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Wigglytuff
Nov 19th, 2006, 03:04 AM
Wii warriors fill streets of Manhattan
Anticipation for launch nears apex as hundreds gather outside Times Square Toys "R" Us, nearby Nintendo World Store.
By Tim Surette, Brendan Sinclair, GameSpot
Posted Nov 19, 2006 12:31 am GMT

Tim Surette talks to those first in line at the Nintendo World Store, just hours before the launch.

NEW YORK--Yesterday, when the gaming world was still reeling in the wake of the PlayStation 3 launch, the Times Square Toys "R" Us, official site of the Nintendo Wii's 12:01 a.m. Sunday launch, had yet to see a single soul lined up for it. At the nearby Nintendo World Store in Rockefeller Plaza, the scene wasn't much bigger, with a mere handful of faithful fans camped out for the system.

What a difference a day makes. Saturday afternoon, hundreds of people had lined up at the two stores to be among the first in the world to buy a Wii at retail. While the gaming giant is releasing its next-gen system tomorrow in the US, gamers in its home country will have to wait until the December 2 Japanese launch to get their hands on it.


All lined up and no where to go; the Wii line outside Toy "R" Us.

While both stores had respectable lines of people forming, the difference between these crowds and those attending the PS3 launch was like night and day. These Toys "R" Us crowd existed in an orderly line snaking along the block, rather than the massed clump of those waiting for the PS3. Early on, a member of the line had started a sign-up sheet to keep the order straight, and the line itself was self-policing, for the most part.

And while the 50 or so campers outside of the Nintendo World store weren't terribly organized, they seemed much more at ease and laid back than the PS3 crowd, with its own distinct kind of buddy-buddy camaraderie.

Those waiting for a Wii were far mellower than those who picked up a PS3 on Friday.

"It's cool waiting here at Nintendo World," said Joe Lopez, who arrived at the store around noon on Friday. "If I get bored, my buddies will just hold my place in line while I go inside and play the Wii [on one of the store's demo kiosks]."

One observer noted that the crowds waiting for the Wii were decidedly "less gangsta" than those who camped out for the PS3.

The scene was still hectic at Toys "R" Us, where the hustle and bustle of everyday foot traffic in the heart of the Big Apple is only amplified by having to share the sidewalks with a crowd of gamers. Many passersby expressed an interest in the line, although the most common question they asked of those waiting seemed to be, "Is this the line for the PS3?"


One gamer expresses his willingness to talk to reporters.

Those sort of questions likely became less frequent this afternoon after the store hung giant banners advertising the Wii along its exterior, and began promoting the official launch events on a huge LCD screen outside the store. About a dozen police officers arrived on the scene as well, closing down 44th Street to set up a stage for this evening's launch festivities.

Inside Toys "R" Us, Nintendo had finally set up Wii demo kiosks. Wii Sports, Rayman, Zelda, Excite Truck were all available for play, and a Nintendo representative was on hand to help walk gamers through the system. An interactive monitor with Mario was also there, with a man, through a webcam, voicing the iconic plumber and chatting up passersby.

It's all smiles as those in the Times Square line wait it out until midnight tonight.

While most of the commotion for the Wii so far seems to be coming from the core gamer crowd that Nintendo has always courted, it appeared that Nintendo's strategy of bringing in the non-gaming crowd with an intuitive and inexpensive console is working, at least for one family. Just after checking out the Wii in the Nintendo World store, a family of tourists expressed their interest in the machine.

"How much is it," asked one child's mother, to which the father replied "$249." Surprised, she merely noted, "$249? That's not expensive at all!"



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please note how civilized nintendo wii gamers are.

fufuqifuqishahah
Nov 19th, 2006, 03:25 AM
=)

i hope it does better than ps3. i told my supervisor that it would and she scoffed at me

Wigglytuff
Nov 19th, 2006, 03:35 AM
sweet i think i am going to get dressed and go out there to get my system.

but then again, $250 is not alot for the system, but $50 a game is.

after three games thats $400 plus tax.

dementieva's fan
Nov 19th, 2006, 03:53 AM
nerds

hingisGOAT
Nov 19th, 2006, 03:53 AM
there is no doubt the wii will do better than the ps3. there are simply so many more units available, it has received far better press, and let's not even discuss the price difference :)

i personally can't wait to try it out -- i've loved nintendo games since i was a kid, and i'm excited by the prospect of downloading games on its virtual console, such as super mario bros. 2 & 3 and old zelda games

fufuqifuqishahah
Nov 19th, 2006, 04:51 AM
sweet i think i am going to get dressed and go out there to get my system.

but then again, $250 is not alot for the system, but $50 a game is.

after three games thats $400 plus tax.

give me a call. we can make it a ladies' night out

Wigglytuff
Nov 19th, 2006, 07:28 AM
nerds

:lol: :lol: :lol: looks like in the message board as well as in real life, those who mock the geekdom end up with just $27 to their names :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

Wigglytuff
Nov 19th, 2006, 07:32 AM
give me a call. we can make it a ladies' night out

:lol: :lol: :lol: lol, i went out there and the line was CRAZY. there were easily 2,000-3,000 people on line at toys r us when it opened at midnight. and the nintendo store a few blocks away had about 200 hundred online, but its safer there and they are not going to open till 8am. needless to say i would of only stayed on that line for Miyamoto-sama or tracy chapman. but monday nintendo is having like coffee and snacks for adult gamers at like 6am so people can pick one up on the way to work. so i will likely do that.

Wigglytuff
Nov 19th, 2006, 07:34 AM
there is no doubt the wii will do better than the ps3. there are simply so many more units available, it has received far better press, and let's not even discuss the price difference :)

i personally can't wait to try it out -- i've loved nintendo games since i was a kid, and i'm excited by the prospect of downloading games on its virtual console, such as super mario bros. 2 & 3 and old zelda games

and at 3-10$ each the price for the old games wont be bad at all!!

do you know anything about the gamecube memory cards, will the wii accept them?

fufuqifuqishahah
Nov 19th, 2006, 07:59 AM
:lol: :lol: :lol: lol, i went out there and the line was CRAZY. there were easily 2,000-3,000 people on line at toys r us when it opened at midnight. and the nintendo store a few blocks away had about 200 hundred online, but its safer there and they are not going to open till 8am. needless to say i would of only stayed on that line for Miyamoto-sama or tracy chapman. but monday nintendo is having like coffee and snacks for adult gamers at like 6am so people can pick one up on the way to work. so i will likely do that.

:haha: tracy chapman =P

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that's cute what the nintendo thing is doing. maybe they'll have hot booth babes :nudge nudge:

Wigglytuff
Nov 19th, 2006, 08:04 AM
:haha: tracy chapman =P

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that's cute what the nintendo thing is doing. maybe they'll have hot booth babes :nudge nudge:

leave tracy alone, actually leave me alone with tracy :hehehe:


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:lol: :lol: lol, they SHOULD have booth babes that would be fucking awesome!!!

hingisGOAT
Nov 19th, 2006, 10:11 AM
and at 3-10$ each the price for the old games wont be bad at all!!

do you know anything about the gamecube memory cards, will the wii accept them?

i have no clue, i gave away my gamecube years ago.

Wigglytuff
Nov 19th, 2006, 10:49 AM
i have no clue, i gave away my gamecube years ago.

i took me a while to find out, but i have found out that yes it does.


i have an orange gamecube from japan that i dont know what to do with.

ico4498
Nov 19th, 2006, 11:52 AM
nerds

file this under too much time and little purpose. your post inspired me to google nerd/geek differences ...

my conclusion? way too much has been written!

and yes, the consensus agrees with yah (may not be news to you) ... nerds fill the streets, while geeks are responsible for Manhattan being filled.

Josh B.
Nov 19th, 2006, 11:55 AM
woohoo, cant wait for 8th december

Josh B.
Nov 19th, 2006, 12:27 PM
i thought the ps3 released in march????????

Oneofakind0490
Nov 19th, 2006, 01:06 PM
I'm getting mine in a few hours. We were thinking about getting it at 12 but I was falling asleep at 9 so that didn't happen. Going to pick it up around 10 when the store opens. Can't wait to play but that won't be untill December 25th:sad:

xr6turbo
Nov 19th, 2006, 02:03 PM
i thought the ps3 released in march????????
It's being released in March in Europe and Aus. It was released in Japan and the US on the 17th of November.

Edward.
Nov 19th, 2006, 03:41 PM
Sad Nintendorks.

Josh B.
Nov 24th, 2006, 06:41 PM
It's being released in March in Europe and Aus. It was released in Japan and the US on the 17th of November.

heard on the radio it was a surprise release . so im keeping my eyes open and i think they might try to release the ps3 in december just before the wii releases