The download cards for the Japanese release of New Super Mario Bros. 2 has begun showing up in Japanese stores and they offer some details on exactly how big the games will be; and some other interesting details about the games themselves. The first is that they’re going to take up a “decent” amount of space, but not be too large. New Super Mario Bros. 2 comes in at 2,950 blocks of space, or roughly 370MB. The biggest game currently available in the eShop is Order Up! and it takes up 2,485 blocks. They’re pretty similar in size. If you’re still using the included 2GB SD card then you’re getting close to filling up 1/4 of your memory with this one game.
We also know there will be a time limit to downloading the game after you purchase it, should you purchase one of the download cards from a store. The code will be live for 150 days after the initial purchase. You’ve got five months from the day you buy it to download it. The only time I could see this really becoming an issue is if they’re bought as Christmas gifts, but just know going in that you’ve got a limited amount of time to download it.
If the Japanese release is any indication, there will be no discount for purchasing the downloadable version of the game as they are being sold at the full retail price. That’s one thing Sony did get right when it comes to digital downloads on the Vita.