Midnight events for US Wii launch

Toys "R" Us Times Square, New York and GameStop in Los Angeles among stores to host launch-day events for the console.

As Nintendo gears up for the November 19 launch of the Wii, hype is building for the machine.

Yesterday Nintendo released a statement promising that 4 million consoles would be available worldwide in the run-up to Christmas, though it advised consumers "not to get complacent" and preorder a console to avoid disappointment.

Retail giant Wal-Mart briefly offered preorders of the Nintendo Wii Customer's Choice Bundle for $533.56 to early birds yesterday, although by early afternoon, the bundles had already sold out.

Today Nintendo announced that the Toys "R" Us store in Times Square, New York, and the GameStop store at Universal CityWalk, Los Angeles, will be hosting official midnight launch events. Other retailers across the country are also expected to open at midnight, and Nintendo advises checking with local stores for details.

The event at the Times Square Toys "R" Us will be the first place in the world a Wii will be sold, and the first next-gen Nintendo console may be handed out by none other than Reggie Fils-Aime, president of Nintendo of America. In September, Fils-Aime told ABC News that he would be on location at a New York store for the console's launch, but did not specify what outlet.

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333 comments
Liquid_Snake
Liquid_Snake

seriously wonder why nintendo did it at toys r us, and not their own outlet NINTENDO WORLD STORE literally 15blocks away

louiedagreat1
louiedagreat1

well, ima be there at toys r us so thats cool good thing i went to that one

Death_Masta187
Death_Masta187

Well if this goes as well as when i got my 360 (me and one other guy where in line and I showed up about 5 minutes before they opened...) So I will try to do that with the PS3 so i can sell to get my roommate and I both a Wii and some games....if not i have a good feeling that I will get 2 Wiis anyway....

olthof
olthof

man, sounds exciting..... the hype is buidling ;)

ZeroTae
ZeroTae

Sad, here(Brazil) is goin to take too long so wii come here, and so much expansive that its even cheaper to go to USA buy one and come back ^^; Well, but maybe with my brother i can be take one from korea =p someone knows the launch day in asia?? I want to play so muchhhhh I wish luck for the people that are goin to camp get their wii, i wouldnt endure all the pain if i didnt get =D

loserboy8
loserboy8

If you didnt get a pre-oreder from gamestop or ebgames, dont even bother going there. they pre-ordered every single wii that they have in stock/

bottomdollar
bottomdollar

Pre-Orders are guaranteed at GameStop/EB Games stores, but that about it. My store is not doing a midknight release, but I don't care, sleep regularly, wake up, get tp the store about 12:30 and get the Wii. And yes to the people who think it doesn't matter, the people who waited and got their pre-orders for their Wii are going to get their, for you who wait, its fun to camp out, I really hope that it works out for you

_Sam_
_Sam_

well they do have to entertain the people in line ;)

Lunatic_Monk
Lunatic_Monk

Nov 18th. Wal-Mart. Layaway. 7pm. 5 hours. Wii.

payback_56
payback_56

why do they do it on a sunday? Why not a friday or sat even so people can stay up all night playing, and not have work the next day....

PresidentK
PresidentK

I'm in Canada, but I'll be at BestBuy right when it opens to guarantee my very own Wii console. These coming weeks are just building up my excitement for the Wii to be released.

PresidentK
PresidentK

I'm in Canada, but I'll be at BestBuy right when it opens to guarantee my very own Wii console. These coming weeks are just building up my excitement for the Wii to be released.

itsmy6
itsmy6

Yeah all i'm seeing is bundles for like $600. I'm sticking with just the console.

Fooljeff
Fooljeff

I live in Canada, most people don't want to camp out all night in the cold. I will so I'm basically garunteed getting one

Kahuna_1
Kahuna_1

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sentay0
sentay0

I'm gonna have to wait for a couple of days / weeks to pass before I get mine it will kill me a bit inside.

DCFanatic
DCFanatic

Me and my bro are gonna camp out at a Gamestop, it just opened though so hopefully not too many people will be there ill prolly try camping out starting at 5 or 6. Can't wait though Wii will pwn the PS600 and the Xbox 1.5 so much.

AnthonyLuu
AnthonyLuu

im gonna wait until boxing day to get mine

painstation2
painstation2

Well I'm way ahead. I'm already camped out beside a best buy typing along on my lab top. I guarantee to be the first person in the city I live in to owning a Wii.

dre5922
dre5922

are there any special things happening in canada for the launch?

dell900
dell900

I'm gonna try to get at midnight at bestbuy, but i live in washington so it might be raining and everyone has mostly resevered all of them but i will try to get it, but if i don't then i will get it for christmas, hopefully.

Mammoth_42
Mammoth_42

Forget that! i live in Ohio, which is better than utah and kentucky plus colorado put together by the way, and we wont have any of that special event crap over a frickin video game console! But it will be a pretty cool christmas present. lol

slipknot001
slipknot001

good luck to every one that is going to camp out with my include for the wii, i hope that every one get one.

TurinPillager
TurinPillager

I seriously hope that there's one available for me before the year lets out.... I missed preorders!

QuanWildFire
QuanWildFire

Ya, I work at best buy and none of our stores nation wide are going to open at midnight for the Wii. Just so you know. Oh, and I'm either going to camp in Wal-mart, or outside Best Buy for one, because it's the sexiest thing to happen to gaming since the N64. (Wii for life)

Megavideogamer
Megavideogamer

Looks like Nintendo will be having a wii launch on Nov 19th. Hope it goes well for the big N.

eljono
eljono

to that moron that said ps3 and 360 have no good games...youre a moron

ivan_the_one
ivan_the_one

I hope the wii doesn't breakdown like the crap box 360..... even though I'll most likely buy one anyways....

Doc_Star
Doc_Star

Is there a list of stores that will be opening at midnight??? Because the Best Buy close to my house is the only one somewhat close. Well the nearest one after that is more than 150 miles away infact i think its further then that its like and hour and 25 minutes away and i have only been there once and there opening at midnight i was thinking mine might open early

Valek1394
Valek1394

Man I really want one of these! I just bought my 360 at the end of September though, and with xmas coming up I can't spare any more money for myself. Gotta save up so I can buy everyone ELSE something. I'll call my forgoing the first round of Wii's my own personal sacrifice to my gaming brethren that one of you may get the Wii I would have bought. Now everyone rejoice my noble sacrifice while I sit back and await good karma! j/k I really wish I could though.. damn my guilty conscience!

chrisdojo
chrisdojo

i just might have to camp out :)

urine72
urine72

ImSwordMan I camped out at toys r us for a pre order at 10pm saturday,october 28th, and i got the second wii preorder. You might want to drive by every 2 hours or so starting at 4 pm just to see if any lines are starting. because this is the last chance for people to get one at launch. there are alot of other people in your same position right now. it will be tricky. best of luck.

alexisserrano
alexisserrano

If your on the computer now reading this its too late you should be out camping this things....but 4 mill i think almost every one should get one

gamemaster091
gamemaster091

im gonna try to go like 10pm on saturday. hopefully thats good enough

ImSwordMan
ImSwordMan

i wanna campout...anyone suggest a time for me?

gamemaster091
gamemaster091

rulo_rezn0r, i wish us both luck. i have also not preordered, and on top of that, i've been hearing that people will start lining up starting friday afternoon. and i really want one!

Kojo222
Kojo222

I got mines; I missed the Gamestop preorder, but I was 3rd in line for the TRU line :)

rulo_rezn0r
rulo_rezn0r

i hope to get one of those 4 million wii's im not preordering, Ill just go to the store and try to get one LOL :)

The_Reverend666
The_Reverend666

A the moment saturnsrise, there are 15 confirmed first and second party Nintendo titles. So unless it's going to take 5 years to release them all, there will be more than 3-4 titles from nintendo per year. Next time do a little research before you make stupid comments. Plus, most of the titles for PS3 and 360 are crap, that's why there are going sooooo many of them. I'll be waiting for the midnight launch at Walmart, I can't wait!

saturnsrise
saturnsrise

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HOMIE_G64
HOMIE_G64

Damn I wish i could camp out

Flyyer
Flyyer

i live in canada..theres no way im camping out. its cold out here!! anyways yeah...im gonna wait a bit still....i dont need to be the first to grab a system. not to mention..there will be more a few weeks after the 19th. i can wait....[just barely]

Chill_Penguin
Chill_Penguin

Whalehome the Wii mote will be $49.99 MSRP with the nuncuku accessory at $19.99 MSRP.

wolf360rev
wolf360rev

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Whalehome
Whalehome

Does anybody know how much a wii-mote will be? I want to know if I need to buy both a wii-mote and nunchuck controller.

NintendoWarrior
NintendoWarrior

oo times square, i live in nj so im close but i prolly still wont get one

a336061
a336061

Good luck trying to get one at either of those locations, i went to stand outside of bestbuy for the 360 release, i got there at 1AM which was no match for those that got there 6pm the day before, especially giving the average foot traffic of NYC, save your time and wait till employees are playing catch with the massive amounts of left overs in 5 months