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Discussion in 'Games' started by Winstonp, Nov 1, 2006.
See here... http://www.walmart.com/catalog/product.do?product_id=5303669
Online only. Each store will still have a certain number allotted to them (a big number, from the sounds of things). Individual stores don't do pre-orders on any consoles, so it's a great big free-for-all the day/night of.
They're saying 4m Wii's (global) by years end. They've been upgrading that number since the initial announcement, unlike some other console makers. The initial batch will sell out on launch day, I'm betting. But, with ~1 million units (NA) to come AFTER launch, but before Dec 31, that works out to something like 150,000 shipped per week. In other words, you'll have plenty of cnahes to get one within a week or two of launch.
at what point will i be able to simpley walk into a store (wallmart, target, bestbuy, ext...) and get a Wii without worrying about them being sold out? by Cristmass?
According to Nintendo, Wii consoles will be in consistent supply through the holidays. They keep upping their # of consoles manufactured thus far, and in turn they also keep upping their total # of shipped systems as well by years' end.
Long story short - if they're right, you can walk into any store at any point and buy one and you shouldn't have to wait too long if they're sold out for a replenishment of new consoles to roll in.
As for that preorder - that's not really a preorder. That's a cash-in on forcing people to buy bundles that they may or may not want in order to get the system. Remember the Gamestop bundle with a 360 and a plasma screen, 4 controllers, memory card, like 15 games etc for $10,000? Yeah...that sort of thing (although not on that level of lunacy). We'll see plenty of bundles offered everywhere, but (as I said above) Nintendo has come out and said there will be plenty systems to go around. Walmart does not offer preorders on game systems at their retail stores, and neither do Target or Best Buy or other similar retailers as far as I know (but they do offer preorders on games).
The Tuesday after launch? Assuming the have the "normal" shipments coming in on Tuesdays, I'd imagine that you'll be able to get one on that second batch no trouble, and then add a day to each batch after that. So the second Tuesday after launch and the Wednesday after it. Then the third Tues. and the following Wed and Thurs, etc.
I could be wrong. There could be just massive demand where they sell one to everyone and his brother, but I just don't see it happening. They'll sell them all, but it won't be a drought like the 360/PS3 launches were.
At least now I've got my extra Wiimotes and nunchucks ordered on WalMart.com since the guy at my GameStop forgot to tell everyone that you could reserve accessories on pre-order day. I was amazed that they were sold out so quickly online.
Im going to get a Wii and go home and play with my Wii-Wii, by swinging my Wii-mote around... I love the idea's introduced by nintendo with the console, but HOLY bad name. Revolution was alright, Gamecube was a fitting name, N64 sounded high-tech. Wii? Wii what? Wii who? Wiihy?
I wish they would've stuck with Revolution myself, but Wii doesn't bother me. I hated it the day they announced the new name; the following day, it didn't bother me. Guess it was the initial shock that pissed me off, but then I didn't care anymore.
Your too late.
I didn't miss the preorder play.com have had them for aaaaages.
Welcome to America, where people stop selling Preorders when they sell out.
...Oh yeah, and charge reasonable amounts.
Play.com do stop selling when they run out every shop does that. Else just say "come in on launch day". I'm just surprised that official preorders started way before America did theirs. Strange move on Nintendo's behalf.
It took me about two weeks. When I got to E3 and heard it being used a lot in the press conference I got used to it and it didn't bother me.