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


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#6211 vtswordfish

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Posted 16 November 2012 - 03:41 PM

Sounds like the kmart deal is going to be a no go, probably a YMMV thing.

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Posted 16 November 2012 - 03:43 PM

So, nobody who ordered from KMart yesterday has gotten a confirmation email? I called and the guy said he would send it, and it still isn't there.


Nope, haven't heard shit from them.

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Posted 16 November 2012 - 03:44 PM

Oh its street dated, i tried running it throu the registers and it wouldnt sell, plus all the sites say the 18th. so yea i did the right thing because i know if a nintendo rep happpens to come into the store and seen that my ass would have been in trouble since i was on shift when it was on the shelf, i rather not have someone lose there job or store get fined for it.


Meh, maybe at Walmart. Gamestop and even Bestbuy has definitely started putting out merchandise early (not systems).


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Posted 16 November 2012 - 03:46 PM

On the positive side, Bestbuy just shipped my Wii U. :D


Mine shipped too! Looks like everyone who ordered online at BestBuy made the right choice. After the AmEx $20 off $300 and eBates cash back I will have paid less than retail for this and got it with no hassle at all!

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Posted 16 November 2012 - 03:54 PM

... Has anyone's GameStop order closed yet?
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Posted 16 November 2012 - 03:56 PM

I wonder if Target will do that. I have a pre-order reservation card but I don't know what to expect come Sunday morning.

My target handed out tickets for the Wii outside in the cold an hour before opening. Then all 80+ of us walked single file to the electronics section and there were a dozen employees walking people through the game aisle picking out extras.

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Posted 16 November 2012 - 03:57 PM

It's a little tempting to try to get a Wii U out of Wal-Mart since I have preorder there. I'll try on the first chance I get later on.

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Posted 16 November 2012 - 04:07 PM

It's a little tempting to try to get a Wii U out of Wal-Mart since I have preorder there. I'll try on the first chance I get later on.


I am definitely going after work. No harm in trying if it isn't out of the way
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Posted 16 November 2012 - 04:09 PM

The Wal Mart in Leicester MA says they are doing a midnight release sort of deal, where they are going to close out the registers at 12:30 instead of 11, and have a few people working as they are not a 24 hour Wal Mart. The guy said that I was like the 5th person to ask and they don't expect to sell out that night. He was joking that nobody really knows about it, they set up the Wii U games and accessories and people didn't know it was a new thing lol.

Just throwing it out there in case it helps anyone. I'll be there if my KMart order don't go through. If I get any info from them I'll make a post.

I don't get the decision to not have a GameCube disc reader on the system. Is it just to resell GCN games as eShop downloads later? Is it to keep the cost down? I can't imagine adding GameCube BC would cost a lot of money.

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Posted 16 November 2012 - 04:09 PM

Here we go again: Expect Wii U shortages to last months -- analyst
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Posted 16 November 2012 - 04:13 PM

The Wal Mart in Leicester MA says they are doing a midnight release sort of deal, where they are going to close out the registers at 12:30 instead of 11, and have a few people working as they are not a 24 hour Wal Mart. The guy said that I was like the 5th person to ask and they don't expect to sell out that night. He was joking that nobody really knows about it, they set up the Wii U games and accessories and people didn't know it was a new thing lol.

Just throwing it out there in case it helps anyone. I'll be there if my KMart order don't go through. If I get any info from them I'll make a post.


I'm gonna print out my order page from the KMart website and stop by the Kmart that the pickup is supposed to be at and feel things out. If the employees seem clueless as hell I may try to do Wal-Mart at midnight, but if the order is showing up in the computer and it looks like they're competent enough to honor it, I'll just pick it up Sunday morning at KMart.

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Posted 16 November 2012 - 04:14 PM

Meh, maybe at Walmart. Gamestop and even Bestbuy has definitely started putting out merchandise early (not systems).


My best buy had the pro controller out but the system wouldn't let them sell it. I made buddies with the electronics guy and he said he would save me one just in case.

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Posted 16 November 2012 - 04:15 PM

Just got the shipping email from Best Buy. Tracking info too soon to get, but I believe my 3DS arrived either on Monday or Tuesday after it's Sunday release.

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Posted 16 November 2012 - 04:17 PM

For those that didn't get a kmart confirm e-mail here is the deal:

The confirmation e-mail only comes to you if there is 'confirmed' stock in the store, I know, it sounds crazy, but that is what I was told by the store manager/CS today. Chances are that the orders will 'not' get filled, but they said to leave it open and let the system do its thing and that it may/may not process based upon the shipments they receive today. My store hadn't even received it's Wii U's as of 11am this morning but expects that they will show up on the truck today. I'm not holding my breathe, but the store manager told me to keep the order open and cross my fingers hah

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Posted 16 November 2012 - 04:18 PM

oh wow, i complained and they shipped my WiiU today, hah!! i'm so happy

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Posted 16 November 2012 - 04:19 PM

Gamestop released the hold on funds for my online order. Spooked me but I logged on and my order is still there in Open status.

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Posted 16 November 2012 - 04:22 PM

For those that didn't get a kmart confirm e-mail here is the deal:

The confirmation e-mail only comes to you if there is 'confirmed' stock in the store, I know, it sounds crazy, but that is what I was told by the store manager/CS today. Chances are that the orders will 'not' get filled, but they said to leave it open and let the system do its thing and that it may/may not process based upon the shipments they receive today. My store hadn't even received it's Wii U's as of 11am this morning but expects that they will show up on the truck today. I'm not holding my breathe, but the store manager told me to keep the order open and cross my fingers hah


Thanks for the info. I'll be going to Target and then Sam's Club (8am then 10am) Sunday morning. Sam's Club didn't take pre-orders, so I am hoping that they'll have some. Does anyone have any thoughts about that strategy?

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Posted 16 November 2012 - 04:24 PM

Yeah I'm going to formulate a plan B in case this kmart thing falls through, sounds like it might. Gotta make some calls today to figure out what the most likely places to wait in line are, thinking Best Buy though.

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Posted 16 November 2012 - 04:24 PM

I went to the Target I got the pre-order card at and asked the guy if they separated the pre orders from the non pre orders. he said they already had them and they are in separate piles. I have never had a problem with Target and I shop there for pretty much everything so I have my hopes up to get one Sunday. He said the store I ordered it at only had 5 people waiting for COD BLOPS2 and he was surprised and wasn't sure how many people would camp out for a wii- u. the store is kind of in the north most surrounding area of St Louis. Hoping for good results!
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Posted 16 November 2012 - 04:25 PM

I'm gonna print out my order page from the KMart website and stop by the Kmart that the pickup is supposed to be at and feel things out. If the employees seem clueless as hell I may try to do Wal-Mart at midnight, but if the order is showing up in the computer and it looks like they're competent enough to honor it, I'll just pick it up Sunday morning at KMart.

Good idea! I'd def do that if the store wasn't 45 minutes away lol. Their customer service is terrible. Like, nobody you talk to is willing to (or in a position to) help out in any way beyond telling you what you already know. The kicker for me, was when I called to rectify my cancelled order, at the end of the call the lady asked if there was anything else I would like to order today from KMart lol. I was very polite, I told her I knew she had to say that because of her script, I've done call center work before. It did get a hell of a rise out of me though, in the moment. Really wanted to blow my top.

I don't get the decision to not have a GameCube disc reader on the system. Is it just to resell GCN games as eShop downloads later? Is it to keep the cost down? I can't imagine adding GameCube BC would cost a lot of money.

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Posted 16 November 2012 - 04:26 PM

Gamestop released the hold on funds for my online order. Spooked me but I logged on and my order is still there in Open status.


Same here. Definitely a moment of panic when i saw the charge gone from my bank account. Hopefully we will start seeing some updates soon. I dont think I've ever been so eager to have money taken out of my account haha!

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Posted 16 November 2012 - 04:27 PM

Yeah I was dreading calling KMart, figured they'd have no idea what I was even talking about, but they were actually pretty competent and the manager was willing to try and help. She told me to call them back after 5pm today and she could give me a rundown on what to expect and such.

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Posted 16 November 2012 - 04:29 PM

For those that didn't get a kmart confirm e-mail here is the deal:

The confirmation e-mail only comes to you if there is 'confirmed' stock in the store, I know, it sounds crazy, but that is what I was told by the store manager/CS today. Chances are that the orders will 'not' get filled, but they said to leave it open and let the system do its thing and that it may/may not process based upon the shipments they receive today. My store hadn't even received it's Wii U's as of 11am this morning but expects that they will show up on the truck today. I'm not holding my breathe, but the store manager told me to keep the order open and cross my fingers hah

Thanks for the info, I suppose that makes sense. I wonder though, how long are they going to hold on to my money? Like, until Sunday, or until the order is able to be filled, whenever that may be. If I can get it at midnight at Wal Mart, I'd rather have my money back if they are not going to be able to fufill my order, you know?

I don't get the decision to not have a GameCube disc reader on the system. Is it just to resell GCN games as eShop downloads later? Is it to keep the cost down? I can't imagine adding GameCube BC would cost a lot of money.

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Posted 16 November 2012 - 04:30 PM

Add me to the list of people who preordered at Best Buy for store pick up and am still at the "Payment Verified" step. I suspect we won't move past that until Sunday when we are able to walk in and pick it up.

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Posted 16 November 2012 - 04:31 PM

Thanks for the info, I suppose that makes sense. I wonder though, how long are they going to hold on to my money? Like, until Sunday, or until the order is able to be filled, whenever that may be. If I can get it at midnight at Wal Mart, I'd rather have my money back if they are not going to be able to fufill my order, you know?


Did you use paypal? I used a credit card and so far they've only taken the $1 pre-auth on mine which is nice so that those funds aren't tied up.

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Posted 16 November 2012 - 04:35 PM

Did you use paypal? I used a credit card and so far they've only taken the $1 pre-auth on mine which is nice so that those funds aren't tied up.

Yes, I did. I had the exact amount in my PP, now it is showing as I have zero dollars and the payment sent to KMart is processing. I'd even cancel it if I could, but I don't think they allow that.

Wife would be very pissed if I had to use the credit card to grab one from Wal Mart while I have one processing from KMart, but that's how these things go, and damned if there isn't an easy way to explain this to someone who isn't "in the loop" like we tend to be on here.

I don't get the decision to not have a GameCube disc reader on the system. Is it just to resell GCN games as eShop downloads later? Is it to keep the cost down? I can't imagine adding GameCube BC would cost a lot of money.

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Posted 16 November 2012 - 04:38 PM

Well, just got this email from TRU:

Dear Valued Guest,

Thank you for shopping at Toys"R"Us and Babies"R"Us!

We wanted to inform you that we have not yet received inventory on your Wii U Black Deluxe Set Hardwar pre-order which was expected in-store on November 18th, 2012. We will send you a follow-up email once this item is available and ready for pickup.

I wonder if that means that my store hasn't gotten any yet or that they don't have enough for all the preorders. Glad I have a preorder at Target as well.

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Posted 16 November 2012 - 04:39 PM

Add me to the list of people who preordered at Best Buy for store pick up and am still at the "Payment Verified" step.


Same here.

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Posted 16 November 2012 - 04:42 PM

Don't know if this has been mentioned yet but Newegg now has the pro controller with a release date of 12/31/2012. This would really suck for all of us that pre-ordered with the $12 off if true.


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Posted 16 November 2012 - 04:43 PM

Michelle: I have re-sent the order confirmation email to your email address at ****@gmail.com.
brad: Thanks. How long should it be before I receive it?
brad: I've read that, since the item I ordered is for pickup in-store, the store itself will need to confirm inventory before the email would be able to even be sent. Is that true?
Michelle: You are welcome.
Michelle: Yes, you are correct.
brad: Would you recommend that I call the local store to confirm? What information would they likely need from me so that I can make an efficient request from them?
Michelle: Brad, I see that your order in waiting for approval, so not to worry.
Michelle: As soon as the order is approved and processed, you will receive the ready for pick up email from the store and you can contact the store and go pick up your item.

Michelle (kmart customer service) and I had the above conversation with regard to my preorder. I contacted her since I haven't receive my email.