Originally Posted by mdot23
Also, every store I talked to said its shipping today so it
should be in tomorrow. Except Best Buy who insisted to me that its coming out Jan 6...which is obviously wrong.
I don't want to start a flame war here, but I think Jan 6th is the correct date you can find it in stores. Some stores may get it sooner but everyone is misreading the Tecmo press release. The release says this quote: will ship to major retailers nationwide on December 29, 2005
. Here is how supply chain works: December 29th is the date Tecmo ships the product. Then it either is shipped per drop ship (direct to stores) which is unlikely, or shipped to the major retail chains distribution centers which is more likely. Especially since the press release noted "major retailers". Retail chains to be conservative add a week to the vendors ship date for availability except for EB and Gamestop who seem to lie on a consistent basis about their stock. Even Walmart which claims it ships on the 29th notes that even with overnight shipping it will not make it to your doorstep until January 2nd. This assumes they do not have it yet even though it claims it is shipping the 29th. It could be sooner of course, but I highly doubt it will be available anywhere this weekend. Just an ordinary guys pessimistic opinion. Take it for what it's worth.
The reason we saw it ship on the 29th is likely because Microsoft promised incentives for any games released in the 2005 fiscal year.
I hope I am wrong with the way I am interpreting this press release and how distribution of this game works. But it would seem that nobody has seen their pre-order ship yet and other than a single person in Japan on the Xbox.com forums, there isn't proof positive that any other consumer yet has a hold of this game.