Then your connection must be insanely better than mine and everyone else's I know, and I'd really like to borrow it for a while. Or forever. There's too much difference between regions in that area, I guess? I think that's the main problem. Some places have ridiculous internet, whereas it can easily take me an hour-ish to download ~1gb, and even longer for some people.
I could be wrong on the time, but it sure was less than an hour and splatoon was 30 minutes. But I'm sure the game is around 6ish gb.
If you don't have a good connection you're pretty much screwed, which means it's definitely not always the faster option, and since the Wii U has such little storage on board then you'll need to have external storage as well (unless you have the 32gb model and don't have enough games to need to uninstall anything for space). There's too much potential hassle in there for a lot of people, which is what I'm guessing is the main cause for concern.
As for storage I HIGHLY recommend this hard drive http://www.amazon.co...1/dp/B008DW96NY. Had it since Wii U launch and has been solid as a rock.
And yeah, there's always the collectors who want it physically, of course. It will take a while for people not to see digital only as an issue, for these reasons and many more, so it's to be expected. More options are always better for everyone. We haven't quite caught up enough for digital to be an obvious solution across the board yet.
I used to be that way also, until I noticed the sheer amount of clutter I had. The cheap flimsy cases Nintendo used for the Wii U case also turned me off. Finally working at a major game publisher discovering how much is costs to manufacture and how scary it would be if the game flops. I totally see digital as being the only path for games like this. :-/
Overseas will be wildly lucky if it gets the plastic folder that was an Amazon.jp exclusive preorder bonus, which was crappy enough anyway. Step it up, Nintendo.
Ohh what was it? Link?