Nintendo of America has recently announced that players who have opted into the downloadable version of Super Smash Bros. for Wii U will be able to preload the majority of the game before its release. This download-now-play-later model will work for people who have pre-ordered from Nintendo.com, the Nintendo eShop, and select retailers.
The benefits of this option are apparent for both fans and Nintendo. The more people that download the game before launch, the less stress on the server-side of Nintendo’s eShop so that we can avoid another Holiday 2013 outage. On the consumer-end of things, the ability to download most of the game before launch means less time waiting and more time playing. We here at Zelda Universe can’t wait to finally get our hands on this game!