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UK retailer cancels Super Mario 3D All-Stars preorders, blaming Nintendo's "woefully short" allocation

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A UK retailer has notified its customers to tell them it is unable to honour preorders of Super Mario 3D All-Stars because of the "woefully short" amount of preorders offered by Nintendo.

Super Mario 3D All-Stars was revealed at the recent Super Mario Bros. 35th Anniversary Nintendo Direct (opens in new tab), which confirmed the remastered packaged is coming to Nintendo Switch later this month on September 18, 2020. 

The bundle includes Super Mario 64, Super Mario Sunshine, and Super Mario Galaxy, promising higher resolutions, joy-con compatibility, in-game soundtracks, and more. The game is available for pre-order now (opens in new tab), but Nintendo plans to closes sales of both digital and physical versions in March 2021, which has increased demand for the game.

"We have just been notified of our allocation of Super Mario 3D All-Stars (Nintendo Switch) and it is woefully short," retailer Base.com explained in an email to customers that was shared on ResetEra (opens in new tab) (thanks, Eurogamer (opens in new tab)). "This is very disappointing and it is with great regret that we have to inform you that we will be unable to fulfil you[r] order on the day of release.

"Further, as Nintendo and their UK distributers [sic] 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."

Those Base.com has cancelled all preorders, the game seemingly remains available for preorder at other major retailers. 

Scalpers are already cashing in on the scarcity (opens in new tab), with listings for preorders of Super Mario 3D All-Stars inflating the £50/$60 RRP game on internet auction sites for as much as £200/$265.

Super Mario 3D All-Stars isn't out yet so in the meantime, here's our pick of the best Nintendo Switch games (opens in new tab).

Vikki Blake is GamesRadar+'s Weekend Reporter. Vikki works tirelessly to ensure that you have something to read on the days of the week beginning with 'S', and can also be found contributing to outlets including the BBC, Eurogamer, and GameIndustry.biz. Vikki also runs a weekly games column at NME, and can be frequently found talking about Destiny 2 and Silent Hill on Twitter.