Even though I have little time for games these days, I’ve been looking forward to playing Mario Kart DS, mainly because I’m hoping it will recapture the joy of the SNES version I used to play endlessly many years ago, which the GameCube ‘Double Dash’ really failed to do for me. The official UK release date was yesterday, and knowing how generally rubbish our local shops are at getting releases on time or in any great numbers, plus my general laziness to actually go out to said shops, I pre-ordered it online.
Unfortunately, I must have typed my credit card number incorrectly, and said online retailer clearly didn’t validate the card details until they tried to dispatch, at which point it failed. Now, I’m aware that it’s regulation that mail order companies do not take money until the product has been dispatched, but I was under the impression that validation of the details was still done up-front at the time of the order - perhaps it depends on the retailer. Anyhow, it’s meant that my copy missed the post, and I probably won’t get it until next week now. Out of interest I checked the local shops, and was unsurprised to discover that whilst they had had some in, they had sold out of their meagre allocations before lunch anyway, so no great loss.
It’s not like I don’t have anything to do in the intervening time 😀