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


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#1051 Serious McMopy

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Posted 16 September 2012 - 04:34 AM

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#1052 DeadbeatGa

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Posted 16 September 2012 - 04:36 AM

Well, preordered the white one from Walmart.com. Was able to cancel the wiimote plus after I had put my order in. Didn't need it, so it's a good 40 dollar savings now.
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#1053 ricoraney

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Posted 16 September 2012 - 04:53 AM

I agree and my 3DS is covering for my Mario and Zelda craves. 300 is way to much unless it plays 3D blu-rays or blu-rays in general.

Well call me a sucker. Honestly, the real suckers were those who bought the PS3 (in which at launch was a glorified blu-ray player) for $599/$699 at launch. You can keep the blu-ray. Besides, Nintendo will not give Sony any money for using their technology. A new format will be coming soon anyway. So I'm on board.

#1054 Josh5890

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Posted 16 September 2012 - 04:59 AM

Well call me a sucker. Honestly, the real suckers were those who bought the PS3 (in which at launch was a glorified blu-ray player) for $599/$699 at launch. You can keep the blu-ray. Besides, Nintendo will not give Sony any money for using their technology. A new format will be coming soon anyway. So I'm on board.


I really hope not. I've been building up my blu-ray collection and now it is really respectable. I hope a new format for films doesn't come out any time soon.
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#1055 brutalny

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Posted 16 September 2012 - 05:05 AM

FYI, bestbuy just shot me an email saying they backordered my wii-u deluxe pre-order. So beware with bestbuy.

#1056 HellMark

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Posted 16 September 2012 - 05:09 AM

Just ordered a deluxe with Frys. I have no faith I'll get this but me pondering if I should or shouldn't order for the next two months would have driven me crazy. :)

FYI The product page is still showing both SKUs available.

#1057 paean

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Posted 16 September 2012 - 05:12 AM

I preordered even though I don't want one. I have too much BB credit to care.

#1058 JaylisJayP

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Posted 16 September 2012 - 05:17 AM

Well call me a sucker. Honestly, the real suckers were those who bought the PS3 (in which at launch was a glorified blu-ray player) for $599/$699 at launch. You can keep the blu-ray. Besides, Nintendo will not give Sony any money for using their technology. A new format will be coming soon anyway. So I'm on board.


There's no new format coming soon. Next is digital delivery. Until then Dvd and Blu-ray will stick around. Audio has just about reached its ceiling and video is great at 1080p. Tons of people still dont have hd, there wont be widespread 4K for a long time.

#1059 klimb22

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Posted 16 September 2012 - 05:18 AM

I preordered even though I don't want one. I have too much BB credit to care.

Same thing I said when I preordered at GS. If you've been on your CAG Ps and Qs the system shouldn't cost you any real money.

#1060 Youngnoble

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Posted 16 September 2012 - 05:19 AM

In store pre-orders will probably get priority, the fact that there still allowing them at bestbuy is alarming for those who ordered online.

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Posted 16 September 2012 - 05:23 AM

I really wouldn't have a problem with the white $300 model if it was a bit cheaper or still came with the charging accessories for the pad.

Anybody who is going to be downloading many games on this will end up using a cheap external hard drive anyway - 8GB or 32GB, it doesn't matter, you're going to run out of space if it's anything like the xbox.

The guy at my best buy seemed to know what he was talking about and clearly said that they would be cutting off pre-orders once they had exceeded how many they had to sell. I would guess that if they're selling you a pre-order, they're not exceeding what they have been told by nintendo that they will have, at least at the store level.

Online, it's easy to give someone a backorder email and also because you haven't charged them anything, who cares. Store pre-orders would logically get priority because those people have taken the time to put money down and travel to the store already, not to mention you have to deal with a return + bad customer experience if you don't fulfill it.

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#1062 thegamer

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Posted 16 September 2012 - 05:23 AM

Just ordered a deluxe with Frys. I have no faith I'll get this but me pondering if I should or shouldn't order for the next two months would have driven me crazy. :)

FYI The product page is still showing both SKUs available.


Is there a hold authorization on your card after buying from Frys? I preordered in store at BB but I am looking for backups.

#1063 jer7583

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Posted 16 September 2012 - 05:31 AM

some people on gaf were saying frys puts an authorization hold for the entire amount on your card.

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#1064 HellMark

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Posted 16 September 2012 - 05:32 AM

Is there a hold authorization on your card after buying from Frys? I preordered in store at BB but I am looking for backups.


Yeah there's a hold on there. I'm using a credit card also.

#1065 thegamer

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Posted 16 September 2012 - 05:45 AM

some people on gaf were saying frys puts an authorization hold for the entire amount on your card.


Yeah there's a hold on there. I'm using a credit card also.


Thanks! I wonder if Frys will do any in store pre-orders. I gotta pick up Kirby tomorrow anyway so I'll check in the morning.

#1066 gamerguy73

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Posted 16 September 2012 - 05:57 AM

Looks like Target is OOS on the basic model.

#1067 wasabi5858

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Posted 16 September 2012 - 06:37 AM

hmmm, I only preordered the wii u deluxe from bestbuy.com yesterday and it is oos now... kind of wondering if I should go in panic mode :) Can always give this to my bro's family if I both ship.

Walmart deal doesn't seem that good (just don't need the extra and I don't plan to see if I can cancel it)... what are the options now? in store BB to try my luck? maybe Frys instore since it doesn't list it online.

#1068 Tdog987

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Posted 16 September 2012 - 07:04 AM

Well, preordered the white one from Walmart.com. Was able to cancel the wiimote plus after I had put my order in. Didn't need it, so it's a good 40 dollar savings now.


How did you do that?

I didn't need it either, but wasn't able to get rid of the wiimote+ for my order

#1069 Alamo

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Posted 16 September 2012 - 07:59 AM

You guys really think most of you will be getting a system day one?

I'm calling it now, most stores will get 20 systems at most, and many will be dissapointed/angry.

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Posted 16 September 2012 - 11:14 AM

I love all the armchair quarterbacking in this thread.

Does anyone know if GS has updated to actual SKUs yet? I'd like my receipt to actually say "Wii U Deluxe".

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#1071 Belarr

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Posted 16 September 2012 - 11:20 AM

I love all the armchair quarterbacking in this thread.

Does anyone know if GS has updated to actual SKUs yet? I'd like my receipt to actually say "Wii U Deluxe".


As of 9:24pm last night they were.

Edit: Holy crap, what a terrible way to use up my first post after 5 years. Oh well, at least I can get some pity karma...oh wait, wrong site.

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#1072 Smashbro29

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Posted 16 September 2012 - 11:38 AM

I have a tablet and I have an I7 3930K with 16GB of 2133 ram in quad channel configuration computer and two current gen consoles I rarely play. What need do i have of inferior hardware?

Explain please?

Ive already saved the princess from Ganon and Bowser countless times now. They can stay unrescued.


The fact that you're touting a tablet, not playing ANY console or PC and bashing on Nintendo games makes me wonder why you ever left Kotaku.

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Posted 16 September 2012 - 11:40 AM

As of 9:24pm last night they were.


Cool, I'll have them print up a new receipt when I pick up Kirby today.

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#1074 CheapAssHustla

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Posted 16 September 2012 - 11:42 AM

Darn. It appears to be that the Wii U will be very hard to find for people who didnt preorder now that all/most of the major retailers are sold out right now.


I can see it now. People constantly calling BBY and whatnot. It's going to be insane come November 18th. I'm thinking I should take that day off, lol. I'll deal since I have bills to pay. This system looks cool in it's own right. I bought a Vita earlier in the year, and I'm still breaking it in. I want to limit myself to one console a year, and besides I hardly have time for videogames as it is. :( Good luck to everyone else getting/thinking about getting one.

#1075 AcePuppy

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Posted 16 September 2012 - 11:58 AM

Edited Wiki to show Bundle is currently available on Walmart again.

#1076 screwkick

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Posted 16 September 2012 - 12:03 PM

Edited Wiki to show Bundle is currently available on Walmart again.


It's not available. When you click on the wii u after doing a search, it says the page is unavailable.

#1077 AcePuppy

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Posted 16 September 2012 - 12:04 PM

It's not available. When you click on the wii u after doing a search, it says the page is unavailable.


I just added it to my cart with no issues.

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#1078 brewin

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Posted 16 September 2012 - 12:07 PM

This system has some great potential. I hope they announce a 3DS dongle that will allow users to play 3ds/ds games on their TV through the wiiu. I was wary about the wii but I am confident the wii u will be a much better system. Look at the lineup and support they already have for the system! Nintendo is leaps ahead of where they have been in previous generations. I can't wait!
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Posted 16 September 2012 - 12:17 PM

Doesn't stop the buyer from saying they received a rock in a box and opening a SNAD claim; at which point they can mail back anything they'd like and keep the Wii U and you'd be SOL


Situations like this happened to me twice, and I managed to win the dispute both times (partly through luck, partly through outmaneuvering the scammer). The second time the buyer left negative feedback after getting stuck with the item and no refund (he tried to return a bag of sugar instead of the item itself); apparently eBay considers negative feedback because someone wouldn't roll over and let himself be ripped off a valid reason for negative feedback, and did nothing about it. That was it for me with eBay - it's just a matter of time before you get screwed selling on that site.

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Posted 16 September 2012 - 12:31 PM

In the good old days you wait outside the store in the cold to get your system. I will do this for the Wii U like I did for the Wii. Good times. I also live in Montana, stuff really doesn't sell out around here.