Here's a interestingly strange twist to the anticipated release of Fire Emblem: Awakening, which had an advertised release date for 4 February. It seems as though fans will have difficulty purchasing a copy of the game - unless of course you buy it throug the 3DS eShop.
This has been confirmed after searches were executed online through sites such as Amazon, Best Buy and GameStop. All the sites (and local stores, for that matter) say the same thing - the game isn't available yet. One local GameStop store reported that the 3DS title to due to be released 5 February, while Amazon blames delays on "manufacturer shipping."
A visit to Twitter yielded more signs of chaos and confusion, with many fans stating that no store near them carried the game. Explanations ranged from a "pulled release date" to some employees at stores stating the release date was advertised incorrectly. Some stores claim to have copies in stock, but there are very few reports of anyone successfully purchasing a physical copy of the game.
Nintendo itself has given a rather vague statement, included as follows:
"Nintendo makes every effort to make sure its games and systems are available at retail stores nationwide on launch day. Sometimes, because of the variables of shipping, different retailers recieve their shipments on different days. Fire Emblem Awakening can be purchased right now from the Nintendo eShop for Nintendo 3DS."
Have you been able to aquire a copy of Fire Emblem: Awakening in a store? Help your fellow Nintendo fans out and let people know where in the comments below!