A Super Mario 3D All-Stars restock is "uncertain" according to one UK retailer — this means that you may have a difficult time getting your hands on a physical copy if you haven't already put in a pre-order.
Super Mario 3D All-Stars was one of the wonderful surprises announced as part of Mario's 35th-anniversary celebration. Unfortunately, it came with a strange limitation — the game would stop being sold in Early 2021, so you had to get it now or risk missing out entirely.
Unsurprisingly, people bought the game in droves — it quickly became the number two best-selling game of 2020 on Amazon. Since then, it's been out of stock — and there's now a concern that more new copies might not come in.
Will There Be a Super Mario 3D All-Stars Restock?
@DirectFeedGames on Twitter shared a portion of an e-mail they purportedly received from UK retailer Base. According to this e-mail, Base has made the decision to cancel all pre-orders as the number of copies they've been promised is "woefully short."
Here is the statement from @DirectFeedGames' tweet:
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 [fulfill] your order on the day of release. Further, as Nintendo and their UK [distributors] 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.
Lest we panic, one should keep in mind that Base isn't a retailer on the scale of something like Amazon, so Nintendo may have had to do some triage and prioritize the number of copies going out to smaller retailers. That said, a lower-than-anticipated number of copies is certainly a worrying development.
If this is indeed true, we may see a situation similar to that of the Nintendo Switch console and Ring Fit Adventure; both of these items were in high demand during the early days of the coronavirus pandemic and saw their prices doubled by scalpers in some cases.
However, this case is slightly different than the receent hardware stock troubles — it's more akin to the Nintendo Classic shortages. Much like the Nintendo Classic, Super Mario 3D All-Stars is going to be a limited-run retail edition, and it will also be a limited time digital offering, as that will no longer be available for purchase after March 31, 2020. (Any purchased digital versions, however, can still be downloaded via the eShop.)
If a Super Mario 3D All-Stars restock doesn't come in, you might have to pay a hefty premium to buy it from a third party. For now, the best thing you can do is watch things like the game's Amazon listing like a hawk and hope that more copies come in soon.
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Do you think we'll get a Super Mario 3D All-Stars restock before the game is no longer available for purchase? Did you manage to get a pre-order in time? Let us know in the comments below!