GAME has confirmed that it will not be selling Mass Effect 3 when it's released next week or Mario Party 9 on Friday, with some rumours suggesting they will also not be stocking any other new EA or Nintendo games.
SSX may be the last Electronic Arts game that GAME ever stocks, if the latest rumours are to be believed. With GAME releasing the following statement just moments ago:
'We currently have a supply issue with regards to Mass Effect 3, which means that GAME and Gamestation will not be able to fulfil orders for Mass Effect 3 at this time. We want to give customers as much notice about this as possible and provide them with a range of options ahead of launch.
We appreciate that this is disappointing for our customers, and we apologise sincerely for the inconvenience that this will cause. We value the loyalty of our customers very highly and as a gesture of goodwill we are providing the following:
• Customers who have pre-ordered in store*, will have the opportunity to add £5 worth of Reward points to their card if they visit us from 1st March through to 16th March 2012
• Customers who have placed a deposit for the title* will receive a refund as well as the £5 worth of Reward points between 1st - 16th March 2012
• Customers who have pre-ordered online, will be provided with an online voucher to the value of £5 to be spent on any purchase on our sites
For more information we would advise customers to visit EA www.ea.com/uk/masseffect3update on how to get hold of Mass Effect 3.
*All customer must be able provide valid proof that they have placed a pre-order or deposit'
According to website Eurogamer things are even worse than they sound, as they claim no EA game beyond SSX will be stocked by GAME. SSX is due out this Friday, so that means no Mass Effect 3 the week after, no FIFA Street, and no Tiger Woods PGA Tour 13.
They also claim that no other Nintendo distributed games will be sold either. We can't confirm that but Nintendo has just sent us a long list of shops that will be selling Mario Party 9 on Friday - and it doesn't include GAME.
Mario Party 9 will be third Nintendo distributed game in a row not to be sold by GAME, after The Last Story and Tekken 3D Prime Edition.
Nintendo and EA have refused to comment on the situation further, although EA has referred us to the same page on their website mentioned by GAME.
The page warns that the Mass Effect 3 N7 Collector's Edition will only be available at Amazon.co.uk, Play.com, Zavvi.com, and ShopTo.Net. GAME are not listed, even though the Collector's Edition (and the standard ones) are still on GAME's website.
EA are advising customers who have pre-ordered the N7 Collector's Edition to re-order it through one of the above stores. An update about the N7 Warfare Gear in-game weapons pack is promised for later today.
Ever since its credit rating changed at the beginning of the year GAME has had trouble keeping new games in stock. Wii game The Last Story still isn't being stocked by them and they didn't have any of Ubisoft's PS Vita games at launch.
If the problems with Mass Effect 3 aren't resolved very quickly then the future is looking very grim for both GAME and Gamestation.
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