Wii Pre-Orders: Friday

Friends and Nerdy Internet Companions: it's on. I just got passed the official word from corporate that your neighborhood Electronics Boutique and/or GameStop will officially be taking pre-orders for the Nintendo Wii on Friday, October 13th.

I.e., for most of you, tomorrow.

It's 100% first-come, first-served. And each store won't know how many they'll actually be able to sell until that morning. Awkward, sure — like some kind of goofy Price Is Right game. But without any crazy-skinny microphones.

So, what'll it be? Will you stand in line on Friday and put down a interest-free loan to guarantee yourself a solid Wii? (Shut up, Steve.) Or will you "risk it", and bank on a piece-of-cake launch day Wii-nanza at all of your favorite b-list retailers?

Who cares! See you at Pioneer Place!


Odd system you have in the states. I pre-ordered my Wii two weeks ago in sunny Glasgow, Scotland. They weren't sure of the bundles yet but at least I get the Wii. :)
Anonymous Anonymous 10/12/2006 12:22 AM  
I'm hyped like Phantom Menace.
Blogger Carl Johnson 10/12/2006 1:48 AM  
(In the accent of the russian lady on that Simpsons episode where Lisa gets lost on the way to the museum and she ends up in the russian district of Springfield an some lady comes over and says "You buy it, you buy it!".So...)Over here in Olde Europe™ we don't preorder our consoles, an idea undoubtedly procured by the devil. No we get consoles the way our grandfathers did, by standing in the line, getting into fights and hope we'll live to play with our shiny treasures. You colonial wussies!
Anonymous Champignonnenhoofd 10/12/2006 7:50 AM  
i'm gonna be there in line, but i'm not gonna be happy about it. i'm saving my excitement for actually picking it up, not for just giving gamestop some money.

like they don't have enough of it already.
Anonymous Anonymous 10/12/2006 9:57 AM  
I'm gonna wing it and wait for the release date. All indications are that there will be plenty at launch. The "no interest" loan is exactly the point I make when arguing against preorders! I'm sure Costco will have a pallet full of these bad boys come 11-19.
Blogger Branden 10/12/2006 10:18 AM  
My local EB Games said they'll have very few and they expect to be out in minutes. I'll be out of town. :(

First time I've ever considered pre-ordering a console. Not looking forward to waiting in any lines.
Anonymous julian 10/12/2006 3:30 PM  
God! I'm planning to visit the States on november and I must fly back to my country on the 19th! I was desperately hoping to grab a Wii before my flight but I think I won't have any chance.
Now I'll have to make my flight on the 20th!
Oh please pleaseee!
Anonymous Berke 10/12/2006 4:58 PM  
I'm making a party of it with my friends, camping out at wherever we think will have the most.
Blogger CipherSwarm 10/12/2006 5:09 PM  
I fully expect Toys R Us to have billions of those things, so I'm not bothering with the EB hype.
Blogger StocDred 10/12/2006 6:40 PM  
I hate EB Games and GameStop: full of "Comic Book Guy" characters like out of The Simpsons.

I hate them enough to possibly deprive myself of a Wii on launch day. Prefer looking and purchasing from the "b-list" retailers, as you call them.

I won't mind waiting if I need to. It'll give me a chance to read up on everyone's first impressions of the console and games (esp. curious about Red Steel's control scheme).
Anonymous notawesome 10/12/2006 11:19 PM  
My GameStop in Boston told me the day before that they were ony getting 32. No way I was gonna wait on a line even in a mall for hours to snag one. The limited number is more to whet the hype than anything: taking to people I also get the feeling it'll be easier to just wait until next month when they should have lots more, or until Amazon starts up their preorder machine again.
Blogger Toonhead_NPL 10/13/2006 10:29 AM  
Strip Mall Gamestop, Dayton, OH - 9:00am

I was fourth in a line that would grow to 20 or so.

At 10am the Gamestop dude came out and said they'd only have 4 Wii's for pre-order.

I am lucky.
Blogger glass 10/13/2006 1:20 PM  
there were long lines in front of my gamestop, good thing i went an hour b4 the store opened lol i was second in line!! Pre-ordering is worth it
Anonymous Joseph 10/14/2006 9:43 AM  
Eh, I'm gonna be camping outside of Best Buy. That sounds like the best thing for me.
Blogger Aerodyna 10/15/2006 8:29 AM  
And I thought that pre-oredering started on October 1st?! Ahh, i guess those were just rumors.
Blogger Aerodyna 10/15/2006 8:31 AM  
At fifteen years old, my parents wouldn't let me skip school for the preorder and probably won't let me camp in front of Target on the weekend for it... They might end up doing it though. I want it more than anything this year.

Including pickles.

(I love pickles.)
Anonymous A.J. 10/15/2006 6:14 PM  
Holy crap! People are paying $600 for preordered systems on eBay. Would I be a total bastard if I sold out? I think I could stand to wait a few weeks to play Zelda for $350 net profit.
Anonymous Dave 10/16/2006 8:15 PM  
I saw that too, Dave- people are insane. Why would you pay almost 3x as much to get it a week or two early?
Anonymous Computer Cables 10/19/2006 10:10 AM  
im not gonna have the money in time anyway and im just gonna get it for christmas hopefully. when i went to get my ds lite on launch, best buy had about 12 just sitting on cart and the guy looked pretty desperate to sell one but he didnt need to persuade me, thats what i went for :) and it was already something like 1:00. Same thing happened with my gba sp except it had been a week since it came out. So the way i see it is my town doesnt get to terribly hyped for new nintendo products and theres that chance i or my parents can find one on the shelf. if all else fails ill just take my christmas money and buy some controllers and maybe a game for it and wait until my b-day in march when i know they'll be available
Anonymous Connor 10/27/2006 5:09 PM  
Connor- Yeah, same here- I'm in your situation, I won't have enough money in time and I was planning to camp outside in front of Best Buy too :( but my dad said that I will hopefully get it for Christmas, so I think I'm covered. :D
Blogger Aerodyna 11/01/2006 1:10 PM  
When are you going to do your next post?
Anonymous Anonymous 11/01/2006 3:04 PM  
My thoughts exactly.
Anonymous Anonymous 11/01/2006 5:08 PM  
I suck at the blogging this month. Busy time lots of work let's be honest who cares etc.

So, I hope to post a couple of things soon, starting with a k790a phone review, and then a surprise video review, and then, god willing, long-delayed stories from Japan. Stay tuned!
Blogger Cabel 11/01/2006 5:31 PM  
Cabel, you have to check out South Park E1012 featuring... Wii!
Anonymous Anonymous 11/02/2006 2:45 AM  
lol, i saw a bit of it!

I think bestbuy will be the best place to go for Wii on launch. There were like 5 lites on the shelf when I went there on launch. Hopefully Wii will be the same. There's a cool thingy that tells you how many Wii's your Target will have. Here's the link:
Just put your area code in the Search bar. Follow directions. You'll see a lit of numbuhs but the second to last one tells you how many Wii's there will be. I think my Target will have 81!
Anonymous Anonymous 11/12/2006 1:48 PM  
Hmmmmmm, it seems all you anti-preorders were forced to wait outside in rediculous lines and still didn't get them! They'll have plenty you said. The DS Lites were there for a while you said. BUT WHERE ARE THE WIIS NOW????? You still can't get them. So my wise words are, YOU SHOULD HAVE PREORDERED IT YOU IDIOTS. EB isn't trying to screw you, they're trying to make it easier on you.
Anonymous Anonymous 1/11/2007 12:26 PM  

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