Posted 18 November 2012 - 05:49 PM
I had a pre-ordered deluxe set at Best Buy, but I wanted to avoid some of the crowd so I decided to check out Target and Frys this morning to pick up some accessories. This is in North Austin btw.
Went to Target around 8:15 am and they had just sold their last console. They had 20 systems but held 10 back for preorders and had 5 deluxe and 5 basic for walk-ins. The gaming employee said that some guy had camped out since 6:00 pm yesterday, and the next set of people showed up at 6:00 am this morning. Picked up a eShop card and a Seagate external hard drive and left.
Got to Frys around 8:50 am, line of about 8 people or so. Let us in early and people made a beeline to the gaming area. Turns out this location only had about 8 or so basic sets and no deluxe sets. The deluxe sets they had were for people who had pre-ordered. People got angry because they had called last night and was told that they had some deluxe sets available for walk-ins. Also in regard to the basic sets, they sold them in bundle form only, with Nintendo Land, Mario Bros. U, and a Nyko Remote and Nunchuk set for 450 dollars plus tax. Some people left and a few people ended up buying the expensive bundle. I tried to give people info on storage options and the differences between the two systems. Didn't have any screen protectors for the gamepad so I left.
Got to Best Buy around 9:50 am, and there was a line about 30 people deep. The employees were handing out tickets for deluxe systems and I'd say they still had about 5 or so left after they opened. They directed all people who pre-ordered to the customer service area where they had all of our systems on a cart and all walk-ins to the Wii U section of the store. I grabbed a screen protector from the Wii U section and then headed over to customer service to pick up my Deluxe set and my in store pickup of Mario Bros. U and a Pro controller. The entire process was painless and I was out in 15 minutes. They had a boatload of games and accessories available for purchase as well. It was also funny too because there were a few people in line that had no idea the Wii U came out today or what it was, they had just come to do normal shopping.
So in closing, seemed like it was relatively easy to get a Wii U here, not too many people were waiting around unlike when the Wii came out and I had to camp at Walmart for 17 hours to get one.