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'Mario Party 9' not being stocked at GAME?

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Mario Party 9 will be the latest release to bypass GAME and gamestation, it has been revealed.

Launching this Friday, the game's official blurb fails to mention GAME and gamestation as a release destination, reports Eurogamer.

"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," reads the latest Nintendo product description.

Mario Party 9

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With Nintendo-distributed 3DS game Tekken 3D: Prime Edition failing to materialise at GAME, as well as Nintendo published RPG The Last Story, Mario Party 9's absence sets a worrying trend for future Nintendo releases.

The news follows the revelation that GAME will no longer stock Electronic Arts titles past this week's SSX release.

Games such as Mass Effect 3, FIFA Street, The Sims 3: Showtime and Tiger Woods 13 will not make it into GAME and gamestation stores.

Anyone who pre-ordered Mass Effect 3 at a GAME store will be offered a "gesture of goodwill" - £5 worth of Rewards points to their card if they visit before March 16.

Mass Effect 3

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Katy Perry, Sims 3

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It is the latest in a series of problems for GAME. Earlier this month, it announced 35 store closures and said that it is going to shut sister website gameplay.co.uk.

GAME recently received lender support to alleviate financial troubles following apparent concern by publisher EA.

The high street retailer's shares plummeted by 90% in 2011, despite £1 billion in annual turnover.

> Everything must go: Is this the death of games retail?

Watch a trailer for Mario Party 9 below:

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