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Reggie poses with "Triforce" with his signed Wii - Image courtesy GameSpot

Wii launches at midnight in Universal City - Image courtesy GameSpot

GameJew superstar raises his Wii in victory - Image courtesy GameSpot

The scene at a Canadian big box retailer

There looks to be more people than Wiis available

Those who were assured a Wii lookin' pretty

Wii got it!

Oddly enough, Zelda and Trauma Center were already sold out
The arrival of Nintendo Wii completes the roster of next-generation gaming

The new generation of video gaming is officially here with today’s launch of Nintendo Wii. The premiere launch site at the NYC Times Square Toys “R” Us saw a midnight release with 3,000 gamers in attendance of the launch event.

Unlike the mayhem of the PlayStation 3 launch, the Wii launched with little bloodshed. Much of this is due to the fact that Nintendo is providing ample supply of its new console across the nation. Everyone who attended the launch event in New York who was interested in purchasing a console was able to, thanks to a stockpile of 4,000 units at that location alone.

Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime made the usual head-honcho appearance that’s become common with new console releases. Fils-Aime was there to hand the very first Wii to Isaiah “Triforce” Johnson, 29, who had been waiting outside the store for several days. “I had to get it first,” he explained. Johnson couldn’t have shown his dedication any stronger, who wore a black leather Nintendo coat, a Zelda sweatshirt and NES-relic Power Glove when he shook hands with the Nintendo President. And now, he’ll be able to add another piece of Nintendo memorabilia to his collection, as he had Fils-Aime personalize his Wii with a signature.

While “Triforce” may look like a dedicated Nintendo fan, he waited in line in similar fashion for the Xbox 360 last year. When CNET asked him why he didn’t camp out for the PlayStation 3, he shook his head and said, “I didn't want to get involved in the mayhem … and it's not worth the risk of danger.”

At the other end of the country, Nintendo hosted its launch at the EB Games in Universal City Walk with Senior VP Marketing George Harrison to do the honors. Over a thousand gamers showed up for the event, and at the very front of the line was Jonathan Mann, dressed in Mario cosplay garb.

After ringing through his purchase, Mann hoisted the console above his head for all the world to see. “I'm really excited. You have no idea how excited I am. Seriously. I've been waiting for this since 1991,” he said in this GameSpot report, with no apparent explanation on what he thought of the Nintendo 64 in 1996 and GameCube in 2001.

Like his Times Square counterpart, Mann waited at the front of the line for nearly two days prior to launch. “I'm a little delirious. I've been up for about 40 hours straight. But I've got it in my hands now and it feels good,” said Mann to AP, adding that he has written songs and posted videos about the console for his Web site, GameJew. In his latest video, he sang “Wii Means You and Me” and “The Wind Whispers Wii” to a group of console pre-order onlookers.

Here at DailyTech, our staff scoured the all over the city to get a better picture of the demand behind the Wii. Big box stores such as Best Buy and Wal-Mart had campers early the night before and easily sold out hours before official store opening. Perhaps after experiencing the chaos of PlayStation 3, retailers were bit smarter in organizing crowds. Store managers handed out numbered tickets to those in line, where each ticket would represent a guaranteed console. Those who received a ticket could rest easy that their spot in line was secured, and those without tickets could leave to scavenge elsewhere. Despite the many times the available launch units of PlayStation 3, the Wii is selling out in all major centers. In fact, this editor had to hit a Blockbuster Video store at a remote location to find a console with extra Wiimotes and Nunchuks.

The difference between today’s sell out and that of PlayStation 3 from Friday is that Nintendo is shipping at least four times the units between now and the holiday season, assuring that nearly everyone’s Christmas list will be satisfied. On the other hand, some retailers aren’t expecting to have any additional PlayStation 3 consoles until after the New Year.

In an interview with GameSpot, Reggie Fils-Aime had some advice for those who are left Wii-less after today, saying that those people “should not give up hope, but they should prepared to be fast on their feet.” He reaffirms that Nintendo is committed to delivering 4 million units by December 31, adding that North America will command the largest share of shipments.

“[Demand] is what will drive shortages, that is what will drive stock out. It's not an inability to manufacture, which is what is plaguing our competition, our biggest issue is going to be an inability to satisfy the demand,” said Fils-Aimes. “So, if I'm a consumer, I'm going to want to keep calling and going to all of the likely suspects: my EB and GameStop stores, my Best Buy, my Circuit City, my Target, my Wal-Mart--everywhere--because they're all going to have it at some point in time. But when they're in, they're going to be gone immediately.”

Wii consoles are not fetching nearly the coin on eBay that PlayStation 3 is, but most sellers are still doubling their investment as the average selling price hovers around the $500 mark. Auction prices may fall when the general public finds out that Wii consoles likely won’t face the same supply issues as PlayStation 3 are and the Xbox 360 did last year. Fils-Aime also had something to say about gamers and online auctions.

“The other challenge, frankly, for consumers, is that unlike our competition, you're probably not going to see a lot of units on eBay,” he reckoned. “All of the stories that I've seen of people who have been waiting and getting their preorders in, a lot of these folks get asked, 'You gonna go put this on eBay?' And for PS3, people are saying, 'Yeah, I'm hoping to strike it rich on PS3.' For Wii, they're saying, 'No. I want to buy this and play it.'”

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RE: no dvd? no sale.
By Aikouka on 11/20/2006 10:41:19 AM , Rating: -1
That logic is flawed and I'll tell you why.

See, if I look at all the DVD players in the spectrum, tell me one that plays video games... I'm waiting... still waiting. Oh right, none of them do. Now, tell me if I look at all of the video game consoles that are for sale in the spectrum... tell me which ones play DVDs. Playstation 2, XBOX, Gamecube (JP only) and XBOX 360. The only console that currently does not is the Wii. So for 5 or so years, users have been given the option to play DVDs using their gaming console, so why can't one expect such a relatively cheap option to be available today? Especially if DVD players are so cheap to make (as everyone comes back with the $20 DVD player remark. With that, Nintendo could've added DVD playback for a couple bucks per system!)

I know people that use their consoles to play DVDs. It makes everything easier to as there's only one item in the entertainment center. It's not such a moot point as you're trying to make it. For some people, it's a valid point, and just because it isn't for you, doesn't mean that you should bash them for it.

RE: no dvd? no sale.
By drebo on 11/20/2006 4:30:15 PM , Rating: 2
Ok, if you're not satisfied with the fact that you can buy a new DVD player for $20...How about this?

You already have an XBox360, a PS2, and/or a PS3. All of which have games that cannot be played by the other, so you have no redundancy in your setup. That's three DVD players right there. WHY, then, do you need another one?

Not only that, but which of those supports the various Dolby schemes? Which has 5.1+ surroundsound output? Oh, right...none of them do. So, if I want to actually enjoy my DVD movie experience, I'm going to have a stand-alone player ANYWAY!

So, between my two-to-three consoles that play DVDs and my stand-alone DVD player with far better sound and video options...Please tell me again why I need yet another gaming console to play DVDs?

And, for someone who does not yet own a gaming console and the Wii is to be their first, it's a very fair bet that this person already has a stand-alone DVD player, and are thus not missing out on anything.

So stuff a sock in it already, no one cares. Those drama queens who are so stuck on the fact that they won't have nine-teen DVD players will just have to do without, which means more for the people who actually want one.

RE: no dvd? no sale.
By Aikouka on 11/21/2006 11:23:37 AM , Rating: 1
You essentially spewed out the same thing as everyone else, but with a bunch of assumptions in there.

- Someone owns every gaming console. You may've said "or", but then you said "three". Consistancy ftw.

- You attempted to generalize everyone as already owning a DVD player. Do I own one? No. Do I generalize everyone with myself? No. Do I bring up in any argument that some portion of the populous does or does not own one? No. Personally, I play all my DVDs in my computer if you were wondering.

- Everyone owns a DD certified sound system and because they do, this automatically matters?

Me? I just proved someone's logic to be illogical, because the argument was borderline retarded. It's about as bad as an anti-Sony person saying the PS3 doesn't play 200 PS2 games when they should say, the PS3 doesn't play 200 PS2 games properly (i.e. the sound is messed up at some points). Also, my post mentioned nothing about a $20 DVD player purchase being a poor reason.

Okay, now I'm going to explain this to you, drebo. Maybe you and everyone else will finally understand. You might not care that there's no DVD playing capabilities, but you are not everyone . There may be people who would like this feature, and for you and others to call them "unworthy of the Wii" is just a snob attitude.

The lack of a DVD playing ability affecting this guy's decision to buy one is his right as a consumer. Whether or not you agree with it is your own perogative. If you don't like it, good, go buy a Wii or play your Wii and the original poster won't. I won't buy one at the moment, because I think there aren't any games I want. Maybe sometime in the future there'll be a fun game that makes me purchase the Wii, but right now... there aren't any. The same goes for the PS3, and it took me a year to find games worthy enough to make me buy the XBOX 360.

RE: no dvd? no sale.
By drebo on 11/21/2006 1:27:59 PM , Rating: 2
Good job, idiot.

You just completely missed everything I said. Went right over your head. Way to go.

You know what? If you don't want to buy a Wii, good for you. No one cares. Now shut up and let those of us who did buy a Wii enjoy it for what it is: the most innovative gaming machine ever released.

RE: no dvd? no sale.
By Aikouka on 11/21/2006 2:31:04 PM , Rating: 2
Wow, now this shows what type of maturity I'm working with~

If I "missed what you said" how about I summarize your entire post for you:

Why do I need another item that plays DVDs if I have consoles that do it. Also, these consoles do not have support for high-quality dolby digital uber outputs, so I must use a stand-alone anyway to support such features. You suck, and gtfo because you "hate the Wii."

How was my summary? Pretty accurate I think.

Now see, your last paragraph is what pisses me off the most. This news post is not "dedicated solely to the posting of pro-Wii comments." You are so uptight and haughty because I played the console in my own home and found it deficient. In fact, I've read posts from other users on the AT forums or from reviews that talk about the same problems that I mentioned! Get off your high horse, drebo. Believe it or not, there are opinions other than your own in this world =].

Now, I'm going to bring up another point... what does innovation have to do with it? Didn't people argue that game consoles are all about the gameplay offered from the wide variety of games not the console itself? A game can lack motion sensing and still be fun (hence the inclusion of the legacy games). I have plenty of fun playing simplistic games like Lumines (PSP and XBL) or Every Extend (PSP and PC), which are nothing more than a directional pad and a button for controls. In short, innovation doesn't matter unless it's implemented well in games. To go off that, the complaints I've seen so far about the Wii are all about the implementation of the "innovative features."

Although to steer from the negative, I did have an amusing time creating my sexy Mii :P.

"We don't know how to make a $500 computer that's not a piece of junk." -- Apple CEO Steve Jobs
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