Rumor Xenoblade Chronicles may be available through pre-order at Gamestop.
this might be just a rumor I hope you all take this into consideration,
remember we're telling you to pre-order for your own good. We are not
forcing you, but it wouldn't hurt to do it just in case whether this
rumor is true or not.
to clarify - even if the rumors don't prove true that Xenoblade is
pre-order exclusive, there is no guarantee that you will get the game
right away. Recent launches of niche titles (such as Tales of the Abyss
3DS and other JRPGs) saw only 2-3 copies on store shelves. The people
that missed those copies ended up having to look to eBay, with copies
going as high as $80-100.
Even if you aren't the type of person to typically pre-order, it is still HIGHLY recommended.
Remember that you do not HAVE to pre-order with GameStop, there are other alternatives, such as Nintendo's own online store.
You don't want to be that person looking for Xenoblade used hoping it
will go down only to find it holding it's value for years, and missing
out on one of the most critically acclaimed RPGs of this generation.