Starting today, Nintendo games are now available for digital purchase through the Amazon online store. Amazon will offer a selection of popular Nintendo Wii U, Nintendo 3DS and Virtual Console games, as well as some downloadable content, for purchase through its digital marketplace.
Amazon offers digital codes for 61 Nintendo games, ranging from the upcoming Super Mario Maker, to Virtual Console classics like The Legend of Zelda (on the 3DS) and Super Metroid (for the Nintendo Wii). Each game is offered at full MSRP, as are DLC packs for Mario Kart 8.
Customers can complete their transaction through Amazon, after which they are prompted to log into the Nintendo Network website. There, the content code for their new digital purchase will automatically be plugged in, sending the game directly to the console.
Gamers have had the option to purchase and pre-order digital codes of PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita and Xbox One games through Amazon. Until now, Nintendo games could only be downloaded through the company's eShop.
This new relationship, marketed heavily on the front page of Amazon's digital game store, marks a turning point for Nintendo and the online retailer. Since 2012, Nintendo consoles have only been available to buy through Amazon third-party sellers. Any behind-the-scenes drama between the companies seems to be slowly ending, with Amazon now selling the New 3DS directly.