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


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#2371 TrumpetDan

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Posted 11 October 2012 - 03:48 AM

Anybody hear if Gamestops anywhere are doing midnight launches?


The store manager at the store I preordered at (Cerritos, CA), mentioned they likely wouldn't do a midnight launch, but they may open a few hours early on release day.
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Posted 11 October 2012 - 08:20 AM

My GameStop said no midnight because they are only getting like 6 systems

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Posted 11 October 2012 - 08:24 AM

Since they do midnight launches for things like Mass Effect 3, I would think it's a fairly safe bet they're going to. There's also a countdown on the Gamestop webpage counting down to launch, ending at midnight eastern time (it even accounts for daylight savings time!), so that would also point to yes.


BUT, and I mentioned this before, if they only have 6 or 12 or however many preorders, is it really worth it for them to do a midnight launch? With Mass Effect 3, Halo 4, etc, they may get dozens (or hundreds I've heard at some stores) picking up those games. With the super-limited Wii U preorders it might simply not be worth it. Now, they did it last time for the Wii on similairly limited preorder numbers, so we'll see. But that would be the reason for them not to bother.

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Posted 11 October 2012 - 12:25 PM

Went to a different Walmart today to pick up ship to store order. Girl helping was a cs manager. Talked to her about the wii-u layaway and she said she was the only only associate that handled layaway during the day but was off this Sunday and electronics was the backup. Also said layaway was technically available 24 hours a day and that I could come in at midnight Saturday and do the pre-order. I asked if they weren't expecting a big crowd and would have an associate doing nothing but layaway and she said no. So it seems like Walmart doesn't expect a crush of people to preorder. I wonder if this will be in ad. Otherwise the only folks that may know about are cags/sd/fw etc

#2375 Dr. Feel Good

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Posted 11 October 2012 - 12:46 PM

Hopefully I'll still be able to pre-order/layaway at Wal-Mart on Monday. I'm going to be out of town this weekend, and I imagine layaway items can't transfer between stores...

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Posted 11 October 2012 - 01:00 PM

NextBox720 will launch by November 2013.

Wii U might have a little bit more power than PS360,
but that power is being used to drive the hi-res tablet screen,
so the TV graphics are pretty much the same as the current PS360.

No console manufacturer can make enough consoles to meet the initial holiday demand.


The Wii U is going to be interesting in this respect. I think we're going to see a lot of developers struggling with optimizing games for the Wii U because of the tablet and having to split the horsepower between two screens. The real limiting factor for the Wii U is going to be the CPU, imo. They're putting a fairly modern GPU in it, which will help it keep up with the 720/PS4 graphically, but I have a feeling the CPU is going to cripple it a bit in the long run. Something tells me it's not going to be able to keep up with the AI and physics that we'll see in 720/PS4 games.

Honestly, I hope that most developers stick to running games natively in 720p and try to hit 60fps rather than trying to force 1080p on the system. It's just not going to have enough power to run games at a playable frame rate at that resolution, especially when they start trying to enable environmental effects. At very least, I hope that this new generation of consoles offers the option to play the game natively at 720p or 1080p, instead of running everything at 1080p and letting our TVs downscale. I'll take 720p at a locked 60fps over 1080p running at whatever anyday. No blur vs resolution...I'll take no blur.

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Posted 11 October 2012 - 03:09 PM

I live in the middle of nowhere and on the day preorders opened for the Wii, I arrived at the Gamestop in the mall an hour before opening to be the 10th person in line. They were only accepting 20 preorders, which were filled 20 minutes before the store even opened.

I walked into a slightly more remote Gamestop in the late afternoon on the day Wii U preorders opened, and had no problem securing the 32GB system. Strange.

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Posted 11 October 2012 - 03:39 PM

I just got off the phone with my local 24 hour Walmart and this is going to be ugly. The person in layaway that I spoke to said they received the memo on the Wii U presale and that each store will get as many as are presold. When I mentioned that preorders at other stores are sold out and the system will be pretty limited, she said they will fill as many as they get, even if its 100. She didn't seem too concerned about them taking too many presales.

Either Nintendo has struck a magical deal with Walmart or there is going to be a lot of pissed off people come late November.

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Posted 11 October 2012 - 03:43 PM

I just got off the phone with my local 24 hour Walmart and this is going to be ugly. The person in layaway that I spoke to said they received the memo on the Wii U presale and that each store will get as many as are presold. When I mentioned that preorders at other stores are sold out and the system will be pretty limited, she said they will fill as many as they get, even if its 100. She didn't seem too concerned about them taking too many presales.

Either Nintendo has struck a magical deal with Walmart or there is going to be a lot of pissed off people come late November.


Rule of thumb: Walmart employees don't know shit.

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Posted 11 October 2012 - 04:00 PM

Rule of thumb: Walmart employees don't know shit.

I should know; I'm one of them!


Same here nintendonly, it all depends on who u talk too, i generally tell anybody i talk to about the wii u since this presale for it, get there early, because walmart and cut the preorders off at any time

#2381 ProppaT

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Posted 11 October 2012 - 04:27 PM

Either Nintendo has struck a magical deal with Walmart or there is going to be a lot of pissed off people come late November.


I think the disconnect in the memo is when Walmart directs employees to tell the customer that their Wii U will be ready for pickup on the 18th. I have no doubt that they could probably fill all their preorders before Christmas, but I'm doubting they're going to have enough for launch day.

Then again, the last thing I read said that Nintendo was going to have 7.5mil consoles worldwide for launch. I thought it was only supposed to be 3.5. I wonder if North America is still getting 1.5mil "by the end of the year" or if that number has increased...

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Posted 11 October 2012 - 04:54 PM

I am from SoCAL. Hardly any Walmarts here in Los Angeles, but I've heard this story about the Lancaster Walmart having it closed down during the Wii launch. What happened is, there were people in line in the electronics section waiting for midnight to get the Wii. during the evening, one of the employees said the line has to be outside (without organizing it to have people stay in the same order, didn't understand apparently that some of the people in line have been there for HOURS). A stampede broke loose towards the front of the store and a few people were trampled.

My assumption about Walmart(even if I do not shop there often enough) is preorders and the launch day will not be organized well as employees in Walmart aren't trained or informed enough by corporate to organize hyped up video game launches.

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Posted 11 October 2012 - 05:02 PM

NextBox720 will launch by November 2013.

Wii U might have a little bit more power than PS360,
but that power is being used to drive the hi-res tablet screen,
so the TV graphics are pretty much the same as the current PS360.

No console manufacturer can make enough consoles to meet the initial holiday demand.


are you an idiot, or did you just start following video games during the past week? what indication other than your obviously addled brain do you have that leads you to believe that microsoft will be launching its next console by next year? they've made zero announcements yet, no one has seen or heard anything about it, and the soonest you'd see a reveal would be next summer, giving everyone only a few months to hear about it.

if they were to announce their new console at next e3, the soonest it'd be released would probably be 2014.

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Posted 11 October 2012 - 05:07 PM

I live in the middle of nowhere and on the day preorders opened for the Wii, I arrived at the Gamestop in the mall an hour before opening to be the 10th person in line. They were only accepting 20 preorders, which were filled 20 minutes before the store even opened.

I walked into a slightly more remote Gamestop in the late afternoon on the day Wii U preorders opened, and had no problem securing the 32GB system. Strange.

It's amazing how much of a difference where you live can make. I lived in the middle of nowhere for the PS2 launch. Got to Walmart at 7:30PM for a midnight launch, was the 2nd person in line.

For the PS3 launch, I lived near a few colleges, and went out at 7:30PM the night before the night of the launch (with many of the stores not having midnight launches) -- i.e. 24-32 hours earlier than for the PS2, and we couldn't find a single store without a line already full.


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Posted 11 October 2012 - 05:26 PM

With Wii preorders in 2006 I was in the student computer lounge on a Wednesday while my wife was in class and I got an email from gamestop indicating they were taking preorders the next day. I was at gamestop the next morning at 7 am. There was 2 people ahead of me. When store employees showed up before the store opened they had us sign a sheet in order of who was there first. By time store opened there were probably 30 people in line. I preordered mine no problem. Midnight launch was a blast...so much hype and Zelda was so worth it.

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Posted 11 October 2012 - 10:36 PM

I highly doubt there will be any new console from Sony or Microsoft in 2013.
I mean cmon, the Xbox 360 has kinect...why would you need a whole new console
when you have that amazing piece of equipment. :roll:

But seriously, if there was any way a new console was going to be released by next year, we would already know and have at least seen a few games in development for it.

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Posted 11 October 2012 - 10:52 PM

But seriously, if there was any way a new console was going to be released by next year, we would already know and have at least seen a few games in development for it.


Star Wars 1313 seems like it could be a candidate for release on next gen systems. There'll probably be several current gen games ported to the new systems as well, sort of like what happened with Tony Hawk's American Wasteland, Gun, & Just Cause.

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Posted 11 October 2012 - 10:54 PM

http://www.joystiq.c...edition-part-1/

Irina, the only girl in line, was the true capitalist. Huddled up to her friend Emilio (both pictured below) she said she was selling hers [PS3] on eBay, "I'll start at $600 and see where it goes." She says that $1500 - $2000 would make the evening in the cold worth it for her.

Wonder how that worked out for her. :lol:
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#2389 io

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Posted 11 October 2012 - 11:38 PM

I live in the middle of nowhere and on the day preorders opened for the Wii, I arrived at the Gamestop in the mall an hour before opening to be the 10th person in line. They were only accepting 20 preorders, which were filled 20 minutes before the store even opened.

I walked into a slightly more remote Gamestop in the late afternoon on the day Wii U preorders opened, and had no problem securing the 32GB system. Strange.


This has nothing to do with location - that's the way it was most places between the two systems. The key difference is that with the Wii, they announced a few days ahead of time when they would take preorders at Gamestop. And with the 360 launch snafu the year before, people knew they had to be there quick to get a valid (ie, day one)preorder and the resellers were out in full force. This was before the Wii got super-hyped to the general masses once it got released but it was still hyped enough with gamers and resellers that the preorders could only be obtained pretty much by lining up before stores opened.

For the Wii U, on the other hand, Nintendo announced pricing/release date one morning, and GS started taking preorders right away. Even us in the know here on CAG only had a day or two notice that Nintendo was probably going to announce the details and we still didn't know if GS would follow that up with immediate preorders or announce future ones like they did with the Wii. I was much relieved when they started them immediately and I "strolled in" around 11am and was the first person to preorder at a store that had, 6 years ago, sold out of Wii preorders before they opened. Most people didn't get wind of the availability of Wii U preorders until that evening and it wasn't until the next day that Deluxe preorders got cut off and even longer before they all did.

So, really, it was a matter of the circumstances of the announcement more than anything else which at least explains the easy first day of preorders. There was also slightly less hype for the Wii U than for the original Wii (which explains why it took a few more days for all the preorders to sell out). Though we have already seen that ramp up as people realize what it is (ie, a new Nintendo system) and I'm sure it will be as scarce as the Wii through the end of the year at least.

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Posted 12 October 2012 - 12:07 AM

This has nothing to do with location - that's the way it was most places between the two systems. The key difference is that with the Wii, they announced a few days ahead of time when they would take preorders at Gamestop. And with the 360 launch snafu the year before, people knew they had to be there quick to get a valid (ie, day one)preorder and the resellers were out in full force. This was before the Wii got super-hyped to the general masses once it got released but it was still hyped enough with gamers and resellers that the preorders could only be obtained pretty much by lining up before stores opened.

For the Wii U, on the other hand, Nintendo announced pricing/release date one morning, and GS started taking preorders right away. Even us in the know here on CAG only had a day or two notice that Nintendo was probably going to announce the details and we still didn't know if GS would follow that up with immediate preorders or announce future ones like they did with the Wii. I was much relieved when they started them immediately and I "strolled in" around 11am and was the first person to preorder at a store that had, 6 years ago, sold out of Wii preorders before they opened. Most people didn't get wind of the availability of Wii U preorders until that evening and it wasn't until the next day that Deluxe preorders got cut off and even longer before they all did.

So, really, it was a matter of the circumstances of the announcement more than anything else which at least explains the easy first day of preorders. There was also slightly less hype for the Wii U than for the original Wii (which explains why it took a few more days for all the preorders to sell out). Though we have already seen that ramp up as people realize what it is (ie, a new Nintendo system) and I'm sure it will be as scarce as the Wii through the end of the year at least.


i pretty much did the same thing. as soon as they announced pre-orders, and the trade in bonuses for pre-ordering i went in. then the next day everyone was talking about how they had already stopped. at the time i wasn't thinking that they'd sell out so fast.

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#2391 io

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Posted 12 October 2012 - 12:11 AM

i pretty much did the same thing. as soon as they announced pre-orders, and the trade in bonuses for pre-ordering i went in. then the next day everyone was talking about how they had already stopped. at the time i wasn't thinking that they'd sell out so fast.


Yep, exactly. It suprised me how easy it was to get one that first day and then again it surprised me that they sold out so quickly after it started off so slow. But that was all due to the circumstances of the Nintendo announcement in the AM followed immediately by GS taking preorders I guess. It took a full day and a half for the ball to get rolling with most people.

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Posted 12 October 2012 - 12:22 AM

It's amazing how much of a difference where you live can make. I lived in the middle of nowhere for the PS2 launch. Got to Walmart at 7:30PM for a midnight launch, was the 2nd person in line.

For the PS3 launch, I lived near a few colleges, and went out at 7:30PM the night before the night of the launch (with many of the stores not having midnight launches) -- i.e. 24-32 hours earlier than for the PS2, and we couldn't find a single store without a line already full.

Holy shit I hear you man. In my hometown the Wii was IMPOSSIBLE to get. Im at college now and Like when the Wii U preorders came up, I checked my hometown Bestbuys and EVERY single one was sold out the day they took preorders. In my college town about 4 hours north, EVERY bestbuy had them available for preorder for days.

Im actually confident I could walk in launch day and pick one up. I swear whatever Wii U's that got allocated to my bestbuy never sold out and were moved elsewhere because the lack of preorders.

When the Wii launched at home, the line was 100s of people deep, like 500 at least. My Bestbuy got 84 wiis which was ALOT considering most stores got 40 max. I camped out 14 hours and was #40. Even the size of the bestbuys is so much different, the one at my hometown is like the size of a sams club while the one up here is like the size of a a small target.

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Posted 12 October 2012 - 12:24 AM

Saying nobody knew that GS would start preorders that day isn't quite true. It wasn't officially announced but it was reported as "likely" on many sites. I was at GS at 8 am before open. Was I the only one there? Yup. But technically, somebody (me) knew they'd start preorders that day.

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Posted 12 October 2012 - 12:25 AM

With Wii preorders in 2006 I was in the student computer lounge on a Wednesday while my wife was in class and I got an email from gamestop indicating they were taking preorders the next day. I was at gamestop the next morning at 7 am. There was 2 people ahead of me. When store employees showed up before the store opened they had us sign a sheet in order of who was there first. By time store opened there were probably 30 people in line. I preordered mine no problem. Midnight launch was a blast...so much hype and Zelda was so worth it.

When gamestop took preorders it was on a thursday and I was in high school so it was impossible for me to get their. I remember reading stories of people lineing up 3 hours before to preorder which stunned me because it was only for preorders.

But when they started preorders for the Wii, they waited a month after the september press conference and set a date in stone in mid october and began hyping it up a week before so people were prepared. It was much different for the Wii U clearly.

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Posted 12 October 2012 - 12:31 AM

Just wanting y'alls opinions on this...do you think Walmart will still have preorders for the Wii U by 2 PM on Sunday?

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Posted 12 October 2012 - 12:35 AM

But there was rumors speculating that the wii u was coming out in november so gamestop and other stores decided to do pre orders earlier because the knew how big the wii launch was.

The best buy near me always does midnight launches every tuesday no matter the game so I still don't know about going. Anyone else just going later on in the day? or in the morning?

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Posted 12 October 2012 - 12:37 AM

My GameStop said no midnight because they are only getting like 6 systems


That was what I was thinking, seeing as each store will have very low quantities (unless their preorder list opens up more initial release preorders). I didn't ask, but when I paid it off the other day the manager said "see you on the 17th" so I was kinda wondering.

I'll ask next time I'm in there. I hope there will be a midnight release.

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Posted 12 October 2012 - 12:41 AM

I've called every Walmart in my area and all of them said they wont be taking Wii U Deluxe preorders on the 14th. Are you guys sure you have the correct info?

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Posted 12 October 2012 - 12:52 AM

Just wanting y'alls opinions on this...do you think Walmart will still have preorders for the Wii U by 2 PM on Sunday?


i wouldn't chance it. better get there earlier.

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Posted 12 October 2012 - 12:54 AM

Just wanting y'alls opinions on this...do you think Walmart will still have preorders for the Wii U by 2 PM on Sunday?


Depends. Is your Wal-Mart in a city with a large population? Is it by a highway or farther into the suburbs?
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