GAME Group, which is comprised of retail stores GAME and Gamestation, alongside their online counterparts, will not be stocking either Mass Effect 3 or Mario Party 9, it's been revealed.
The news was filtered out this morning as GAME reluctantly broke the news to people who had pre-ordered Mass Effect 3. GAME has stated that the decision was made due to a "supply issue".
GAME also had the exclusive rights to the Mass Effect 3 Collector's Edition, but following the news, other retailers are now stocking this version of the game. If you were unfortunate enough to have the Collector's Edition pre-ordered at GAME, you'll be able to pick it up on Amazon.co.uk, as well as other retailers such as Play, Zavvi or ShopTo.
Shortly after this news, Nintendo issued a statement which revealed that Mario Party 9 would also not be stocked in GAME Group stores. Instead, Nintendo urged consumers to visit numerous other retailers, stating it would be ""Available to buy on the high street via Argos, Asda, Tesco, Dixons Stores Group, GameStop, Sainsburys, Smyths Toys, Toys R Us, HMV, Blockbuster or online at Amazon, The Hut, Play.com, zavvi.co.uk, johnlewis.com and Littlewoods.com, as well as most good games retailers."
This will come as a huge blow to GAME Group, following their very visible troubles which aired throughout January, as they struggled to come with poor sales over the holiday season.
It's unclear what this means for the future of the company as a whole, but one thing is for sure, the company is still afloat and you're still able to purchase all other games as normal.