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The Wii U Pre-Order Thread - $349.99/$299.99 - 11/18/12


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#5101 cold_young_thug

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Posted 12 November 2012 - 06:22 PM

Call me simple, but my plan is easy. Go to 24-hour walmart, and buy the thing soon as it hits the shelves?? There have NEVER been ANY product that released to stores ONLY in preorders, even your beloved iphone ships with stock for the store, seperate from pre-orders, still, if u live in a heavily populated area, u may be in luck as those stores get more than the regular stores.

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Posted 12 November 2012 - 06:33 PM

Call me simple, but my plan is easy. Go to 24-hour walmart, and buy the thing soon as it hits the shelves?? There have NEVER been ANY product that released to stores ONLY in preorders, even your beloved iphone ships with stock for the store, seperate from pre-orders, still, if u live in a heavily populated area, u may be in luck as those stores get more than the regular stores.


Did you shop for a Wii when it was launched?

I did. I sat in a line in the garden center for about 4 hours, 3rd in line. By the time midnight arrived, the line was about 60-70 deep.. and this is in a rural town with a population of less than 9,000.

One by one, an associate walked us from the garden center to the back of the store layaway, where we purchased our systems. They then also had that assocoate escort us to our cars for added security, and they had either cops (or rent a cops) outside to make sure there were no issues.

They got in a grand total of 12 systems that night, and anyone who got in the line after about 8:30pm waited back there for nothing, and left empty handed.

They didn't do preorders back then, so that might resolve some of that issue, but I highly doubt there will be stacks of the deluxe units sitting around waiting to be picked up. Otherwise walmart wouldn't even be concerned about preorders at all, and managing the midnight launch.

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Posted 12 November 2012 - 06:37 PM

Call me simple, but my plan is easy. Go to 24-hour walmart, and buy the thing soon as it hits the shelves?? There have NEVER been ANY product that released to stores ONLY in preorders, even your beloved iphone ships with stock for the store, seperate from pre-orders, still, if u live in a heavily populated area, u may be in luck as those stores get more than the regular stores.

Walmart will have white ones available on launch day; that's pretty much a given, since they didn't take any preorders on white ones. It's just a matter of how long you want/have to stay in line. For the PS3, in my area, I went out 29-37 hours before the stores opened (stores have different opening times), and the line at every single store (walmart, toys'r'us, target, wherever) was already full.


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Posted 12 November 2012 - 06:48 PM

I'm gonna throw in my total newb opinion on it, but I agree, I don't think these will be quite as hard to find as the Wii was at launch. The first shipment will go quickly, there is no doubt of that, but I'm not sure there are as many people 'dying' to get their hands on a Wii U. Given that the Wii was released not so long ago in a galaxy not too far from here I think that people will look at the Wii U as an 'upgraded' Wii and not want to part with the $300-350 to grab one right out of the gate. The Wii U will have a lot to prove in terms of the support it gets before a lot of people start grabbing them up. That being said I'd say until at least early January they'll be sold out in most B&M stores, maybe some of the white units here and there.

Hell, I could be wrong, and I may be, I'm still getting one because I like the controller if nothing else.

#5105 maximumzero

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Posted 12 November 2012 - 06:50 PM

Call me simple, but my plan is easy. Go to 24-hour walmart, and buy the thing soon as it hits the shelves?? There have NEVER been ANY product that released to stores ONLY in preorders, even your beloved iphone ships with stock for the store, seperate from pre-orders, still, if u live in a heavily populated area, u may be in luck as those stores get more than the regular stores.


If my Best Buy trip is fruitless I'll probably swing by Wal-Mart on the way home.

Who knows, I may get lucky.

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Posted 12 November 2012 - 06:52 PM

So you're saying that the Wii U will be easy to find at launch? Well Fuck midnight launches I'm just bop into Best Buy around 2pm and pick up one.

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If you don't have a preorder, you're going to have to camp out. I know you don't seem particularly thrilled with that idea, but its pretty much your only option. People are going to be lined up at Wal Mart, Target, etc. I'd suggest trying to talk with someone at your specific store about how they're going to handle it and plan accordingly. I was like 8th or 9th in line for the Wii when it launcheed, and got up at 3am. The Wal Mart was kind of out of the way, told us how many they had, and handed out numbers. If you wait till 7 am I can almost guarantee you you will not get a console.

If you're just flat-out unwilling to do this, you could try a big box retailer like Costco, BJ's, or Sam's Club. I worked at a BJ's for some time, and we got relatively unpredictable shipments of electronics. You could go at 7 am on launch day (and/or the first couple days after launch) and have a pretty good shot at getting a console if they have one. Like I said though, this is going to be unpredictable at best.

#5107 Drclaw411

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Posted 12 November 2012 - 06:53 PM

Cost Captain has the deluxe for pre-order at $399.99. They are charging $50 more than normal, yet trying to make it look like a good deal by advertising an "MSRP" or $427.99.

Also seems like they can be a pain in the ass: http://www.resellerr...ore/CostCaptain

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#5108 Confucius

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Posted 12 November 2012 - 06:55 PM

I wouldn't worry about him.. the writing is already on the wall with reported potential shortages of product. He'll be eating a nice healthy serving of crow this time next week. ;)


I have no idea if the wiiU will be hard to find next week. I just am sick of that guy trolling every single nintendo thread.

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#5109 Drclaw411

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Posted 12 November 2012 - 06:56 PM

And everyone's favorite...Deep Discount has opened pre-orders. Oh dear.

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#5110 maximumzero

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Posted 12 November 2012 - 06:57 PM

If you wait till 7 am I can almost guarantee you you will not get a console.


That's cool. As much as I'd like the thing on launch day, if I can't get a hold of one I won't be devastated or anything.

#5111 chopper731

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Posted 12 November 2012 - 07:02 PM

Does anyone know if the gamestop.com preorders are actually going to be able to be fulfilled or were they way over sold?

I preordered from gamestop.com with ups shipping and from bestbuy.com with instore pickup several months ago. I'm hoping that I'll get both and can give one to a friend but am fully expecting to be let down by both companies.

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Posted 12 November 2012 - 07:06 PM

That's cool. As much as I'd like the thing on launch day, if I can't get a hold of one I won't be devastated or anything.


That's cool, best of luck to you if you try anyway. Just thought I'd give you a heads up. People do crazy things to get their shit.

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Posted 12 November 2012 - 07:09 PM

Does anyone know if the gamestop.com preorders are actually going to be able to be fulfilled or were they way over sold?

I preordered from gamestop.com with ups shipping and from bestbuy.com with instore pickup several months ago. I'm hoping that I'll get both and can give one to a friend but am fully expecting to be let down by both companies.


I got charged for mine from GS.com. If you see a charge on you CC, it's a good sign.
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#5114 vtswordfish

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Posted 12 November 2012 - 07:19 PM

And everyone's favorite...Deep Discount has opened pre-orders. Oh dear.

http://www.deepdisco...n=productSearch



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#5115 maximumzero

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Posted 12 November 2012 - 07:29 PM

That's cool, best of luck to you if you try anyway. Just thought I'd give you a heads up. People do crazy things to get their shit.


Yeah, and to be honest it's the crazies that's making apprehensive to the camping out thing.

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Posted 12 November 2012 - 07:29 PM

Call me simple, but my plan is easy. Go to 24-hour walmart, and buy the thing soon as it hits the shelves?? There have NEVER been ANY product that released to stores ONLY in preorders, even your beloved iphone ships with stock for the store, seperate from pre-orders, still, if u live in a heavily populated area, u may be in luck as those stores get more than the regular stores.

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Posted 12 November 2012 - 07:48 PM

Someone asked about TRU. Just called and was told pre order ticket guarantees system so no need to arrive at store opening. When I asked what time they open he was not sure b/ thought it was 8 AM. TRU has had extended hours since Nov 1. Will call or stop by Walmart to see if early arrival is necessary.

#5118 Aejeck

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Posted 12 November 2012 - 08:01 PM

Is there enough difference that I'm going to be hurt in the long run if I end up with a white model vs the black? I'm pretty patient but if it comes to a white one or waiting is it worth grabbing?

#5119 chopper731

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Posted 12 November 2012 - 08:01 PM

I got charged for mine from GS.com. If you see a charge on you CC, it's a good sign.


Well crab battle. I just checked my statements and was never charged. Solid. Oh well.

#5120 shady859

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Posted 12 November 2012 - 08:05 PM

DAMN, I knew I shouldn't have but I played one of these at GS today. Rayman was beautiful and a fun game. Although I don't care for motion controls, HATE, I don't mind the touch screen integration that's neat although it completely sucks you out of the game when your guy just quits responding and you are like oh yea touch pad..

Waiting on ZombiiU but i'm definitely interested now. :)

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Posted 12 November 2012 - 08:06 PM

Cost Captain has the deluxe for pre-order at $399.99. They are charging $50 more than normal, yet trying to make it look like a good deal by advertising an "MSRP" or $427.99.

Also seems like they can be a pain in the ass: http://www.resellerr...ore/CostCaptain

If anyone is still interested...

http://www.costcapta...&Category_Code=


Cost Captain CSRs unsure of when they will receive the Wii U units. They're expecting sometime between launch and Xmas

#5122 maximumzero

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Posted 12 November 2012 - 08:10 PM

Is there enough difference that I'm going to be hurt in the long run if I end up with a white model vs the black? I'm pretty patient but if it comes to a white one or waiting is it worth grabbing?


The included game alone makes the Black Wii U a better deal.

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Posted 12 November 2012 - 08:26 PM

Any info on the Target launch and how they're handling their pre-orders?

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Posted 12 November 2012 - 08:27 PM

The included game alone makes the Black Wii U a better deal.


The difference in value annoys me to no end. They should've scrapped the basic set and focused on pumping out more deluxe sets. I'm sure the general public will be happy to get a cheaper model and/or they won't care/notice, but as a gamer the basic set's existence seems like an unnecessary hurdle on the shortage issue.

#5125 Aejeck

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Posted 12 November 2012 - 08:32 PM

Thanks. I figured as much but thought I'd ask.

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Posted 12 November 2012 - 08:33 PM

The difference in value annoys me to no end. They should've scrapped the basic set and focused on pumping out more deluxe sets. I'm sure the general public will be happy to get a cheaper model and/or they won't care/notice, but as a gamer the basic set's existence seems like an unnecessary hurdle on the shortage issue.


Yep, it was like the early days of the 360 and the "core" set they were pushing.

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Posted 12 November 2012 - 08:33 PM

Am I the only one that prefers the basic white model over black? The white will hide the finger prints and I am not interested in Nintendo Land. I have spare external drives if I really need more hard drive space.

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Posted 12 November 2012 - 08:39 PM

Since it's glossy, yeah, I'd prefer white over black, but I can't deny the addition of NintendoLand, the console stand, and the charging cradle.

Those three alone made it a complete no-brainer for me. If they had a white bundle with that stuff, I'd be all over it... but, you know, not an option. When I realize I'd be buying all three of those 'additions' anyway, I'd feel ridiculously stupid to let color preference defeat the money issue. I'll just keep a microfiber cloth handy and call it a day.

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Posted 12 November 2012 - 08:41 PM

Since it's glossy, yeah, I'd prefer white over black, but I can't deny the addition of NintendoLand, the console stand, and the charging cradle.

Those three alone made it a complete no-brainer for me. If they had a white bundle with that stuff, I'd be all over it... but, you know, not an option. When I realize I'd be buying all three of those 'additions' anyway, I'd be ridiculously stupid to let color preference defeat the money issue.


Yea im not buying it so much for the black as I am the packed in accessories...I love charging cradles.

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Posted 12 November 2012 - 08:44 PM

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