A lorry-load of Splatoon has been stolen

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Splatoon is out this week, and though it’s a little light on multiplayer content at launch, it’s some of the most refreshing fun I’ve had with a game all year. It’s vibrant, colourful, addictive and fun as all hell. As a new Nintendo IP, there’s a great number of people terribly excited for the game. And there’s bad news for many of those people, particularly those in the UK who’ve ordered the special edition that comes with Amiibo pack ins. Because the truck’s been stolen.

A truck full of copies of Splatoon’s special edition, on the way from Nintendo’s Warehouses to UK retailer GAME has been stolen. Affected customers won’t have the option of waiting it out, as the stock won’t be replenished. Instead, they get to grab the vanilla edition along with a 10 Squid discount.

“Due to these extraordinary circumstances, we will unfortunately not be getting replacements for these missing items. We have no option but to substitute the Splatoon + Squid Inkling in your order with the standard version of the game,” the retailer said in a statement.

“We can confirm that the lorry transporting the Splatoon stock from Nintendo’s European warehouse to GAME UK has been stolen. Included as part of this delivery was GAME’s allocation of the Splatoon + Squid Inkling amiibo and as a result we are unable to honour pre-orders for this item in GAME.

“We are working with GAME to contact those customers affected. Whilst these unfortunate circumstances were out of Nintendo UK and GAME’s control, we apologise for any inconvenience or disappointment that this has caused.”

It’s not the first time a truckload of games has gone missing either; thieves ruined Christmas by jacking trucks filled with Wii U consoles, and another set of Templar villains made off with copies of Assassin’s Creed 3. That may have actually been a blessing in disguise.

[Thanks to Erwin for the tip]

Last Updated: May 28, 2015

Geoffrey Tim

Editor. I'm old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time - they were capable of being masterpieces. I'm here now, looking for more of those masterpieces.

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