Nintendo games are now available through the Amazon digital store

Starting today, Nintendo games are now available for digital purchase via the Amazon online store. Amazon will offer a selection of popular Nintendo Wii U, Nintendo 3DS and Virtual Console games, as well as downloadable content, for purchase through its digital marketplace.

Amazon offers digital codes for 61 Nintendo games, ranging from the upcoming Creator of Super Marioto 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 plug in, sending the game straight to the console.

Players had the opportunity to purchase and pre-order PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, and Xbox One game digital codes through Amazon. Until now, Nintendo games could only be downloaded through the company’s eShop.

The new relationship, widely marketed on the front page of Amazon’s digital games store, marks a turning point for Nintendo and the online retailer. Since 2012, Nintendo consoles are only available for purchase through Amazon third-party sellers. Any behind-the-scenes drama between the companies seems to end slowly, with Amazon now sells the New 3DS directly.

Timothy C. Mayo