Those who pick up an eShop download code for Pikmin 3 from retailer GAME can download the game right now.
That's effectively granting early access as the game doesn't officially arrive until in the UK until midnight tonight. Nintendo Life reports that these codes were discovered to work on the eShop yesterday.
Best of all, a digital Pikmin 3 code from game costs just 34.99 whereas downloading the title through the eShop costs 39.99. Plus those who Pikmin 3 digitally are entitled to a 30 per cent discount on upcoming Wii U title The Wonderful 101.
Be warned though – MCV has heard tales of very slow downloading on the eShop at present, so even if you purchased a code right now there's a chance you might not have your hands on the title until midnight.