You’ll Soon be Able to Pre-Load Games on Wii U and 3DS

Nintendo has confirmed that pre-loading, a feature on PS4, Xbox One, and PC, will be making its way to Wii U and 3DS.

President Satoru Iwata confirmed the feature during his most recent investor call where we also learned that the Wii U sold over 7 million units. The introduction of pre-loading is one way in which Nintendo aims to make buying games easier for players.

Other ways include allowing customers to purchase content from their mobile devices. Super Smash Bros. for Wii U will be the first game on Wii U available for pre-download. The 3DS won’t get this feature until next year.

The idea of pre-loading a game before release has become quite popular. The ease of buying a game in advance, downloading it, and then having it unlock at midnight cuts out the need for long wait times commonly associated with digital distribution. Thanks to pre-loading, it’s easier and faster to get a game digitally then it is going to a retail store.

Steam and PC were the first to implement the practice, followed by Sony and Microsoft earlier this year. It’s good to see that Nintendo, a company consistently criticized for being behind the times, is adopting some modern ideas.