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#1 gtgm_110

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Posted 23 December 2013 - 03:24 AM

I'm wondering if games on the Wii U run faster downloaded from the eShop or from a retail disc. I have a huge HDD so I can download plenty of games to it but I figure if they run faster on the hard drive, I'll just do that instead of buying the disk and I also won't have to deal with disc reading errors or if the drive ever fails. Thanks in advance!



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Posted 23 December 2013 - 03:33 AM

They do load faster. Lego City Undercover loads in 2/3 the time loading off the HD instead of the disk.


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Posted 23 December 2013 - 03:35 AM

Yeah but do you trust Eshop purchases? Until they sort a proper account system it's a worry and you can't resell digital game.
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Posted 23 December 2013 - 03:40 AM

To each their own, some games are not even available digitally... cough Activision.


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#5 gtgm_110

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Posted 23 December 2013 - 05:21 AM

Well my concern is only the speed at which the game plays. Lego City: Undercover's loading times are terrible from my disc. I'll just buy eshop gift cards to purchase games from there, and I'm only interested in buying games like Pikmin, Super Mario Bros. 3D World, etc. Games that I know I won't want to sell. Thanks for the quick replies!



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Posted 23 December 2013 - 05:49 AM

Well i only use eShop for virtual console but until accounts are linked to internet not hardware i wont risk downloading full games



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Posted 23 December 2013 - 06:35 AM

The eShop hardware linked accounts don't bother me and others.

I've heard of several cases of games being more reliable in download format on wii u, usually rushed third party half-assed ports.
They would run faster than the disc though, no matter the quality.

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Posted 23 December 2013 - 07:05 AM

nice but am wondering Will watchdogs be available for download in eShop because if its available i will cancel my watchdogs preorder



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Posted 24 December 2013 - 09:18 AM

if i can get the disc, i get it. i keep my games forever.(so far). not that i don't trust, but you never know when something might fry, and at $60 a pop...


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Posted 13 June 2014 - 11:58 AM

nice but am wondering Will watchdogs be available for download in eShop because if its available i will cancel my watchdogs preorder

 

I don't think anyone knows for sure, but I know there are a few Ubisoft games like Rayman Legends and Zombi U that are available in the eshop so I would bet it will be available digitally.



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Posted 15 June 2014 - 05:26 AM

Well i want a physical copy always so i'm going to buy each game i want that way. Exceptions are made for digial only titles or certain old NES, SNES or GBA games i dont own or plan to buy anytime soon.







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