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#2881 Justin42

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Posted 15 October 2012 - 01:37 AM

Agreed. Like I said earlier, I was the first person at our local store to ask about the Wii U and it was well after noon (right around 2 PM, in fact). I wouldn't be surprised if I could go back right now and order another one. There definitely is some demand for the console, but I don't think it will be anything like the first Wii.


The thing is too, the WiiU is launching in a very different world-- everyone's bowled using motion controls now, the Wii is in pretty much every home that REALLY wants one, the economy's been in the toilet for 4 years, etc, etc.

I'm sure there's demand for this-- it's the first new home console launch in a long time. But honestly the launch lineup isn't THAT fantastic (at least IMHO), the console costs $50-$100 more than the Wii did at launch, the new functionality is a bit harder to really get excited about (Motion control in 2006 was just MINDBLOWING! Playing a game on a tablet.. not so much ;) )

I'm sure it will be initially tough to get. Maybe even though Christmas. And I am sure Nintendo will do everything in their power to remind everyone of the craziness of the Wii launch and try to control the resupplies so that they're "moderately difficult but not impossible" to get one if you didn't pre-order. Enough to build hype, not enough to lose sales. This Christmas is CRITICAL for Nintendo to get a lead in "next next gen" before Sony and Microsoft start working to steal their thunder.

I hate to admit it but I sort of pre-ordered on the hype. There's not a whole lot I want to play RIGHT NOW (well, at launch) but this is my hobby and I enjoy it, and I'm sure it'll be a fun system.

(I will say-- I think people forget what a surprise the Wii was. I remember a LOT of people expecting it to bomb. Remember it launched 2 days after the PS3 and people thought the PS3 would steal all of Nintendo's thunder... but then it became apparent that weekend that while the PS3 was selling well, a lot more people wanted the Wii.. the hype about the Wii being impossible to buy sort of came up 'overnight' as the launch happened and suddenly everyone was out of stock. I think before that everyone had sort of low key expectations about the Wii and expected the PS3 to be massive)

#2882 Deader2818

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Posted 15 October 2012 - 01:42 AM

Wii U has one of the better launch line ups we have seen.

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Posted 15 October 2012 - 01:48 AM

I feel like either the WiiU's demand either got massively overhyped, or Walmart doesnt know how many they are getting.
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#2884 Deader2818

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Posted 15 October 2012 - 01:51 AM

I highly doubt any retailers know how many units they are getting at this point in time.

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Posted 15 October 2012 - 01:52 AM

Wii U has one of the better launch line ups we have seen.


I don't think people are debating that. However, how many of those are Wii-U exclusives? And how many cannot be found cheaper on other consoles?


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Posted 15 October 2012 - 01:53 AM

My visit to the Secaucus Walmart was an emotional rollercoaster. I arrived at the store at midnight thinking there were already people lined up. I was the first person there asking about the Wii U layaway. Shortly after a couple arrived asking about the same thing. The girl employee that greeted us was very nice and informed us that we would be able to pick it up at 9am. She also said we would need to pick up a card with the UPC on it from Electronics and take it to layaway. The couple left, but I stayed. This is where the frustration began..

I walked over to Electronics and asked about it, but they were absolutely clueless and gave me this confused look. I showed them the leaked memo on their demo iPad and asked them to enter both the Item # and UPC # into the register, but it wouldn't come up (it turns out they had it in their system as 004549688086 when I went to pay later). At first I thought they didn't update their systems yet so I asked several times throughout the night. No luck. The guy told me to wait until 7am when his manager comes into the store. Uh-oh. :???:

Meanwhile from midnight to about 7am I was awake the whole night. Walked around the entire store, ate at McDonald's, watched The Avengers for the 2nd time, talked to all the employees, watched them clean up the mess the customers left behind earlier in the day, watched Netflix on their iPad with my account - free WIFI throughout the store.. cool, watched them clean and wax the floor, watched them set up for a commercial shoot.. All in all it was an eventful overnight/early morning. :whee:

Getting back on topic, the Electronics manager came in early at 6am. I asked him and got the same response: "The item is not in our system. We don't have any pre-orders for this. Come back on November 18". DOUBLE UH-OH.

At 7am I lined up in front of layaway in case other CAGers and trolls from the internetz decide to show up. Finally at 7:45 the 2nd person showed up and shortly after the same guy from the couple that showed up with me at midnight arrived and 1 more shortly after. The lady then asked us what we were lining up for. We told her for the Wii U. I asked her to check the UPC and again she couldn't find it in the system. She told us that we "needed the actual item to be in stock in order to put it on layaway". I told her about today's front page ad which specifically stated Wii U Layawway - Pick up November 18. She didn't believe it and brushed us off eventually. :argue: UH-TRIPLE-FUCKING-OH.

At 8:50am the store manager came in and assured us that we would be getting our Wii U pre-orders beginning at 9am. All of us were RELIEVED to hear this. :D

At 9:05am I walk up to the layaway counter and give the cashier my ID and Credit Card. He entered my details and swiped the card.. BEEP. Charge denied. OK fine, no problem. I have 2 other cards on me. 2nd card: BEEP. wtf? 3rd card: BEEP. Fuck YOU WALMART AKLJRWEKLJRKLWEJRKLWJEKLRJJ@#IOJ@K#J$IO@#UJ@#$UI$#U. :twoguns:

Called Citi and found out that they suspected fraud because I was in NJ when I live in NY.. really?? Because I crossed the river they think it's fraud? They must be really anal about that. The lady on the phone cleared my account and I was finally able to charge the amount.

The register printed out a 4 foot long receipt but no labels. I assume they'll print them out later when pre-orders are sold out.

Grand Total: $753.92 - $748.91 Deposit - $5 Layaway Open Fee = $0.01 New Balance
$5 will be returned to me in cash, not Walmart Gift Card, since I made the purchase in NJ.

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The Walmart I went to did a shitty job getting Electronics and layaway on the same page.



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It has been repeatedly stated in this thread that most Layaways open at 9am.
The manager processed your layaway at 9am.
Walking around the store for 9 hours harassing employees
in other departments is just embarrassing and sad.
You should have spent a few minutes reading the memo.


Walk back to Layaway and press the keypad that says "Press for assistance."
A manager from customer service will walk back to assist the customer.
Stop calling and asking employees in other departments what's going on.
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My problem was this hoarder took all of them including my one copy as I helped her.


#2887 gordojones88

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Posted 15 October 2012 - 01:55 AM

I highly doubt any retailers know how many units they are getting at this point in time.



I highly doubt that Nintendo knows how many units they are shipping at this point in time. :lol:
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My problem was this hoarder took all of them including my one copy as I helped her.


#2888 Justin42

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Posted 15 October 2012 - 01:58 AM

I don't think people are debating that. However, how many of those are Wii-U exclusives? And how many cannot be found cheaper on other consoles?


That was kind of my point, many of the big launch titles aren't WiiU exclusives, at least not the entire game.

I'm not saying it's a bad launch list, just that I don't really look at that list and see many "OMG MUST HAVE WIIU FOR .... " besides maybe NSMB and ZombiU.

That said, Pikmin 3 was enough to make sure I get my WiiU preordered to be safe. ;)

#2889 gordojones88

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Posted 15 October 2012 - 01:58 AM

If Pikmin 3 is actually coming before christmas, and Rayman comes 1st quarter, I feel like it could be one of the best launches ever.



Pikmin 3 has been pushed back to Spring 2013.
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My problem was this hoarder took all of them including my one copy as I helped her.


#2890 Masx

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Posted 15 October 2012 - 02:00 AM

Being that Amazon and Nintendo still are hating on each other I figure that's a huge stock of console supply for other places such as Walmart

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Posted 15 October 2012 - 02:05 AM

Remember when everybody made fun of Sony launching with Fantavision? Actually...I like that game.

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Posted 15 October 2012 - 02:13 AM

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It has been repeatedly stated in this thread that most Layaways open at 9am.
The manager processed your layaway at 9am.
Walking around the store for 9 hours harassing employees
in other departments is just embarrassing and sad.
You should have spent a few minutes reading the memo.


Walk back to Layaway and press the keypad that says "Press for assistance."
A manager from customer service will walk back to assist the customer.
Stop calling and asking employees in other departments what's going on.


I know about the memo and I've read it from beginning to end many times, believe me. I didn't exactly harass them. The guy in Electronics asked me first if I needed help. The store was empty so it's not like they had anything else to do. His shift wasn't ending until 10am so he was more than willing to check every few hours.

I only came in at midnight because I read several other posts on here that some Walmarts were doing midnight pre-orders even though layaway was technically closed. I wasn't going to take a chance that my Walmart wasn't going to do the same, then show up at 9am only to find out that they sold out. I know 9 hours is crazy extreme. I was going to head home and take a nap, but it takes me about 2 hours each way. There is also the small chance that my nap ends up sleeping until 9 the next morning so I decided to stay.

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Posted 15 October 2012 - 02:14 AM

So after calling my closest store and finding out they already had 16 preorders, I called a store a little further ways out (about a half hour away from my house). Got transferred to layaway where I asked whether they were still accepting preorders for the Wii U. I was told that they were not and could not since it comes out on November 18th. I told the rep that it was advertised in this week's ad and that a memo was sent out stating preorders started in layaway today. I was still getting the same reply, so I decided to drive over there.

I walked to the layaway counter and asked to preorder the Wii U. Got the same response I got over the phone. The rep then went to go get her manager. After about a 5 minute wait, she returned with the binder and the memo inside it. I was the first person to preorder. I'll cancel my Wal-Mart.com preorder and keep my TRU.com preorder just in case something happens with the in-store Wal-Mart order.

#2894 Alamo

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Posted 15 October 2012 - 02:14 AM

I skipped the Wii U all together so getting this ASAP will be great. Haven't played a Mario game in a long time so this will all be new to me.

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Posted 15 October 2012 - 02:15 AM

That was kind of my point, many of the big launch titles aren't WiiU exclusives, at least not the entire game.

I'm not saying it's a bad launch list, just that I don't really look at that list and see many "OMG MUST HAVE WIIU FOR .... " besides maybe NSMB and ZombiU.

That said, Pikmin 3 was enough to make sure I get my WiiU preordered to be safe. ;)


It's all a matter of preference. I might not play more than 2 launch games but since the preorder was easy I did it cause I didn't want to go through the same bullshit like I did with the wii.

I do wish Pikmin 3 wasn't pushed out though.

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Posted 15 October 2012 - 02:26 AM

I've waited on games like Tekken Tag 2, Batman GOTY, Darksiders II etc, since I know the Wii U will get stuff with exclusive content and GOTY stuff.

Well its true the line up isn't great for those who get every game as it comes out, its still good that it has the option of getting it on a new system that others might not have gotten during the year.

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Posted 15 October 2012 - 02:28 AM

It's all a matter of preference. I might not play more than 2 launch games but since the preorder was easy I did it cause I didn't want to go through the same bullshit like I did with the wii.

I do wish Pikmin 3 wasn't pushed out though.

Exact reason I want a Wii-U now. I may not play a goddamn Wii-U game besides Darksiders 2 for like maybe 3-4 months but it's just piece of mind knowing I will have one (assuming GS.com doesn't screw me over).
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#2898 ItsaMeMario

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Posted 15 October 2012 - 02:35 AM

Being that Amazon and Nintendo still are hating on each other I figure that's a huge stock of console supply for other places such as Walmart


LOL I still can't believe they haven't sorted things out by now

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Posted 15 October 2012 - 02:37 AM

LOL I still can't believe they haven't sorted things out by now


I don't think they ever will..

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Posted 15 October 2012 - 02:43 AM

The thing is too, the WiiU is launching in a very different world-- everyone's bowled using motion controls now, the Wii is in pretty much every home that REALLY wants one, the economy's been in the toilet for 4 years, etc, etc.

I'm sure there's demand for this-- it's the first new home console launch in a long time. But honestly the launch lineup isn't THAT fantastic (at least IMHO), the console costs $50-$100 more than the Wii did at launch, the new functionality is a bit harder to really get excited about (Motion control in 2006 was just MINDBLOWING! Playing a game on a tablet.. not so much ;) )

I'm sure it will be initially tough to get. Maybe even though Christmas. And I am sure Nintendo will do everything in their power to remind everyone of the craziness of the Wii launch and try to control the resupplies so that they're "moderately difficult but not impossible" to get one if you didn't pre-order. Enough to build hype, not enough to lose sales. This Christmas is CRITICAL for Nintendo to get a lead in "next next gen" before Sony and Microsoft start working to steal their thunder.

I hate to admit it but I sort of pre-ordered on the hype. There's not a whole lot I want to play RIGHT NOW (well, at launch) but this is my hobby and I enjoy it, and I'm sure it'll be a fun system.

(I will say-- I think people forget what a surprise the Wii was. I remember a LOT of people expecting it to bomb. Remember it launched 2 days after the PS3 and people thought the PS3 would steal all of Nintendo's thunder... but then it became apparent that weekend that while the PS3 was selling well, a lot more people wanted the Wii.. the hype about the Wii being impossible to buy sort of came up 'overnight' as the launch happened and suddenly everyone was out of stock. I think before that everyone had sort of low key expectations about the Wii and expected the PS3 to be massive)


I hear you. I think the hype caught up to me too. I was perfectly content with getting the Wii U some time next year. I don't really play my Wii much expect for the Nintendo first party titles. It's mainly my young son's console now. I primarily play 360 and PS3.
But the second all the preorders sold out fast at places like BBY, etc.. I immediately regreted not at least getting one preordered for some reason. I'm assuming the hype and just the thought of a new console. So when this thread brought up the Walmart layaway preorders, I knew I wasn't going to miss out this time. I at least wanted to get one on preorder. I'm going to get it and it will be in our playroom for my son and myself. But it wasn't until the first wave of preorders sold out fast that I really wanted to get one.
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Posted 15 October 2012 - 02:50 AM

I think the Wii U is going to be a huge seller.... trounces the old-gen consoles in graphics, has a unique tablet controller, has a solid 3rd-party and 1st-party title lineup through March, and already sold out (most places within a few days for Deluxe, this extra Walmart preorder was lucky) and resale market $600-700 already steadily a month pre-launch and with no marketing done yet. Once things like the Burger King tie-in, tv ads, game site hype, etc. start up, it's going to be a machine. I'm still undecided exactly when to sell mine, but am considering a couple pre-launch at a peak and then seeing where they go around launch+black friday.

Can't wait... this promises to be a good thing™. To those saying "well people have a Wii...", the unique thing is the tablet, and it is no worse than any other next-gen system will be in horsepower: you get next-gen console quality way before the next Xbox & Playstation come out. Predictions are those two won't be much if any stronger, than the Wii U.

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Posted 15 October 2012 - 02:51 AM

Did anybody encounter a layaway pre-sale sold out? I cruised into a Walmart at 4pm and ordered one.

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Posted 15 October 2012 - 02:52 AM

Did anybody encounted a layaway pre-sale sold out? I cruised into a Walmart at 4pm and ordered one.


Not here. I went around 8:30 pm and had no issues.

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Posted 15 October 2012 - 02:59 AM

Did anybody encounter a layaway pre-sale sold out? I cruised into a Walmart at 4pm and ordered one.


Nope,

Was there this afternoon and was the third person to pre order.

Earliest were people from 10:00am.

I seriously have no clue as to why these are not selling out. Like some mentioned, it could be because of employees turning customers away.

But I just think not many people know about this, or maybe those that wanted one already pre ordered at the previous options of stores.

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Posted 15 October 2012 - 03:01 AM

Thats my other issue with Wii-U, while it has good launch support there really isnt anything there that seems to be MUST HAVE. Sure, a new Mario will be fun and ZombiU has potential, but nothing else. Once Pikmin 3, the new Smash, new Galaxy, etc start dropping it'll be a lot more on my radar.

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Posted 15 October 2012 - 03:02 AM

Snagged a Walmart layaway order today, was there at 6:00 am, expected a huge line, ended up just being me and a young lady getting a system for her kid for Xmas. Needless to say, I was surprised there was just the two of us waiting.
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Posted 15 October 2012 - 03:06 AM

Thats my other issue with Wii-U, while it has good launch support there really isnt anything there that seems to be MUST HAVE. Sure, a new Mario will be fun and ZombiU has potential, but nothing else. Once Pikmin 3, the new Smash, new Galaxy, etc start dropping it'll be a lot more on my radar.


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Posted 15 October 2012 - 03:21 AM

I constantly read through this thread once a day, lol. I like reading the stories as well. I never went to a launch so this will be new and exciting for me. I wonder who will post the craziest story, lol.

Here's a prediction. "Channel 7 news reporting. Anchor: People have been lined since 5 this afternoon anxiously for the new Nintendo console, The Wii-U. Sir, why are you excited for this console release? 12:01 midnight strikes. The doors are opened, and people are trampled. Sounds familiar? Lol

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Posted 15 October 2012 - 03:23 AM

Nintendo actually commented on it, saying "Amazon, as a direct sale retailer, currently does not carry our hardware."

Sounds kinda weird but i'm guessing it has to do with the profit margin for Amazon selling the systems. I'm not sure why its different from the other consoles but retailers generally make very little from a console sale, and depend on selling the buyer accessories and games to even it out. Which is why every asshole in BB will try to tell you that you need a Monster brand HDMI cable, lol.


lol and I'll tell them I can get them for free from a FiOS truck any day in my neighborhood.

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Posted 15 October 2012 - 03:27 AM

I constantly read through this thread once a day, lol. I like reading the stories as well. I never went to a launch so this will be new and exciting for me. I wonder who will post the craziest story, lol.

Here's a prediction. "Channel 7 news reporting. Anchor: People have been lined since 5 this afternoon anxiously for the new Nintendo console, The Wii-U. Sir, why are you excited for this console release? 12:01 midnight strikes. The doors are opened, and people are trampled. Sounds familiar? Lol


"I'm actually just gonna go back to the Wii.. The Wii U looks too valuable to play." :lol: