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Wii U eshop download of the classic RPG Earthbound is only £4.19 until the 24th July.

Worth buying if like me you have never got around to playing!

Starts on the 17th July.
- Wool_Sheep

If you have a Wii U Premium console and been grabbing digital downloads (particularly the free game from the MK8 promo), do check your account to see if you've got £5 (or more) waiting for you, which you could certainly use towards the purchase of this software
- jsty3105
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#1
Doesn't start until 17th
#2
Will be getting this!!! but as Bernardsfingers said - not until 17th.
#4
By the standards of Nintendo's ridiculous pricing of old game ROMs on the eShop this is a reasonably attractive deal so Heat added.
#5

"That's the equivalent of two loaves of bread and three Creme Eggs"...now we have a problem, I do love me some Creme Eggs =/
3 Likes #6
Great deal - effectively free for anyone with a Wii U premium that's been grabbing digital downloads from the MK8 promo
1 Like #7
Yessss! Been waiting for this to drop in price. Plus I can get it for free thanks to the premium promotion ;)
#8
Before this was released on Wii U. There was this huge amount of hype. I for one never played it before the Wii U release. Got it, put I a few hours and prefer other rpg combat system, can't remember what was wrong with the combat system from this. Has been a long time since I've booted it up, but something was off about it. Didn't get into the game hype after the first city.
#9
jsty3105
Great deal - effectively free for anyone with a Wii U premium that's been grabbing digital downloads from the MK8 promo

How is this free with Mario Kart 8?
#10
Nice find! Love Earthbound ^^
#11
kos1c
Before this was released on Wii U. There was this huge amount of hype. I for one never played it before the Wii U release. Got it, put I a few hours and prefer other rpg combat system, can't remember what was wrong with the combat system from this. Has been a long time since I've booted it up, but something was off about it. Didn't get into the game hype after the first city.

It is turn based. You go into a view only seeing the enemy and not your own character like the old Dragon Quest games.

Edited By: sanny87 on Jul 14, 2014 13:02
#12
Earthbound the best game ever made....blah blah blah blah blah blah.
Sorry, just thought I'd save everyone the hassle of saying that, like everyone everywhere ever always does and it annoys me.
1 Like #13
HappyHooligan
jsty3105
Great deal - effectively free for anyone with a Wii U premium that's been grabbing digital downloads from the MK8 promo
How is this free with Mario Kart 8?

If you have a premium console you get a rebate on all digital content. If you buy enough then you should have credit to buy games. This isn't specific to the Mario Kart deal, but the free game counted towards your total.
1 Like #14
sanny87
kos1c
Before this was released on Wii U. There was this huge amount of hype. I for one never played it before the Wii U release. Got it, put I a few hours and prefer other rpg combat system, can't remember what was wrong with the combat system from this. Has been a long time since I've booted it up, but something was off about it. Didn't get into the game hype after the first city.

It is turn based. You go into a view only seeing the enemy and not your own character like the old Dragon Quest games.

Yeah it is turn base, but I just can't remember what was off with it. It wasn't turn based like FF7 (each member has their own set of options, attack, magic, item etc), I'll have to boot it up again to see what was the issue with it.
#15
kos1c
sanny87
kos1c
Before this was released on Wii U. There was this huge amount of hype. I for one never played it before the Wii U release. Got it, put I a few hours and prefer other rpg combat system, can't remember what was wrong with the combat system from this. Has been a long time since I've booted it up, but something was off about it. Didn't get into the game hype after the first city.
It is turn based. You go into a view only seeing the enemy and not your own character like the old Dragon Quest games.
Yeah it is turn base, but I just can't remember what was off with it. It wasn't turn based like FF7 (each member has their own set of options, attack, magic, item etc), I'll have to boot it up again to see what was the issue with it.

"You go into a view only seeing the enemy and not your own character like the old Dragon Quest games." I thought it may have been the first person view that was the problem, I prefer seeing my character and/or party members, thought you might have been the same.
#16
HXCMARC
HappyHooligan
jsty3105
Great deal - effectively free for anyone with a Wii U premium that's been grabbing digital downloads from the MK8 promo
How is this free with Mario Kart 8?

If you have a premium console you get a rebate on all digital content. If you buy enough then you should have credit to buy games. This isn't specific to the Mario Kart deal, but the free game counted towards your total.

I remember reading about this, do you have the link so i can check if i have any credits?
#17
chrisvenn
HXCMARC
HappyHooligan
jsty3105
Great deal - effectively free for anyone with a Wii U premium that's been grabbing digital downloads from the MK8 promo
How is this free with Mario Kart 8?
If you have a premium console you get a rebate on all digital content. If you buy enough then you should have credit to buy games. This isn't specific to the Mario Kart deal, but the free game counted towards your total.
I remember reading about this, do you have the link so i can check if i have any credits?

You need to spend the equivalent of 50 sheets to get a fiver code (Chose sonic lost world and it was equivalent of £33)

Nintendo Network Premium is what you are after
2 Likes #18
Facheezy
chrisvenn
HXCMARC
HappyHooligan
jsty3105
Great deal - effectively free for anyone with a Wii U premium that's been grabbing digital downloads from the MK8 promo
How is this free with Mario Kart 8?
If you have a premium console you get a rebate on all digital content. If you buy enough then you should have credit to buy games. This isn't specific to the Mario Kart deal, but the free game counted towards your total.
I remember reading about this, do you have the link so i can check if i have any credits?

You need to spend the equivalent of 50 sheets to get a fiver code (Chose sonic lost world and it was equivalent of £33)

Nintendo Network Premium is what you are after

Thanks i googled it and got the site and had £5 ready in my account. :)
1 Like #19
So many mentions of NNP but not an URL in sight:
https://p.nintendo.net/

HXCMARC
If you have a premium console you get a rebate on all digital content. If you buy enough then you should have credit to buy games. This isn't specific to the Mario Kart deal, but the free game counted towards your total.
Only the £50 ones (e.g. Wind Waker HD) get very close to £4.19. But of course you gave nothing until you have the £5 credit in hand.

Though, if you get MK8 on the eShop to begin with you've got enough for the £5 credit.

Facheezy
You need to spend the equivalent of 50 sheets to get a fiver code (Chose sonic lost world and it was equivalent of £33)
About £60 actually. It gives you about 8 points per £1 (no getting points on VAT).
Sonic is equivalent of £33 as it is £40 on eShop ([40/120]*100=33...)
#20
I got around £3.36 from my free Pikmin Download. You have to note you only earn points on the price without VAT, so yes it works out at around 8 points per £1.
#21
Europe should get this for free after being ignored for nearly two decades!
2 Likes #22
Wow - thanks for people mentioning the Premium Network - had £5 waiting for me!
1 Like #23
Omg haha!!!! I have £5 from the Nintendo Network Premium! I totally forgot about this. EarthBound for free X)
1 Like #24
KirstyB87
By the standards of Nintendo's ridiculous pricing of old game ROMs on the eShop this is a reasonably attractive deal so Heat added.
you are welcome to try find a physical copy. Supply and demand....
edit: also are you gonna get bored of trolling nintendo threads sometime?

Edited By: Jeffers727 on Jul 14, 2014 14:51
#25
thingswelike
Wow - thanks for people mentioning the Premium Network - had £5 waiting for me!
There was a thread here to help remind people who had Wii U Premium consoles about it but I can't find it again.
#26
This is a perfect game to play on a lazy summer day. So relaxing and fun. I wish I could play it for the first time all over again.
#27
FUZZY PICKLES
#28
I love Earthbound, completed it many years ago, but I don't understand why Nintendo have to charge so much for such old content. Surely £1-2 is a much fairer price for 20 year old games?
#29
mews
I don't understand why Nintendo have to charge so much for such old content

£4... it's £4?
#30
How have I never heard of the premium thing? Hello free Earthbound!
1 Like #31
Looks like a earthbound, steamworld dig and little inferno purchases for me...
#32
Kidd7
mews
I don't understand why Nintendo have to charge so much for such old content

£4... it's £4?

I meant in a more general sense :) This discounted price isn't too bad but it's normally £7 as are many other old virtual console games. I just personally feel like I'd buy a lot more virtual console games, if only to reminisce, if they were priced at a few quid.

I mean look at Steam/Humble Bundle; whenever they do big discounts people buy the games in droves because they're great value... half the time they don't even play them! I wonder if that wouldn't be a better marketing strategy for Nintendo.
1 Like #33
Thanks Jsty for the £5 code heads up! Just checked my premium account and it's there!
#34
got 4.91 :(
2 Likes #35
mews
Kidd7
mews
I don't understand why Nintendo have to charge so much for such old content

£4... it's £4?

I meant in a more general sense :) This discounted price isn't too bad but it's normally £7 as are many other old virtual console games. I just personally feel like I'd buy a lot more virtual console games, if only to reminisce, if they were priced at a few quid.

I mean look at Steam/Humble Bundle; whenever they do big discounts people buy the games in droves because they're great value... half the time they don't even play them! I wonder if that wouldn't be a better marketing strategy for Nintendo.

I understand what you mean, if they were £2 each i would be buying them all even if I have them still on my SNES and probally never really play them but at £7 its to much to just chuck away on a digital game to sit there.
#36
mews
Kidd7
mews
I don't understand why Nintendo have to charge so much for such old content

£4... it's £4?

I meant in a more general sense :) This discounted price isn't too bad but it's normally £7 as are many other old virtual console games. I just personally feel like I'd buy a lot more virtual console games, if only to reminisce, if they were priced at a few quid.

I mean look at Steam/Humble Bundle; whenever they do big discounts people buy the games in droves because they're great value... half the time they don't even play them! I wonder if that wouldn't be a better marketing strategy for Nintendo.
Because Nintendo is adamant that they would not join the race to the bottom. Their pricing strategy is slightly at odds with the current trend for low prices but they've made a deliberate decision to price their products higher and then explore the option of offering discounts.

In very very simplistic marketing terms, they're treating their product like a luxury item and pricing it accordingly.

At least the Nintendo of nowadays are actively looking at different pricing and promotion options - their previous promotion strategy was fairly basic (Nintendo Selects range).
#37
jsty3105
mews
Kidd7
mews
I don't understand why Nintendo have to charge so much for such old content

£4... it's £4?

I meant in a more general sense :) This discounted price isn't too bad but it's normally £7 as are many other old virtual console games. I just personally feel like I'd buy a lot more virtual console games, if only to reminisce, if they were priced at a few quid.

I mean look at Steam/Humble Bundle; whenever they do big discounts people buy the games in droves because they're great value... half the time they don't even play them! I wonder if that wouldn't be a better marketing strategy for Nintendo.
Because Nintendo is adamant that they would not join the race to the bottom. Their pricing strategy is slightly at odds with the current trend for low prices but they've made a deliberate decision to price their products higher and then explore the option of offering discounts.

In very very simplistic marketing terms, they're treating their product like a luxury item and pricing it accordingly.

At least the Nintendo of nowadays are actively looking at different pricing and promotion options - their previous promotion strategy was fairly basic (Nintendo Selects range).

I understand the strategy but I personally don't think it's working; certainly not in my case. Obviously we have no way to know since Nintendo works hard to suppress that information but their recent profits certainly seem to indicate they're not selling games in droves. The virtual console has the potential to be one of their biggest sources of income as the profit margin from re-releasing old games has got to be high.

Personally I currently own no virtual console games but if the pricing was better I would probably own 10+ by now.
#38
Do you collect the points automatically on a premium Wii u? Got my download code for Zelda from mk8 promo, but not redeemed yet. And on that note, does the code need redeeming before end of July, or was that just the mm8 code?
#39
Johnboy_1975
Do you collect the points automatically on a premium Wii u? Got my download code for Zelda from mk8 promo, but not redeemed yet. And on that note, does the code need redeeming before end of July, or was that just the mm8 code?


Yup, once you've downloaded a digital title the points will automatically be added to your premium account. Only the MK8 code has to be redeemed by July 31st but the actual download code for your chosen game will expire on September 30th.
#40
http://www.officialnintendomagazine.co.uk/58260/eshop-games-of-the-week-earthbound-little-inferno-on-sale/
Cubit The Hardcore Platformer Robot Demo (3DS: CoderChild, Free) is a platformer, but did you see that title? Oh yes. This is not just any platformer. This is a hardcore platformer. Prepare to have your eyes sucked out by the sheer force of this game's difficulty.
A free game? is this true?

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