Nintendo's Wii Rainchecks Mean You Get the Console Plus the Agonizing Wait

Kotaku's Brian Crecente is liveblogging a chat with Nintendo US honcho Reggie Fils-Aime, where the first order of business was the availability of Wii "rainchecks" at GameStop stores. If you go in on December 20 or 21 and make a full payment, assuming they are out of actual Wiis, you will get a raincheck certificate which guarantees a Wii by the end of January. Though Fils-Aime told Crecente that the GameStop has "many tens of thousands" of rainchecks across their 3,000 or so stores, they may of course run out of those as well. Fils-Aime confirmed that Best Buy, Target and Wal-Mart were releasing lots of Wiis this weekend, but if none of this works, there's always cryogenic freezing. [Kotaku]