Retailers raising Wii displays

Reports from Louisiana already have retailers already hocking accessories for Nintendo's next-gen console, which goes on sale November 19.

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In less than a month, the Nintendo Wii will be available across America. However, it now appears that retailers are already setting up retail displays for the next-gen console, which itself won't be available until Sunday, November 19.

A Louisiana Target Wii display.

According to a series of online reports, the local Target in Lafayette, Louisiana, has already launched displays offering Wii merchandise. Called "endcaps" in retailer parlance, the display offers a variety of accessories for the next-gen console, including colored sleeves for the so-called "Wiimote" controller in red, blue, green, and black. Also on display are booklets for Wii game discs, which will be the same size and shape as regular DVDs, even though the console does not offer DVD playback like the Xbox, Xbox 360, PlayStation 2, or PlayStation 3 do.

For more information on the looming debut of Nintendo's next-gen console, visit GameSpot's Wii launch center.

Discussion

190 comments
_Sam_
_Sam_

I'm actually surprised they didn't do this earlier

nyohnk
nyohnk

dude i bought a sleeve to feel important, cant wait for the Wii, and a controller to stick in my sleeve

009876543
009876543

I cant wait for the wii to come to stores. Don't have wii items yet though on display or at least i haven't seen them

ADollins
ADollins

Hip Hip Hor wii Hip Hip Hor wii. It's about that time for WII goodness. Get yours at your local EB-Gamestop or other fine retailers. I cannot wait WIII

tastycasey27
tastycasey27

im getting tired of all theses people saying that people that like nintendo are fanboys, thats just stupid dont you realise that your either a xbox360 or ps3 fanboy , just cos u dont want to buy the system dont diss people that do, im going to get both the ps3 (when its a bit lower in price) and a wii, i allready own a xbox360. if your not going to buy a wii why post your childish comments here and call everyone a fanboy when your one yourself. nobody cares if u dont want one. Bring on the playstationwii60 LOL.

eric2mrng
eric2mrng

..... just a few weeks to go till launch day!

Abe-mex-cali
Abe-mex-cali

I saw the acessories at a Target i might buy some of the controller skins.

bart8558
bart8558

That's too bad. The system should still be really fun though

jimjim350
jimjim350

yea i saw rubbers for wii-motes at target :)

cjcr_alexandru
cjcr_alexandru

Has this happened before? I mean accessories been available before the console launch?

EddyG0RD0
EddyG0RD0

it looks like some nintendo fanboys dont like the truth and reported me :|

master_hookshot
master_hookshot

nescover where did u visit target in Missiouri? i havent been there lately

encryptkeeper
encryptkeeper

Sorry Bart, it's confirmed that Gamecube controllers cannot be used in place of Wii Classic controllers. Yeah, I know, it doesn't make any friggin' sense to me either.

antonioscordo
antonioscordo

OK, I went to check out the Target in Orchard Park, NY (a burb of Buffalo), and yep they had the stuff too. Somethings I thought were overpriced, but they actually had one that was a good deal. It had two gloves for the remotes and and organizer cady thing to hold the Wii and up to 4 remotes and nunchucks for $25. Since Gamestop is selling just the gloves themselves for $9.99 it's a good deal. Also, they have gift cards specially made for the wii launch that emit a blue glow all the way around the edge. Too cool. The other thing I don't see anybody talking about is that the flyer tells about Targets launch day promotion. On launch day (and only launch day) if you buy three Wii games, target will give you a $20 gift card. (enough for that classic controler). Just thought I'd let you know.

bart8558
bart8558

Unless we want to get four wii remotes , 4 classics, 4 nun chucks, and for myself, four gamecube controllers... cause Im a smash brothers fan but used my little bro's gamecube during the summer and winter break to play it.... Actually it would be pretty sweet if we could use gamecube controllers in place of a classic controller for any game that we'd want the classic controller... cause that would save some money and we wouldnt need to buy a classic controller. Anyone know any reliable sources that could confirm this?

japanesegoth
japanesegoth

"Ugh... we already have to pay 40 bucks a piece per wii remote, and 20 per classic controller, and nun chuck thingy. No sleeves for me." alright...enough complaining about the price of the controller. they're only $10 more than the ps3's and xbox360's...and they took a lot more effort. i'd say it's a decent price. and it's not like you'll be spending $60 per game...it's just a one time thing. unless you get 3 controllers...:P and i went to target and saw their display...i didn't buy anything cause it was all poop. they didn't have any wii underwear.

vamroc
vamroc

Hey eddy... since when can light guns sense motion through space? The Wii generates a sensitive inferred field and when the light gun controller moves within the field it shows up on screen. When a beam of light is fired from the gun it displaces a section of the field and that intern registers on screen as a bullet fired.

nescover
nescover

yeah, i've been seeing those at the Targets in Missouri for at least a week.

bart8558
bart8558

Ugh... we already have to pay 40 bucks a piece per wii remote, and 20 per classic controller, and nun chuck thingy. No sleeves for me.

Cornercutter
Cornercutter

heh, intersting. hope my local gamespot does somthing like that.

awarriorofgamin
awarriorofgamin

ok wii i think will come out on top and maybe 360 or ps3 2nd but i think video game systems are straying away from what made them great...the video games

Me_Becoming_I
Me_Becoming_I

I'm still waiting for the PS3 merch and kiosks. I can't to see one of those things in person. i want my PS3.

netlatnu
netlatnu

Is this news? I saw those at a Target here in Nebraska about a week ago. I was hoping it was part of some secret plan to release early, but alas, no Wiis. I was pretty amazed to see they were official accessories though, and not third party accessories. I want my Wii.

sinceps1
sinceps1

"Also on display are booklets for Wii game discs, which will be the same size and shape as regular DVDs, even though the console does not offer DVD playback like the Xbox, Xbox 360, PlayStation 2, or PlayStation 3 do." -irrelevant not tor thorsen

Demon-Draco
Demon-Draco

hah, sorry kiddies, you can't have a real blue controller. Here's a controller sleeve!

Brutalus7
Brutalus7

Yay for the Wii. I'm pumped.

pXxJoSexXp
pXxJoSexXp

cool, I'm looking forward a black control sleeve :D

namdar
namdar

MY GOD I CREAMED IN MY PANTS!!! SOOO ALMOST HERE!

rpliml
rpliml

Did everyone pick up their Wii Rubbers "Protectors"?

MegaManX9101
MegaManX9101

(to help out k-weave ;)) Hey eddy... since when can light guns sense motion through space?

K-weave
K-weave

EddyG0RD0 The Wii controller isn't a light gun

BurntToast
BurntToast

Yah, it seems like Target is the first major retail chain to start selling Wii products. They started going up on Tuesday/Wednesday.

TintedChimes
TintedChimes

Yay, Wii, I want to get one but I need more games. Just come out with the good games and I'll get any system, 5 great games, that's all I need to get any system. Too bad I wasn't interested in the GC line-up, but I did play my roomate's GC, great multiplayer games.

ignautius
ignautius

Louisiana??? I'm in Lincoln, Nebraska, and I saw that exact set of merchandise at a Target like a week ago. Man, if only I'd known it was news worthy I'd have called Greg Kasavin on the spot.

EddyG0RD0
EddyG0RD0

"KarlZoneX EddyG0RD0- No, he means new gen.. you know, a new idea and different direction with games in general. At least that's their philosophy.. we'll have to see how it turns out. Next-gen would be more of the same but a step up in graphics and such, which I'm tired of. If it was current gen it would be just like the gamecube, just with a different name and no technological improvements. When you play games for so long it really starts getting old after a while.. it'll be nice to have something a little different. Most of the younger crowd here can't grasp that though, and that's fine. " LIGHT GUNS arent NEW.

KarlZoneX
KarlZoneX

EddyG0RD0- No, he means new gen.. you know, a new idea and different direction with games in general. At least that's their philosophy.. we'll have to see how it turns out. Next-gen would be more of the same but a step up in graphics and such, which I'm tired of. If it was current gen it would be just like the gamecube, just with a different name and no technological improvements. When you play games for so long it really starts getting old after a while.. it'll be nice to have something a little different. Most of the younger crowd here can't grasp that though, and that's fine.

westsider101
westsider101

YEAH Wii is not next gen PS3 AND 360 ARE they have more to offer for what out there right now

glhx1rush
glhx1rush

RELAX Lonelogan87, I was just making fun of "fanboys", heheh, ok, you caught me, i'm an "ENDCAP FANBOY" heheheh

EddyG0RD0
EddyG0RD0

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Vellyvel
Vellyvel

"Should be a nice system for kid's under 10." So........you are saying you will enjoy the Wii.

kavadias1981
kavadias1981

eestrada0912 Should be a nice system for kid's under 10. I dont think he really believes this. He is just trying to wind people up. If he does believe this then I would just like to point out to him that I (aged 25) am getting one, my wife (aged 23) cant wait to play it also. My brother (aged 23) is getting one and his wife of the same age cant wait to play it. Also my younger brother (aged 13) is getting one. Just thought you might like to read this and realise how little you know about reality and the Nintendo consumer. Cheers.

chrisdojo
chrisdojo

that display looks ghetto. hopefully nintendo reps will be out to stores to show them how to set stuff up the right way.

N15PCA
N15PCA

I all ready bought some Wimote covers. It came with three covers. One of them was green and had triforce symbol on it. That's is pretty cool. The Wiimote other covers were black and grey.

Gamepro2421
Gamepro2421

what's wrong with "kiddy games"? some of my favorite games like Jak, Ratchet and Clank, Donkey Kong, Super Mario, ect ect could be considered "kiddy games"

kinglink2
kinglink2

Yeah because you know sony's controller doesn't feel fragile, and Sony and Microsoft haven't had any console failure yet. Hell Nintendo is the only one that still is producing quality systems. But go think it's for kids, while we enjoy a new way to play video games, you'll be playing on the fun little controller that you've had for 20 years. Sorta like a security blanket, though it's not for kids right?

-KinGz-
-KinGz-

eestrada0912 Should be a nice system for kid's under 10. these ppl... it just makes me sad seing the ignorance.

Phazevariance
Phazevariance

eestrada0912 Should be a nice system for kid's under 10.

You say this because of the graphics of the system or because you feel that because the GC had kiddie games that that automatically means this system will have kiddie games? I don't think you know what you are talking about.

JollyJake
JollyJake

Lol... Imagine how mad some kid will be when his Wii controller breaks. Haha. He'll have to wait until Nintendo sends him a new one or go buy a new one at the store... That could get expensive! "I squeezed it to hard while I was fighting dudes with a sword!"