There is speculation that Nintendo has allowed EB to sell early in response to Gametraders selling the imported, European versions of the game, but the GAME stores we rang have had absolutely no information from head office to that effect.
“If we get word that EB are selling the game early,” one store manager said, “then we’ll start selling it too.”
Another store manager, however, confirmed that they hadn’t even received their Ocarina of Time stock yet.
The message from JB Hifi was a similar one, with a twist.
“We’ve received a memo saying that Gametraders are selling early,” said a JB staff member, “but we’re to wait for further information. We definitely can’t sell it yet. We won’t have our stock in until Friday, maybe Monday.”
It’s an interesting situation. Nintendo could have decided to allow one retailer to sell early, but that would set a precedent that other retailers such as JB Hifi and GAME presumably wouldn’t be too happy about. It is possible that Nintendo would take a less stringent approach given the situation with Gametraders, but at this point it’s unlikely that we’ll ever hear the full story from either party.