With bated breath, you might just have to wait a tad longer to charge into the world of Fire Emblem: Awakening for the 3DS. Game Informer reports, after speaking with a few local Best Buy and GameStop stores (and checking in with Amazon), that physical copies of the much-anticipated strategy RPG will not be available for its Feb. 4 release date.
According to the website, some retailers warn that the game might not be available for physical purchase until as late as Feb. 8. In fact, Amazon has a notice on its page for the Nintendo and Intelligent Systems game that reads, "Delivery of Fire Emblem: Awakening pre-orders may be affected by manufacturer shipping delays. Amazon apologizes for any inconvenience this may cause."
However, note the emphasis on "physical": Fire Emblem: Awakening is present and accounted for on the eShop for Nintendo 3DS for $39.99. If you've pre-ordered the game already, Game Informer suggests calling ahead of time before trying to pick up your copy. We've reached out to Nintendo for comment. In the meantime, check out our review (if you weren't already sold). Update: Statement from Nintendo:
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 receive their shipments on different days. Fire Emblem Awakening can be purchased right now from the Nintendo eShop for Nintendo 3DS.