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


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#5281 GizmoGC

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Posted 13 November 2012 - 04:07 PM

Does the $300 version come with the pro controller?


Neither does.

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Posted 13 November 2012 - 04:08 PM

Are you sure about this? Ive heard that Wii U games will REQUIRE the motion plus...the regular ones wont work...


Pretty sure the Metroid Nintendo Land game requires motion plus.

#5283 Drclaw411

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Posted 13 November 2012 - 04:10 PM

Does the $300 version come with the pro controller?


Neither version does. The majority of us preordered one in addition to the console.

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Posted 13 November 2012 - 04:13 PM

Are you sure about this? Ive heard that Wii U games will REQUIRE the motion plus...the regular ones wont work...


Ahh crap. I hope they work.

Fred Meyer just had those wii remote plus 10 dollars off, plus an additional 10% off. :( I doubt they are still on sale. I should have grabbed one more just in case.

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Posted 13 November 2012 - 04:14 PM

Are you sure about this? Ive heard that Wii U games will REQUIRE the motion plus...the regular ones wont work...


Can't think of a reason why New Super Mario Bros U would require the motion plus. AFAIK the only motion controls in-game are the spin like last time and any tilt-controlled platforms.

It says here on this page. "Wii Remote, Wii Remote Plus and Nunchuk controllers are compatible with the Wii U console."

So there's your answer. There's way too many Wii Remotes out there for Nintendo to just say "Yeah those don't work anymore."

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Posted 13 November 2012 - 04:15 PM

What "Total Rewards" 3 games are you talking about?


Total Rewards is a website that companys subscribe to to offer benefits for employees.

My wife's business (Harrah's Cherokee) gives bonus "credits" based on company quarterly performance, and you can "buy" items there with the credits.

Since she is in management, she actually gets double credits, and we used them for the wii U deluxe bundle they had listed there.

It actually includes the Wii U deluxe bundle, a black nunchuk and wiimote motion plus, and 3 E rated titles.

You can kinda figure out what the value of the points are based on other items they have listed (And there are hundereds of items)

Based on the point cost, we estimated the cost of thier bundle at being between $500 and $600, and based on the deluxe bundle cost, and the nunchuck and wiimote, 3 $60 titles would easily fit in that package total cost.

But they don't have the actual game titles posted on the site, and still haven't sent us a second email with the actual included titles.

If they are lower cost games, we might just flip them on craiglist or ebay.. its hard to tell if we'll get games we really want, or shovelware dance titles.

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Posted 13 November 2012 - 04:33 PM

Okay, I'm an idiot. I had a preorder with Wal-mart through their layaway program. Having no idea how the layaway program works, I decided to pay off my Wii U yesterday. The lady at the desk was very nice and helped me pay it off. Then she realized it was for the Wii U and told me that because I paid it off, the system marks my order as "picked up". CRAP.

Of course, there's no way to re-add me back to the preorder queue since they aren't taking any more preorders. She talked to her manager who agreed to set aside my system for me and give me a call when it arrives.

Lesson of the day: DO NOT PAY OFF YOUR BALANCE PRIOR TO PICK UP

She also said that they would be receiving shipments between Wednesday and Thursday. I doubt they would sell it before the official street date though.


Maybe it's just a function of being over 30 and having a steady job, but I don't understand why anyone is even bothering to pay off their interest-free layaway balance early.

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Posted 13 November 2012 - 04:34 PM

Maybe it's just a function of being over 30 and having a steady job, but I don't understand why anyone is even bothering to pay off their interest-free layaway balance early


One less thing to worry about?

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Posted 13 November 2012 - 04:35 PM

Maybe it's just a function of being over 30 and having a steady job, but I don't understand why anyone is even bothering to pay off their interest-free layaway balance early


I don't get it either. I am not giving a company money early that I don't have to in securing the product for me. They generate billions in profit so they can't have my $0.30 in interest 8-)
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Posted 13 November 2012 - 04:40 PM

Did newegg ever do preorders? I know they have the games and had some $12 off running on those a while back but never saw the systems on there.

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Posted 13 November 2012 - 04:41 PM

Did newegg ever do preorders? I know they have the games and had some $12 off running on those a while back but never saw the systems on there.


Consoles never appeared. Does NewEgg do console launches?

#5292 NoMeDigas

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Posted 13 November 2012 - 04:43 PM

One less thing to worry about?


I guess if you're really bad at managing your finances. I don't usually "worry" about swiping my credit card or handing over cash to pay the rest of a pre-order balance. We've just seen multiple cases here of people unnecessarily paying off their Wii U layaway at Wal-Mart before picking it up. But even if paying it off didn't screw things up, why not just wait until you go to pick up the system?

I guess I just don't see the point. There is no financial or other advantage to paying off a pre-order early, unless you literally can't trust yourself to not blow all the money you have set aside for the Wii U on Cheetos and Mt. Dew instead (and if that's the case, you probably shouldn't be spending $350+ on video game consoles).

But for those of us who live, work and play in the real world of mortgages, car payments, income taxes and bank accounts... why bother? Wal-Mart can certainly wait for you to pay them until the day you pick up your Wii U.


I don't get it either. I am not giving a company money early that I don't have to in securing the product for me. They generate billions in profit so they can't have my $0.30 in interest 8-)

Exactly. I already paid my deposit... they can have the rest when they have my Wii U ready for me to pickup and not a moment before.

#5293 cubeenigma

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Posted 13 November 2012 - 04:47 PM

Ahh crap. I hope they work.

Fred Meyer just had those wii remote plus 10 dollars off, plus an additional 10% off. :( I doubt they are still on sale. I should have grabbed one more just in case.


Black Friday Walmart will have Wii motion on sale for $15! if you need more wiimote+ controllers. and they are black if you want them to match your deluxe!

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Posted 13 November 2012 - 05:01 PM

Can't think of a reason why New Super Mario Bros U would require the motion plus. AFAIK the only motion controls in-game are the spin like last time and any tilt-controlled platforms.

It says here on this page. "Wii Remote, Wii Remote Plus and Nunchuk controllers are compatible with the Wii U console."

So there's your answer. There's way too many Wii Remotes out there for Nintendo to just say "Yeah those don't work anymore."


wow...youre right...guess I was misinformed. I believe Nintendoland requires it though...
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#5295 vtswordfish

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Posted 13 November 2012 - 05:12 PM

Consoles never appeared. Does NewEgg do console launches?


I asked a CS rep via their chat just now and she said that they actually do not know from the CS end and that it is up to their merchandising people to put up quantities and preorders. She did say to 'keep an eye on the website' though.

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Posted 13 November 2012 - 05:15 PM

What you said but change it to, why someone would use layaway. If you can't afford to pay cash for something offered at a Walmart when you walk in, then don't get it.


Layaway is walmarts only option for preorder, that's why.

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Posted 13 November 2012 - 05:19 PM

What you said but change it to, why someone would use layaway. If you can't afford to pay cash for something offered at a Walmart when you walk in, then don't get it.


Aejeck covered it, but basically the only way to Pre-Order through Wal-Mart was through the layaway counter.

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Posted 13 November 2012 - 05:27 PM

For anyone that is sure that Target is going to hold the Wii U for preorder, I have a little story for you. I wandered into my local Target this morning to see if they received any extra Care packages. Another guy arrived about 2 minutes before me and he picked up the last one for the Xbox. He asked the lady if they had it for PS3 since he preordered it. He showed her his preorder card and she checked in the back. She came back and told him that they sold it at midnight and that they didn't have one to give him even though he preordered it. He ended up leaving pissed off and I bought the Care package that he put back. I'm not holding my breathe for my Wii U preorder....

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Posted 13 November 2012 - 05:29 PM

Maybe it's just a function of being over 30 and having a steady job, but I don't understand why anyone is even bothering to pay off their interest-free layaway balance early.


they're probably less likely to "accidentally" sell your console to someone else if you've already paid it off, as opposed to someone who put down the minimum.

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Posted 13 November 2012 - 05:30 PM

For anyone that is sure that Target is going to hold the Wii U for preorder, I have a little story for you. I wandered into my local Target this morning to see if they received any extra Care packages. Another guy arrived about 2 minutes before me and he picked up the last one for the Xbox. He asked the lady if they had it for PS3 since he preordered it. He showed her his preorder card and she checked in the back. She came back and told him that they sold it at midnight and that they didn't have one to give him even though he preordered it. He ended up leaving pissed off and I bought the Care package that he put back. I'm not holding my breathe for my Wii U preorder....


somewhat glad i didn't pre-order there then. it could be good for people who missed out though; there is hope for them after all, as long as they show up before the people the pre-ordered.

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Posted 13 November 2012 - 05:37 PM

they're probably less likely to "accidentally" sell your console to someone else if you've already paid it off, as opposed to someone who put down the minimum.


Why? Whether you paid it off or not, layaway still works the exact same way. If they're going to accidentally sell a reserved console that is supposed to be cataloged and set aside , they're not going to discriminate over one that is paid in full versus one that only has the deposit down. Wal-Mart does billions of dollars in sales a year... they're not some Mom and Pop store trying to unload a $350 console so they can balance the ledger.

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Posted 13 November 2012 - 05:38 PM

Well, Best Buy screwed me over on my purchase. They billed my account the amount to hold the preorder. I kept the money in the account. In middle of the night, they notified me that my payment was rejected, and to call and correct the order. One minute later, they cancelled it. I found out that my my bank was holding the money for the preorder, but Best Buy made another request on top of the hold. So the bank refused to do two holds. Anyhow, Bestbuy.com could care less.. they told me to preorder it again, which is not possible or to just go to my store. I cant wait in line even if I want to with my disability.

So now, No WiiU, and I have a ton of preorders with Newegg for games and the new controller. Happy Veterans Day gift for me from Best Buy. The good thing is, as a vet, Im kinda used to being screwed over.

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Posted 13 November 2012 - 05:42 PM

Well, Best Buy screwed me over on my purchase. They billed my account the amount to hold the preorder. I kept the money in the account. In middle of the night, they notified me that my payment was rejected, and to call and correct the order. One minute later, they cancelled it. I found out that my my bank was holding the money for the preorder, but Best Buy made another request on top of the hold. So the bank refused to do two holds. Anyhow, Bestbuy.com could care less.. they told me to preorder it again, which is not possible or to just go to my store. I cant wait in line even if I want to with my disability.

So now, No WiiU, and I have a ton of preorders with Newegg for games and the new controller. Happy Veterans Day gift for me from Best Buy. The good thing is, as a vet, Im kinda used to being screwed over.


That sucks really badly. Basically this is why I don't do pre order stuff online. Banks love to make decisions for you.

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Posted 13 November 2012 - 05:49 PM

Talked to the dude in electronics while trading in some games at best buy and he said they only took preorders for 6 days and only sold 5 of them. Said they are definitely going to have some come launch day for those who missed out.

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Posted 13 November 2012 - 06:11 PM

You guys think Best Buy is getting more consoles than Target? Which would it be better for me to wait outside of?

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Posted 13 November 2012 - 06:13 PM

Well, Best Buy screwed me over on my purchase. They billed my account the amount to hold the preorder. I kept the money in the account. In middle of the night, they notified me that my payment was rejected, and to call and correct the order. One minute later, they cancelled it. I found out that my my bank was holding the money for the preorder, but Best Buy made another request on top of the hold. So the bank refused to do two holds. Anyhow, Bestbuy.com could care less.. they told me to preorder it again, which is not possible or to just go to my store. I cant wait in line even if I want to with my disability.

So now, No WiiU, and I have a ton of preorders with Newegg for games and the new controller. Happy Veterans Day gift for me from Best Buy. The good thing is, as a vet, Im kinda used to being screwed over.


Man that really sucks, I'm so sorry. I'm disabled too, and I have a Walmart online preorder, I wonder if they will do this to me? I see the funds still on hold from the Nov 5 pre auth. And now shipping day draws near and those funds still show holding, if they try and send it through without using the same transaction they used to pre auth it will be two charges for 516 that won't work. God I hate these crappy online stores. I'm worried now.
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Posted 13 November 2012 - 06:33 PM

Well, Best Buy screwed me over on my purchase. They billed my account the amount to hold the preorder. I kept the money in the account. In middle of the night, they notified me that my payment was rejected, and to call and correct the order. One minute later, they cancelled it. I found out that my my bank was holding the money for the preorder, but Best Buy made another request on top of the hold. So the bank refused to do two holds. Anyhow, Bestbuy.com could care less.. they told me to preorder it again, which is not possible or to just go to my store. I cant wait in line even if I want to with my disability.

So now, No WiiU, and I have a ton of preorders with Newegg for games and the new controller. Happy Veterans Day gift for me from Best Buy. The good thing is, as a vet, Im kinda used to being screwed over.


That really sucks :(. Was it for a store pick up or shipping? Either way I would say go talk to your local Best Buy Manger. Call and find out what hours they work. Bring your pre order email and any other corispondents you have received. Explain your situation to them and they maybe able to help you out if they have extras. If yours was an in store pickup then they should already have one set a side or coming in for the number of In store pickups they have

If you don't ask they can't help. Just being calm polite and asking may get you a system. Managers want to keep customers and do try and help fix situations when they can.

Edited by Zazoo, 14 November 2012 - 01:04 AM.


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Posted 13 November 2012 - 06:35 PM

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Posted 13 November 2012 - 06:38 PM

I might be headed in the same direction as others. When I look through my Target.com order history the WiiU I ordered doesn't show up but if I pull up the specific email confirmation it will show my order. Who the hell knows what's going on now?

Guess its a good thing I've still got my BestBuy.com instore pickup as a backup...

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Posted 13 November 2012 - 06:41 PM

You guys think Best Buy is getting more consoles than Target? Which would it be better for me to wait outside of?


I'd probably try Wal-Mart first. They're open at midnight and if there isn't a line there, stay. Other than that, Target and Best Buy will be equally nuts, although I'd probably pick Target because they open earlier and, worst case scenario, you can grab some Starbucks to keep you awake sitting in that Best Buy line :p.