Sainsbury’s stocks up in wake of GAME troubles

With UK specialist retailer Game Group currently facing a tough administration period, a lot of speculation has gone on about who will pack up the slack in the company’s absence.

It looks like the UK’s major supermarket chains could be the answer, with Sainsbury’s drawing first blood. The company has announced its intentions to increase stock of new games as well as launching a sale that slashes prices on both consoles and recent releases.

The chain’s current reductions look like this:

– PlayStation 3 console: £164.99 (was £199.99)
– 3DS console: £124.99 (was £149.99)
– FIFA 12: £26.99 (was £44.99)
– Mario and Sonic at the London Olympics Wii: £20.99 (£34.99)
– Assassin’s Creed: Revelations: £17.99 (was £29.99)
– Final Fantasy 13-2: £14.99 (was £24.99)
– Just Dance 3: £14.99 (was £24.99)
– Mario Kart 7: £27.99 (was £34.99)
– Super Mario 3DS Land: £27.99 (was £34.99)
– Mario and Sonic at the London Olympics 3DS: £27.99 (was £34.99)
– Black Eyed Peas Experience: £12.99 (was £17.99)

Games manager Gurdeep Hunjan offered comment on the new direction: “Gaming is a key part of our entertainment offering so we are excited to be reducing prices by as much as 40% for this exclusive sale.”

“Our breadth of offer is now bigger than ever before and customers can be assured that they can get the most popular games and consoles from us at outstanding value, whilst doing their weekly shop.”

But would a chain like Sainbury’s ever stock the likes of Catherine, Yakuza or other less popular gems?