Fire Emblem: Awakening recently launched in North America, and if you've already consulted our review, you'll be aware that it really is a game that all 3DS owners should own.

Sadly, it would appear that a manufacturer shipping delay is preventing many people from actually acquiring the game. Game Informer is reporting that several stores have pushed back delivery estimates for the popular title:

I called a few Best Buy and GameStop stores, some nearby, some far away, and most were reporting a small delay. The Best Buys I spoke to said the game probably wouldn't be available until Wednesday February 6, and the GameStops said the game may not be available until Friday, February 8 due to shipping errors. Amazon also has a notice on its Fire Emblem: Awakening page that reads, "Potential Shipping Delay: Delivery of Fire Emblem: Awakening pre-orders may be affected by manufacturer shipping delays. Amazon apologizes for any inconvenience this may cause."

Have you managed to pick up a copy? Or did you go for the eShop version? Will this news make you turn to the download edition? Drop a comment to let us know.