You’ve probably heard of cross-buy if you’re an avid PlayStation gamer, a feature which once you purchase the console version of a game and you the handheld version for free, or vice-versa. It’s something that’s been present on the PlayStation 3 and 4 / PS Vita for some time now offering both the game, and the ability to sync saves between the two platforms. Finally, Nintendo are offering this feature, at least in Europe, with the first cross-buy title, Squids Odyssey, which has been on the eShop since May.
You’ll have to be careful though as it’s not as black and white as cross-buy on PlayStation consoles. Players who purchase Squids Odyssey on the 3DS will get the Wii U version at no extra cost, if you purchase Squids Odyssey on the Wii U however, you won’t get the 3DS version for free. Confused? I know I am. It’s nice to see that Nintendo are adopting this feature, but it still isn’t as straight forward as we’d like it to be.
For a while now, Nintendo hasn’t offered a cross-buy feature, but did offer heavy discounts on the eShop to those who bought the 3DS or Wii U version and plan to buy the game again on the other platform. Hopefully in the future Nintendo iron-out this feature so things are much simpler.
This cross-buy introduction follows the 3DS adopted the Nintendo Network ID late last year which allowed for a single account to manage purchases on both it and the Wii U. This was likely the key that opened the door to cross-buy.
As for cross-buy in the US, again things aren’t as simple as they could be. Squids Odyssey developer, The Game Bakers, speaking to Siliconera, said that they have actually approached Nintendo of America about cross-buy on the American eShop, but were told that NOA “could not support this operation yet.”
Still confused? Me too.
Just remember, if you want to purchase Squids Odyssey for both Wii U and 3DS but want one of them for free, purchase it on the 3DS first.