Pre-load functionality coming to WIi U and 3DS

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Starting with Super Smash Bros on the Wii U, Nintendo consoles are to allow for users to pre-purchase and download games before the release date.

Pre-loading, a feature already available to Xbox One and PS4 owners is to come to Nintendo consoles. The feature will let you pre-purchase a game and have it downloaded ready to get going when the title launches without having to wait for a lengthy download on day one.

Prior to this, digital games on Wii U could only be purchased and downloaded after the game had released.

Nintendo president Satoru Iwata announced pre-loading is on the way during the company’s latest financial report and that it is to commence with the launch of Super Smash Bros on Wii U in November.

"Using this system, consumers will not have to wait for a long time to download the game after its release," Iwata said. "They will then be able to start playing the game by only downloading a requisite minimum amount of update data."

According to Iwata pre-loading will also be possible with download cards available in shops, allowing retailers to sell codes for upcoming games which players can redeem and download ahead of the release date.

While pre-loading has only been confirmed to be coming to the Wii U this year, Iwata also stated that the 3DS will also be getting pre-load support in 2015.

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