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Humble Bundle Expands To eShop

by Donald Theriault - May 26, 2015, 11:29 am PDT
Total comments: 30 Source: Humble Bundle

A whole bunch of indie hits at a low price.

Through June 9 at 1pm ET, North American eShoppers will be able to pay what you want for a group of eShop games and support charity as well through the Humble Bundle.

The bundle offers a pay-what-you-want system where by paying the minimum (at least $1 US), you receive a bundle of games with the proceeds split between the developers and charity. Further items in the bundle can be unlocked by beating the average donation at the time of purchase, or by paying at or over a certain amount (in this case, $10 US). The Nintendo bundle supports code.org, a charity that looks to introduce young people around the world to computer science.

The original bundle offers for any donation of $1 or more:

  • Guacamelee: Super Turbo Championship Edition (Wii U)
  • Woah Dave! (3DS)
  • Mighty Switch Force (3DS)

Beating the average donation unlocks three additional games:

  • The Fall (Wii U)
  • OlliOlli (Wii U and 3DS)
  • Moon Chronicles episode 1 (3DS)
  • "More games coming soon"

A donation of $10 or more will also unlock:

  • Stealth Inc 2: A Game Of Clones (Wii U)
  • SteamWorld Dig (Wii U and 3DS)

Article updated per reader feedback to provide additional information about the Humble Bundle process and code.org.

Talkback

UncleBobRichard Cook, Guest ContributorMay 26, 2015

Wow.  This is a very progressive type of sale.

And this is Nintendo, right?

MythtendoMay 26, 2015

Very tempting, especially for what $10 can get

TOPHATANT123May 26, 2015

This is incredible value, however it is only for the US. So not only is Nintendo's region locking policies harming their own profits, it has now harmed charities. I would love to give you my money Nintendo but you just don't want it.

UncleBobRichard Cook, Guest ContributorMay 26, 2015

You know you can still give money to the charity without expecting something in return, right?

I dislike region locking as well, but I can't get behind the idea that it is hurting charities.

EnnerMay 26, 2015

Well, they have my $10.


I already bought OlliOlli for Wii U and 3DS earlier. If anyone wants either of them, just holler!

PhilPhillip Stortzum, May 26, 2015

Quote from: TOPHATANT123

This is incredible value, however it is only for the US. So not only is Nintendo's region locking policies harming their own profits, it has now harmed charities. I would love to give you my money Nintendo but you just don't want it.

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geckog7May 26, 2015

I think a Nintendo Humble Bundle is fantastic! Bought one code for myself and sent one to my sister!

Leo13May 26, 2015

I'll buy 1 or 2 of them. I wonder what that last game will be

ejamerMay 26, 2015

Wow, what a fantastic deal for gamers. I own most of the games... but this is still a nice discount for just the couple that I'm missing.


On the less positive side, does a sale like this mean they have written off getting any money from these games otherwise?  Seems like a sign that eShop sales have flatlined...

Quote from: TOPHATANT123

This is incredible value, however it is only for the US. So not only is Nintendo's region locking policies harming their own profits, it has now harmed charities. I would love to give you my money Nintendo but you just don't want it.

You forgot to put this image at the end of your post.

http://upw-prod-images.global.ssl.fastly.net/nugget/5536c19c306432001c680000/attachments/scrooge-968818eaaf755c5a000a8db414b83be3.gif

Quote from: ejamer

Wow, what a fantastic deal for gamers. I own most of the games... but this is still a nice discount for just the couple that I'm missing.


On the less positive side, does a sale like this mean they have written off getting any money from these games otherwise?  Seems like a sign that eShop sales have flatlined...

Good word of mouth generated now can lead to additional sales long after this humble bundle deal is over.

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Quote from: ejamer

Wow, what a fantastic deal for gamers. I own most of the games... but this is still a nice discount for just the couple that I'm missing.


On the less positive side, does a sale like this mean they have written off getting any money from these games otherwise?  Seems like a sign that eShop sales have flatlined...

Good word of mouth generated now can lead to additional sales long after this humble bundle deal is over.

Plus it means I'll feel obliged to pay more considering what I'm getting as a value, which is good for all parties involved.

kokumakerMay 26, 2015

How does tho work? I pay $10 and they send me download codes for each of these games? I already have some of them, but would happily gift away some codes I don't need.

oohhboyHong Hang Ho, Staff AlumnusMay 26, 2015

Quote from: UncleBob

You know you can still give money to the charity without expecting something in return, right?

I dislike region locking as well, but I can't get behind the idea that it is hurting charities.

You guys are being far too harsh and holding people at a far too high of a standard. Even when one gives and gets nothing directly back in return, one gives because because they want to feel good. Demanding people be completely altruistic about giving is unrealistic hence why most successful charity drives always has a token that a person can wear like a Poppy, "Insert colour" ribbon, bracelets, the acknowledgement from the little thank you and smile said on the spot or the letter thanking you for your support. Why do you think Humble Bundle has a leader board for donations?

Region locking is already something aggravating and profit limiting. Having it pointed out on such an international site points out the absurdity of it all, with charity being an aggravating factor. You can't make a sale if you're not selling it.

UncleBobRichard Cook, Guest ContributorMay 26, 2015

I don't disagree that most people donate for a prize rather than the cause.

My issue is acting as if Nintendo is actively hurting charities because this promotion is only good in one region.  Would we say that Sony is hurting charities because the Sony Bundle is available in zero regions?

If you want to complain about region locking, by all means, do so.  For the most part, I'm on your side (I'd prefer a system where publishers are given 100% freedom to choose).  But to try and tie it to charity?  Naw, you lost me.

oohhboyHong Hang Ho, Staff AlumnusMay 26, 2015

I am one of those people who are outside of the stated regions and it lost me. Even if I gave I can't even wear the tokens given by adding it to my library of games. Sure compared to Sony's current score of Zero looks great, but compared to every other bundle that doesn't have such arbitrary limitations, it's hurting the efforts to raise money.

Quote from: oohhboy

Quote from: UncleBob

You know you can still give money to the charity without expecting something in return, right?

I dislike region locking as well, but I can't get behind the idea that it is hurting charities.

You guys are being far too harsh and holding people at a far too high of a standard. Even when one gives and gets nothing directly back in return, one gives because because they want to feel good. Demanding people be completely altruistic about giving is unrealistic hence why most successful charity drives always has a token that a person can wear like a Poppy, "Insert colour" ribbon, bracelets, the acknowledgement from the little thank you and smile said on the spot or the letter thanking you for your support. Why do you think Humble Bundle has a leader board for donations?

To be fair my reaction was mostly to test something in the forum to article view transfer (it succeeded).

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Region locking is already something aggravating and profit limiting. Having it pointed out on such an international site points out the absurdity of it all, with charity being an aggravating factor. You can't make a sale if you're not selling it.

And in the case of Stealth Inc 2 they aren't selling it in Japan.  Are they supposed to find an alternative game or just put a generic 'availability may vary by region' blurb and hope for the best.

I'd be more annoyed that Nintendo seems to have made (based on my quick glance at the eshop page) 0 effort to publicize this whole thing. No matter what level of involvement they have in this it wouldn't kill them to put a thing on those eshop announcements nobody reads.

UncleBobRichard Cook, Guest ContributorMay 26, 2015

You can just give double to the next PC bundle offered then. ;)

I don't give to charity so that I can wear a badge showing I gave to a charity, so this idea isn't something I can get behind.  If you want to give to charity, there are plenty of options and plenty that give you various trinkets for doing so.

If you want in on a deal, and it isn't offered to you, then you can (and, sometimes, should) complain to these offering the deal.

But the only thing stopping you from giving money to charity is you.  "But, I won't give to charity without getting something in return!" - that's not giving.

oohhboyHong Hang Ho, Staff AlumnusMay 26, 2015

I am not saying you can't give without expecting something in return, that is the highest ideal of charity, but as I said before, you are holding people to a too high of standard and being pragmatic about it gets more money to charities. Even charities themselves give expecting a little something back whether it be publicity for the cause or the general improvement of society.

Quote from: kokumaker

How does tho work? I pay $10 and they send me download codes for each of these games? I already have some of them, but would happily gift away some codes I don't need.

They sent me a link to a special page where you get the list of games, each one having "Generate Code" beside a box. Click the button, get the code and off you go.

Quote from: ejamer

On the less positive side, does a sale like this mean they have written off getting any money from these games otherwise?  Seems like a sign that eShop sales have flatlined...

I checked the "Top Sellers" links on both eShops and all of the bundle games are page 1. People who don't know about this will see that and click through to hopefully buy at full price.

Evan_BMay 26, 2015

If I pay full price now, does that mean I will also get "more games coming soon" when they finally update?

nickmitchMay 26, 2015

Quote from: Shaymin

Quote from: kokumaker

How does tho work? I pay $10 and they send me download codes for each of these games? I already have some of them, but would happily gift away some codes I don't need.

They sent me a link to a special page where you get the list of games, each one having "Generate Code" beside a box. Click the button, get the code and off you go.

This was also my experience.

azekeMay 26, 2015

Even if i can't use it myself, the mere fact that this is happening at all is a good thing.

oohhboyHong Hang Ho, Staff AlumnusMay 26, 2015

Quote from: Evan_B

If I pay full price now, does that mean I will also get "more games coming soon" when they finally update?

If you beat the average you will get the extra games as they are announced. The current average is below $10 so if you want everything, right now $10+ is the way to go.

RazorkidMay 26, 2015

Hey guys, grabbed the bundle and have the following game keys to give away if anyone wants. I have these games already and want others to experience them.


For WiiU:
-The Fall
-Olli Olli
-SteamWorld Dig



For 3DS:


-Mighty Switch Force!
-SteamWorld Dig


PM for the code. Just ask for which game and only one code per person. Have fun and support this please!

Evan_BMay 26, 2015

Thanks for the clarification, oohhboy.

I too will be giving away some games, including Guacamelee, The Fall, Mighty Switch Force, and SteamWorld Dig. Let me know if you are interested.

MythtendoMay 26, 2015

For those that have bought Humble Bundles before, what happens if the average price donated goes up? Like if I donate $10 now (which is above the current average donation) and the average donation later goes above $10, would that impact the games I get? This will be the first time I donate to Humble.

Evan_BMay 26, 2015

It's an incentive to buy earlier, especially if you don't want the 10 dollar games.

motangMay 27, 2015

Even though I had few of the games already, it was too good to pass up!  ;D

Hoping more Humble Bundle eShop are in the future.

Quote from: Mythtendo

For those that have bought Humble Bundles before, what happens if the average price donated goes up? Like if I donate $10 now (which is above the current average donation) and the average donation later goes above $10, would that impact the games I get? This will be the first time I donate to Humble.

As long as you beat the average at the time you donate, you'll be fine.

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