Nintendo Wii Pre-orders Available at GameStop Tomorrow, October 13

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We doubt it's necessary to pre-order a Wii now that there's going to be two million Wii units available on launch day, but if you live in Sweaty Crack, North Dakota, where there's only going to be five units, we suppose it's good to reserve one.

GameStop and EB Games stores will begin accepting limited pre-orders for the Nintendo Wii console on Friday, October 13, on a first come, first served basis. Due to extremely limited supplu, we expect to reach our limit very quickly, most likely in minutes. We will not accept additional pre-orders at that time. To avoid an unnecessary trip we strongly recommend you call your local store to determine availability. A $50 reservation deposit is required, which can be funded with cash, credit or trade. As we cannot control production and shipping issues by the manufacturer, a reservation deposit does not guarantee receipt of a system available to purchase at launch. Reservations/Purchases are limited to 1 per household.

We're planning on just waltzing in and grabbing one on launch day.

Breaking: GameStop (Finally) Announces Wii Pre-Orders [Kotaku - Thanks to everyone who sent this in!]


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I know this is a day late or so, but I figure I'd relate my Wii Pre-Launch-Order experience.

I was outside my local EB at 7:45 this morning for a 10 a.m. opening and I was the first one there. By 9 there were a good 15 people, most of which had DS'. There was Tetris and Elite Beat Agents (via the in-store download station). It was fun.

Walked up to the register and dropped my dough for a Wii, Zelda, Elebits and a second controller/nunchaku. Behind the counter, the store owner had a list full of blanks numbered 1 to 18, with spots 15-18 being marked 'EMPLOYEE'. While EB doesn't give out official numbers, the store I was at yesterday told me "less than 20".

While I expect the systems to be available on the launch day no problem, I figure better safe than sorry... it's not like I have a job to be at at the moment, haha.