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


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#1321 therealdanhill

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Posted 18 September 2012 - 02:12 PM

Nintendo is really going to shoot themselves in the foot if the premium membership that comes with the deluxe model offers any benefits outside of that 10% off.

If the premium membership is only ten percent off purchases, I'll be wicked disappointed. With such a huge catalog, they should be giving some games away like PS+.

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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#1322 spmahn

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Posted 18 September 2012 - 02:16 PM

I think stores know how many they are supposed to get roughly. I mean if stores didn't know how much they were going to get, and then they took 25 extra preorders, there would be fights, angry shoppers, and just an overall bad experience. I seriously think that Nintendo is trying to avoid the negative PR like that, or so I hope.


I highly doubt stores have any stores have any clue how many they are supposed to get this far out, that's why pre-orders are "sold out", they're using caution just in case there is some kind of shortage, that way they don't get screwed.

#1323 Crunchewy

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Posted 18 September 2012 - 02:18 PM

I don't think it's 10% off purchases, but a 10% rebate on eshop purchases. Not the same thing at all. I suspect that's all this is, but I"ll take it. A little back is better than nothing. I hope they have a good download library, with demos for everything and all that good stuff.

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Posted 18 September 2012 - 02:21 PM

Wii U Pro Controllers from Amazon

Black: http://www.amazon.co...k/dp/B009AFLXQQ

White: http://www.amazon.co...e/dp/B009AFLXJS

#1325 ebucel

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Posted 18 September 2012 - 02:25 PM

Dr. who wiimote as posted above:

http://www.amazon.co... who wii remote

#1326 ps2emotions

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Posted 18 September 2012 - 02:36 PM

Argh, I'm so close to pulling the trigger on this. You could easily sell the Pro controller for $40 right after launch and only be out $10 for convenience. The only issue is that you're not going to have the system on launch day. Worse yet, you're probably not going to have you system for Thanksgiving weekend.

Or I could just ignore all the bonuses with the premium and stick with the Best Buy pre-order for the standard. Nintendo is really going to shoot themselves in the foot if the premium membership that comes with the deluxe model offers any benefits outside of that 10% off.


Yeah, I would like to have it on launch day but I'm afraid if I don't preorder one now then I might not be able to get one until early 2013. I was just reading that china and japan are having troubles and japanese factories are being shut down in china which supply parts for nintendo consoles. This might make the Wii u nearly impossible to find for months. Now I read this after preordering so it really didn't weigh in on my decision to preorder. What did was I remember when the wii launched and I didn't try to get one on launch day and ended up being jan or feb 2007 before I could find one and even then I lucked up and was in walmart and they had 2 behind the counter fixing to put them out. Then things were different I must admit but you have to remember that their were other new systems then too to choose from. Now the Wii U will be the latest greatest for at least a year so that may make it even harder to find even with the rough economic times. I'd suggest you at least buy the basic from best buy because if you changed your mind on wanting it you could always flip it or give it away as a xmas gift.

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Posted 18 September 2012 - 02:51 PM

Nintendoland for $60 is a hard sell.


I wouldn't say that. We know relatively little about it. There are no reviews. We don't know how much they will pack into the game.

I assume it will be one of the better launch games because it is a 1st party game, because it will show off everything the new console can do and because Nintendo has positioned it as the flagship title of the Wii U.

Now if you game alone in your living room then I understand how it could be a harder sell as local multiplayer is what Nintendo has been showing off in the game. But since resale value of 1st party titles is generally very good then you have little to lose especially since you get the game in the deluxe package for $50 along with more storage, stands and the mysterious digital membership.

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Posted 18 September 2012 - 03:09 PM

I just got thinking. Since my tv just has one hdmi port, and my wii is hooked up component video input as well as my 360. My ps3 is using the 1 hdmi port. The Wii U will use the component hookup but it won't let me play mario cart using my gamecube controllers. Same goes with smash bros. So for now I decided I will keep my wii hooked up alongside the Wii U. So the easiest way to do this is buy a hdmi switch and I found one on amazon for $8.91 free shipping with 4 out of 5 stars. Comes with a remote too so instead of putting wear and tear on my wii u with wii games I will just use wii u for wii u games only for the time being. Here is link to the switch if anyone else is having a similar issue or just wants a good inexpensive hdmi switch. http://www.amazon.co...rds=hdmi switch

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Posted 18 September 2012 - 03:18 PM

Wii U Pro Controllers from Amazon

Black: http://www.amazon.co...k/dp/B009AFLXQQ

White: http://www.amazon.co...e/dp/B009AFLXJS


Im really hoping the gamepad feels comfortable. I dont want to have to drop another $50 on this.

#1330 JaylisJayP

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Posted 18 September 2012 - 03:20 PM

Yeah, I would like to have it on launch day but I'm afraid if I don't preorder one now then I might not be able to get one until early 2013. I was just reading that china and japan are having troubles and japanese factories are being shut down in china which supply parts for nintendo consoles. This might make the Wii u nearly impossible to find for months. Now I read this after preordering so it really didn't weigh in on my decision to preorder. What did was I remember when the wii launched and I didn't try to get one on launch day and ended up being jan or feb 2007 before I could find one and even then I lucked up and was in walmart and they had 2 behind the counter fixing to put them out. Then things were different I must admit but you have to remember that their were other new systems then too to choose from. Now the Wii U will be the latest greatest for at least a year so that may make it even harder to find even with the rough economic times. I'd suggest you at least buy the basic from best buy because if you changed your mind on wanting it you could always flip it or give it away as a xmas gift.


Do you think the basics will go for much of a markup? Cant you still preorder those at gamestop or did they cut those off too?

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Posted 18 September 2012 - 03:21 PM

If the premium membership is only ten percent off purchases, I'll be wicked disappointed. With such a huge catalog, they should be giving some games away like PS+.


Well, Nintendo has already stated that the Premium Membership is a Deluxe only thing...i.e., you can't "buy" a membership. That's why i'm saying...if it ends up being more than the 10% rebate on store purchases, they're shooting themselves in the foot. They'll have a lot of unhappy customers that would have bought the Deluxe if it were available.

Then again, if Nintendo was actually transparent with their plans, we wouldn't be having this conversation.

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Posted 18 September 2012 - 03:28 PM

Do you think the basics will go for much of a markup? Cant you still preorder those at gamestop or did they cut those off too?


I think the basics will be in high demand as well because really most would buy it if they can't get anything else instead of waiting for months to find a deluxe. If you are any bit indecisive about a wii u at this point I would preorder because while at first I didn't think it would be too hot an item now I'm thinking it will be big since it will be the most advanced gaming console available for at least a year (probably more like 2 years). Last I read gamestop had stopped taking preorders on all Wii U packages but I'd call to see because things seem to be changing hour to hour.

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Posted 18 September 2012 - 03:47 PM

I think the basics will be in high demand as well because really most would buy it if they can't get anything else instead of waiting for months to find a deluxe. If you are any bit indecisive about a wii u at this point I would preorder because while at first I didn't think it would be too hot an item now I'm thinking it will be big since it will be the most advanced gaming console available for at least a year (probably more like 2 years). Last I read gamestop had stopped taking preorders on all Wii U packages but I'd call to see because things seem to be changing hour to hour.


I am still indecisive about the Wii U, but I have 1 of each pre-ordered at Gamestop. Leaning toward keeping the deluxe but I don't know if I should cancel my basic or what. I have time to decide.

#1334 irideabike

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Posted 18 September 2012 - 03:55 PM

I regret not pre-ordering it at Best Buy. Without looking through 68 pages, can you still pre-order the deluxe in store?

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Posted 18 September 2012 - 03:56 PM

I think the basics will be in high demand as well because really most would buy it if they can't get anything else instead of waiting for months to find a deluxe. If you are any bit indecisive about a wii u at this point I would preorder because while at first I didn't think it would be too hot an item now I'm thinking it will be big since it will be the most advanced gaming console available for at least a year (probably more like 2 years). Last I read gamestop had stopped taking preorders on all Wii U packages but I'd call to see because things seem to be changing hour to hour.


They would probably have just enough of both versions of the console if it wasn't for flippers pre-ordering one at every store, creating an artificial drought, and selling them at a ridiculous markup.

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Posted 18 September 2012 - 04:11 PM

I just ordered a delux bundle from Walmart With Zombie U and Black controller an extra $14 in shipping not too bad. So you see all big defenders I was planning on buying it, but not going through the hassle. Since Walmart added the Pro controller instead of a Wii Remote I went for it. I can always sell it if I change my mind. :) HAHAHAHA
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Posted 18 September 2012 - 04:15 PM

Anyone preorder at Target? Beware, I called yesterday asking about when I would be charged, if there was a preauthorization charge going on my card, etc. Was told their would be a hold of funds for the entire two months, till it ships, but it was just a preauthorization charge???? But, she then told me I wouldn't be charged till it shipped?? I asked for a copy of the policy on the website, and she couldn't give me one. The lady told me I couldn't even cancel my order at this point. I would have to tell UPS or Fedex to return their package, to get a refund? Does this make any flippin' sense?

#1338 paulwekiva

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Posted 18 September 2012 - 04:22 PM

Anyone preorder at Target? Beware, I called yesterday asking about when I would be charged, if there was a preauthorization charge going on my card, etc. Was told their would be a hold of funds for the entire two months, till it ships, but it was just a preauthorization charge???? But, she then told me I wouldn't be charged till it shipped?? I asked for a copy of the policy on the website, and she couldn't give me one. The lady told me I couldn't even cancel my order at this point. I would have to tell UPS or Fedex to return their package, to get a refund? Does this make any flippin' sense?


In the world of customer service, who you get on the phone can make a big difference in how the call goes. I don't know Target's policies, but if you don't get a good response here I would try calling again.

#1339 Crunchewy

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Posted 18 September 2012 - 04:23 PM

I wonder what happens if you cancel a pre-order at Best Buy? Do they open it up for someone else, or does it just go poof? Wondering because I'm thinking more and more that we really shouldn't be spending the money this year. Sigh.

#1340 armandxp

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Posted 18 September 2012 - 04:26 PM

In the world of customer service, who you get on the phone can make a big difference in how the call goes. I don't know Target's policies, but if you don't get a good response here I would try calling again.


I'm hoping to hear some insight on here before calling back. I purchased the Back to the Future trilogy a while back from Target, and it was out of stock, but would be back in stock in 2-3 weeks. They never charged me for it, until it actually shipped. I'm hearing the complete opposite, when I call them now and ask. I don't care if they do a funds check, but I don't want my money tied up for two months. I'm not that rich :)

#1341 Kuma

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Posted 18 September 2012 - 04:26 PM

I just ordered a delux bundle from Walmart With Zombie U and Black controller an extra $14 in shipping not too bad. So you see all big defenders I was planning on buying it, but not going through the hassle. Since Walmart added the Pro controller instead of a Wii Remote I went for it. I can always sell it if I change my mind. :) HAHAHAHA


Balls, i kinda want the pro controller

#1342 Crunchewy

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Posted 18 September 2012 - 04:29 PM

Pro Controller looks pretty nice, but $50. I wish they used AA batteries instead of rechargeable. I'd much rather put my own Eneloops in them and the controllers would be cheaper.

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Posted 18 September 2012 - 04:35 PM

I think the basics will be in high demand as well because really most would buy it if they can't get anything else instead of waiting for months to find a deluxe. If you are any bit indecisive about a wii u at this point I would preorder because while at first I didn't think it would be too hot an item now I'm thinking it will be big since it will be the most advanced gaming console available for at least a year (probably more like 2 years). Last I read gamestop had stopped taking preorders on all Wii U packages but I'd call to see because things seem to be changing hour to hour.


My local GS is not accepting anymore preorders for either system.

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Posted 18 September 2012 - 04:38 PM

Ah shit! I put my receipt in what I thought was a safe place in a top dresser drawer, but my 4 y/o daughter was playing and did something with it but she doesn't remember what. LOL

Considering I preordered the deluxe in store at Best Buy and it had my name on it, I assume they can reprint the receipt from my rwz account info.

I'll find out today after work.

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Posted 18 September 2012 - 04:40 PM

Ah shit! I put my receipt in what I thought was a safe place in a top dresser drawer, but my 4 y/o daughter was playing and did something with it but she doesn't remember what. LOL

Considering I preordered the deluxe in store at Best Buy and it had my name on it, I assume they can reprint the receipt from my rwz account info.

I'll find out today after work.


If its tied to your rewards zone account they will have no problem looking it up and printing you a new receipt

#1346 arsenalcrazy8

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Posted 18 September 2012 - 04:46 PM

I am really eating my words. I never thought the Wii U would command the same demand that the Wii had back in 06. Kinda regretting not putting in that preorder for a deluxe at BB right about now...
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Posted 18 September 2012 - 04:49 PM

If its tied to your rewards zone account they will have no problem looking it up and printing you a new receipt


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Posted 18 September 2012 - 04:52 PM

I am really eating my words. I never thought the Wii U would command the same demand that the Wii had back in 06. Kinda regretting not putting in that preorder for a deluxe at BB right about now...

Don't kick yourself just yet. This is only holiday time cash and scramble mentality. If it's still sold out EVERYWHERE come next march or april, then you can start eating your words. LOL

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Posted 18 September 2012 - 05:07 PM

Anyone preorder at Target? Beware, I called yesterday asking about when I would be charged, if there was a preauthorization charge going on my card, etc. Was told their would be a hold of funds for the entire two months, till it ships, but it was just a preauthorization charge???? But, she then told me I wouldn't be charged till it shipped?? I asked for a copy of the policy on the website, and she couldn't give me one. The lady told me I couldn't even cancel my order at this point. I would have to tell UPS or Fedex to return their package, to get a refund? Does this make any flippin' sense?


This can be confusing, but the CS answered correctly. Basically, they do a "pre-authorization" to ensure that your card actually has a credit limit that will enable this purchase. For example, if my card was maxed, even though I'm not spending a dime right now, it would come back denied because there's no room in the limit to add a Wii U.

This means you are NOT charged right now. But depending on your card company there may be a "hold" on the card to ensure the funds are still available within the limit at the time it ships. That way you don't get to shipping day and get an email saying "cancelled. funds weren't available after all."

Then you will actually be CHARGED on the day it ships. So for billing purposes, the bill for Wii U would be due some time after November 18th as opposed to next month because of September pre-order.

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#1350 imacjenn

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Posted 18 September 2012 - 05:11 PM

I pre-ordered from Best Buy online, with in-store pickup. Supposedly with launch-day pick-up. The one question I have is - I used just my credit card for the pre-order, but I'd prefer to use some gift cards to pay for the purchase. (I didn't have the gift cards on me when I was doing the pre-order and was afraid to wait until I did have them because I knew they'd close pre-orders before long). In my previous experience, I was told that I could not alter the form of payment for an in-store pick up item. Is that correct?

I do understand it automatically charges my card when you I do a pre-order, but it seems like it shouldn't be that big of a deal to change it at the store? I'd guess they'd have to ring it as a return and ring it is a new purchase - would there be a problem doing that with an in-demand item like this?