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*******ADMIN NOTE*********

 

Nintendo Wii Pre-Launch Threads:

 

Revolution Thread Part I

 

Revolution Thread Part II

 

Revolution Thread Part III

 

Nintendo Wii Thread Part IV

 

Nintendo Wii Thread Part V

 

Nintendo Wii Thread Part VI

 

Nintendo Wii Thread Part VII

 

Nintendo Wii Thread Part VIII

 

Feel free to continue the discussion here.

 

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Well, since it's finally the big day, I figured we should move on from the Wii pre-launch threads and get on with the launch and post-launch disucssions. Feel free to post your launch day stories here as well as any other thoughts about the hardware, user interfact, and all that other good stuff.

 

I think I've decided to not head over to the store on Sunday to pick up and extra system before my Amazon preorder arrives on Monday. I figure I have Okami to keep me occuiped for a little while longer. I might as well try to get a little further in that game before Zelda consumes all my play time.

 

Still, I suspect that I will be like Cartman in those two episodes of South Park tomorrow. :)

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According to Engadget the NYC Toys R Us has 7000 Wii's for the launch tonight and all 2600+ people in line already have the "bracelet" to confirm they will get a system. My wife works for Toys R Us and she said all the regular stores are getting ample supplies of the Wii - something like 140+ per store in ALL areas. If this is accurate and assuming Best Buy and others are getting around the same alotments it should be no problem to pick up a Wii tomorrow. From what I've seen so far and if this all works out (availability) Then THAT'S the way to do a launch... :)

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My wife & I went & got ours at our local Gamestop.Picked up the system,some points & Zelda,then went to a Wal-Mart supercenter & got a 2nd Wiimote & a classic controller.

 

Too tired to fool around with it tonight,so I'll post my impressions later.Though we did get to try out Excite Truck,& it was more fun than I was expecting...

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Okay, after two hours of play time here are my impressions:

 

- Setup was a breeze, and there was basically no calibration necessary on the wiimote, it worked straight away. I am running 16x9 in 480p with the component cables.

 

- The polish on the system and interface is great, I totally dig the whole dashboard motif and system music. The system is very quiet as you'd expect. Made myself a Mii and browsed around the shopping channel. I have not tried the VC yet, nothing that interests me yet since as you may know, I have a pretty large collection of retro games as it is.

 

- The wiimote is a joy to use. I have experienced no issues thus far and it fits me like a glove. Very easy to attach and detach the nunchuck depending on the game.

 

- Wii Sports: Very fun little collection of games and great for getting conditioned to the system. Beyond a tutorial though, I still see myself revisiting the games here. If you aren't afraid to stand up and look like a bit of an ass, you will have a good time with these games. I can see how someone will make some very cool realistic tennis/baseball games in the near future.

 

- Monkey Ball: Controls exactly how you would expect and feels just perfect. My wife is going to love this, I've watched her play with the Gamecube controller on the older games and she did okay, but was constantly tilting the controller and trying to make the screen do what she wanted. It is so much more intuitive to just tilt the wiimote. Tried a few of the minigames. Pointing with the wiimote feels so *natural*, I played a game where you shoot incoming asteroids with a targeting reticule, and after about 10 seconds, I was naturally aiming from asteroid to asteroid without even thinking. Felt wonderful. Graphics are sharp and colorful and the music is fantastic.

 

- Rayman: Only spent a short time with this one, played the cow-tossing minigame, a "first-person-shooter on rails" minigame, and one other. Has a lot of personality and I'm looking forward to digging into it more tomorrow.

 

- No Zelda yet, they didn't have extras at the launch. I have an Amazon order coming within the next couple of days.

 

- So far this system is a gem and I can't wait to spend more time with it. No complaints yet.

 

More to come tomorrow. I have to crash now, the previous night was also a late one involving too much whiskey. ;)

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Every Wii is sold out here so far (24 hours stores). Plus it is raining like a bitch. I am going to take a drive over to Toys R Us, Best Buy, CC, and target to see if there are lines. There were lines at Meijer's, Super Wal-Marts, and Super K-marts yesterday for the 12:01 launch.

 

-Dean-

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Here's a great report on the Wii launch at Toys R Us in New York City from Engadget which again mentions the branch having 7000 units as Magness mentioned, plus lots of pictures including some of Reggie.

 

http://wwww.marktplaats.nlww.engadget.com/2006/11/18/live-from-nintendos-wii-launch-in-new-york/

 

7000 units, almost 3000 in line and ALL got to go home happy? That's one hell of a way to show the competition how to do a launch, Nintendo.

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I decided to head out at about 7:40 this morning. Target opens at 8:00 and has about 50 units. If there is a line, i will head over to BB across the street to see if I can score a ticket to buy one at 9:00 AM (they are handing out tickets at 8 AM). If no go, I will try CC at 10 AM when they open their doors. If anything, i will pck up Company of HEroes for $20 at BB since it is on sale today. :)

 

-Dean-

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7000 units, almost 3000 in line and ALL got to go home happy? That's one hell of a way to show the competition how to do a launch, Nintendo.
You mean I only needed to fly the 1100 miles to New York & wait in line with thousands of strangers to get a Wii? Why didn't somebody tell me this?

 

I'm sure I'll get mine soon though. I'm gonna swing by Target early just to see if anyone has given up a spot. It is cold out there.

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Joystiq have a more in depth video look into the Virtual Console. Highly recommended viewing, except for you buggers with Wiis this weekend who can obviously check all this out first hand.

 

First in the virtual shopping cart: The Legend of Zelda. After a brief download (with Mario waiting screen), we fired up our new Zelda channel and played what appeared to be a pixel perfect replica of the 1986 NES classic. Nice touches: hot pluggable GameCube pad support (we popped in a Wavebird and it just worked) and an embedded instruction manual (just hit the Home button).

 

http://www.joystiq.com/2006/11/18/joystiq-video-buying-zelda-nes-on-the-wiis-virtual-console-s/

 

If you watch the video, you can clearly see that the pages for each game download show you logos of what joypads are compatible (Cube pads seem to be usable on all formats available). When you go to make an actual purchase you are again shown what controllers you can use - Zelda for example can use the Wii, classic and cube pads. Amusingly the Wii pad and another pad can be used at the same time.

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It's a rough game out there. My sister managed to get one for me -- barely. Her and her boyfriend were numbers 6 and 7 out of 8 Wii's at the Barberton, OH Kmart. This was at 6 AM.

 

It was the third place we checked. Target and another Kmart were already done. Good luck everyone...

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Jesus, if any Lexington LCVG'ers know where to get one I'd be ecstatic to know. I left at 6:30AM this morning, hit the Versailles Kmart (5 units, 5 people already in line), then Best Buy (incredibly long line, and I could tell it would be a madhouse), then the nearby Target (50 units, 50+ already in line) then Circuit City (some pathetic amount of units, I was 15th in line and didn't get one). :bh

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Yeah, Tom and I went out this morning and patrolled a large number of stores up here in Ottawa, totally struck out. We were JUST short of the line in enough places to make us consider some sort of violent uprising, but caught ourselves and moved on :P.

 

Sucks not having it on launch, but apparently the local stores are expecting more units come Wednesday, so I can hold out. Congrats to everybody who lucked into one today :).

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Struck out at Target (I was 57 of 52 units), no luck at Best Buy, Toys R Us, or Circuit City. Then drove to a far away Kmart, they got a whopping 6 units, and did a raffle of about 25 people. Didn't get it there either.

 

I have one more chance, a computer store here in Michigan, Micro Center, I don't think many people know they have them at 11am... so I'm going to try.

 

T.

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I was able to get one after all at Target. They did a nice job too, very orderly in and security escorts out. (they did have some incidents with the PS3 they said). I picked up Zelda.

 

I sit here with no component cables & no ethernet adapter...which sucks. I'm probably gonna crash hard now, as I have done an all-nighter & I'm too old for that. :drunk:

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10.5 COLD hours outside a target later.... I've got it. They had 42 Units there total - they ran out of nunchucks half way through (guy in front of me got the last one).

 

Funniest part of the evening - in the same shopping complex was an EB with a midnight release for preorders. Of course they all drove by us beeping and waving their Wiis at us.

 

One guy pulled by quick with another car close behind - He was screaming and waving the box outside the window. He accidentally dropped it and the car behind them completely flattened it. We all cheered and then shortly realized that Wii boxes don't typically contain fruit... They had convinced the EB to give them one of the display boxes :) oh well it passed some time.

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Um... I did the college student thing and accidentally slept through the entire launch. Then again when I was getting home last night around 3AM there were already a good 200+ people in line at the local Target (~150 units) and some insane amount of people at Best Buy for probably not enough units. 24 hour shops were PICKED CLEAN.

 

Oh well... I can wait anyways, got plenty of 360 games en queue. Hopefully the N will replenish the systems quickly.

 

Gotta say that it's good to see Nintendo selling, what... 4 times the amount of systems over Sony that are mostly gonna be kept by gamers. ;)

 

It was funny seeing all the PS3 games in stores this morning and maybe 1 to 2 Wii titles left. So obvious that NO ONE is buying PS3 games (Sony's third parties must LOVE that)

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