The news follows earlier reports that the Limited Edition of The Last Story had been pulled by GAME. But now the firm’s confirmed that it won’t be stocking either the Limited or Standard Edition at all.
“Unfortunately we are no longer stocking The Last Story on Wii,” read an email reportedly sent to pre-order customers.
“If you return to the store, they will be happy to refund your £5.00 deposit.”
The Last Story isn’t the first game to be hit by GAME’s troubled finances, of course.
Earlier this week, GAME confirmed that it would not be stocking Ubisoft’s line-up of launch titles for PlayStation Vita. Prior to that was Tekken 3DS, which suffered a similar fate.
Rumours of GAME’s problems securing new stock were first reported with the release of Resident Evil: Revelations on 3DS last month. The title mysteriously disappeared from GAME’s website on the day of release.
The company later said that Revelations would “reappear on the site” later that same evening. It did, but was listed as out of stock. The game was still out of stock at the time of writing.
GAME admitted yesterday that it “can’t stock everything”, but blamed the “finite amount of space in a store”.
However, GAME hopes that it will be able to stock missing games in the future.
“This is a fast-moving business,” it said, “so what we’re not able to stock today, we may well be able to stock tomorrow. It’s a fluid situation.”
GAME’s fragile finances have been the focus of much media speculation over the past few weeks, most notably the implications that the firm’s potential demise could have on the industry.
EA CEO John Riccitiello said in an investor call earlier this month that he was “concerned with the financial condition of one of our major European retail partners, which could lead to both increased bad debt and lost sales.”
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