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Satoru Iwata

The President of Nintendo, Satoru Iwata, has slammed the recent hype that claims digitial distribution will destroy bricks-and-mortar game retailers within five years.

The debate on whether digital distribution is a good or bad thing has been a hot talking point on our weekly LimitCast, and Iwata’s comments are sure to raise more than a few eyebrows in the gaming world.

Read on to hear what the Nintendo boss had to say on the matter.

“Most radical people even dare to say that retailers will be replaced by digital distribution in no time,” Iwata said. “But personally, I think it will still require a significant amount of time.”

“In other words, it will require many years and months for the majority of video game purchase to become digital. In short, in 20 years or so I might say it will have probably changed. But in 5 years or so, I do not totally agree with opinions that no one will purchase titles at retailers by then.”

Twenty years is quite a long time, especially when discussing gaming and technology. What are your thoughts on the way that digital distribution has skyrocketed over the past few years, and where do you think it will lead the gaming industry in the future?

Source: Kotaku

  1. I’m actually not totally into digital distribution at the moment and would probably have to wait a few years before I’d know whether my opinions had changed much. There’s something weird, almost obsessive-compulsive about being able to collect games and have them sit on a shelf that feels a lot better to me than having a game stored on a hard drive. If I had the option I’d probably buy Megaman 9 and Braid in disc form too.

  2. @kowbrainz

    I have to agree with you. There’s nothing quite like marvelling at your huge collection of games from the past decade or more. Digital distro is great for speed, efficiency, and the environment. But I’m not so sure that they wouldn’t be able to simply edit/censor my product after I had downloaded it. Especially living in a backwards country, when it comes to video games, like Australia.

  3. Like it was mentioned perviously, I will always rather have the game I spend 50-60 bucks on sit on my shelf when not in use rather than have it just stored in my harddrive. 20 years from now if digital distribution takes over but you still have the option of driving to the store and buying a physical copy. Lets just say my car will still have a ton of miles on it just from video game runs.

  4. For some reason 20 years seems too long to me. Just look how far we have come in the past 10 years. Technology moves extremely fast these days, and I think we might all be surprised how quickly digital distribution catches on.

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