You can buy and download 'Super Mario Odyssey' right now ahead of launch

Nintendo’s “Super Mario Odyssey” is available to pre-order and pre-load right now on the Nintendo Switch, ahead of its Friday launch.

The game officially arrives on October 27, but you can pay for it and download the game now. That way, on Friday, you can start playing the game at the stroke of midnight¬†(ET) when it unlocks. “Super Mario Odyssey” is the first game on Nintendo’s Switch to take advantage of this pre-load feature — the console’s latest update added this functionality, which all of Nintendo’s forthcoming games will employ.

The process is simple:

  • Go to the eShop from the Switch’s main menu.
  • Navigate to the Best Sellers option, and select it.
  • “Super Mario Odyssey” should be on there; as of the time of writing, it’s around number nine.¬†
  • If all else fails, type the game’s name into the Search option.

Or, when you turn on your Switch, you’ll likely see this advertisement:

If you tap on that with your finger, it will bring you directly to the “Super Mario Odyssey” store page.¬†

After you buy the game and download it, there’s only one more step before you can play the game: Waiting until midnight ET on October 27 and connecting to the internet with your Switch to verify your purchase.

In the meantime, here’s the latest “Super Mario Odyssey” trailer to hold you over:

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