GAME Group (GAME and Gamestation) will not be stocking Wii game Mario Party 9, Eurogamer has heard.
Nintendo has issued an official statement that points out every destination to buy Mario Party 9. GAME and Gamestation are absent from the comprehensive list.
"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," announced Nintendo.
Mario Party 9 is due out this Friday, 2nd March.
Whether this will extend to all Nintendo and Nintendo-distributed games remains to be seen. However, GAME absentee The Last Story was published by Nintendo, and GAME absentee Tekken 3DS was distributed by Nintendo.
It doesn't bode well for Wii-exclusive JRPG Pandora's Tower, due 13th April.
Coupled with the news that GAME won't stock Mass Effect 3 or any EA games in March past SSX, and the writing appears to be on the wall.