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


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#7261 Mikeatris

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Posted 17 November 2012 - 08:58 PM

got my txt message from gamestop

"GameStop: Your Nintendo Wii U order avail Sun AM"

Got mine also about an hour ago. I will pick it up Monday since it is close by my job.

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Posted 17 November 2012 - 08:59 PM

Got email from tru about wii u games 40 off did t say anything about 49 or less also had pic of Mario and batman it just says higher or equal value etc.. So any amnt. I. Goi g for Mario they open at 8 am

Got the email too. It says ALL Wii & Wii U video games. No exclusions in fine print.

Also 20% extra TIV on all video game hardware.

#7263 token2k6

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Posted 17 November 2012 - 09:07 PM

well, the BB I was going to go to finally told me they were only going to have 5 Deluxe models available. No no one has started lining up yet though. So the Vita is charging, the extra battery pack charger is full, finding a durable blanket and got the hoody ready. I will swing by at 11pm and begin the wait.

Yesterday I finally got to see one at a Wal-Mart kiosk, and my first impression was 'cheap plastic' after feeling how light the gamepad is. Just watched a video and that was it. Today, while at the BB w/ my kid, I figured out that Rayman is the only playable demo on there (11 mins timed demo) so, after 22 mins of him playing, I had to tear him away. He now 'definitely' wants one. The hardest part was explaining to him that while daddy is going to be waiting in line for one, he has to mail it to Santa so he can get it on Christmas. I don't think he saw thru it yet though...hehe, kids! To bad mommy wasn't there, she would have come up with something better!
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Posted 17 November 2012 - 09:08 PM

I was thinking about trading in my modded wii, I never use the the thing got it at release. My friend at gamestop got me to preorder it LOL. Whats the current TIV on one stacked with the 30%

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Posted 17 November 2012 - 09:14 PM

Why? They didn't do a midnight release for Skylanders Giants either. That demographic won't turn out for a midnight release.


Why? Because it looks really bad when you don't do it for something as big as a new console.

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Posted 17 November 2012 - 09:14 PM

To bad mommy wasn't there, she would have come up with something better!

Ha ha, I should hope so. My mom usually just told us that the presents were for our cousins. Or in this case, she would've said that they sold out, which is what she said about the N64.

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Posted 17 November 2012 - 09:15 PM

Amazon has plenty of WiiUes available.


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One..... Meeeeeeeelion dollars....

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Posted 17 November 2012 - 09:17 PM

Ugh...so here are the Wii-U chronicles over the past week.

Ordered via the kmart link, had a lot of sketch dealings with them on the phone and them not having my order in the system so I cancelled the order. Got in on the target.com bundle yesterday morning but then received an e-mail stating that it would be delayed until 12/26 delivery, errrmmm nope, cancelled that as well. Just got in on the walmart.com store pick-up and got a confirmation, went to the store and tried to pick-up but they held firm to tomorrow, he did show me that my system was marked and locked up though, score for me!

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Posted 17 November 2012 - 09:17 PM

Yesterday I finally got to see one at a Wal-Mart kiosk, and my first impression was 'cheap plastic' after feeling how light the gamepad is. Just watched a video and that was it. Today, while at the BB w/ my kid, I figured out that Rayman is the only playable demo on there (11 mins timed demo) so, after 22 mins of him playing, I had to tear him away. He now 'definitely' wants one. The hardest part was explaining to him that while daddy is going to be waiting in line for one, he has to mail it to Santa so he can get it on Christmas. I don't think he saw thru it yet though...hehe, kids! To bad mommy wasn't there, she would have come up with something better!


That's pretty funny!

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Posted 17 November 2012 - 09:20 PM

I find it kinda fucked that gamestops are not doing midnight release when I KNOW they are going to do it for the next xbox.


It makes no sense to do a midnight to sell less than 15 consoles(100% preorders). Most are right around that number. My wow buddies work at GS and they have 11 tomorrow.

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Posted 17 November 2012 - 09:20 PM

Hmmm its interesting, on the Bestbuy page it says my Wii U is available for pickup RIGHT NOW. It doesnt say anything about release dates. It said it in the email, but on the "view my orders" on bestbuy.com it says its ready for pickup with absolutely no indications of release dates.

I dont have a ride so I cant test the waters, im sure I can find some dumbass employee to fork it over if I print off that page on their website. I mean it does say its available.....

If anyone else tries, tell me because it might be worth a shot.

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Posted 17 November 2012 - 09:23 PM

Ordered from Walmart.com on 10/27 and both my WiiU Deluxe and NSMBU shipped, scheduled to arrive on Monday...sweet!
Life is damn good when you're a cheap ass gamer!

#7273 dragonjud

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Posted 17 November 2012 - 09:26 PM

So now I must try to find a Pro Controller, newegg has delayed all orders till December 31st, so hopefully these things arent to hard to find tommoorow.


Hmm, why did they do this again?
I have one pre-ordered with them...

I saw a few of them already for sale at a local gamestop, so I don't think these will be hard to find on Sunday.


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Posted 17 November 2012 - 09:26 PM

Hmmm its interesting, on the Bestbuy page it says my Wii U is available for pickup RIGHT NOW. It doesnt say anything about release dates. It said it in the email, but on the "view my orders" on bestbuy.com it says its ready for pickup with absolutely no indications of release dates.

I dont have a ride so I cant test the waters, im sure I can find some dumbass employee to fork it over if I print off that page on their website. I mean it does say its available.....

If anyone else tries, tell me because it might be worth a shot.


If you read a few pages back, someone already did. Don't bother!


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Posted 17 November 2012 - 09:27 PM

It makes no sense to do a midnight to sell less than 15 consoles(100% preorders). Most are right around that number. My wow buddies work at GS and they have 11 tomorrow.


15 consoles (let's say 10 deluxe, 5 basic) would equal about $5000. that's not too bad. that's about the same as selling 83 games on a midnight release. and since it's only 15 consoles, they'd probably be open for less than an hour. so you gotta pay 2 guys $20. maybe they're not doing it for safety reasons; they might be worried someone will get mugged on their way home. gs doesn't have rent a cops like wal mart, bby, target, etc.
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Posted 17 November 2012 - 09:30 PM

15 transactions is easier to process during regular hours over 83.

#7277 tava84

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Posted 17 November 2012 - 09:30 PM

Man, I should have pre-ordered the damn system. I want one so badly right now. I showed my GF the Mario Bros U trailer and she got pumped too.

Anybody from Northern California know anything about the Best Buy in Union City? I was hoping to score one there, but I don't trust they'll have enough. I believe they're the only one doing a midnight launch in the Bay Area, so I can expect there to be a line for sure. Might drive by to see how bad it is once the sun sets. If I don't score one, i'm off to a secluded KMart in the morning in hopes nobody preordered there :D

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Posted 17 November 2012 - 09:33 PM

15 consoles (let's say 10 deluxe, 5 basic) would equal about $5000. that's not too bad. that's about the same as selling 83 games on a midnight release. and since it's only 15 consoles, they'd probably be open for less than an hour. so you gotta pay 2 guys $20. maybe they're not doing it for safety reasons; they might be worried someone will get mugged on their way home. gs doesn't have rent a cops like wal mart, bby, target, etc.


Volume matters. Profit matters. Gross revenue does not matter.

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Posted 17 November 2012 - 09:35 PM

It's not how many consoles they sell, it's how many of the other items they sell. that's why stores usually never tell you how many they have if you ask and give you answer like "i don't know, we don't have it in stock, etc" even though it's in the back.

people wait, doesn't score the system, but since they are there they buy something else...

#7280 token2k6

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Posted 17 November 2012 - 09:38 PM

It's not how many consoles they sell, it's how many of the other items they sell. that's why stores usually never tell you how many they have if you ask and give you answer like "i don't know, we don't have it in stock, etc" even though it's in the back.

people wait, doesn't score the system, but since they are there they buy something else...


IDK, maybe I can buy into that, but if I'm waiting 5+ hours in cold weather, and I don't get a system, the last thing I'm going to do is call it a day, buy a $10 movie and a bag of Skittles or something. I'm getting in my car, getting coffee and jetting to another B&M store with fingers crossed..
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Posted 17 November 2012 - 09:38 PM

15 consoles (let's say 10 deluxe, 5 basic) would equal about $5000. that's not too bad. that's about the same as selling 83 games on a midnight release. and since it's only 15 consoles, they'd probably be open for less than an hour. so you gotta pay 2 guys $20. maybe they're not doing it for safety reasons; they might be worried someone will get mugged on their way home. gs doesn't have rent a cops like wal mart, bby, target, etc.


Think about this in terms of profitability and not raw sales dollars. The systems have no markup, the games might be marked up 5 or 10 bucks, and there are no accessories to speak of since there are no extra gamepads to sell yet. As a store, you're basically hoping someone buys a shitload of games or that someone doesn't already have some Wiimotes. As a store manager, I wouldn't wast man hours on that either.

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Posted 17 November 2012 - 09:39 PM

Anyone who placed a best buy in store preorder have they said anything yet?

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Posted 17 November 2012 - 09:40 PM

So went into my Best Buy today, and a couple things happened.

One, there were people already set up with tents for Black Friday camping out....

Two, they had an extra deluxe Wii U and luckily I am super close with the head gaming rep and the manager there, and they are holding it for me so i can pick it up tonight at midnight.

I have Silver through Feb 2014, this will push me over for another year. Spending money and being a loyal customer pay off sometimes. im super happy ill be able to get a wii u at launch :D

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Posted 17 November 2012 - 09:41 PM

Hmmm its interesting, on the Bestbuy page it says my Wii U is available for pickup RIGHT NOW. It doesnt say anything about release dates. It said it in the email, but on the "view my orders" on bestbuy.com it says its ready for pickup with absolutely no indications of release dates.

I dont have a ride so I cant test the waters, im sure I can find some dumbass employee to fork it over if I print off that page on their website. I mean it does say its available.....

If anyone else tries, tell me because it might be worth a shot.


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Posted 17 November 2012 - 09:41 PM

Anyone know if toysrus in time square, ny is opening a bit earlier tommorow?

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Posted 17 November 2012 - 09:44 PM

15 transactions is easier to process during regular hours over 83.


you're assuming they ever sell that many games during their midnight releases, or that people would all come at the same time to buy them if they didn't do the midnight release.

Volume matters. Profit matters. Gross revenue does not matter.


what the hell are you talking about?

Think about this in terms of profitability and not raw sales dollars. The systems have no markup, the games might be marked up 5 or 10 bucks, and there are no accessories to speak of since there are no extra gamepads to sell yet. As a store, you're basically hoping someone buys a shitload of games or that someone doesn't already have some Wiimotes. As a store manager, I wouldn't wast man hours on that either.


there are plenty of other things you can sell: controllers, games, warranties (:lol:), protective screens for the gamepad, skins for the controllers, etc.

what peripherals do people buy when they get their midnight release games?
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Posted 17 November 2012 - 09:45 PM

It makes no sense to do a midnight to sell less than 15 consoles(100% preorders). Most are right around that number. My wow buddies work at GS and they have 11 tomorrow.


They did it for the original Wii, with less consoles.

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Posted 17 November 2012 - 09:45 PM

The 30% extra bonus for Wii U has been an offer since they took pre-orders. Thats what I was using to flip games and only pay like 150 out of pocket to pay it off.

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Posted 17 November 2012 - 09:45 PM

So went into my Best Buy today, and a couple things happened.

One, there were people already set up with tents for Black Friday camping out....

Two, they had an extra deluxe Wii U and luckily I am super close with the head gaming rep and the manager there, and they are holding it for me so i can pick it up tonight at midnight.

I have Silver through Feb 2014, this will push me over for another year. Spending money and being a loyal customer pay off sometimes. im super happy ill be able to get a wii u at launch :D


are you sure they weren't there for the wii u launch, i.e. the one this evening, instead of black friday, i.e. next week?
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Posted 17 November 2012 - 09:46 PM

you're assuming they ever sell that many games during their midnight releases, or that people would all come at the same time to buy them if they didn't do the midnight release.



what the hell are you talking about?



there are plenty of other things you can sell: controllers, games, warranties (:lol:), protective screens for the gamepad, skins for the controllers, etc.

what peripherals do people buy when they get their midnight release games?


Gross revenue is the actual amount of money the customer is handing over in a transaction.... so lets say the customer pays 300 for an xbox. The 300 is the gross revenue.... but lets say best buy payed 250 for that xbox in bulk..... now they have made 50 dollars of profit. He is saying it doesnt matter how much money is spent if it doesnt translate to a good amount of profit.