Nintendo Will Stop Selling Multiple Games in March 2021. But Why?

In a year of COVID delays, Nintendo has announced a handful of games recently, including Super Mario 3D All-Stars (a collection of 3D Mario games), Super Mario 35 (a Mario-themed riff on battle royale), and Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon & the Blade of Light (a localization of the first Fire Emblem). Those are all different games from one another, but what all of them have in common is that Nintendo will stop selling them on the same date: March 31, 2021.

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I half think it’s just goosing before end of fiscal and half think it’s just a weird thought experiment. If we set an artificial time limit and we sell 80% or more of what we would normally sell keeping it on shelves indefinitely, is it worth it to do it this way and not have to make physical releases for that period of time? I can see the disappearing digital copies just being a caveat to physical retailers who might tell Nintendo to beat it if they’re going to kneecap physical sales on purpose.

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