Much has been made of Nintendo's move into digital download retail releases; while this kind of distribution is commonplace on consoles such as the Xbox 360 and PlayStation Vita, Nintendo is only just finding its feet. New Super Mario Bros. 2 is the first Nintendo game to be available digitally and in stores simultaneously — quite a bold move for the Kyoto veteran.
However, there are signs that Nintendo still has a bit to learn about this sort of thing. It has already had teething troubles in Japan, and Siliconera recently ran a test to see how long it would take to download the 340MB (2,725 block) NSMB2. The total time? A whopping 46 minutes. As anyone who has used a PS3 or 360 before will tell you, that's disappointingly slow.
Siliconera neglected to state what speed connection it was using to download the title, which could be a massive contributing factor to the protracted download time, but it's fair to say that you'll have plenty of scope to catch up on your reading while you're waiting for Mario and friends to digitally download themselves to your 3DS console.