Nintendo Wii – Another Hot Christmas Buy

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After talking a bit about hot Christmas toys the other day, and how hard it’s going to be to find and buy TMX Elmo in the runup to Christmas, I thought I’d talk a bit about another hot Christmas toy… The Nintendo Wii. As it turns out, Amazon took pre-orders for the Wii for a short time early on the morning of September 15th, but the orders came in so fast that they had to stop.

For those of you that aren’t familiar with the Wii, it’s Nintendo’s next-generation gaming console. The Wii, which previously went by the codename “Revolution,” is Nintendo’s answer to the Xbox 360 and Playstation 3, and it’s slated to start shipping on November 19th. Like TMX Elmo, however, it’s starting to look like it’ll be tough to get your hands on one.

Since I’m a gadgety kind of guy, and we already have (and love) a Nintendo GameCube, complete with a couple of Waverbird wireless controllers and a variety of kid-friendly games, this is one craze that I might just get in on… After all, the Wii is totally back-compatible with all of our current GameCube games, and it looks like a lot of fun, especially with it’s new-fangled motion sensitive controller.

That being said, I’m not willing to pay a premium to get my hands on one. But… If I happen upon one for a reasonable price, it might just appear under the Christmas tree this year. Looks like I’ll have to keep popping back in over at Amazon to see if/when they open up the pre-orders again, as there’s no way that I’m going to kick and scratch to get one on release day in a brick and mortar store.

Published on September 27th, 2006 - 2 Comments
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  1. The only reason I bought a (used) N64 (as a freshman in college) was to play the Zelda game. I haven’t kept up with Nintendo since then. If I do decide to get a Wii at some point it’ll be at least a year or two down the road.

    I don’t see it as likely though.

    Comment by Blaine Moore — Sep 27th 2006 @ 1:34 pm
  2. The Wii was revealed about the same time that my wife and I participated in our community garage sale this year. I decided to designate my garage sale profits to purchasing one. I have $450 set aside. I’m in no hurry, though, and, like you, am unwilling to pay a premium for one. Nintendo seems pretty committed to meeting demand, so I have high hopes that we’ll all be able to get one.

    My top choice is to buy one from Amazon, too. I have several hundred dollars in credit there, so buying via Amazon would be like using free money. I missed out on the pre-order, but I have signed up to be notified when pre-orders reopen. If you haven’t already, you might want to do that.

    Good luck! If you find someplace else that’s taking pre-orders, please let me know! (Also note that the release date is actually a Sunday, so any Amazon pre-orders will arrive the following day.)

    Comment by J.D. @ Get Rich Slowly — Sep 29th 2006 @ 12:15 pm

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