UK Retailer Cancels Super Mario 3D All-Stars Pre-Orders

UK based online retailer Base.com has been forced to cancel pre-orders for the upcoming and much anticipated Super Mario Bros 3D All-Stars due to Nintendo providing an insufficient allocation of the game for sale. This makes for uncomfortable news for some as the game is set for release later this week.

Super Mario Bros 3D All-Stars is set to release later this week, however UK retailer Base.com has been forced to cancel Pre-Orders due to Nintendo providing a “woeful” allocation of the title to fulfil demand. As a result, Base.com has emailed customers telling them that their pre-order has been cancelled and has taken the game’s listing of their site.

The email which was initially reported on ResetEra and verified by Eurogamer features a rather blunt assessment of Nintendo on the matter:

We have just been notified of our allocation of Super Mario 3D All-stars (Nintendo Switch) and it is woefully short. This is very disappointing and it is with great regret that we have to inform you that we will be unable to fulfil you order on the day of release. Further, as Nintendo and their UK distributers are unable to give us any reassurance that more stock will become available after release, we have taken the regrettable decision to cancel all orders.”

Super Mario 3D All-Stars - Announcement Trailer - Nintendo Switch

Super Mario Bros 3D All-Stars is set to be a limited release on both physical and digital releases. The reason for which has been the subject of speculation for many fans since the title was announced. Some feel that the shortage of copies to retailers like Base.com is part of an effort to create artificial scarcity for the title; in doing this Nintendo would create the impression that the title is in greater demand than it really is. However at present there is no hard evidence to suggest that is the case.

Super Mario Bros 3D All-Stars was announced on September 3rd as part of the 35th anniversary of Super Mario Bros released in Japan. It will release this week on September 18th and will contain three of Mario’s 3D adventures; Super Mario 64, Super Mario Sunshine, and Super Mario Galaxy. These titles will be available for a limited time, both as a physical release and a digital release. Recently it was revealed that the release will not feature support for the Nintendo Gamecube controller despite Super Mario Sunshine requiring a controller like it by design.

How do you feel about the news that Base.com has had to cancel pre-orders for Super Mario Bros 3D All-Stars? Are you worried the retailer you ordered from will cancel your 3D All-Stars Pre-Order? Let us know in the comments below! Be sure to like the article and share it with your friends who may be affected.

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Andrew Highton

Hopefully no one else does this. How can they announce a limited release and not have enough physical copies ready?!

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