Try before you buy.
Blockbuster, the largest rental chain in North America, has announced on its website that Nintendo's Star Fox Assault will be available for rent beginning Feb. 1st, two full weeks before the game is set to be released in retail stores. Company-owned Blockbuster stores recently adopted a new "no late fees" policy in which you can rent a movie or game and keep it indefinitely; after a few weeks, the remainder of its value is automatically charged to your credit card. This means that fans may be able to find brand new (not yet rented) copies of Star Fox Assault on Tuesday and effectively buy it two weeks early by simply not returning it to the store.
Rival chain Hollywood Video is also participating in the early rental promotion, according to a Nintendo email newsletter.
PGC will have much more coverage of Star Fox Assault in the very near future.
Karlie Yeung contributed to this report.