Pokémon Legends: Arceus is now available for preload on Nintendo Switch

Pokemon Legends: Arceus will officially release worldwide for the Nintendo Switch on January 28, but players who pre-ordered the game digitally through the eShop should be able to pre-load the game soon.

The game will remain unplayable once downloaded until the software unlocks on launch. Once preloaded, however, you can just jump right in without having to wait for installation upon release.

On the official eShop page, Arceus is listed as a flat file size of 6 GB. Additionally, neither Game Freak nor The Pokémon Company have announced a mandatory patch for day one of the game, so it could be playable right out of the box for buyers. physical as well, although there are notable potential delays for some players who have opted for the physical choice.

Related: Pokémon Center Announces Shipping Delays On Pokemon Legends: Arceus preorders

Anyone who buys Arceus Nintendo eShop before May 9 will receive an email containing a code for 30 Heavy Balls that can be redeemed in-game. These special Poké Balls have a higher catch rate than regular Poké Balls, but you cannot throw them as far.

All players who grab Arceus can also exchange Mystery Gift Set for Hisuian Growlithe Kimono Set and Doom Fox Mask once the game is started. Both special items will be accessible until May 9 at 6:59 PM CT.

As always, the rollout of preloads is based on time zones, so if you don’t have the option to download the game now, you should do so within the next 24 hours.

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