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, 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!


  • Majora’s Espurr

    I’m gonna stick with a physical copy. Nothing beats that new game smell!

    • Ryan Haney

      I agree with you. The smell reminds me of birthdays and Christmases as a kid. I get the pre-download thing, though. It took me 3 days to download my eShop Christmas gift last year.

      • Katie Towne

        Yeah, it makes a lot of sense for those who prefer to download. I’m with you, though. I like the nostalgic feeling of opening new games. 😀

      • Majora’s Espurr

        Oh god that Christmas was a terrible time to get the Windwaker HD bundle. XD

    • Katie Towne

      Ditto. I love physical copies of the game. I’ve only downloaded SSB and ALBW (it came with my special 3DS XL) for my 3DS and, to be honest, I wish I had the physical copies.

    • nida_98

      yeah i love the feeling of opening a new game. i got Wind Waker for free download with my Wii U. the feeling isn’t the same as opening a new game case

    • Guest

      Amen to you

    • Jozef Smirnov

      Amen to you my friend

  • maggerbee

    I’m on the digital band bandwagon, every game I’m buying to keep I buy digital. Games I want to play and resell I obviously purchase a physical copy. I love never having to switch discs on the Wii U, and I always feel like they have faster load times. And never worrying about carrying game cards for the 3DS is so awesome. My only worry ever is if they ever remove a game, but I don’t see that really happening.

  • Zelda Fan Guy

    Bit off topic, but am I the only one who could spend hours watching the gif image for this news post? XD

    • Katie Towne

      Glad you like it! I was looking for an awesome one. :3

  • Dominic Hin

    I’ve already pre-ordered the physical copy + GameCube Adaptor set, so there’s no big deal (I hear that the set’s already sold out at most retailers btw)