Pre-Orders Available Directly from Nintendo

Tuesday, October 14th, 2014

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Fantasy Life - Pre-order from Nintendo | oprainfall

With less than 10 days until my most anticipated game of 2014, I’ve been trying to fight the urge to Google any and all information on Fantasy Life. Lucky for you, dear readers, I completely failed and, as a result, I have some exciting news for you. Nintendo has made it possible to pre-order both 3DS games and Wii U games directly from the Nintendo website!

For gamers that live in smaller towns or just can’t always be bothered to wait for Amazon to ship their packages, Nintendo lets you buy a copy of a game and will e-mail you the code to use your game. This, of course, can be both good and bad, depending on exactly what side of the fence you’re on here. If you don’t have a way to download games (for example, you don’t have a stable internet connection), you might want to stick with Amazon or your local game store.

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Run, don’t walk, to the Nintendo Website!

Personally, I rather like having a physical copy of a game, but, as we become more and more focused on making things more convenient and easier to access, it’s clear that physical copies are becoming something that people who collect get, while everyone else just gets a downloaded copy. With Nintendo making it easier to access to their games, that leaves the game stores in quite an interesting position. However, enough about that, this is more a conversation for the comment section.

Along with Fantasy Life for the 3DS, some of the other titles available for pre-order are (and in order from my interest level) Pokémon Omega Ruby, Pokémon Alpha Sapphire, Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker, Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and Pokémon: Art Academy.

So far, only Nintendo’s big franchises are available on their store, but, considering Fantasy Life is also included, I don’t think we will have to wait too long for the largest supporter of indie games to add many more games to the availability list.

Another reason to be excited for this is that you can buy games for other people, and they will receive a code in the mail. How cool is that? Are you excited or underwhelmed by this news? Also, holding your breath for Fantasy Life? Let me know in the comments!

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About Kelsey Brinson

Avid video game player and nerd extraordinaire. I play games and give people my opinions about them, sometimes while on the subway wearing a tin foil hat and sometimes on the internet! I also stream video games with help on Twitch! How thrilling!




  • Buy and gift codes? I hope they do this for more games — living in a different country from my relatives, it’s not possible for them to send eShop cards in a simple manner 😛

    • Kelsey

      I know what you mean. Its been easier to just wire people money and hope they decide to get the game than it buy them the game. Both ways you hope they play with you but at least this way they cant spend the money on donuts 🙂

  • jjay

    I don’t see any benefit to pre-ordering downloadable titles. The idea for pre-ordering was to make sure you got a copy when supplies were limited. Now it just seems like they are trying to trick people into buying their games before they can read all the negative reviews.

    • Kelsey

      Personally I like it for budgeting reasons. There are some games I know I’m getting and I don’t need to read reviews for whatever reason. I like to pay money before so i don’t accidentally spend it on a crazy steam sale or whatever XD. That isn’t to say I disagree with you however. Most games I just don’t pre-order but for games i know I’m getting at launch its important XD