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#2401 tightclaws

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Posted 12 October 2012 - 12:59 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?

yeah I think it's only for the regular edition. They figure that way more mom's and dads will get them for there kids and the whole Walmart family agenda will be served. most hardcores don't want the regular and most flippers can't make nearly as much on it. I think thats how the lay away pre order deal is going to work.
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Posted 12 October 2012 - 01:23 AM

yeah I think it's only for the regular edition. They figure that way more mom's and dads will get them for there kids and the whole Walmart family agenda will be served. most hardcores don't want the regular and most flippers can't make nearly as much on it. I think thats how the lay away pre order deal is going to work.


I imagine that Walmart would pre-order deluxe models if they could. I assume they are sold out entirely, and basic is all thats left to go around.

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Posted 12 October 2012 - 01:31 AM

yeah I think it's only for the regular edition. They figure that way more mom's and dads will get them for there kids and the whole Walmart family agenda will be served. most hardcores don't want the regular and most flippers can't make nearly as much on it. I think thats how the lay away pre order deal is going to work.

The memo posted specifically mentions the deluxe (5 times), and even lists the specific barcode for the deluxe. If anything, then it's only for the deluxe.

I imagine that Walmart would pre-order deluxe models if they could. I assume they are sold out entirely, and basic is all thats left to go around.

They never took any (in-store) preorders to begin with. How could they be sold out?

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?

I'm gonna have to go with:

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




#2404 Kirin Lemon

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Posted 12 October 2012 - 01:34 AM

The memo specifically mentions preorder instructions for the deluxe model of the Wii U.
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Posted 12 October 2012 - 02:05 AM

I was at the gamecube launch and the wii launch. If Bestbuy lives up to their part of the bargain, this will be the easiest console I have ever had to get.

The Gamecube launch I ended up lucky, I walked in on launch day not even knowing what the gamecube was, we went to TRU to return something and I ended up walking out with my christmas gift. The Wii launch was much rougher, had to campout. The Wii U launch might be the easiest, litteraly preordered from my home. Dont get much easier than that.

#2406 gordojones88

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Posted 12 October 2012 - 02:19 AM

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.



I choose door number one, Monty.

Microsoft is gearing up facilities to start producing some components of NextBox720. There are already problems coming up and if they don't start producing the components soon, they won't have as many consoles as they would like to have and launch in September 2013. Microsoft wants to create a HUGE supply of consoles to meet the initial holiday demand. If they cannot start getting components made soon enough, they would be forced to launch in the typical November with the usual limited supply of consoles.

Microsoft unveiled the Xbox 360 for the very first time just 6 months before the console launch.

The official unveiling of the Xbox 360 occurred on May 12 2005 on MTV and was hosted by actor Elijah Wood.

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#2407 gordojones88

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Posted 12 October 2012 - 02:30 AM

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.



You make some very good points. It's not just about the HD graphics, but also the AI, physics, and good solid frame rates. I believe the Wii U having to split the processing power between the TV monitor and the tablet is going to create complexities for developers.
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Posted 12 October 2012 - 02:47 AM

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.


But why is 2d mario in 720p?!?! They cant do that?

#2409 gordojones88

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Posted 12 October 2012 - 02:53 AM

But why is 2d mario in 720p?!?! They cant do that?



Because there up are to 4 players on screen at once, multiple enemies, and the Wii U tablet screen is being used. Hopefully the game runs at 60fps, but if it's 720p and 30fps, then that is on the low side.
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#2410 Yars

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Posted 12 October 2012 - 02:57 AM

Because there up are to 4 players on screen at once, multiple enemies, and the Wii U tablet screen is being used. Hopefully the game runs at 60fps, but if it's 720p and 30fps, then that is on the low side.


Digital Foundry is saying it runs at 60 FPS.

#2411 gordojones88

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Posted 12 October 2012 - 04:09 AM

Nintendo revealed the guts of the Wii U today.

IwataAsks.nintendo.com


Digital Foundry explains what it means.

eurogamer.net/digitalfoundry-what-is-inside-the-wii-u

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#2412 kitsunisan

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Posted 12 October 2012 - 04:13 AM

For those working at Walmart, if you pre order the Wii U but cancel it, do you get the $5 layaway fee returned to you or do you eat the cost? I'm looking at Walmart being my safety net, since I have about $40 credit with BB.

#2413 Eggman

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Posted 12 October 2012 - 04:19 AM

People really need to bring down their expectations of how powerful Sony and Microsoft's next systems will be. Microsoft's hellbent on forcing Kinect onto everything and Sony's already said they can't afford another PS3. They'll be stronger but it's going to be more like PS2/GC/Xbox era more than likely.

#2414 Drclaw411

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Posted 12 October 2012 - 04:22 AM

It seems everybody here is getting the Deluxe+Mario+ZombiU+pro controller.

Makes me wonder if those two games and the controller will be a bit tough to find at launch as well.

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Posted 12 October 2012 - 04:27 AM

Controller maybe. The games I doubt it since its not hard to produce them.

#2416 madcatz1999

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Posted 12 October 2012 - 04:29 AM

For those working at Walmart, if you pre order the Wii U but cancel it, do you get the $5 layaway fee returned to you or do you eat the cost? I'm looking at Walmart being my safety net, since I have about $40 credit with BB.

If you're in Maryland, there's no fee. If you're in Ohio, you get the fee back. Otherwise, if you cancel, you get your down payment (and any other payments back), but you don't get the fee back.

BTW, it looks like it's a $15 fee. Last year, it was a $5 fee with $10 cancellation on top of that, but everything this year (other than the main layaway landing page on their website) says it's a $15 fee (with no additional cancellation fee).


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Posted 12 October 2012 - 04:40 AM

I work at Walmart and am wondering if I can use my emp 10% discount on the Wii U preorder/layaway...

#2418 gordojones88

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Posted 12 October 2012 - 05:20 AM

People really need to bring down their expectations of how powerful Sony and Microsoft's next systems will be.


Um, I haven't seen anybody post about how powerful they expect the real next-gen systems will be. I have seen lots discussed about how powerful they expect the Wii U will be compared to the PS360.
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#2419 CheapAssHustla

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Posted 12 October 2012 - 05:40 AM

Called my local walmarts all layaway desk are open 9am-9pm for me. Debating how early to get there. I don't think alot of people will know about this but at the same time have a basic pre-ordered for in store pick up at my local BB. I want a deluxe though.... im debating about getting there at 6ish... not too early not to late... I don't wanna cause a line but I don't wanna be late... Anybody think ill be safe?


Thanks for the heads up. I'm going there to pre order two Deluxe Models. CAG is the best!

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Posted 12 October 2012 - 01:44 PM

Because there up are to 4 players on screen at once, multiple enemies, and the Wii U tablet screen is being used. Hopefully the game runs at 60fps, but if it's 720p and 30fps, then that is on the low side.


There's no doubt it's running at 60fps. If you watch some of the play demos in HD, you can see how buttery smooth it is. I'm really glad Nintendo had the sense to let 720p be enough in this case. I think that once people get a taste of 60fps gaming, they won't really care about the resolution so much. Heck, not to mention that half of the HDTVs out there are only 720p to begin with. My livingroom plasma 42" and 720p and, from the distance I sit, you can't tell the difference between 720p and 1080p anyway.

#2421 Nintendonly

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Posted 12 October 2012 - 02:29 PM

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Posted 12 October 2012 - 02:41 PM

Joy!!!! Need to call do see when they open layaway!

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Posted 12 October 2012 - 03:49 PM

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Posted 12 October 2012 - 04:32 PM

It seems everybody here is getting the Deluxe+Mario+ZombiU+pro controller.

Makes me wonder if those two games and the controller will be a bit tough to find at launch as well.


I pre-ordered the controller just to be on the safe side, Gamestop is taking them for the white or black version. 5 down just like any game.

Also getting ZombieU and Mario...also black ops 2..gonna chance it and give it a try.

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Posted 12 October 2012 - 05:12 PM

Ebay just nuked the majority of Wii U listings. Several of the auction style listings were already over $750. I had added 3 to my watch list & they have all been removed from the site. I bet a few flippers are going to be irate. I was really curious to see how much they would actually sell for.

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#2426 SychoBC

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Posted 12 October 2012 - 05:28 PM

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:


I had no intention of selling my PS3 after waiting in line for 4-5 hours for a pre-order, but when I saw what they were going for on eBay, i Had to. I sold mine for $2200 and bought a new HDTV with the profit. I did buy it again but in January 2007.

#2427 danh920

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Posted 12 October 2012 - 05:43 PM

that sucks that they're pulling the listings right now, wasnt aware it violated policy

#2428 soxxx

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Posted 12 October 2012 - 05:46 PM

Ebay just nuked the majority of Wii U listings. Several of the auction style listings were already over $750. I had added 3 to my watch list & they have all been removed from the site. I bet a few flippers are going to be irate. I was really curious to see how much they would actually sell for.

Same man, I was like WTF, $750?? Insane. I watched one to just to see how high it would go, hell I was tempted to put my preorder up cuz If make 300 profit that would pay for my own system.

I knew something was wrong though, im glad Ebay took em out.

#2429 Nintendonly

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Posted 12 October 2012 - 05:53 PM

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#2430 jacknicklson

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Posted 12 October 2012 - 05:54 PM

that sucks that they're pulling the listings right now, wasnt aware it violated policy


So cancel your pre-order and let someone who isnt filthy ebay trash get it ;)
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