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


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#121 barrit

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Posted 13 September 2012 - 05:55 PM

They explained that they didn't want to lock in on a size limit on something that is rapidly decreasing in price. They'd have to buy tons at a locked price that months later would be sooooo much cheaper.

The system features the ability to plug in any external memory device of any size and use that too. So.....bring whatever size to the party you want?


Nice, I didn't know about that. I was a little confused as well, since I thought I read they were suppose to have DLC on this new console.

#122 kayne2000

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Posted 13 September 2012 - 05:56 PM

You would get more $ on Ebay to sell your Wii, more than the $60 at GS. Also if you sell your Wii's then you can't play GC games, and pay $40 to buy a used beat up GC, since the WiiU won't play them. Also if you sell your Wii's you have to sell the nunchuck and controllers with it and won't be able to use them for Wii games on the WiiU.


got plenty of controllers. so not an issue. also not every used gamecube will be too badly beaten up. though that is a factor.

me personally i just found 5 textbooks buried in my closet im trading into amazon....in mint condition because God knows they never make me use the textbooks at class.

#123 SgtWiggles

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Posted 13 September 2012 - 05:57 PM

Just to check, to anyone else who pre-ordered does your receipt say "Available Sku 1" ?
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#124 Draknight

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Posted 13 September 2012 - 06:00 PM

Maybe the system wont sell extremely well for hard core games off the bat, but just like the Wii that people mocked, it will fly off the shelf, and will be hard to find.


I don't see this happening. At the time the Wii released the other system were easily well over $350 and the Wii was reasonably priced alternative. Now its the reverse with Nintendo selling the most expensive system to market and the other older systems are going to be the alternative. The demand for the WiiU might initially be there but I don't think its going to sustain that demand. Especially since parents aren't going to spend $350+ so little jimmy can get a new system. For that prince they can get them a 360, Ps3, or even an iPad.

Also seems to me that these hardware shortages are always always PR speak.

#125 caltab

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Posted 13 September 2012 - 06:03 PM

I would personally be shocked if this is not hard to find before Christmas. Nintendo is masterful at marketing their systems. If it doesn't have huge demand they will probably just limit the supply to create hype. They would probably sacrifice short term sales for the long term buzz scarcity provides.

While the msrp of the Wii was lower, they were selling in the secondary market for even more than the U is coming out at. Parents are willing to spend 400 on a system at Christmas. I don't think that price is what will determine the systems success in the short term- marketing will. If they can make it the must have x-max present, price will be irrelevant.

#126 Mysticales

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Posted 13 September 2012 - 06:03 PM

Thank you for this post OP. I just went to my Gamestop, put my 25$ down (long as you have power up card) and I am the FIRST reserve for them. Meaning.. even if 1st shipment only gets 2-4 (Has happened for Wii/PS3 launches) Im 1st no matter what. ^^

Edit: Yes my Sku for deluxe is 020358, Available Sku 1

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#127 trq

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Posted 13 September 2012 - 06:06 PM

Not to mention, they pigeon-hole you into the deluxe model. You really don't have a choice of which you get. If you get the basic one, you feel like low man on the totem pole because you don't get all the stuff that should come with it anyway. The basic one is like buying a car with no windows and a missing wheel. Good news is, PS3 price will drop and I can buy a second one of those. Sony and MS are laughing so hard right now they are pissing themselves.


Yes. Microsoft, the people who sell a version of their console that has so little memory, it can't play one of their own first party games, is laughing. Right.

the system was more reasonably priced at $250 , compared to PS3 at the time which was going for $400-$500


Actually, the PS3 at that point was still $599. But I think you're right that the price of the Wii *in comparison to other consoles* was a factor. I don't think a $50 difference is particularly significant (Wii v. Wii U), but it'll become more apparent when the next PlayStation/Xbox launch, probably at significantly higher prices. *That's* when we'll see a Wii U price drop. The difference between, say, $499 and even $250 is going to be a big deal.

Don't forget platinum games have all always been a fan of Nintendo. When they were clover studios they had a deal for 5 exclusive games. They also had the resident evil games( remake and zero) exclusive to Nintendo. These decisions led to them having to leave capcom because of poor sales. You'd think they learn from there past mistakes.


True, Platinum has always had good relations with Nintendo. See: Kamiya's recent thoughts on the originality of PlayStation All-Stars. But 1) The Capcom Five weren't all from Clover: only Viewtiful Joe. 2) Again, REmake and Zero are Capcom, not Clover. 3) Capcom disbanded Clover after poor sales of Okami. You know: the PS2 game.

but the wii u does have an SD card spot right???


Yup. That's the reasoning behind the relatively small on-board memory.

#128 Confucius

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Posted 13 September 2012 - 06:10 PM

If that's true then I guess that's at least better than the XBox tactic of "buy our $150 hard drive!"

Still, for $350, you have to expect more space than 32 GB. It's not a damn iPad.


Who cares? Memory is cheap and falls every single day and they are making it easy to expand. They set it at 32 because they figure most people won't need more.

ahhh i don't care.

not gonna get myself into another economics discussion.

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#129 turboice

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Posted 13 September 2012 - 06:11 PM

i think ill wait till amazon gets this in stock

#130 blinknot4

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Posted 13 September 2012 - 06:12 PM

Since Amazon has kept me waiting, i just preordered from GameStop.com... Came out to nearly $400 (deluxe+tax+1 day shipping). I hope that one day shipping is on the actual release date.

I'll still order a second one... From Amazon. Perhaps put it on the eBayz.... $$

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Posted 13 September 2012 - 06:15 PM

I wonder how long for a price drop?

I got my PS3 just in March....haven't played it much. But Gamestop will give me $140....which is technically $10 more than what I payed for it. If I hurry and take it then I'm just paying $209 or so. If I don't trade my PS3 in then I'm looking @ $349. Come to think of it, there's a possibilty the PS3 will drop in price so I can always get it again later. I mostly play the Xbox 360. Choices....any help ya'll?
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#132 wohomerhoo

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Posted 13 September 2012 - 06:16 PM

Amazon changed the prices of some of their $99 Wii U games to $59. Maybe they are getting ready to open pre-orders

#133 DurbanBrown

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Posted 13 September 2012 - 06:17 PM

I want one, but im not sure i like any of the launch titles. Except zombieu of course...

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#134 Mysticales

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Posted 13 September 2012 - 06:17 PM

Since Amazon has kept me waiting, i just preordered from GameStop.com... Came out to nearly $400 (deluxe+tax+1 day shipping). I hope that one day shipping is on the actual release date.

I'll still order a second one... From Amazon. Perhaps put it on the eBayz.... $$


Agreed. I wouldve on Amazon.. However if you ever worked at Gamestop (I have) and been through system launches. You know how quick these Skus can be turned off. They normally dont let but "x" amount be reserved. At holidays people go nuts and they never get the full amount of reserves in on week 1. So they go down a list.. in order. And yea.. right before black friday and xmas.. this one is to be nuts again. So I am happy I am #1 on the reserve. ^^

Amazon.. once it goes live, you KNOW will be backed up SOOOOO quick!

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#135 UberNinjaz

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Posted 13 September 2012 - 06:18 PM

>Buy a real system instead
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You should do stand-up, I chuckled there.

#136 chunlirocks

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Posted 13 September 2012 - 06:18 PM

With Bayonetta 2 being a Wii U exlcusive i may have to get one




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#137 KemperJones

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Posted 13 September 2012 - 06:20 PM

Don't get paid till tomorrow, so I'll make Gamestop my first stop in the morning. I'm hoping that only waiting a day won't wreck my chances of getting one on day one.

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Posted 13 September 2012 - 06:21 PM

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#139 blinknot4

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Posted 13 September 2012 - 06:22 PM

Amazon changed the prices of some of their $99 Wii U games to $59. Maybe they are getting ready to open pre-orders


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#140 kayne2000

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Posted 13 September 2012 - 06:26 PM

bad news i have so far at least 5 or 6 wii games where the save data cannot be copied...thanks developers. thank you. in my library of 20 wii games and i havent gone through all of the save files yet so far at least half of them cannot be moved or copied to an SD spot.

simply wow....

#141 Kinggiddra

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Posted 13 September 2012 - 06:31 PM

Pre-ordered the Deluxe version along with New Super Mario Wii U. The dude said they will have a midnight launch :) hell yes!

#142 Confidance

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Posted 13 September 2012 - 06:31 PM

Let me be clear to everyone. The Wii U will not ship no more than 10 per store. PERIOD. I got this information from my conference call. The thing is, the more pre-orders, the more consoles shipped

#143 vodkablast

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Posted 13 September 2012 - 06:33 PM

So, I am not a Nintendo fanboy or anything but this needs to be said:

Extra Wii U controllers - who cares how much they cost, you don't need an extra one.
32GB hard drive - It's SSD. On Newegg, a 32Gb drive is $50 while a 256 is $200+.
It's not a "real system" - The Wii U has just as good if not better hardware than current gen consoles.
"$100 Games" - prices like that are just placeholders until retailers get the real prices. What, do you think 1000 games come out on 12/31 every year too?

#144 maxrenderer

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Posted 13 September 2012 - 06:33 PM

I wonder how long for a price drop?

I got my PS3 just in March....haven't played it much. But Gamestop will give me $140....which is technically $10 more than what I payed for it. If I hurry and take it then I'm just paying $209 or so. If I don't trade my PS3 in then I'm looking @ $349. Come to think of it, there's a possibilty the PS3 will drop in price so I can always get it again later. I mostly play the Xbox 360. Choices....any help ya'll?

Depends what you like. I play mostly single player (since I play games to get away from people), so PS3 is right for me (with Uncharted, inFamous and all those types). I'll be getting another PS3 when the price drops so my son can have mine. If you like multiplayer, I hear the 360 is best for that, but I don't have one, so I can't confirm. I'm not sure what the Wii-U experience will be like, but I know my Wii is collecting dust, so I see that happening again to me (therefore, I'm not buying one). Either way, don't listen to the fanboys, just figure out what will make you the happiest and go with that. Life's too short to be worrying about what others think. Opinions are like assholes, everyone has one and they all stink. Hope I helped. Peace.

#145 UNDERSTAR

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Posted 13 September 2012 - 06:35 PM

Does gamestop.com charge when the order is in place or when it ships?

#146 rjejr

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Posted 13 September 2012 - 06:38 PM

Why the WiiU won't sell as well as the Wii: A History Lesson -

Way back in 2006 the $249 Wii Sports bundle was sold out for 2 years b/c the other 2 competing consoles were much more expensive and every aunt uncle and parent wanted to play the newly controlled games. Now it's 2012 and every aunt uncle and parent want to find a good paying job, not another tablet to play games on, they already have a Kindle Fire for that. And to complicate matters for themselves Nintendo is releasing a white $299 basic unit and a black $349 bundle, so while buyers are busy trying to decide between those 2 they'll see the $149 Wii, $249 PS3 and $199 Xbox360 next to them on store shelves. That's 3 alternative systems, all cheaper, for Santa to leave under the tree. That's not even counting the Wonderbook Move and Star Wars Kinect bundles.

Not saying it won't sell out at times, but no way no how it sells as well as the Wii did.

#147 Tdog987

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Posted 13 September 2012 - 06:39 PM

For out Canadian friends...Best Buy has started the online pre-orders

Basic...$299 http://www.bestbuy.c...4292dacf474en02

Premium ...$349 http://www.bestbuy.c...d6bd9900e47en02

#148 Crunchewy

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Posted 13 September 2012 - 06:39 PM

The WiiU supports external USB storage (as well as SDHC) in any capacity, and not just flash drives. You can plug in a 3 TB HDD if you want. Cheap external storage options.

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#149 SgtWiggles

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Posted 13 September 2012 - 06:41 PM

The WiiU supports external USB storage (as well as SDHC) in any capacity, and not just flash drives. You can plug in a 3 TB HDD if you want. Cheap external storage options.


Sweet, i already have a 500GB one that i barely even use.
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#150 rockstarnati

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Posted 13 September 2012 - 06:43 PM

I looked at the gamestop website over my phone and saw the game list. Are all those launch titles? If so, holy smokes this might be an expensive day.


"Launch window" <> launch day. Count on 3-6 months for all of them, at least.


All of those 50+ "launch window" games are supposed to come out by the end of March 2013.

Does gamestop.com charge when the order is in place or when it ships?


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