So, you learned your lesson from past launches of console releases and remember that you don’t wanna be left out of the water cooler chat after Xmas. Everyone will be talking about the Wii U and how fun it is (it has happened to me when the original Wii came out, and I hated it). Well, get your butt moving, because the black Wii U is sold out almost everywhere (at time of this posting). However! As of Oct-04-2012, you still have three chances left: Toys R Us and Wal-mart have not yet started taking preorders (watch my blog), and The Source (Canada, no in-store pickup) is still accepting preorders (for now).
The question is: should you fork over the extra $50 for the Deluxe Bundle at $349? The answer is an absolute OMG yes! The Basic set doesn’t even include a game! The deluxe set comes with the game Nintendo Land, hard drive space increases from 8GB to 32GB, a Deluxe digital points system (a Rewards system to use for later purchases), and accessory stands (as well as everything in the base set including the tablet controller). Remember, you can use your old Wii remotes to play on the Wii U (so you save money there).
So, how is this Nintendo Land game? Game critics and hardcore gamers usually dismiss Nintendo games as too casual or one-dimensional, especially mini-games collections. However, watch this newly posted eye-opening game review by GameInformer below (or click here), they explain how the game is originally deceiving in its gameplay depth and yet extremely addicting. Below that video is the E3 gameplay presentation of Nintendo Land that GameInformer was referring to in their review (or click here).
How quickly did the first set of Deluxe bundles sell out? Just three to four days at Gamestop, EB Games, Bestbuy and Futureshop. I expect the same for the others that will sell preorders. I highly recommend to take the safe route and NOT to go to the store to buy after the release date, November 18th, unless you enjoy waiting in huge lines for hours or enjoy being disappointed with sold out signs. You will not see supply until after January 2013.
REMEMBER, you snooze you lose!
I can just see it… Soccer moms hearing about the new Wii U thinking, “What a steal for $300 for a Nintendo iPad!” They rush over to the store, hoping to surprise the kids with the best Xmas present of 2012, then leave disappointed when they learn they’re all sold out and no supply till next year (or they settle for the basic and not realize they could have saved some money with the Deluxe).
Also, this is historic for Canadians: This is the first video game console launch where both the US and Canadian prices ARE EXACTLY THE SAME!!! I’m really shocked! Go Canadian Loonie Go!!