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There are benefits to both physical and digital versions of games. The former is appealing to collectors who love to line their shelves with game boxes, whereas the latter offers a convenient way to access your games without inserting a cartridge or disc. Code-in-box releases offer a compromise between the two, giving players a box to display and allowing them to always have the game on hand. This format seems to be on the rise, as five more Nintendo Switch games are now seeing code-in-box releases for Europe.

This was confirmed by new listings from French retailer Espace Culturel, which is offering the following code-in-box Nintendo Switch games:

For collectors and digital media enthusiasts who have yet to play the excellent Mario + Rabbids and Rayman Legends, this may be your lucky day! It’s likely that these code-in-box releases will hit other major retailers, such as Amazon, soon.


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Written by Reece Heather

A lifelong Nintendo fan and a longtime editor at Zelda Universe, Reece will forever be grateful that he somehow dodged the Naughty List of Christmas 1998, when Santa delivered the life-changing gift of a Nintendo 64 with Super Mario 64, Banjo-Kazooie, and Mario Kart 64. When he's not playing games, Reece is usually reading Punisher comics, delving helplessly into the weirdest depths of anime and manga, or spending time with his cocker spaniel Gracie -- the goodest girl ever!