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at 3:03AM PST on November 13, 2008.
RE: Nintendo using codes with WiiSpeak to avoid pre-owned sales
I wouldn't categorize this as worrying sign, except for gamestop, or if you are the type of gamer that buy something, finish it, and trade it in to buy another new game.
Myself, I am collector type gamer. I bought new game (sometimes a used copy, when the price is significantly lower, not when the used price is only 10% lower than new price). I didn't usually sell my old game, except in certain special cases (like helping a friend who couldn't find a copy of Phoenix Wright 1, so I sell it to him and get Wii Classic Controller in return).
This (assault on pre-owned sales) in theory should increase games sales, but in reality, it could backfire, because people would rather rent (in US) than buying a new game, since they couldn't recover part of their expense toward the next game.
I believe that the game that will be mostly affected by this is the once played then shelved type of game (like RPG), or games that doesn't have good, continuous online multiplayer part. Games like COD, Halo, Mario Kart, SSBM, LBP, shouldn't be negatively affected by this.
Can GoW2's extra map packs available as DLC at additional investment ? If yes, then the impact is less than Wii Speak's (assuming that Nintendo didn't make that channel available for download using Nintendo Points in the future).
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