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.