Pre-ordering a digital game might seem a little strange given that there’s zero chance of the supplier running out of stock, but sometimes there are bonuses (double Gold Points, for example) or you may want to get the game pre-loaded and ready to rock on Day One. Fair enough!
Previously, Nintendo charged you at the time of placing the pre-order on the Switch eShop, whether the game was launching in a couple of days or a couple of months. However, now it seems that players won’t be charged until seven days before release of the software. At that point you’ll be unable to cancel, but until then you are able to change your mind and cancel your pre-order at any time.
This alteration was spotted on the official Japanese Nintendo website, and a little digging around on the Nintendo of America’s website reveals the same policy now in effect in the West. The following text displayed regarding NOA’s cancellation policy:
You may cancel your pre‑orders up until time of payment.
You can check the product’s expected payment date by selecting Shop Menu in your Nintendo Account settings then selecting Your Pre-orders, or via Your Pre‑orders under Account Information on Nintendo eShop on your device.
You can cancel pre-orders by selecting Shop Menu in your Nintendo Account settings then selecting Your Pre-orders, or by selecting Your Pre-orders in Account Information on Nintendo eShop on your device.
Does this policy change make pre-orders more tempting to you? Would you have used this option in the past had it been available? Let us know below.