Sony was on to something huge when they begin implementing cross-buy, a feature where if you bought a game for PS Vita, you could download that same game for the Playstation 3 at no extra cost, and vice versa. I’ve been baffled for years why Nintendo hasn’t done this with their platforms. It never made sense to me to have some Virtual Console games available on the 3DS but not the Wii U when both platforms can support them.
For instance, Nintendo released The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past on the Wii U in honor of the 3DS release of The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds, which is the sequel to the former. It would have made more sense to release the game on the 3DS because then you could have both games on the same system.
The Nintendo eShop is full of such mysteries. Why can I get some Megaman games on my 3DS while I can only get the other half on Wii U? Why don’t both systems have the same games? Sometimes they do, but you have to purchase them separately if you want them on both systems. I’ve held off on buying 1001 Spikes because I can’t decide which system I want it on.
So far, Nintendo has only offered discounts for buying both the console and handheld versions of a game. However, Nintendo’s guinea pig for cross-buy actually looks a lot more like a squid. This week, Squid’s Odyssey will be released on the eShop and if you buy it on the 3DS version you will get the Wii U version for free. So far it doesn’t look like it goes both ways, but it is a good sign that cross-buy may be officially implemented in the future. Still, with something this big you’d think Nintendo would’ve mentioned it at E3. My fingers are crossed.