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« on: May 25, 2006, 01:18:42 PM »

I almost never go to the game stores anymore, but i'm pretty convinced I want to pick up a wii on day 1 this year, so does anyone know of any of the chains that are accepting pre-orders yet? or are they still gun-shy after the xbox360 pre-order debacle?
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« Reply #1 on: May 25, 2006, 04:30:22 PM »

EB games will not be doing pre-orders for systems. The "debacle" wasn't necessarily due to numbers availability, but to distribution.

MS , Nintendo and Sony refuse to guarantee alotment to the gamer stores; Wal-Marts get the lions share and thusly the other stores don't see their required percentages. (got this from my local EB Games mgr; he's going to be "taking care of me" when it comes to release time.

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« Reply #2 on: May 25, 2006, 06:31:32 PM »

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are they still gun-shy after the xbox360 pre-order debacle?


Yes, I think so, which would help explain why there won't be any preorders for PS3 anytime soon. But afaik GS/EB have not been given any info in regard to Wii preorders as the other poster suggests. They could simply be waiting for pricing and availability info.
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« Reply #3 on: May 25, 2006, 06:43:58 PM »

What happened with the 360 is that MS allocated systems to retailers based on their market share, not on what they had reserved. The exception to this was Best Buy, which got a larger share due to their "preferred retail partner" status.

I wouldn't be suprised if GameStop/EB ended up taking reservations at the last minute once they have firm numbers from Nintendo and Sony.
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« Reply #4 on: May 26, 2006, 01:41:14 AM »

I've heard rumors from my local Gamestop honcho that they might be taking reserves a month before release, if at all, for the PS3. Simply because Sony said that there will be all of 2 million consoles at launch. Which means about 2 consoles per store, at best.

As for the Wii - nobody knows how many there will be at launch, how much it'll be, or even the release date. Wait for Nintendo to say more, then rush down to your local store.
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« Reply #5 on: May 26, 2006, 02:06:27 AM »

Toys R Us are selling preorder bundles (Wii with games). No preorders for system only.
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« Reply #6 on: May 26, 2006, 07:17:12 AM »

Nintendo revealed that they expect to sell 6 million Wii's by end of March 07, which means about 3 million by Christmas.  That's worldwide, so maybe 1 million US or 1.5 million if they screw Europe (can't remember if they've promised Europe for the holidays or not).  That's not a lot of consoles available even if it's at $249.  Pre-order early if you can and hope you get lucky.

Seriously, if MS is smart and makes sures there are ton's of 360's available this holiday they are going to clean up given how few Wii's and PS3's there will be.
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« Reply #7 on: May 26, 2006, 11:34:43 AM »

no i dont think a price or release date has been released here in europe yet....but i am gonna get it....even if it is crap,LOL...just so i can help put that last nail in sony's coffin....sorry still pissed about the whole no pre-owned rumour
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« Reply #8 on: May 26, 2006, 02:17:04 PM »

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I've heard rumors from my local Gamestop honcho that they might be taking reserves a month before release, if at all


Correct, we've been told it won't be until October, at the earliest.
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