Pikmin 3 GameStop preorders get game a day early

North American gamers who reserve digital version of upcoming strategy game on July 21 or July 22 can download full title 24 hours early.

Gamers in North America who preorder the digital version of Pikmin 3 during a special GameStop/EB Games event later this month can download the full version on August 3--one day before the game launches to the public--Nintendo has announced.

In a new video (below), Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime announced that the special event will take place on July 20 and July 21 at more than 250 GameStop and EB Games stores in the United States and Canada where Pikmin 3 will be playable.

Those who reserve a digital copy of Pikmin 3 on either of those days will be able to download the game from the Wii U eShop a full 24 hours before the game is publicly available.

It is not clear if prior preorders are eligible for the promotion or if such an offer will be made available to European gamers. A GameStop representative was not immediately available to comment.

A full list of participating US and Canada GameStop locations for the Pikmin 3 promotion is available at the company's website.

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

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83 comments
nathanjones007
nathanjones007

I pre ordered it a month ago. I am sticking with the physical copy ! I am so stoked!

dfoz3
dfoz3

That's pretty cool except none of the stores in the Portland, OR area are holding this demo it appears. Thanks a lot...

Kos1c
Kos1c

I've not played a Pikmin game, so I'm really curious on what the hype is all about. The Nintendo Land version of the game wasn't that interesting, but I'm assuming that was a pre-demo where mechanics have changed a lot for it's retail release.

I really hope Nintendo start bringing out more demos for their games, as I'm unsure on picking this title up without testing it first.

Skhuff
Skhuff

One day early! Whoa! I will play the game before everyone else! Woohooo! 

Micropixel
Micropixel

Hmmm... since I download most of my Wii U games anyway, I may check this out.

abHS4L88
abHS4L88

Waited nearly a year for the game, I can wait another day for the physical copy :D

Martyr77
Martyr77

Or I can wait a day and actually own a real copy of the game (physical).

atopp399
atopp399

Lol, predering digital games... Now I've seen it all.  What do I get for preordering a physical copy?  My guess is Nintendo will somehow delay getting the game to retailers like they did with Fire Emblem and Luigi's Mansion.  Seems to be their way of pushing digital.

bored_gamer
bored_gamer

my body is not ready for Pikmin 3 because I haven't even played Pikmin 1 all the way or Pikmin 2 

Tauu
Tauu

WiiU is good stuff, no doubt about it.

adroge1
adroge1

I'm buying a physical copy of the game from Amazon with the free shipping option. I can wait a few more days.

drewdogg513
drewdogg513

now that's what you call a pre order take notes publishers 

Trickymaster
Trickymaster

nah thanks. I like me a hard copy. There's nothing that feels better than knowing that you own it. What if your Wii U dies or you get a second one? I heard Nintendo won't let you install it on more than one device. Nope. Hard copy it is. 

Frequenxy
Frequenxy

Cool idea, but I guess I'm old school, as I like to have physical copies of games way more than digital ones.

Daian
Daian

A possibly good game for the Wii U? That's like seeing a Bigfoot.

Prime_28
Prime_28

Already pre-ordered this bad boy!

19James89
19James89

I've pre-ordered mine, I cannot wait for this game.

Bowser05
Bowser05

That's cool. I'm getting it digital anyway. Can't wait.

ZIMdoom
ZIMdoom

I'm wondering how big the file is and how long it will take to download.  First off, I may not even be able to fit the game on my tiny HDD.  Second, if it is going to take a day or more to download, It is quicker and easier to just buy the hardcopy over my lunch hour to play instantly when I get home.

abnergoinbig
abnergoinbig

lol. It would have been much better if the game was also $10 cheaper, too.

ferna1234
ferna1234

soon we'll see this guy selling wii on tv infomercials.

demiwill2079
demiwill2079

Just another attempt to get people to go all digital... Nice try guys

SirApathetic005
SirApathetic005

*Reads title of article* YAY!!!!

*Reads a sentence later about how this only applies to DIGITAL preorders*

>_> No thanks...*sigh*

demiwill2079
demiwill2079

This would be great if you actually got the physical copy

silvergol
silvergol

Always buy the physical copy,  no digital copy!.

nickpeck36
nickpeck36

@Kos1c The nintendo land game has nothing to do with this game.  Those games are just 2-4 player party games based off of the games they represent :)

dfoz3
dfoz3

@Kos1c None of the Nintendo Land games are a good representation of the original games they are based on.  I have never played Pikmin either but I have to imagine the same holds true for it. 

Can't wait for the 3rd decent game for my Wii U!!

Malckeor
Malckeor

@Kos1c It's just a really unique and great strategy game. You can really only understand the feeling if you play the games.

Both Pikmin 1 and 2 were remade for the Wii. I'd recommend picking them up. I can honestly say that Pikmin is one of my favorite games of all time, and I'll be getting a Wii U when 3 comes out. I've waited too long.

YearoftheSnake5
YearoftheSnake5

@Kos1c  

I would suggest trying to find copies of Pikmin 1&2 for the GC, but they're a little hard to find(but if you can get them, go for it). If your PC can handle it, you could try them on the Dolphin emulator. I reckon that will give you a good idea about how Pikmin 3 will be.

C_A_G_E
C_A_G_E

@Kos1c Im in the same boat. Added to my netflix account. Will wait and see if it has anything to offer. 

Slim02
Slim02

@atopp399 Delay? I walked in the day it was dated to come out for Luigi's Mansion at Best Buy and also had a half off the price too... I had no problem getting my hands on Luigi's or Fire Emblem...


JacketsNest101
JacketsNest101

@Trickymaster Answer: External Hardrive. Seagate 2TB external for $100. No need for any worrying about downloadable games here.

BamaGoatt
BamaGoatt

@19James89 reading comprehension must be a challenge for you seeing how the event is only on July 21 and 22nd.

Shadowdanc3r
Shadowdanc3r

@ZIMdoom  Good question since a Wii U disc can hold up to 25 GB per layer.  We don't know if Pikmin will use up the whole disc and if so, will Nintendo be compressing certain files to make the download smaller?

charliezard
charliezard

@ZIMdoom Why would it take a day or more to download?Unless you have REALLY slow internet, it shouldn't take more than a couple hours.

imm_84
imm_84

@JacketsNest101 @Trickymaster I have interesting info on nintendo ..  I was testing nintendo and emailed and said my DS was stolen with all the games i downloaded ! 

their answer was " Once you send us Police report we could help you out "   to me that makes sense !  I'm sure with your idea and system dead they could also help out ..  don't take my word for it but i think nintendo is that type of company. 

BamaGoatt
BamaGoatt

@19James89 oh snap I did forget to ask this. Do you drive a DeLoren(sp)?

ZIMdoom
ZIMdoom

I don't really know what is slow or not.  I can usually get 300kb/s on steam but can't watch Youtube on anything more than the worst possible setting without it stopping.  games on PS3 I've downloaded take a couple days to download and they are around 5 or 6 gigs usually.  And if my kid wants to watch netflix while I'm downloading something, even that speed grinds to a halt.

JacketsNest101
JacketsNest101

@ZIMdoom You're probably not even getting 1 mb/s. I run about 30 mb/s. I used to have a connection that ran as slow as yours. What do you use for internet?


Shadowdanc3r
Shadowdanc3r

@ZIMdoom  Sounds like you have basic DSL or cable that makes you share bandwith with others in the area or are just multitasking.  If you have need I'd opt for a faster plan if you don't mind your bill being a little higher each month.  

Before jumping the gun, check to see if the Wii U allows for background downloads so it can download when it's off and while you sleep.  Also, run a speed test on your connection to know if you need the extra speed.  

http://www.speedtest.net/

If you get say, 1.5 Mbps you can download 5 or 6 gigs in less than a good night's sleep provided your connection goes uninterrupted.

19James89
19James89

@ZIMdoom I've just subscribed to PS+ and I downloaded Saints Row III for a laugh and it took 2 and a half hours and that game's download was 7GB. You must have a slow internet connection.