I was 100% digital for a good while there. Steam got me into that habit, and when I got a 3DS it felt weird buying carts – as soon as they started doing digital retail games I was all over it.
Continued that with PS3 and Wii U, ended up with a couple physical Wii U games but only because they were way discounted, I wanted to have everything digital. On PS3 aside from a set of physical only games that I got before they became hard to find I have a huge library of digital games and only a couple optionally physical games.
Then my wife got a 3DS of her own and I wanted to share games with her. I couldn’t cause almost all my games were digital. That experience left such a rotten taste in my mouth; I ended up using piracy tools to got a 2nd copy of Link Between Worlds for her to play on my old 3DS which is a pretty annoying way to have to go.
I tried to be practical about it, like if it was a game I knew she’d never be into I’d get it digital especially if there were sales, but I ended up buying a lot more 3DS carts. It’s pretty rare I buy anything on the 3DS eshop in the last couple years.
By the time the Switch came out I decided to just go back to doing 100% physical. Especially with many smaller formerly digital-only games getting releases from Nicalis or one of the various small-print-run retailers, I figured I might as well just hold off on most eshop games as well.
At this point I have more than 30 switch games physical, and it took me more than a year to buy any digital Switch games which is so far limited to Blaster Master Zero, Mighty Gunvolt Burst, and MM Legacy Collection 2.
I ended up getting PS4 Pro and XB1X very late as well, and while I’m trying to be practical on those systems as my wife isn’t into TV-only experiences and it’s pretty easy to share TV-connected games when we only have one console, I’m still defaulting to buying physical. Pretty hard to turn down ultra-cheap digital 360 games for back compat or play on an actual 360, though.