Nintendo Announces Pre-loading for Wii U and 3DS

Nintendo has announced pre-loading for Wii U and 3DS, though 3DS owners might have to wait a bit longer.

At Nintendo’s latest investor meeting, the company’s president, Satoru Iwata, announced that pre-loading functionality will arrive towards the end of 2014. He also said that there are plans to add pre-loading functionality to the 3DS in 2015, as well.

For those who don’t know, pre-loading is when a game downloads onto your system before the release date. However, you can only access the data when the game is officially released. This always saves players a lot of time, especially as game file sizes are getting larger. Pre-loading is a feature supported by: PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox One and Xbox 360.

My Opinion:

This is a much needed feature for Wii U and I’m glad the eShop is finally starting to evolve and become more modern. I wouldn’t be surprised if 3DS pre-loading is exclusive to the New 3DS and New 3DS XL, though.


Lucy Pallent is a girl gamer from a rock in the middle of nowhere and is the world’s biggest n00b. She likes Nintendo, JRPGs and food. Feel free to follow her random ramblings on Twitter.

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