I absolutely love my Nintendo Switch, it’s honestly the perfect device for gaming. We’ve seen some amazing titles already released on the system like The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Super Mario Odyssey, Super Bomberman R and plenty of amazing Indie titles including Celeste and Battle Chief Brigade just to name two.
When I buy a game I prefer to buy a physical copy over a digital copy 100% of the time. Sure it takes up physical space but to me I’d rather have it in hand, that’s just my personal preference. Granted, if the game is only available digitally, I have no issue and sometimes I will wait to see if a company like Limited Run Games will release a physical copy first, but the one thing I don’t understand is why we’ve recently seen both Nintendo and Capcom try to sell us a physical release copy that includes two games with one of them digitally?
Let me explain, you can go out and buy a copy of Bayonetta 1 and 2 on the Nintendo Switch (an awesome series in my opinion) and that will run you $59.99. Bayonetta 2 comes on the cart but you get a digital code for Bayonetta which takes 8.5GB of space on your Micro SD card. The same goes for the release of Capcom’s Resident Evil Revelations Collection which includes the first game physically and comes with a digital code for the second game which comes in at 26GB. While I have a 128GB Micro SD card installed in my system, I’d rather save that space for games that are digital released mainly.
I understand that for companies, releasing digital games is a lot more cost efficient than doing a physical release, but it doesn’t make much sense to only release half a collection if you are buying a physical copy. When Bayonetta 2 was released on the Wii U, Nintendo and Platinum Games went the extra mile and added the first Bayonetta in the collection complete with new Nintendo content which made me even happier that I spent the money, but these half physical releases turn me off from actually buying the game. Which is a shame because I’d love to own it on the Switch.
So what do I have against digital releases? Nothing at all! As I mentioned before, if I am buying a physical copy, I’d rather have a physical copy. There will eventually be that one day when a game might be ultimately pulled due to a licensing issue or maybe even a service is closed and you may not be able to download that game again. It’s something that will eventually happen if companies like Nintendo, Sony and Microsoft don’t offer a back catalog for their titles.
The upcoming release of the Mega Man Legacy Collection 1+2 really made me wonder why a company would do this. I wouldn’t have any issue buying both collections separately, heck I already spent money to buy both of the Legacy Collections on the PlayStation 4 as well as the 3DS version for the gold Mega Man Amiibo. We may even see this for the upcoming Mega Man X Collection as well, where the Switch will get a physical/digital release combo while the PS4 and Xbox One will more than likely see two physical releases for all right Mega Man X games.
Honestly, it all just feels a bit half-assed. These aren’t exactly new game, these are ports of already made games and yes I am aware it takes time and money to port games, they’ve already released both games physically on other consoles so why stop at easily one of the best Nintendo consoles?