangible that they know they own. Not to mention, in a country that still have to deal with internet data caps, a 50GB download will tear through their allotment in no time.

        • Frankie

          Dead Rising 3 takes up to 35 gb of memory, add the 2gb and it takes up to 37. Still ridiculous amount of memory.

          • JB

            I know I’m just splitting hairs, but the original Dead Rising 3 install was only 20GB (19.9 if I’m going to be technical) so add the 2GB you only have about 22GB taken up.

          • Frankie

            The back of the box says up to 35.

  • D.M.T

    I’m forced to buy a digital copy because I have a European Wii U in the Caribbean. Nintendo’s stupid region locking is making it hard for me to purchase physical copies.

    • Wren Justin Umlauf

      Order online? Maybe you can find someone that will ship it far enough. You’ll have to wait though

      • D.M.T

        i don’t want to wait and pay 15 euros extra (60 + 15 = 75 euros). Digital is what’s best for me

        • Wren Justin Umlauf

          Yeah true. I would probably end up going digital too. I just like having physical versions of the games I really care about

    • TCar

      Why not get the system version that best fits the region you are in?

      • D.M.T

        I used to live in Europe so I bought the European version and then I moved to the Caribbean a year later.

    • Cesar Barroso

      u need to get an American Wii U then, I mean it’s not like America is farder from the Caribbean than Europe.

      • D.M.T

        I used to live in Europe which is why I have a European Wii U.

    • http://ejercitogeek.net/ Mercurio2054

      where’re you? i’m in DR.

      • D.M.T

        I’m on Bonaire, a small island close to Curacao and Venezuela

    • darkcreap

      I guess you have a lot of trouble because of EU-USA import and export taxes, correct? Yep, region locking sucks. Were it not for it, I could get games released on the USA only because I speak English as a second language, so I do not care for the EU or USA versions. I prefer to play games in English even if they are localised for my mother tongue.

  • starwars360

    I getting phy disc over digital. But it is not worry about digital. :)

  • BIG Franky

    physical copies are for PUSSIES…..

    • Vextrum

      And for people who actually want to have the satisfaction of getting the game themselves, or people who want another reason to go outside or another errand to run. Digital copies are for people that don’t like to get out that much. Of course, there are other reasons too. For example, one of the reasons I prefer physical copies is because digital copies have no way of being recovered if, say, the power shuts off, or a problem in the downloading system comes up while you are installing the game. There are many different arguments for both sides.

      • JB

        Hey, hey now, I’m a digital guy and I get out a lot! Though I will buy physical copies if it’s a collectors editions or some great pre-order bonus is attached. LOL

        …And what about people who buy physical copies via Amazon and such? Does that mean they don’t like to get out as much?

        (FYI, I’m just giving you a hard time. I know you’re just responding to BIG Franky’s less than tasteful comment)

    • Aleksander

      Haha and you are the biggest of them all :)

  • ZeldaFan83

    I also understand you will be able to upload replay videos to Miiverse if I’m not mistaken. Something I wish they did in New Super Mario Bros. U because I have some pretty awesome replays.

    • lonewolf

      Thats what i heard as well

  • Elitepwnsface

    A lot bigger download then i actually expected

  • Magnus Eriksson

    Im waiting for Dolphin version :)

  • Fred

    I’ll be buying a digital copy.
    1st – I know I won’t want to sell it so digital is safe as I’ll never have to worry about my kids breaking or losing the disc.
    2nd – I snagged a bunch of those eShop cards from Best Buy when they were 20% off and you could get a $50 for $40 combined with the 10% discount we get with the deluxe digital promotion I’m looking at a sizeable discount if I buy it digitally vs full price for the disc.

    • crocodileman94

      I’ll be buying a physical copy.

      1st – It looks good on the shelf.

      • http://gentlerobot.com/ Gentle Robot

        I got rid of the shelf. Now there’s 3 more square feet in my house to do whatever I want with.

        Remember CD furniture? All the bizarre shelves just so many inches high? The vertical six-inch wide stacking apparatus you had to re-organize every time you bought a new one? The thing that was totally borked by any box set or collector’s edition? Remember the little cupboard under the TV with all the VHS tapes?

        Do you really miss all that crap?

        • Joe Fraley

          Yeah, this is a big part of the issue for me, but I understand that it’s one that people have disparate feelings about. I love comic books, and have been thrilled at the digital offerings. I’d love it if I never had to buy another book again. But I can sympathize with people who like having the objects. We’re conditioned to place high stock in material goods throughout the west.

          Jesus it makes moving easier though.

        • Shy Guy

          Miss them, I still have them. :P

      • Fred

        I have 3 kids and a 1,200 square foot house I can’t afford space for more games. I wish I could snap my fingers and make all my DVDs/Blu-Rays/PS3 games/Wii Games/Game Cube Games/Wii U games digital. Man I’d have a lot more free space.

        I’m really tired of creating more space for all this. And I’m tired of defending them against my 6 month old, my 2 year old, and my 4 year old.

        I’m embracing digital

  • uPadWatcher

    I’m buying the physical disc by the time it launches next month.

  • Ducked

    I’ll be buying the physical copy, I hate buying games digital unless it’s a indie game, or a old game on virtual console. Plus I love the box art for this game. In fact I’m pre-ordering it today.

    • uPadWatcher

      I agree with your comment, Ducked. Since I only have 16GB of internal space left, I only purchase indie and Virtual Console titles at the eShop.

      • Ducked

        Only 19 GB here, I’m trying to avoid buying a external drive for as long as possible

    • kevin nun—-

      I’d preorder it too but not too much of a fan? Do you know if this gam will have coop play? not the trade-offs but pay along each other like Mario.

      • Ducked

        It’ll have 2 player co op like NSMBU does.

  • GregoryTheRainMaker

    I buy physical copies regularly, so this doesn’t concern me much.

  • ETeach

    I want it, but I don’t really feel like I NEED it. The first one was good, really good, but for some reason I;m just not as excited for this one as I was for 3D World or Pikmin 3. Anyone else in the same boat?

    • GregoryTheRainMaker

      Nope, I want to play this game.

    • darkcreap

      Maybe it is because I prefer very much platformers (I was excited for both Pikmin and Mario 3D, but Pikmin was not my cup of tea after all despite being a superb title), but I am sure DKC is going to be superb and I will like it. DKC titles were very good with RARE and I feel Retro has taken that feeling and renewed the saga too.

      I did not finish DKC Returns, but it was not due to quality but because I was frustrated by the Wiimote mechanics, that did not work for me in that game. I expect the new one to be more similar to the SNES ones in that sense.

      DKC games are platformers, but less “square shaped” than late Mario 2D, 3D World and 3D Land. The artwork is more diverse (specially in this one, as it seems for the videos). They are sensibly more difficult than Mario games. Actually DKC Returns had a steeper difficulty curve than the DKC original games by RARE, as far as I remember. That, plus the Wiimote mechanic did not help me either. Nevertheless, if you like games which feel challenging, this one is the right for you. By the way, while I am at it, try also Cloudberry Kingdom at the eShop. That one is a real challenge and superfun in multiplayer (especially in multiplayer, since you can laugh with your friends at how miserably you die again and again :D)

      I played a demo at a games event, but did not have all the features and the people Nintendo hired for the event were not the most competent, but still I think it is going to be really great.

      • ETeach

        Yeah, I see where you’re coming from. There was just something about DKCR that seemed off to me. Like, it was a great game, but I almost wish it wasn’t called DKC because I kept feeling like there were things missing from the game. Things that the original country did that this one didn’t.

        I really missed the animals. Rambi felt like kind of a tease. And I also liked the old boss style, with the giant versions on old enemies. But I think the thing I missed the most was being able to control two Kongs, and having one disappear when you took a hit. It added a little strategy, especially in 2, where Dixie could fly. You could use her early in, but then risk losing her later, you know?

        Still, it was a great game and Retro should be proud. And I;m sure this one will be too.

        And I’ll look into Cloudberry, thanks for the suggestion :)

        • darkcreap

          Yep, I think we commented it the other day. It was nice to be able to play the Kongs interchangeably in the SNES games. And the other animals were to missed to. I miss especially the Snake, Squaks and Squitter the spider. Damn, I loved that spider in sportshoes :D :D

  • Deadpool U

    I’m buying the physical version partly because when I download on any device I’m paranoid it’ll shut down half way through and partly because I think we all know the edge of the Wii U disc feels so good.

    • GregoryTheRainMaker

      It does…I wish they made all disc that way.

    • Rinslowe

      True, though I don’t have that luxury being half way around the world from where I bought the Wii U. If has to be day one like DK, then download it is.
      11+ GB’s is decent…

  • nin-10-doughfan

    let’s get physical!

    • JB

      This seemed appropriate for your comment. LOL

  • JB

    Digital download for me. I have a 2TB external drive, so I don’t have to worry about space. First party I don’t mind going digital since the chances of me reselling are pretty non-existent and I know will be quality. A game I’m not sure about I’ll put on my GameFly queue before I commit to buy.

    The last physical copy of a game I’ve bought (that I’ve actually opened and played) are Zombie U and NSMBU at launch. The others like WWHD and Luigi U I bought hard copies for the collectors nature of those games. They aren’t even out of the plastic wrap. lol

  • darkcreap

    I will get a physical copy. It is the cheapest option if you want to buy games on release. Especially for Nintendo games, since it takes longer for their games to have a discount. Not like Ubisoft’s which become cheaper quite quickly.

  • Dark-Link73

    My external hard drive is ready! (wait, that didn’t sound good, lol!)

  • Kyle

    Physical for me, no point in wasting so many gigs.

  • Realist_1

    I apologize, I know this is not related to this article. Wii U Daily writers, I thought I’d let you know that Monster Hunter 4 is coming to North America in 2015 with Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate (enhanced version). I’m not sure if you want to make an article of that….

  • Too_old_for_gaming

    Instant buy for me. Now through Mario 3D world with kids, but approaching 300 green stars and something new would be good hah :)

    • Cahone

      You’re such a tool.

  • FutureFox

    Small purchases = digital download
    Big purchases = physical copy

    That’s my motto.

  • Tom Greene

    Omg Nintendo. …bump up your internal storage for the WiiU successor …oh..and if it said successor has Wii anywhere in the brand name ..smh x 10000000000000 :(

  • I am Error.

    Digital, but that’s because of the recent sales Best Buy had in the US on eShop cards.
    I went digital with SWM3D and it was a fast process. I find myself playing titles more when they’re clickable icons on my main screen. I never thought I’d ditch physical but a lack of decent artwork and nonexistent manuals made the transition a lot easier for me.

    • Fred

      I’m with you

  • http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B008SRISGU#reader_B008SRISGU Adam Howell

    I’m probably going to be away from my Wii U for a year (Not prison). So I’m going to have to buy this and all those other games I long for (Watchdogs, X, Shi Megami Tensei x Fire emblem, ect) all at once when I return after a week or two of constant downloading. :S

  • Shy Guy

    I’ll be buying this as a physical copy, I still don’t trust the longevity of digital distribution, and assuming I’m still able, I would like to be able to still play Donkey Kong and the rest of my Wii U games decades from now. Of course their is the issue of plastic discs degrading over time, and the long term durability of disc based consoles, but at least with physical copies their is a chance they may still work in the future.
    Virtual console games through digital distribution are fine, I still have many of them as physical copies in my collection and push comes to shove I guess I could always emulate the ones I don’t (I still think NIntendo should offer a collection of VC games as a subscription service).
    The games I worry about are indie titles, with games released by independent developers being sold almost exclusively through digital distribution we run the risk of the gems being lost to time, simply because the services that distribute them cease to operate.

  • Wellington Brito

    Always a physical copy!

  • Gold47

    physical, maybe at launch.

  • mire7

    I’ll be getting a physical copy. My Wii U can only store games that are less than 8 GB. That’s not a problem.

  • justin476

    It may not be a lot of gigs compared to xbone/ps4 games its much more than your average 360 ps3 game.

  • matthew garcia

    Game looks fun but im going physical copy. Just sucks that to download i need a external harddrive. Shit I mean I already paid 350 for the console. Ps3 and xbox 360 have 500 g harddrives built in and are cheaper

  • gamer4life

    64 GB is the max they can make. This is flash hard drive, which is very expensive. If you are someone that buys hard copies of video games ,then 8 GB is enough. NSMBU is only like 40 MB needed when you buy the hard copy. If you are someone that buys digital, then you need an extra hard drive. DKCTF is 11.4 GB, but there aren’t many people that buys digital copies.

  • Aleksander

    I dont think they meant to be funny with this articel,i think they meant that the game is 11 gig and thats pretty big for a game like donkey kong :)

  • Oliver Barraza

    I agree with having more options as to space on the console, but I honestly don’t mind having an external. It was nice to buy the system, and not have to spend outside my budget. Then buy the external when space started to run low. But again, I think the option for bigger system space would be nice. I don’t own a single physical Wii U game, and I never plan to.

  • https://www.facebook.com/BlueLightningTechnicalServices Bob Wilkerson

    I actually don’t mind to connect a USB hard drive.. I just wish it had USB 3.0 or eSata for a faster connection. I bought myself a 4TB USB 3.0 Drive for my desktop and put the 1TB USB on the Wii U. I disconnect that once in a while to do a sector based backup too just in case.

    I keep most of my game save data and my small VC titles on the built in 32GB

  • Levi Johansen

    the system memory is based on SD tech, so it would be 32, 64, 128 GB, I don’t think SD cards have gotten any higher than that yet…

    However, they could start selling them with an external hard-drive included.

  • Mwgly

    But on the other hand, your console is less fragile.

  • NkoSekirei

    yea a 100gb model or 75gb model wont be cheap

  • ~OMEGA~

    maybe just cloud storage…. i mean it would compensate for the people who bought the 8gb model….. also to anyone who’s looking into buying an external hard drive for your Wii U, buy a hard drive enclosure! a 2.5″ one is like 12.99 at microcenter (i bought a $30 3.5″ though) and a refurbished 2.5″ 130gb hdd is like $15 bucks plus you can have multiple HDDs and switch them out….

  • http://nintendopapercraftvideos.wordpress.com/ Sam

    It’s really not a big deal. I bought the Deluxe Bundle, and I still have over 20 GB left. Granted, I haven’t downloaded any games, but I do have a few demos. Anyway, attaching a USB drive isn’t a big deal at all. Just deal with it(I don’t mean that in a rude way).

  • greengecko007

    I think the Wii U models have enough hard drive space. External storage devices aren’t expensive, and a lot of people already have them. For these people, a larger hard drive model would just add unnecessary cost.

  • Shy Guy

    I don’t mind buying an external drive, people complain about the price of a Wii U enough as it is, a larger drive would just drive up the cost of the Wii U thus making people complain about the price more, probably the same reason Nintendo included the battery with the gamepad that they did instead of the more expensive longer life battery.

  • xTrucho3

    Yeah man my hard drive should be coming tomorrow

  • TCar

    If people want the space, they can upgrade at their own cost. No sense in making everyone pay more for the system so a select few can have a larger hard drive. I have the Deluxe and haven’t even come close to using up my space.

  • gamer4life

    1TB Flash would be a lot of money spent. And the majority of people go with hard copies, so they would make their consoles according to the majority. For the minority that uses digital, they need to buy there own hard drives. And flash is better than HDD, Flash is faster, quieter, etc. So might as well stick with flash.

  • Konaim

    I have 3 kids and the chances that I will have a disc come up missing or damaged while I’m at work is fairly high. I have 3 physical copies of games and 19 digital retail games. I have a few vc releases as well as indie games. I find it easier and more convenient to change games from the dash than changing discs. On the flip side I already owned at 2 TB hdd. You can get a TB HDD for like $60. That’s plenty of space.

  • gamer4life

    That is HDD, not flash. Flash is much better, And it would be better for you to get hard copies of games and just put it up higher so your kids can’t reach it. Much better too own hard copies, but it’s your preference.

  • darkcreap

    “I find it easier and more convenient to change games from the dash than changing discs”

    Actually, I quite agree with you there. One thing I have realised about digital is how boring it is to change the discs vs download only titles and VC games, for which you have instant access. In my case I do not fear for damaged disc, because I have no children, but that is a fairly valid point too.

    Were it not for the price, I would have gone digital long ago… well, except for the fact that I like lending from and borrowing games to friends.

  • RichM

    Amen brother! I have 7 kids and the chance that they lose a disc is extremely probable. My Mariokart Wii disc has been out of commission for a while and even resurfacing it has not brought it back. With a family like ours, digital is the way to go. It’s true that you can’t let your friends borrow the game, but I’d rather have it work than not. I wish that when you purchased a disc copy that you could link it up to your Nintendo ID and get the digital copy should anything happen to the physical one. That will never happen though. They’ll be too afraid someone will split the cost, one take the digital and the other the physical.

  • Konaim

    Umm…no it wouldn’t be better. My “kids” are 14, 12, and 9. Putting them up higher does nothing at all. I work 11 hours a day physical labor and when I get off work I want to go home to spend time with my family. I don’t like spending the time to go buy a copy at the store. I can start the download at midnight and either get up and play in the a.m. if I’m.off or play it after work. Much simpler for me. Physical copies just aren’t something I care about. As you said it’s my preference.

  • JB

    You sound like me. That’s exactly what I do.

  • Konaim

    Wow…I guess I’m showing my age….blah lol

  • JB

    Hey and not to mention, the games are right there. Just boot up and select a game. I work 16-18 hours a day myself and when I get home and I feel like plopping down and playing a game, it’s nice that I don’t have to go over to the machine to switch to TW101 when SM3DW is in. LOL

  • gamer4life

    Your kids seems like the right age to understand how to take care of electronics, discs, etc. You shouldn’t worry about your teen or pre-teen breaking discs, as well as your 9 year old. If your 9 year old does give you trouble, hide it, or tell them too be more responsible.

  • darkcreap

    Yep. It is especially useful in a console like WiiU, which can be played completely remotely (in a lot of games, not all). I have played a lot of games on bed because my bedroom is next to the living room. Then I want to change a game and realise “damn, if they were digital copies I could just boot any game without moving from here”.

    Only problem for me is the price tag and the fact that you cannot share or resell your copies right now, but regarding comfort, digital is more convenient.

  • JB

    That’s the one thing I totally agree with is the pricing, they could be a little lower, being that there’s really no extra overhead vs going to a retailer.

    However in my state, I don’t pay taxes on eShop titles, so I save around 5 bucks in that regard, but I miss out when physical games go on deep discounts, (which thankfully doesn’t happen much on first party titles) unless it’s a game I missed out on.

    I don’t really lend out games as much as when I was younger and generally by the time I’m ready to sell a game, it’s not worth much, so digital makes more sense for my situation. You know, it’s one of those things I thought long and hard about before I made the jump. LOL

  • gamer4life

    It would be smarter too make the external hard drive a separate buy, and make the hard drive under Nintendo.

  • Konaim

    They understand quite well, but that doesn’t stop accidents from happening. And I don’t know about you, but I certainly refuse to chance a $65 accident. So why not just avoid it entirely? I chose the path to avoid it entirely. After having to repurchase games over the last 10 years digital was a godsend to me.

  • http://gentlerobot.com/ Gentle Robot

    Fragile media storage needs to die. Let it go. We stopped buying CDs. We can do this.

  • gamer4life

    That is some real bad luck you have. I’ve bought hundreds of games at the original price and I’ve never had an accident. I know what you mean with the risk, but I just feel much better owning a hard copy, because it makes you feel like you really own the game. You can’t hold on to the digital copy or let someone borrow it, resell it, etc. And it is much cheaper, you don’t need to buy any extra hard drives or anything, which saves you money to buy at least one more game. I understand it is your choice, but I just dislike digital and don’t understand anyone really choosing digital over hard copy.

  • lonewolf

    It would have cost them a lot of extra space and instead that smal stylish console we would have gotten an xboxone lol.

  • Shy Guy

    That would be perfect, if Nintendo allowed people to purchase a physical copy then “register” it with their account, they could then have it as a digital copy on their system while still having a physical copy for their archive/collection that would be available in the future.