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


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#6091 Paladinion

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Posted 16 November 2012 - 03:19 AM

Seems i'm less than intelligent according to you. I chose GS (B&M) as my pre-order location, and I did not pre-order anywhere else.


Me 2...hmm.

#6092 dragonjud

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Posted 16 November 2012 - 03:21 AM

Seems i'm less than intelligent according to you. I chose GS (B&M) as my pre-order location, and I did not pre-order anywhere else.


I didn't mean to insult anybody with my statement. If you have a pre-order at GS and you're guaranteed a unit, that's great.
My point is that Nintendo does not just cater to GS, and will not just send them thousands of extra units to meet their great wait lists. They don't care, because at the end of the day it's a gimmick by Gamestop. To even get on such list, you have to be a rewards member...

If I were to bet who will have the most units, my money would be on the big two (ToysRus, and Walmart), and other general retailers to follow. GS is probably far down that list (as individual stores go).


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Posted 16 November 2012 - 03:22 AM

Hey guys I was able to pick up my Wii U deluxe from Walmart layaway today. YMMV but to those who do have Walmart layaway orders you can try tonight or tomorrow.

I can't wait to play this tonight!

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#6094 aaronrodgers

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Posted 16 November 2012 - 03:25 AM

Hey guys I was able to pick up my Wii U deluxe from Walmart layaway today. YMMV but to those who do have Walmart layaway orders you can try tonight or tomorrow.

I can't wait to play this tonight!

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Posted 16 November 2012 - 03:28 AM

I wanted to jump on that target deal, but I wanted to split the cost over two cards. cant do that online so I used one card to buy a gift card online. got the email with the gift card info and checked the balance and made sure everything was good.

went to pull the trigger and the website returns an error with the gift card. its been 3 hours now and still the gift card wont process.

now the bundle is out of stock and im stuck with a $200 target giftcard.

the system does show in my cart still so make as long as I keep refreshing this card will eventually work and I can get it. not expecting anything but who knows.

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Posted 16 November 2012 - 03:28 AM

I didn't mean to insult anybody with my statement. If you have a pre-order at GS and you're guaranteed a unit, that's great.
My point is that Nintendo does not just cater to GS, and will not just send them thousands of extra units to meet their great wait lists. They don't care, because at the end of the day it's a gimmick by Gamestop. To even get on such list, you have to be a rewards member...

If I were to bet who will have the most units, my money would be on the big two (ToysRus, and Walmart), and other general retailers to follow. GS is probably far down that list (as individual stores go).


Before I secured my target pre order I was put on the wait list at GameStop wait list and I am not a rewards member.

#6097 Drclaw411

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Posted 16 November 2012 - 03:31 AM

I didn't mean to insult anybody with my statement. If you have a pre-order at GS and you're guaranteed a unit, that's great.
My point is that Nintendo does not just cater to GS, and will not just send them thousands of extra units to meet their great wait lists. They don't care, because at the end of the day it's a gimmick by Gamestop. To even get on such list, you have to be a rewards member...

If I were to bet who will have the most units, my money would be on the big two (ToysRus, and Walmart), and other general retailers to follow. GS is probably far down that list (as individual stores go).


I see what you're saying. Although I'd figure most people who got on the wait list would have understood it's not an actual pre-order. Some probably don't mind waiting to buy from GS in order to get the PUR points (as you said, everybody on that list is a member). Others probably did pre-order at other locations and are using the list as a backup. And there are also people, i'm sure, that either couldn't find anywhere else to pre-order or were simply unaware other locations even did pre-orders.

Nintendo won't likely supply GS with extra units beyond what their allocation was due to the wait list. But that doesn't necessarily mean that TRU didn't oversell. That was the original point, right? Or am I missing something?
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#6098 Drclaw411

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Posted 16 November 2012 - 03:32 AM

I wanted to jump on that target deal, but I wanted to split the cost over two cards. cant do that online so I used one card to buy a gift card online. got the email with the gift card info and checked the balance and made sure everything was good.

went to pull the trigger and the website returns an error with the gift card. its been 3 hours now and still the gift card wont process.

now the bundle is out of stock and im stuck with a $200 target giftcard.

the system does show in my cart still so make as long as I keep refreshing this card will eventually work and I can get it. not expecting anything but who knows.


I'd call Target CS and see if they can help you either push the order through or get your money back from that gift card.
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#6099 urbanstar1

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Posted 16 November 2012 - 03:36 AM

Their were no issues in purchasing the console. Their system treated it as though I were simply paying off the remainder of the layaway amount, their was no lockout or anything blocking their system from blocking the sale.

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Posted 16 November 2012 - 03:39 AM

Cool target bundle back in stock just ordered one :)

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Posted 16 November 2012 - 03:45 AM

Went to the Gamestop I preordered my Wii U, I was only able to preorder the 8 GB version because they stopped preorders of the Deluxe a few hours before. I asked the associate at the store whether they had just enough for preorders which he replied yes.

He told me I could call back two days after the release of the Wii U to see if there was anyone that didn't pickup their console. He also took my name and number down and told me that he would give me a call if someone doesn't pickup their console. Here's hoping that I can get the deluxe next week.

#6102 jedi0077

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Posted 16 November 2012 - 03:45 AM

"More than 500,000 customers worldwide are on a waiting list for the device, GameStop Corp., a specialty retailer with 6,600 stores in the U.S. and Europe, said yesterday. Shoppers placed orders for 1.2 million Wii U titles worldwide, more than double that of the original Wii launch, GameStop President Tony Bartel said in an earnings conference call."

http://newyork.newsd...lease-1.4228073


Someone must know about the console for the wait list to be that long.


The problem with speculating on the availability of this console.. First ignore GameStop. It's a specialty store with ought the mass buying power of bb, tru and Walmart. Retailers like that will determine the scarcity/abundance of it.

#6103 dragonjud

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Posted 16 November 2012 - 03:46 AM

Before I secured my target pre order I was put on the wait list at GameStop wait list and I am not a rewards member.


At first, the list was somewhat open. However, anybody that has walked into a store inquiring about this recently has heard the sccchhhpeeel: 'You need to be a rewards member. It's free, but you get all this extra cool stuff if you sign up for the paid 'Pro' option...blah, blah, blah.'


#6104 Confucius

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Posted 16 November 2012 - 03:46 AM

The problem with speculating on the availability of this console.. First ignore GameStop. It's a specialty store with ought the mass buying power of bb, tru and Walmart. Retailers like that will determine the scarcity/abundance of it.


Do you have any idea what you're talking about?

#6105 urbanstar1

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Posted 16 November 2012 - 03:49 AM

Well I just set up the Wii U and it was fairly straightforward, hdmi and power obviously, as well as a cord to the charging cradle and the ever tangled Wii sensor bar. After the Wii U splash screen the user is asked to sync the gamepad to the console which was a breeze, although one hassle is that the sync button on the back of the gamepad is a bit recessed so I actually had to use a pin in order for it to be depressed.

The dash screen is very similar to that of the Wii as well as the 3ds. Interestingly, it appears on the gamepad initially rather than on ones television screen, your Mii is busy looking about on your television, these images can be toggled between the gamepad and the television.

I played a few minutes of Nintendoland and my first impression is that it is truly a showcase about the Wii U and its capabilities. I hope to play a bit more to see if it is truly a glorified demo/showcase game or if it holds up as a full fledged experience in its own right.

Never understand why people hang tvs on the wall to have all that unsightly cord rundown.


I detest this as well hence why I use a cord management system in an effort to hide, at least to an extent, the cordy wilderness that all gamers are faced with. I had to undo that system in order to hook up the Wii U; although by tomorrow the wild shall be tamed again!

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#6106 urbanstar1

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Posted 16 November 2012 - 03:54 AM

I simply went to the layaway department and told the woman behind the counter that I wanted to pick up an item I had in layaway and inquired if it was in the back while handing her my receipt. She looked at it and returned with the console. I was fairly forthright about the whole thing however I had a feeling they were not privy to the street date or any reason they couldn't sell it to me today.

#6107 djricekcn

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Posted 16 November 2012 - 03:55 AM

damn bestbuy pushed my ship date back to december...

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Posted 16 November 2012 - 03:56 AM

Somewhat pointless to get the console early since the good games arent out till sunday and you can't even apply the update till sunday.

#6109 mantis23

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Posted 16 November 2012 - 03:58 AM

I'd call Target CS and see if they can help you either push the order through or get your money back from that gift card.


I did call target CS a few times and got wildly varying answers from each rep. everything from "it takes 24 hours to become active" to "since you registered it on your phone you can only use it on the target app on your phone"


right now I think I'll just leave it as is and try my luck at target on sunday, if not they all seemed to think I should be able to return it.

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Posted 16 November 2012 - 03:59 AM

damn bestbuy pushed my ship date back to december...


Where do you see the ship date on bestbuy.com?

Only date on mine is: Order Status:: 1 item(s) preordered, release date is 11/18/12.

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Posted 16 November 2012 - 03:59 AM

I wanted to jump on that target deal, but I wanted to split the cost over two cards. cant do that online so I used one card to buy a gift card online. got the email with the gift card info and checked the balance and made sure everything was good.

went to pull the trigger and the website returns an error with the gift card. its been 3 hours now and still the gift card wont process.

now the bundle is out of stock and im stuck with a $200 target giftcard.

the system does show in my cart still so make as long as I keep refreshing this card will eventually work and I can get it. not expecting anything but who knows.


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Posted 16 November 2012 - 03:59 AM

Somewhat pointless to get the console early since the good games arent out till sunday and you can't even apply the update till sunday.



Still something to kill time with on the weekend lead up until Sunday. I know I'd be in heaven if I had it right now. Got nothing to do anyway since I got all my school work done today.

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Posted 16 November 2012 - 04:02 AM

urbanstar - just wanted to again express huge props for confirming that the Wii U does not have a universal power supply (ie, only accepts 120v input). I know most people don't care, but it really helped me out and the info just wasn't available anywhere else online. Thanks again.

#6114 Drclaw411

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Posted 16 November 2012 - 04:03 AM

I sincerely hope that every one of us that tries, preorder or otherwise, is able to get the Wii U console on launch. Good luck everyone.
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Posted 16 November 2012 - 04:10 AM

Where do you see the ship date on bestbuy.com?

Only date on mine is: Order Status:: 1 item(s) preordered, release date is 11/18/12.


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#6116 gordojones88

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Posted 16 November 2012 - 04:10 AM

Less than intelligent folks get on a Gamestop pre-order with no backup plan.



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Posted 16 November 2012 - 04:22 AM

This is my 1st post on CAG, just wanted to say thks to the community. If I didn;t find this site I'm sure I wouldn't have been able to get a Wii U on launch day.

Preordered at WalMart (layaway) and I have been worrying since if they would mess it up, from all the comments on this site.

Tonight stopped in WalMart just for fun. Went to the layaway dept and they showed me my Wii U that had a sticker on it that had my name on it!

I'll bet I'm the oldest gamer, but not the best on this site 57!

My first system was the Atari 2600!

Once again thanks and can't wait for the 18th!!!

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Posted 16 November 2012 - 04:24 AM

Well I just set up the Wii U and it was fairly straightforward, hdmi and power obviously, as well as a cord to the charging cradle and the ever tangled Wii sensor bar. After the Wii U splash screen the user is asked to sync the gamepad to the console which was a breeze, although one hassle is that the sync button on the back of the gamepad is a bit recessed so I actually had to use a pin in order for it to be depressed.

The dash screen is very similar to that of the Wii as well as the 3ds. Interestingly, it appears on the gamepad initially rather than on ones television screen, your Mii is busy looking about on your television, these images can be toggled between the gamepad and the television.

I played a few minutes of Nintendoland and my first impression is that it is truly a showcase about the Wii U and its capabilities. I hope to play a bit more to see if it is truly a glorified demo/showcase game or if it holds up as a full fledged experience in its own right.



I detest this as well hence why I use a cord management system in an effort to hide, at least to an extent, the cordy wilderness that all gamers are faced with. I had to undo that system in order to hook up the Wii U; although by tomorrow the wild shall be tamed again!


What titles are available for digtial download, is madden? is the main update even out yet?

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Posted 16 November 2012 - 04:25 AM

I sincerely hope that every one of us that tries, preorder or otherwise, is able to get the Wii U console on launch. Good luck everyone.


That's great to see on forums. :applause: Don't get enough of that. Good luck to all. And to everyone that needs some extra storage Big lots has some 16 gig usb sticks for $11 and 8gig for $8.
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Posted 16 November 2012 - 04:30 AM

That's great to see on forums. :applause: Don't get enough of that. Good luck to all. And to everyone that needs some extra storage Big lots has some 16 gig usb sticks for $11 and 8gig for $8.


Keep in mind Nintendo said you cannot save games to flash media.