As services like PSN and Xbox Live have made it easy to purchase, download, and play games from just about anywhere, Nintendo seems to be joining the mix with the quiet, soft launch that eagle-eyed users have spotted for being able to purchase digital games on Nintendo’s website.
Reports detail that a number of recently-released and upcoming titles for Wii U and 3DS are now available to either pre-order or purchase through Nintendo’s website, similar to the online storefronts available from Sony Entertainment Network and the Xbox Games Store.
Instead of having to access games solely from the Wii U and 3DS eShops, users can now log on to Nintendo’s website, search for a title, and select the “Buy Digital” option for that specific game. Once purchased, users will then receive a download code that can either be sent to their email, or directly to their Wii U or 3DS to download while in Sleep Mode, or while the console is on/connected to the Internet.
Currently, the “Buy Digital” option is available for a number of recently-released Nintendo-published titles like Hyrule Warriors and Mario Kart 8, along with Super Smash Bros. for 3DS and Animal Crossing: New Leaf on the 3DS side of things. In terms of pre-ordering, the option is currently available for titles like Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker, Fantasy Life, Pokemon Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire, and many others still being discovered given the option’s recent inclusion on Nintendo’s website.