Mario fans who haven’t pre-ordered Nintendo’s highly anticipated Super Mario 3D All-Stars for the Switch may be out of luck.
When the game was first announced for Mario’s 35th anniversary, it was revealed that it would only be available for a limited time in both digital and physical form. Nintendo will no longer sell the collection after March 2021, and it’s unknown whether they will even restock the initial print run for physical copies between now and March.
One would hope Nintendo replenishes supplies of the game for the upcoming holiday season, but in this brave new pandemic world there are no guarantees.
Many fans and collectors worried that the limited run of the game would lead to shortages and to inflated prices from scalpers. Those fears may already have started being realized.
Over in the United Kingdom, a popular retailer called Base.com already cancelled all pre-orders of Super Mario 3D All-Stars, citing “woefully short” supplies of the game from Nintendo.
Many American gamers hoped that the stock shortage would not reach their shores any time soon, but now three major US retailers have all sold out of the pre-order stock.
Amazon, Wal-Mart, and Target can no longer accept orders for Super Mario 3D All-Stars. It is unclear if any of them will resume normal orders of the game when it is released on September 18th, but so far that seems doubtful as they would need to fulfill pre-orders before opening new orders up, at least in their online stores.
Now all eyes have shifted to Best Buy and GameStop as the last bastions of hope for any fans wanting to secure a pre-order of the already rare title.
If you haven’t pre-ordered yet and you really want a physical copy of the collection, it is highly advised you go to your nearest retailer as soon as possible on release day to ensure your possession of the game.
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