Interesting Wii Pre-order Ordeal

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Bill Loguidice
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Real quick amongst all the "fun" going on around Armchair Arcade right now, but I tried to get in on the Wii pre-ordering last night at BOTH GameStop.com and EBGames.com, when they each had a few minute public window for ordering. They were offering Wii bundles for about $700. I figured that would be fine, since even naked systems were going for more than that on eBay. In any case, the idea - the same one I have with the PS3 - was to buy one for myself and buy a second to sell. Slimy, yes, and I've never done it before, but it would be the only way for me to procure one given my current situation, since I'd be essentially getting one for "free". Anyway, I get a Wii bundle in my cart at each site, go to the address entry sections, try to go the payment page, then I'm informed that my shopping cart is empty! Empty! I've never before experienced an item being pulled out of a shopping cart before! That's how much demand there is. It's going to be even worse for the PS3 since stock is going to be even less. For those that were able to get more than one, I'd love to hear what you finally get money-wise for the duplicates. I'm estimating AT LEAST double of what you paid...

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It's a bummer you lost your

It's a bummer you lost your job. Hope you have good luck finding a new one!!! You're lucky to have gotten a Wii...I envy you!!!!! Zelda is supposed to be amazing. Please to report when you get a chance. Cheers

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It's debatable whether

It's debatable whether Nintendo's so-called "dream" will come true, as that implies that those "non-gamers" will actually want to buy one for themselves and consistently purchase games. It's one thing to get people to have fun with something like the EyeToy or a light gun or a Wii-mote, or anything else that is immediately accessible under the right circumstances, it's another to keep them wanting to come back and keep trying and buying new things. As always, it's really about getting the right content. We'll see in about a year's time whether Nintendo truly crossed any barriers or not, how the third party software situation is looking and whether any technical shortcomings have an effect or not.

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Mark Vergeer
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I'm sorry David that's no way to start the holiday season....

I am sorry David, that's no way to start the holiday season. Loosing your job of 6 years is a big one.
Well at least you got a Wii. It'll keep you happy when you're not looking around for a new job.
Good luck!

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David Torre
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I actually got a Wii the

I actually got a Wii the morning of release. It was a gift (I just lost my job of six years, so I'm in NO state to buy anything). I have the pack-in Wii Sports and Zelda - that's it. I did take it over to my parents' house for Thanksgiving, everyone got in on the action. My mom and dad even played and created their own Mii avatars, so it looks like Nintendo's dream of getting nongamers to play games is coming true.

Mark Vergeer
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A new 3/4 size replica might be better than the real thing....

A new 3/4 size replica might be better than the real thing. A real life size used one will have had it's fair share of wear and tear and would need constant maintenance for it to be in working order. And now you can enjoy a more or less effortless and painless pinball experience on something that looks and sounds pretty much like the original deal.

I for one expect a review! ;)

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Bill Loguidice
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Not a Real Pinball Machine

Well, to be fair, it's not a "real" pinball machine, but unlike most "toy" pinball machines, this one uses the same type of pinball resistors for realistic pinball action. Make no mistake, for $200 ($400 is the list), I'll be getting an almost 3/4-sized pinball machine-like machine, NOT the real thing. I could save my pennies for a used pinball machine - a real one - but the extra size and high maintenance requirements make it unappealing to me (the same reason why I went with a MAME arcade machine based around PC and arcade components - it's easy to fix). If this pinball were to malfunction after x number of years, I probably couldn't fix it, but also the investment wouldn't be all that much, so nothing lost. The company that makes this is Zizzle, which also offers the Pirates of the Carribean model, but that's a bit more money and doesn't seem to offer anything additional over the Marvel model (save for being a bit newer).

After I get that machine, I'll take new photos of my den area. I really like how the arcade machine came together and how the arcade marquees look at wall decoration.

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Mark Vergeer
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Lucky bastard ;)

Wow getting a Pinball machine, that's sweet Bill, you lucky bastard.

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Bill Loguidice
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PS3, Wii and pinball machine

No, I definitely failed in my quest for getting two PS3's and two Wii's each. This was the first time I was going to sell the extra of each so I could get the first one free. In fact, the PS3 is in such demand and short supply, that many have been selling for 3x to 4x their original value. There are just way too few. The Wii is in a little better supply, but as with all major system launches, there is never enough to go around. It will be well after the holidays for most people to get their hands on one of these systems. As for me, I will wait until I get paid for the book to get those two systems, otherwise I just can't justify the expense.

I'm going to use the money I get for Christmas this year to get this: http://www.walmart.com/catalog/product.do?product_id=5238447 for my den. This will complement my MAME arcade machine nicely and will be zero maintenance in regards to a full-size pinball machine.

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Mark Vergeer
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So PS3's are gathering dust and Wii's are not to be found....

I won't be getting my consoles (Wii or PS3) when they first come out. Don't like the rush, the people snatching the boxes out of virtual or real shopping carts. I just want to go in a local shop and get one off the shelf. It took the x360 a year after the release for me to be able to walk into a store and get one of a shelf. Despite the fact that the X360 had it's premiere in Europe!

I'll probably end up getting a Wii early 2007 as I reckon there will be a huge shortage over here in the Netherlands. The PS3 will probably be my 2007 holiday season purchase of the year, I won't be surprised if the March 2007 release will be pushed farther in the Netherlands.

Often it pays off to wait a while, when you wait you'll be able to get special packaged deals and in PAL country often nasty bugs have been rectified in later models.

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Has Anybody Got a Wii Yet??

Well, I haven't heard anything from any of you, so that must mean nobody has received a Wii yet. I've been looking all over my gaming retail area in Northern Virginia, and so far, no Wii's to be found. I asked the local Target and the guy behind the counter said they only come in 5-10 at a time and somehow people find out about it and they go almost as soon as they're put on the shelf. He mentioned people only line up outside the store when they know a shipment is coming in. It doesn't look good for Xmas if you want a Wii.

Alot of the "moms" at work were complaining that their kids only want PS3 and Wii systems for Xmas, and of course, they're nowhere to be found. I can only laugh at this because I'm very content with my 360 now and can certainly wait for the frantic rush to be over to get my Wii.

Oh, I also heard that PS3's probably won't be shipping in force until well into Jan 2007. Smart or idiotic marketing????

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