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Nintendo needs more than a two week window to announce a physical release because things like this happen if they wait until then. Nintendo always gives release dates a month at a bare minimum but normally at least 2.
Also they don't need to shadow drop Metroid. Shadow drops are for games that might struggle with traditional marketing, demos, and DLC. Metroid is big enough for television marketing and there isn't even a Direct coming soon for them to do that with. And again, if it was digital only why would it be on a physical retailer website?