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GameStop Cancelling Pre-Orders For Fire Emblem Fates Special Edition

If you pre-ordered the special edition of Fire Emblem Fates at GameStop in hopes of getting those bonus keychains, you should start checking for availability elsewhere. Due to a system glitch, the retailer mistakenly allowed more pre-orders after meeting their allocation way back on November 18th. Because of this, GameStop is cancelling all orders for Fire Emblem Fates Special Edition that were made after that date.

This news comes from a picture that a GameStop store leader received from their higher ups. As you can see in the image below, there is no mention of an apologetic gift for unfortunate buyers–something of a staple for these mishaps. Instead, it is simply suggested that the purchaser move their pre-order over to another product, or cancel their order and buy the three versions that come in the special edition separately. Have any of you been affected by this?

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  1. >>>They really are inviting death to their door and granted it they shall be>>>

  2. it says anyone who preordered after November 18th is getting their pre ordered cancelled. I ordered mine on the 14th so hopefully im good. does anyone know if in store pre orders are being affected or is it just online orders

    1. I had to check my receipt and I ordered it on the 14th as well. But I’m still going there to check just to make sure.

  3. On Puerto Rico even pre-orders prior to the news of Gamestop leaving Puerto Rico are cancelled and even future pre-orders aren’t allowed, even POWERUP rewards won’t work in Puerto Rico.

    1. It’s so weird too! I also live in PR. You’d think that with all the people who have already canceled their orders, those could make up some lost stock from this mess up? I mean those pre-orders were spoken for until Gamestop decided it was time to leave PR for good, and they stripped the orders away from the customers unfairly.

      I still haven’t gone forward to cancel mine because I still have hope it’ll be honored. I already called CS and they’re willing to send it directly to my house since it’s their responsibility to make it up to me, I’m just gonna wait this week to find out when exactly my store closes. :(

  4. Jaded Professor Ridley Bowie X3 {R.I.P. David Bowie, the One & Only Goblin King! R.I.P. Alan Rickman, the Awesome Professor Snape!} says:

    Wow. I want to say this is all Gamestop’s fault but let’s be fair. Nintendo is most likely partly to blame for possibly limiting the stock to a small number per store. Since the franchise was nearly killed off a few years back, they are probably trying to manufacture false demand to get more people to buy. Nothing gets more people to buy something than that which is hard to find because they sell out so quickly. It’s like forbidden fruit. The more you tell people they can’t have it, the more they want it. It won’t be the first time, after all, that Nintendo tried this tactic to sell more of something. amiibo & the Wii itself were also done this way.

    1. Jaded Professor Ridley Bowie X3 {R.I.P. David Bowie, the One & Only Goblin King! R.I.P. Alan Rickman, the Awesome Professor Snape!} says:

      Either way, this sucks for those that were excited to have the game preordered only to get an email or letter saying “Oops! Sorry! We fucked up! We only had a limited stock & forgot to shut down preorders once they surpassed the amount of copies we had!” But whatever kills you off faster, Gamestop! Amazon giving 20% off to video game preorders is going to crush you soon enough.

    2. It doesn’t matter if Nintendo limited stock or not. In the case of amiibo, standard games (Devil’s Third), or consoles I might agree with you, but this is a special edition. You can’t ever expect a special/ limited edition to have as much stock as a standard edition. Gamestop knew how much stock they were given. It shouldn’t have taken them TWO MONTHS to realize that they had sold more than they had.

      1. Jaded Professor Ridley Bowie X3 {R.I.P. David Bowie, the One & Only Goblin King! R.I.P. Alan Rickman, the Awesome Professor Snape!} says:

        That’s where the problem lies. It doesn’t say limited edition but special edition. Special edition =/= limited edition. If a special edition is going to be limited, it should say Limited Edition instead of Special Edition. That’s false advertisement no matter how Nintendo or anyone else tries to damage control it.

        1. Regardless of Nintendo’s choice to call it a special or limited edition, we don’t have any information on how much stock was put into production or how much has sold so far. It’s very possible that Nintendo limited the number of special editions to how much they realistically thought would sell. If that’s the case you really can’t blame them for following their expectations. Every company does that.

          I will say this however, now that the special editions are sold out and there is clearly still a demand for them. If Nintendo chooses not to restock after this, I will fault them for it. There is no reason they shouldn’t meet the demand that clearly exists.

          1. Jaded Professor Ridley Bowie X3 {R.I.P. David Bowie, the One & Only Goblin King! R.I.P. Alan Rickman, the Awesome Professor Snape!} says:

            Exactly. If there is demand for a special edition, it should get reprints. If they specifically stated it was a limited edition, we wouldn’t be having this discussion right now. lol

    3. All I can say is that if my pre order is cancelled I will never pre order another Nintendo game again….. ever. Let’s hope they didn’t, since I remember preordering the day it was announced.

    4. Actually GS gets given a total number of what they are allowed to sell, it isn’t a per store mechanic, but an overall. They check sales daily against that number and then turn it off when it gets close to that number and allow the small remainder to deal with customer issues such as lost in transits or a store employee who sells a reserved game to their buddy who didn’t reserve it.

  5. Those desperate son of bitches canceled my fucking order. If I had the fucking power. I Would Nuke The Shit Out Of One Of They’re Stores.

          1. Maybe I should slang one of your fatass legs at them. Then for sure that would be enough.

                1. Jaded Professor Ridley Bowie X3 {R.I.P. David Bowie, the One & Only Goblin King! R.I.P. Alan Rickman, the Awesome Professor Snape!} says:

                  Oooh! Burn! lol

  6. Oh no, whatever will I do without the keychain.

    -_- the people at my local GS always tell me that the get about 3-5 copies of what ever game Nintendo releases. I don’t understand why the stock is so limited other than what Ridley has already stated (false demand) it might work on some but people like me, it just deters from purchasing the game. Oh sell, this is why you have to go either Bestbuy and their gamers rewards program or Amazon and their new Prime feature for gamers.

  7. My EB Games is so useless that for months in advance I would say hey you got Fire Emblem Fates in your system? They would say nope. I tried in December and suddenly oh we reached out limit already. I was like THE FUCK? Last week you were still going nope not in our system. Couldn’t even pre-order the “regular” versions cause their limit was reached…HOW the fuck have we come to the time where a PHYSICAL COPY OF A REGULAR GAME IS IN LOW SUPPLY?

    1. Jaded Professor Ridley Bowie X3 {R.I.P. David Bowie, the One & Only Goblin King! R.I.P. Alan Rickman, the Awesome Professor Snape!} says:

      Isn’t it obvious yet? Nintendo is trying to boost their digital sales on the eShop while also effectively creating false demand.

  8. I thought preorders were so they could figure the fuck out how many to make and send to each store, not a game of how are the scalpers gonna get the most money by taking all the preorders before the people who actually want them can get them.

    1. Jaded Professor Ridley Bowie X3 {R.I.P. David Bowie, the One & Only Goblin King! R.I.P. Alan Rickman, the Awesome Professor Snape!} says:

      I use to thought that was the whole point in preorders, too. Shows how wrong we were, huh. *sigh* Can’t seem to trust any business these days.

    2. In some cases yes, pre-orders are so that they know at least a minimum numbers of copies to send. But when it comes to “special/limited/collector’s” there are, typically, only so many that are going to be made at all. Otherwise it wouldn’t be “special” or “collectible.”

      It would be nice if most places (and this isn’t just a jab at GS) actually stuck to the one per customer rule, but because they don’t scalpers rule the day and rake in the cash. D:

  9. And I payed for the preorder in full but didn’t get a call… Guess I’m going to gamestop this morning.

    1. If you want the original soundtrack CD for Twilight Princess, you have to keep your GameStop pre-order. They made it exclusive. If you don’t care, then by all means, switch. Just wanted to give you a heads up in case you weren’t aware.

      1. The Gamestop one comes with the soundtrack CD? Are you sure? The offer came out after I pre-ordered… Damnit… I.. IDK. x.x

        1. Yeah. It was announced a day or two ago on this site. People such as myself were not too happy about it since many of us preordered elsewhere. And at that time GameStop was sold out. This morning though RidleySlayer posted that they were back up, so I snagged one. The vicious cycle of preorders. It’s like a fucking circus is in running the show between Nintendo and retailers.

          1. Jaded Professor Ridley Bowie X3 {R.I.P. David Bowie, the One & Only Goblin King! R.I.P. Alan Rickman, the Awesome Professor Snape!} says:

            Of course people are going to be pissed. The damn Nintendo Direct not once said anything about the music CD being an exclusive pre-order bonus. But what can we expect. It was Reggie that told us about the preorder bonus & since he’s known to fucking lie, we should not have taken his word for it.

            1. You know what? It’s our own fault. We should have never trusted Reggie. We know how much he lies. So how can we blame him if we keep falling for it. Shame on us!

              1. Jaded Professor Ridley Bowie X3 {R.I.P. David Bowie, the One & Only Goblin King! R.I.P. Alan Rickman, the Awesome Professor Snape!} says:

                Very true. Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me. Fool me multiple times after the second time, well fuck! Apparently, we’re stupid! lol

  10. Ok….
    *Deep breath*
    I can keep my composure….
    I can keep my composure….
    NO I FUCKING CANNOT!

  11. I pre ordered mine on November 17th, still going to call the store and double check. I was worried when I paid it off after thanksgiving on the receipt it said “No longer available” and I asked the guy about it and he said not to worry. Honestly I knew the keychains weren’t part of the pre order so although it would be nice to have them I don’t really care. What I do care about is having all 3 versions on one cartridge. If my pre order is canceled and I have to bust my butt finding all 3 versions of the game I’m gonna be hella pissed!

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