Nintendo is looking into new avenues for players to nab their games, and starting with New Super Mario Bros. 2, select 3DS retail titles will be available to download via the eShop. Retailers won't be left out in the cold, though, as they'll be able to sell download codes in stores.
Not all titles will use this dual method of delivery, but Nintendo recognizes that there are some games players will want to have with them at all times. Games like Nintendogs, Animal Crossing, Tomodachi Collection, and the new "Onitore" Brain Training will benefit from being on the 3DS SD card.
Nintendo will be jumping on the digital distribution train even more aggressively with Wii U. President Satoru Iwata also announced plans to sell retail games both in stores and digitally at launch. Retailers will be able to sell download codes for these games, as well, and Nintendo plans to let them adjust prices through sales and discounts as they please.