Nintendo of America has confirmed via press release that you can now pre-purchase Super Smash Bros for Wii U. As a new way to satiate consumers and avoid the release day rush, fans will be able to pre-purchase and pre-load the upcoming brawler for Nintendo’s latest home console. Those with a Nintendo Network ID will be able to buy Super Smash Bros within the eShop and pre-load it to their console – as long as the Wii U system is in standby mode.
Avoiding the wrath of uneven downloading times, those who wish to purchase the game digitally can pre-load the game and, when it releases on November 21 in North America, or November 28 in Europe, the final data will be downloaded to the console. Smash fans can also purchase the digital version on Nintendo.com and within 72 hours of the game’s release date will receive a download redemption code via email. Those in Europe will also have the option to pre-purchase via the Nintendo eShop or via the Nintendo UK Online Store. Here’s the official word from Nintendo of America:
Starting now, Wii U owners can pre-purchase Super Smash Bros. for Wii U directly from the Nintendo eShop or by purchasing a download code for the game from participating retailers. At the time of pre-purchase, much of the game’s data will be pre-loaded to the purchaser’s Wii U system if it is in Standby mode. As soon as the game releases in the Nintendo eShop at midnight Eastern time on Nov. 21, the final data needed to unlock the full game will automatically download.
Amazon Japan has officially opened a new digital store for Nintendo Wii U and 3DS games. The games on offer range from first-party exclusives to third-party titles, as well as Japanese eShop exclusives. The selection of games can also differ in price, with Amazon Japan reportedly selling some online codes cheaper than those currently in the eShop.
Unfortunately, consumers must input a Japanese address for purchasing and pre-ordering online codes from Amazon Japan. However, given a Nintendo digital store has opened for Japanese consumers, a digital store for Europe and North America may not be too far behind on the retail website.
Independent game stores are now able to sell digital-only and digital copies of full retail games for both Nintendo’s home console and handheld system. According to an email seen by MCV, CentreSoft subsidiary DLCSoft will provide the service to indie retailers, with games for 3DS and Wii U available from mid-July.
Last year, the UK-based company established its popular digital system by selling codes for Sony games throughout a wide range of indie outlets across the region. DLCSoft said the addition of Nintendo eShop games will allow retailers “to establish their stores as a true digital destination on the High Street.”
The full line-up of Nintendo games, both digital-only eShop titles and full digital retail games, will launch later this month. However, DLCSoft mentioned VC games such as The Legend of Zelda and Super Mario Bros. would be included.
A Nintendo 3DS user recently contacted Nintendo of America’s customer service, and asked about whether digital Nintendo 3DS games could be recovered, if the handheld console was stolen or misplaced. A customer service representative for the company replied by reiterating that all digital content on the Nintendo 3DS is tied to the system itself, and, therefore, lost or stolen digital games and applications purchased from the Nintendo eShop cannot be retrieved.
… I was wondering, should I lose or have my 3DS stolen, is there any way to retrieve the games that I’ve purchased on the eshop? I am curious about your policy on this, and especially when so many young kids play 3DS and could potentially lose them. I know on the iphone and PSP, you are tied to an account to which you can retrieve your games. How does it work for Nintendo? Should I be worried about buying my little nephew eshop points?
Nintendo of America customer service representative: Thank you for writing. I’ll be happy to answer your questions regarding virtual content on the Nintendo 3DS. All virtual content downloaded on the Nintendo 3DS is tied to the system itself. As our warranty doesn’t cover lost or stolen game cards and systems, if this were to happen regardless of your games being virtual or you owning the physical copies, they would not be covered for replacement. …
Writer Emily Rogers recently claimed that Star Beast would be coming to Wii U, and it was confirmed soon after. Rogers now says that publisher Sega is excited about Wii U’s digital distribution, and will be bringing ‘multiple’ Xbox Live Arcade and PlayStation Network games to Nintendo’s upcoming console. Supposedly, Sega will soon reveal the digital titles it will bring to Wii U. Which XBLA or PSN games would you like to play on Wii U?
“Sega is excited about Wii U’s digital distribution. Multiple XBLA/PSN games coming to Wii U. Sega will give official announcement soon.”