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I enjoyed the demo and was thinking about buying this game, but then I found out about the whole digital only thing. I don't buy digital games on the 3ds unless it's a game I can't get anywhere that I desperately want, Also, this game seems like one i wouldn't replay and you can't resell your digital copy. So, which game in the series do you suggest I play? Since I liked the demo I figured I would give the older games a shot.
I'd suggest you buy it and pledge support to Capcom and the series so it can hopefully be that little bit more likely for us to see an AA6.
The reason because it's digital only is because the small but dedicated fanbase that buys it is barely profitable enough to make it worth it with a physical release (That's why we didn't get AAI-2), and making it digital is cheaper for them and so more profitable.
While they can probably deal with a few less customers that have the same issues as you (And don't get me wrong, your reasons are understandable) too much loss in sales could basically mean this game is the last one they ever make.
Why the big hangup on digital only? Just think of this as a 3DSware title and move on with lfie.
They can't trade it back to Gamestop when they're done. I don't buy the, 'if my 3DS breaks I lose the game' excuse. They're not launch 360s and PS3 with high failure rates, I never hear of anyone's handheld suddenly breaking down. Even old Gameboy Fats still work perfectly.