Nintendo Wii Pre-Order: Completed
With much hazing of the GameStop employees I had counted on visiting this morning in hopes a pre-order might be unveiled. Luckily there was no questioning the event when I received an email confirming that the orders would start today.
My good friend Brian "Moose" Montoya has done this a few times before and suggested we arrive at 7 am. With his previous experience I did not question his assessment of the situation. With very little vigor I slumped out of my bed this morning with one thought "am I crazy for doing this?” Packing warm clothes and two portable gaming machines at ready for a three hour haul that lay ahead. Upon arriving a certain satisfaction came over me, there were already people there. We were not going to sit like idiots for three hours in front of a darkened store, these methods to gain material bliss were justified.
After a few games of Mario kart with the posse of DS packing nintendites the manager arrived. Informed us that he would do his best to open a touch early so we wouldn’t have to wait as long. There were maybe ten people in line at this time and all were excited. The manager returned to let us know he had a mere 24 units to disperse amongst us. This was great to hear and made me almost 40% sure I would get a Wii on launch. The other manager arrived a few minutes later and said nothing. Back to the waiting game and to pass the time I was playing the perfect little gem "Bust a Move". Nearing nine a.m. we started standing and preparing, he said he could open early and that could mean anything between 9 to 9:30. Minutes later the second manager came out with cards and announced they had 20 units to pre-order... wait only twenty? Where had the other four vanished off too. Well we can only assume bad retail business’s not forcing there employees to forego the process us mere mortals must endure.
Finally the doors open and wield my business card stating that I am #4. We have been explained the options that are available to us, consisting of controllers, memory cards, games and what not. My decisions had been made quite some time ago but I need to do something last minute or I wouldn’t be me. So I decide along with my ever so coveted excite series which I can race with my dad I opt for a $30 game "Rampage Total Destruction". I was a fan at a younger age of this game since it represented the closest thing to Godzilla I could find. I reach the counter and speak out what I am there for and pay on my credit card mind you because I don’t really have the money a total of $358. Two games and my Wii, now looking back and happy with all my actions I must wait for November 19th and hope that I actually receive my console.