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GameStop Shoots Down Hopes For Donkey Kong 3D

“Don’t be so silly,” they say, possibly. Aww shucks…

Jungle fever hit a high earlier this week when it was implied in a branch of EB Games that Donkey Kong 3D was available for preorder. Whilst equal measures of scepticism and excitement vied for control over gamer-brains across the globe, it transpires that this isn’t definitive evidence whatsoever of any Donkey Kong title being on its way.

Cranky Kong

"Ha! You kids and your penchant for excitement over everything!"

GameStop owns EB Games, and as such a GameStop representative has spoken to Kotaku directly to squash the rumours flatter than a Klaptrap pancake.

“The displays were not supplied by Nintendo and have been taken down. It’s definitely not in the system in the U.S. I’m sure it’s not elsewhere, either, but I can’t confirm that.”

Seemingly, the retail outlet in question was looking to drum up some hype and excitement for a game that hasn’t been confirmed in any way. Whilst there was potential that it could have been a leak (for example, PC gamers often find The Sims 3 expansions leaked by retail listings), it seems we’re all left twiddling our thumbs and exchanging sheepish glances.

Kotaku’s report also states that Nintendo were contacted directly regarding this issue. As is their policy, they responded with a dismissively haughty “Nintendo does not comment on rumours or speculation.”

Presumably whilst wafting their hands at everyone to go away so they can concentrate on making splendid things.

Unfortunately, this entire incident throws something of an ugly shadow over some aspects of the traditional videogame store preorder system. Whilst it’s cool to be able to book a game in advance, if these things are happening and games either far away or plain nonexistent are taking up shelf space, questions need to be asked.

Hopefully confusion of this nature can be avoided in the future, but this also has the added caveat of throwing doubt on another potentially exciting 3DS game that was recently, inexplicably listed for preorder…

By on 13 March 2012
Salubriously silly indie-novelist Tony likes Nintendo, doodling cartoons and various rambunctious shenanigans. His handheld of choice is the Cosmo Black 3DS, he tweets nonsense over on @HeyTonyOfficial, and a Norwich coffee shop has named a sandwich after him.

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  1. Teal says:

    I heard people could already PAY for those nonexistent games. What the heck? This is REAL SCAM.

  2. GamingFan99 says:

    Okay, but who honestly believed the rumor? Not who wanted/wants a DK for the 3DS, but who actually believed THIS specific rumor? It was obviously fake…

  3. miguel says:

    Im puttin my money on kid icarus uprising.
    Just like the new zelda scam its fake!

  4. animal61 says:

    ummm the zelda rumor isn’t fake?????? and i know this was a SCAM

  5. kindricks says:

    Well so far i’m keeping my streak of buying games at launch! But i don’t usually pre-order a game till I see a trailer, so I would not have driven up there in the first place…

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