Though I have found that the majority of our listeners already own a Nintendo Wii, it is still the hardest gift to get for the holidays. It's actually quite amazing that sales have been up this much even over a year after the system's release without a price cut. So, it may be a challenge, but at least now you'll be able to find out how to track down one of these systems with my guide on the most efficient way to find a Wii!
First off, forget about those supposed "Wii tracker" sites. Most of the time, they're out-dated from how fast the wiis usually fly out the door. So, what I Would do is, be at the stores at opening on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday. We're at a point where nobody is actually camping out for a console anymore, so being there at opening should be fine.
Most store employees are usually guessing when you ask them when the next shipment is. I know that from personal experience, but if you have some sort of insider who knows shipment details, that always helps, and though talking to store employees doesn't hurt, don't take what they say as an absolute truth. But remember, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday are usually the key days to check.
If you live in New York, you are in luck. The Nintendo World store gets Wii shipments every single day! But since this is a prime spot for getting a Wii, try being there at about 5 minutes before opening. And keep in mind, that in all of December they have special holiday hours so be sure to check their website for the opening and closing times before making the hike out there. Their address is 5 Rockefeller Plaza, and their website is: NintendoWorld.com.
If you just want to guarantee you will have a Wii at some point and don't care too much if you get it by Christmas or not, Nintendo is selling Wii rainchecks. To find out more about these rainchecks click here.
Don't be afraid to call stores often. Some stores don't get their shipments in until mid-day! So don't be afraid to call the same stores twice. Stores that get mid-day shipments usually get them between 11AM and 2PM on average. So, if your Wii isn't there at opening, wait a few hours and check again. Mid-day shipments never happen on Sundays and very rarely on Saturdays, so as far as they go, Monday is usually the day for that to happen.
And lastly, there is that last resort way of getting a Wii. And though I wouldn't recommend it, there's always eBay. And if you do find yourself desperate enough to bid on a Wii, try bidding on a new, unopened Wii. Because this way, you know that the seller didn't tamper with it. And there's always a few other websites you can check to, but make sure that ship date would be in time for when you need it!
Follow these steps and there's a very good chance you'll be able to get that Wii just in for the holidays. Once you get your Wii, you may want to pick a few games for it as well, so you can click here to check out GamersCast's Nintendo Wii game reviews! Out of all the Wii games I've played though, here's a short list of the notable ones to pick up (downloadable games not listed):
-Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess
-Wii Play (only if you need another Wii Remote)
- Super Mario Galaxy
- Metroid Prime 3: Corruption
- Dragonball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 2
- Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock
- Super Paper Mario
Those are just a few of the games I'd recommend for Wii, though the best one out of them all is easily Super Mario Galaxy. I hope this guide helped all of you out!
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