No I didn't get one. Yes, I'm jealous of those that
I visited Target on Saturday to ask them how they were
handling the launch. They told me they'd hand out tickets
at 7:30am and had 84 units. She seemed to think they
would sell out "by noon". Ha ha.
I had planned to get there three hours before opening,
but given her response I changed that to two hours. When
I got there at 6am there was a rather large line already
present, including some tents from those that camped out.
I mentally did a count as I walked down the line to find
my place at the end. I was dismayed as my tally surpassed
the 84 units supposedly allotted. It was close, though.
I hopped in line and hoped that there were people in line
that were only there for moral support (or parents of
It was rather uneventful waiting. The guy right behind
me was a rather colorful character. Pretty much the
definition game geekdom. I was happy to find myself
amongst kin. He was quoting
Arcade, Simpsons, and even
Vegonomics one). He had a DS and was playing Elite Beat
Agents, trying to beat the final stage on the hardest
level and getting a perfect combo. Me? I did my Brain
Training for the day, played a couple Clubhouse Games
and called it quits.
Around 7am something must have happened near the front
because the line became compressed - all tents and chairs
were packed away. That's when I snapped a couple pics.
Here's the front of the line - whom I dub "lucky bastards".
And here's the end of the line - whom I dub "Wii-less losers". The guy on the far right was the one behind me.
Around 7:30am a Target guy came out and explained how
the thing would work. He confirmed the 84 systems and
indicated that for every three games you bought you would
receive a $20 gift card (useable only on a future
purchase). Imagine that! With some places forcing you
to buy bundles just to get a system, here was Target
not only letting you buy the system by itself if you want,
but giving you a bonus if you bought games.
They started handing out tickets. The last ticket was
given to a guy maybe dozen people ahead of me. Curses!
If only I'd stuck with my original plan of arriving three
hours early. If only the now clearly demented woman
hadn't said they'd sell out "by noon" I wouldn't have been
so lax. (And if only I hadn't stopped by the video store
first to dropp off a movie.)
My tale doesn't end there. Once we knew we wouldn't
be getting one we made a mad dash across the street to
Walmart. Of course they had opened at 7am and had
already sold out of their paltry 20-something units.
Then it was to the Sears in the same shopping center.
Aha! Only a dozen or so people in line. There was a
rumor that there were only six units available, but I
was losing hope so decided to stick it out. The guy
behind me in this line asked if anyone wanted in on some
DS Metroid multiplayer. Now, I have the cart, but have
never played it (life with kids = zero time). He helped
me set it up.
Around then a Sears employee came out and confirmed
that they only had six. She gave the rest of us 10% off
vouchers for any electronics purchase. Hey maybe I'll
use it to get Zelda later. The annoying part is that the
person at the front of the Sears line got there at 6:30am!
If I'd only gone there first instead of Target I would
Dejected, I went to leave when the Metroid guy said,
"if you really want one I know where we can get one if
you drive me." He was a nice guy and a gamer so I felt
safe taking him up on that (and I was getting a wii bit
desperate at that point). We hit a couple of Best Buys
(tickets already distributed) and even dropped by Costco
(no line! but, didn't get any units). No luck.
There were rumors that stores would be getting new
stock the next day so maybe I'll call around this week.
I'm not holding out much hope, though.
Thank goodness I still have Guitar Hero to wile away
the time until I get wiily lucky. I got the
wireless guitar, which feels so nice to not worry about cord
tripping. Plus my son has gotten into playing so it's
nice to not worry about the cord getting yanked. My
dream of a gaming buddy is slowly coming to fruition.