We certainly didn't see this one coming! It seems that Nintendo butchered the pre-load process in North America. Many players who purchased the game discovered that they could boot up the game with no issues. They are now enjoying everything Paper Mario: Color Splash has to offer and this two weeks before it was supposed to come out.
If you want to download the game still, you are out of luck. Nintendo took the pre-load file down to stop new players from coming in. See here a few tweets to confirm our findings below!
Letsa go pic.twitter.com/sJzrfcADTf— Donald Theriault (@DonaldMick) September 23, 2016
Somebody at Nintendo def fucked up. pic.twitter.com/ILoZoW48mJ— gillythekid (@gillythekidd_) September 23, 2016
IT'S TRUE DIGITAL COPIES OF COLOR SPLASH CAN BE PLAYED RIGHT NOW DDMFKJDJFBF pic.twitter.com/We2Bed3M2a— Alola Form Bidoof 🐻 (@Electivirus) September 23, 2016