Mysterious Shipping Error Delays Fire Emblem 3DS Retail Release
A post on GameInformer today reports that Fire Emblem: Awakening for the Nintendo 3DS is going to be a few days late getting to retail locations in America, due to some vague shipping error, and despite no acknowledgement of a delay in Nintendo’s game release announcement today.
The post points the way to Amazon’s product listing for the game, which delivers some disappointing news: “Delivery of Fire Emblem: Awakening pre-orders may be affected by manufacturer shipping delays.” The post also reports that Best Buy locations have said the game won’t appear until at least tomorrow, while some GameStop locations put the date at Friday, February 8. Yikes!
The game is available to buy from Nintendo’s eShop, however, for the same price as the retail version of the game. Could the “shipping delays” simply be a ploy on the part of Nintendo looking to boost its digital sales? Certainly digital sales mean more money in Nintendo’s pocket both up front and later on, since you can’t re-sell a digital copy of a game? I have sincere doubts that Nintendo would be so nefarious as to intentionally delay the physical shipment of their game…but at the very least, my sleep-deprived mind is considering the possibility.
By the way, if you were thinking about picking up Fire Emblem: Awakening, you probably should, whenever it actually shows up.