Best Buy Cancels Pre-Orders of Majora’s Mask 3Ds


Due to a massive oversale of the special edition Majora’s Mask 3DS XL, Best Buy is in the process of cancelling several pre-orders of the new system.

Initially, the electronics company only cancelled pre-orders of multiple systems in an effort to save some of the stock for the constant stream of pre-orders coming in. This was also a last-minute move to try and stop the Ebay resellers, as hundreds of copies of the 3DS appeared on the site not long after the system was made available for pre-ordering. Despite Best Buy’s efforts, the decision wasn’t enough to completely stop the scalpers, and now several customers won’t be playing the new Majora’s Mask on a themed system.


A recent update in pre-order sales revealed yesterday that Best Buy isn’t limiting its pre-order purge to those who tried to buy multiple systems. Now, anyone who already ordered the system has a chance of receiving an email from Best Buy:

Hello [name here]

We’re sorry but there is an issue with your pre-order. The popularity of Nintendo 3DS XL Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask Limited Edition Gold/Black exceeded the quantities made available to Best Buy. As a result, we are unable to fulfill all of the pre-orders received. We regret that your particular order has been canceled and we know that this is disappointing. We want to make it up to you by offering a $50 discount that may be used towards the purchase of one of these alternate options, or other products on BestBuy.com:2

– Nintendo – 3DS XL – Black SKU: 2306021

– Nintendo – 3DS XL – Red SKU: 2307075

majorasmaskBest Buy hasn’t yet released any information regarding the reasons for the sudden sales cancellations, but it’s safe to assume that the resellers on Ebay had a lot to do with the lack of stock. It’s a tough situation to be in for any electronics company, and we can’t really place all of the blame on Best Buy. Just last month, Nintendo ran into an issue with low stock and discontinuations of some of their Amiibos, a problem also linked to Ebay resellers. Limited edition figurines that only cost around $13 were resold for $85 or more, while the $200 Majora’s Mask 3DS is between $400 and $500 on Ebay as of January 25. Companies are largely powerless when it comes to stopping scalpers, especially when it comes to limited edition items.

For those of you still worried about getting your hands on the new system, Kotaku’s is currently keeping an up-to-date article on the current state of stock for pre-ordering the 3DS. And just in case it wasn’t obvious, I wouldn’t recommend ordering it from Ebay.


About Deborah Crocker

Deborah is a 22 year old semi-hermit currently plodding through her senior year of college and getting her feet wet in game journalism. She has a somewhat unhealthy obsession with high fantasy, video games, novels, and Elder Scrolls. When she's not in front of a screen, she enjoys singing and a bit of beading. She's also currently on the hunt for the restaurant with the best cheeseburger.

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