Roughly two weeks ahead of the game’s launch date, Nintendo has put up a pre-purchase and pre-load offer for Kirby and the Rainbow Curse on the Wii U.
Here’s the verbiage regarding the pre-load and its unlock timing as per the press release from Nintendo.
Kirby and the Rainbow Curse – Pre-Purchase – You can now pre-purchase Kirby and the Rainbow Curse in the Nintendo eShop on Wii U. Upon your purchase in the Nintendo eShop, you can pre-load the game onto your Wii U console, and then you’ll be able to play after a small game update when it’s officially released in the Nintendo eShop on Feb. 19 at 9 p.m. PT.
What they don’t mention there is that this sequel to Kirby: Canvas Curse for the DS is actually selling as a slightly budget title. Instead of listing at the standard $59.99 price, Kirby and the Rainbow Curse will sell for $39.99 at launch.