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


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#7291 icpmattj

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Posted 17 November 2012 - 09:46 PM

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



Got my pickup notice this morning saying it will be ready tomorrow morning.

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Posted 17 November 2012 - 09:47 PM

Looks like supplies will be tight in Canada. Went to my Walmart and was told I better be there early to get one as they didn't even get enough to cover the 12 pre orders they have.

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Posted 17 November 2012 - 09:47 PM

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


It was a completely new console then, people likely brought Wii-Motes, Classic Controllers, and the games. I know for sure I did.
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Posted 17 November 2012 - 09:47 PM

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?


It's probably people that are obviously not gamers. general people camping out for black friday sales.

#7295 cigaro

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Posted 17 November 2012 - 09:47 PM

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?


Im positive... I totally thought it was for the Wii U but the reps told me they were there for black friday and they had been there since yesterday.

#7296 kaydigi

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Posted 17 November 2012 - 09:47 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.


That wouldn't be $5000 in profit though.

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Posted 17 November 2012 - 09:50 PM

Just called my local 24hr Walmart to see if I could pickup my preorder at midnight. 2 phone calls and 14 minutes later, I still wasn't able to get an answer. Apparently the only person working today is a pleasant lady in sporting goods.

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Posted 17 November 2012 - 09:55 PM

I called a Wal-mart in upstate NY a few hours ago regarding the midnight release. The electronics rep told me that they would start selling them at midnight however there isn't that many to go around. I asked if I would be able to pick up my preorder at Layaway on midnight as well and was told I wouldn't have any problem. I really wonder how limited the Wii U is going to be around me. I know that there wasn't that many people who preordered so I am really curious how things are going to turn out tonight.

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Posted 17 November 2012 - 09:55 PM

called my wal mart, asked the kid how many of the deluxe he had in stock, he said "uh... I don't know...". Said they should have enough for everyone and to be down there at 1145 because they are closing up at 12.

top notch help there lol.

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 17 November 2012 - 09:57 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


In the same boat as you. Played at a Gamestop kiosk last week with my girlfriend and now she thinks she wants one. And, I can't lie, I'm sort of excited about it now, too. We had a lot of fun playing Rayman.

So, anyway, called K-mart...the usual sh*tty excuse for customer service commenced. I can't even get a hold of the electronics department there after 3 times. My Best Buy has a midnight opening -- not sure how successful I'll be at trying my luck there (especially after the touchpad fiasco). Maybe one of the Wal-Marts will have some around here.

Im positive... I totally thought it was for the Wii U but the reps told me they were there for black friday and they had been there since yesterday.


I just flat out don't believe that (not you, but what the rep told you). :lol: No one is that pathetic.

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Posted 17 November 2012 - 09:58 PM

Best Buy said they would hold for 5 days but I don't trust that.

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Posted 17 November 2012 - 09:59 PM

I hate walmart when it comes to video games, I would never preorder anything from there. Good luck to the ones that did, jeez, hope you get your system.

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Posted 17 November 2012 - 09:59 PM

Im feeling kinda nice. If anyone in South Jersey needs one. I have a back up pre-order at Best Buy.

#7304 Ag_SurfR

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Posted 17 November 2012 - 10:01 PM

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.


ok, so let's say they're making a $50 profit on every console. that's be $750, minus the $20 you pay your employees, that's still coming out on top over $700; plus, like i said, you can probably sell a bunch of accessories, games and warranties. people would probably be more likely to get more stuff during the midnight release than during regular hours too (sleep deprivation, loss of inhibitions).

That wouldn't be $5000 in profit though.


obviously, it's not like they got the wii u's for free. :lol:
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Posted 17 November 2012 - 10:03 PM

^ I went into the store yesterday to confirm that my name was on the list (there was some problem with my pre-order ticket). The guy working there said they only let them do 4 deluxe pre-orders before cutting him off (too few for a midnight release) but that he had pallets of the things ready to go on the floor Sunday.
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#7306 rbarba4

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Posted 17 November 2012 - 10:06 PM

Worth a shot but anyone in the San Diego/North County area have a spare Deluxe Wii-U on preorder that they would be willing to part with? Kmart just screwed me over.

I'd help ya out. But ya gotta go farther north, as in OC.
And before people go PM crazy, know that I'm lousy at checking pm's and not giving any up 'til I lock in my console

Man, its only one opinion but I am a bit concerned about ZombiU after watching GameSpot's review. I was hoping for something resembling greatness....but maybe mediocrity is what we're going to get instead.


From the vid alone, it looks like an interesting take on zombie games. But can't say it'll be good since I haven't played it.
Thing is, his complaints come from his choice to avoid different play styles. Think he's been watching too much Walking Dead (save your bullets).

Imagine how crappy Mario games would be if you decide not to jump at all because you might fall to your death. Or you don't use the pistol in Halo because there's little chance of getting more ammo.

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Posted 17 November 2012 - 10:06 PM

ok, so let's say they're making a $50 profit on every console. that's be $750, minus the $20 you pay your employees, that's still coming out on top over $700; plus, like i said, you can probably sell a bunch of accessories, games and warranties. people would probably be more likely to get more stuff during the midnight release than during regular hours too (sleep deprivation, loss of inhibitions).



obviously, it's not like they got the wii u's for free. :lol:


Then you need to pay operating costs, having a shift head/manager in charge, time to count drawers and more than likely more than two employees. Then the time putting the product up on display then back down then it falls below $700. Or you could just do it at normal time when you know for sure you will be selling and possibly have more foot traffic for those who couldn't land a console.

Let's not forget the man designated to check for veterans discounts.

#7308 Ag_SurfR

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Posted 17 November 2012 - 10:08 PM

In the same boat as you. Played at a Gamestop kiosk last week with my girlfriend and now she thinks she wants one. And, I can't lie, I'm sort of excited about it now, too. We had a lot of fun playing Rayman.

So, anyway, called K-mart...the usual sh*tty excuse for customer service commenced. I can't even get a hold of the electronics department there after 3 times. My Best Buy has a midnight opening -- not sure how successful I'll be at trying my luck there (especially after the touchpad fiasco). Maybe one of the Wal-Marts will have some around here.



I just flat out don't believe that (not you, but what the rep told you). :lol: No one is that pathetic.


oh, you'd be surprised....
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Posted 17 November 2012 - 10:08 PM

ok, so let's say they're making a $50 profit on every console. that's be $750, minus the $20 you pay your employees, that's still coming out on top over $700; plus, like i said, you can probably sell a bunch of accessories, games and warranties. people would probably be more likely to get more stuff during the midnight release than during regular hours too (sleep deprivation, loss of inhibitions).


Do the proper analysis. What matters is excess sales above the status quo. If the store opened as scheduled in the morning, they'd still sell all their consoles with near 100% certainty. So all that counts is excess marginal sales of accessories at midnight versus 10 am. Not worth it, probably.

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Posted 17 November 2012 - 10:09 PM

In the same boat as you. Played at a Gamestop kiosk last week with my girlfriend and now she thinks she wants one. And, I can't lie, I'm sort of excited about it now, too. We had a lot of fun playing Rayman.

So, anyway, called K-mart...the usual sh*tty excuse for customer service commenced. I can't even get a hold of the electronics department there after 3 times. My Best Buy has a midnight opening -- not sure how successful I'll be at trying my luck there (especially after the touchpad fiasco). Maybe one of the Wal-Marts will have some around here.



I just flat out don't believe that (not you, but what the rep told you). :lol: No one is that pathetic.


I made sure that he was right lol. The guy is super knowledgeable hes the one im really close with .... He was sure they were for BF. Not surprising I saw people line up 5 days early last year for BF too

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Posted 17 November 2012 - 10:11 PM

I called a Wal-mart in upstate NY a few hours ago regarding the midnight release. The electronics rep told me that they would start selling them at midnight however there isn't that many to go around. I asked if I would be able to pick up my preorder at Layaway on midnight as well and was told I wouldn't have any problem. I really wonder how limited the Wii U is going to be around me. I know that there wasn't that many people who preordered so I am really curious how things are going to turn out tonight.

Care to state which area of NY? Im in upstate in Clinton County, near montreal actually.

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Posted 17 November 2012 - 10:14 PM

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.


I also would hope that nintendo will make a lot more pro controllers for this system. I remember the original wii had a classic controller shortage during the holidays.

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Posted 17 November 2012 - 10:14 PM

Do the proper analysis. What matters is excess sales above the status quo. If the store opened as scheduled in the morning, they'd still sell all their consoles with near 100% certainty. So all that counts is excess marginal sales of accessories at midnight versus 10 am. Not worth it, probably.


that's the opposite of what other people were saying. by that logic, they should never do midnight releases, but they still do, only with certain titles though. i still think it's probably more of a safety concern.
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Posted 17 November 2012 - 10:16 PM

Care to state which area of NY? Im in upstate in Clinton County, near montreal actually.


Utica/New Hartford, NY

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Posted 17 November 2012 - 10:18 PM

Great... GameStop told me they were opening midnight, then 10am, now 11am. I hate "Sunday hours" at stores, but it's even worse than usual because of what's going on tomorrow.

I'm just going to pick up what I can at Walmart at midnight and get whatever I couldn't get at Walmart (probably just the console itself) at GameStop when they open, half-way through tomorrow. :roll:

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Posted 17 November 2012 - 10:21 PM

Just called my local 24hr Walmart to see if I could pickup my preorder at midnight. 2 phone calls and 14 minutes later, I still wasn't able to get an answer. Apparently the only person working today is a pleasant lady in sporting goods.

Yeah, that's typically how Walmart works around here as well. No one knows what's going on. Although they did a good job with the Wii launch.

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Posted 17 November 2012 - 10:22 PM

I just flat out don't believe that (not you, but what the rep told you). :lol: No one is that pathetic.

You're kidding, right? People almost always start camping out in front of Best Buy a week before Black Friday.

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Posted 17 November 2012 - 10:26 PM

I was able to get a deluxe at fredmeyers here in portland OR so with that being said, if anyone in the area would like my back up (8gb basic console) Toyr R US pre order. its up for grabs. I put $20 down for the pre order so I would need that additional downpayment but other than that its free. Otherwise im just going to get a refund

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Posted 17 November 2012 - 10:27 PM

I also jumped on the Newegg bundle. Now I have too many Wii U consoles LOL.. sorry to those who are still having a problem securing a console. :cry:

I am picking up an 8Gb unit at BB tonight at midnight. I am going to offer to family members that one. I too, jumped on the newegg deal and found out something interesting from newegg customer service that these preorders are NOT BEING HANDLED by newegg at all, but a third party distributor. I was hoping it would ship outtta Jersey as most of my orders there do, but the CS rep would offer nothing as to who or where these distributors were located. And Finally, NO TIME FRAME AS TO WHEN THEY WILL SHIP though they charged my card almost immediately. Her best guess was, "Monday but its all up to the distributor". I spoke to Mercedes if anyone wants to confirm.

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Posted 17 November 2012 - 10:28 PM

Can anyone tell me if Best Buy has a line system for reservations or if it's first come? I'm assuming they know who put money down first. When I put in my reservation it was the Sunday of the week they started and the woman just told me they were still available. Just wanting to confirm if I can walk in tomorrow and pick up my console or if I need to stand in line tonight.