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The Wii Hits the UK

Zonk posted more than 7 years ago | from the with-a-wiimote-to-the-face dept.

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Gamespot is reporting on the Wii's launch in Britain. As with the U.S. launch, things seem to have gone quite smoothly. Celebrities and very long lines of gamers marked the occasion, with one store giving out pizza, merchandise, and champaign to their customers. From the article: "At Nintendo's official event in HMV on Oxford Street, celebrities Ian Wright, Nell McAndrew, Pat Cash, and Ricky Hatton turned up to play Wii Sports. Cash and McAndrew played Wii Tennis, with Cash winning two games to zero. Wright and Hatton sparred at Wii Boxing, with the ex-footballer winning the virtual game against the boxer. Heba Elgamal, who had been camping outside the store in an alley for two days, was first in line for a console at the HMV store, and it was presented to him by Ian Wright. Elgamal bought The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess with his purchase, and Wright asked him if Zelda was a fighting game--which didn't go down well with the crowd. " Errr ... who is Ian Wright? And how has he never heard of Zelda?

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116 comments

lol spelling (1, Informative)

bassgoonist (876907) | more than 7 years ago | (#17159348)

giving out champaign

Re:lol spelling (1)

Ninjaesque One (902204) | more than 7 years ago | (#17161744)

On another note, I think the champaign was to attract chavs, which tend to spend money like drunken sailors because they are, unfortunately, usually drunk. What do they drink? Champaign. They're usually underaged, but who cares? ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chav [wikipedia.org] )

Re:lol spelling (1)

poot_rootbeer (188613) | more than 7 years ago | (#17163300)

On another note, I think the champaign was to attract chavs, which tend to spend money like drunken sailors because they are, unfortunately, usually drunk. What do they drink? Champaign.

I hear sometimes they drink Urbana, too.

So that's where all the classic controllers went! (2, Funny)

Davess (1035554) | more than 7 years ago | (#17159354)

Re:So that's where all the classic controllers wen (1)

moltar77 (708055) | more than 7 years ago | (#17159962)

That's not fair--they get some decent packaging. The classic controller I bought was in that kind of plastic that only a very sharp knife can cut through, and then you have to pull it apart hoping not to cut your hands or break the cable. Just give me a box with tape on it please.

Re:So that's where all the classic controllers wen (2, Informative)

Mike89 (1006497) | more than 7 years ago | (#17159968)

We got the same packaging in Australia :)

Re:So that's where all the classic controllers wen (1)

masklinn (823351) | more than 7 years ago | (#17160626)

Everyone gets that packaging, except the USA that is.

The nunchuck, wiimote and wiimode + wiiplay bundle come in the same kind of boxes by the way.

Blame your shoplifting crowds.

Re:So that's where all the classic controllers wen (2, Funny)

corky842 (728932) | more than 7 years ago | (#17162750)

Safety first! [ctrlaltdel-online.com]

Re:So that's where all the classic controllers wen (1)

Fozzyuw (950608) | more than 7 years ago | (#17162462)

And there's still 10x more classical controllers to nunchucks. Pff

Wrighty (5, Informative)

mike260 (224212) | more than 7 years ago | (#17159372)

Errr ... who is Ian Wright? And how has he never heard of Zelda?

He's an ex-footballer. He's never heard of Zelda in the same way the poster's never heard of Ian Wright.

Re:Wrighty (4, Insightful)

Peter Cooper (660482) | more than 7 years ago | (#17159816)

Not only that, but an ex international football player. He is probably better known across the world than any American football player (I must admit, I can't name a single one).

Re:Wrighty (3, Funny)

servognome (738846) | more than 7 years ago | (#17164074)

He is probably better known across the world than any American football player

Better known than Michael Jordan?!!

Re:Wrighty (1)

MalleusEBHC (597600) | more than 7 years ago | (#17165190)


        He is probably better known across the world than any American football player

Better known than Michael Jordan?!!


Seriously dude, watch SportsCenter just once a year.

PS - Ditto for the guy who modded him up.

Re:Wrighty (4, Funny)

Mika_Lindman (571372) | more than 7 years ago | (#17159948)

He's an ex-footballer. He's never heard of Zelda in the same way the poster's never heard of Ian Wright.

Football? What's that? But nevermind that, I still can't believe someone doesn't know Zelda! Don't they teach you anything at school these days?

Re:Wrighty (2, Funny)

JohnSearle (923936) | more than 7 years ago | (#17160330)

Don't they teach you anything at school these days?
My illiteracy strikes again! I don't know what you've said. I've never been taught how to read!

- John

[Dictated by JohnSearle]

Re:Wrighty (1)

minus_273 (174041) | more than 7 years ago | (#17160860)

heh, didnt know you brits played football. always took you for rugby people.

Re:Wrighty (2, Insightful)

malsdavis (542216) | more than 7 years ago | (#17162846)

"heh, didnt know you brits played football. always took you for rugby people."

Uh, yea we do. Not only did we invent the game but the FA premier league is the most watched and most lucrative sporting league in the world (according to numerous sources including http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/FA_Premier_League [wikipedia.org] ).

So we do all waste a hell of a lot of our time and cash playing and watching it. ...doesn't seem to stop the national team from being crap though :(

Re:Wrighty (2, Insightful)

empaler (130732) | more than 7 years ago | (#17161174)

Errr ... who is Ian Wright? And how has he never heard of Zelda?

He's an ex-footballer. He's never heard of Zelda in the same way the poster's never heard of Ian Wright.
The difference being that Zonk isn't paid to have anything to do with soccer players (as far as I know), but Ian Wright was paid to be at the friggin' launch of the friggin' N-consoles with friggin' laser beams attached to the friggin' players.

Read your own summaries Zonk (1, Insightful)

Don_dumb (927108) | more than 7 years ago | (#17163966)

The difference being that Zonk isn't paid to have anything to do with soccer players (as far as I know)

No, but he *is* paid to read (and therefore edit) his own summaries.
From the summary - (with the important text highlighted for the benefit of those who cant make it through an entire paragraph)

Gamespot is reporting on the Wii's launch in Britain [CC]. As with the U.S. launch, things seem to have gone quite smoothly. Celebrities and very long lines of gamers marked the occasion, with one store giving out pizza, merchandise, and champaign to their customers. From the article: "At Nintendo's official event in HMV on Oxford Street, celebrities Ian Wright, Nell McAndrew, Pat Cash, and Ricky Hatton turned up to play Wii Sports. Cash and McAndrew played Wii Tennis, with Cash winning two games to zero. Wright and Hatton sparred at Wii Boxing, with the ex-footballer winning the virtual game against the boxer. Heba Elgamal, who had been camping outside the store in an alley for two days, was first in line for a console at the HMV store, and it was presented to him by Ian Wright. Elgamal bought The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess with his purchase, and Wright asked him if Zelda was a fighting game--which didn't go down well with the crowd. " Errr ... who is Ian Wright? And how has he never heard of Zelda?


Only one sentence after he was named, there's your answer. That wasn't too hard was it?

Re:Read your own summaries Zonk (2, Insightful)

gzunk (242371) | more than 7 years ago | (#17164608)

Ah but it didn't actually name who won, If you didn't know either, then you might have thought that Ricky Hatton was the footballer and Ian Wright was the boxer.

Re:Wrighty (2, Funny)

BiggyP (466507) | more than 7 years ago | (#17162772)

*psst*, you can't say that, it's "Soccer player", otherwise you'll only confuse the Americans further.

Re:Wrighty (1)

jrothwell97 (968062) | more than 7 years ago | (#17163850)

>He's an ex-footballer

By that, people of America, to clear up any confusion, we mean soccer.

Re:Wrighty (1)

jZnat (793348) | more than 7 years ago | (#17164818)

Since I've never heard of an NFL player (or any other minor leagues) being referred to as a "footballer", I assumed he was referring to soccer/football.

Ian Wright (1)

AliasTheRoot (171859) | more than 7 years ago | (#17159378)

Is a ex-footballer, now minor sleb. Probably never heard of Zelda as he's not a gamer.

Re:Ian Wright (3, Funny)

albalbo (33890) | more than 7 years ago | (#17160264)

They should have asked David 'Calamity' James. He knows all about computer games.

Re:Ian Wright (1)

Palshife (60519) | more than 7 years ago | (#17162956)

Sleb? Is that slang?

Re:Ian Wright (2, Funny)

Hillgiant (916436) | more than 7 years ago | (#17163738)

This is where all the extra vowels in british come from.

Nice quote (1)

mike260 (224212) | more than 7 years ago | (#17159392)

"It's also great to see so many girl gamers in the queue. I think one in 10 was a girl gamer."

Re:Nice quote (2, Funny)

Jarlsberg (643324) | more than 7 years ago | (#17159410)

How many of them were girls, though?

Re:Nice quote (1)

byolinux (535260) | more than 7 years ago | (#17159456)

Remember the Zelda game that had the launch text "Will you get the girl, or will you play like one?"?

Ripoff (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17159434)

I got my Wii yesterday, and I was *shocked* that it doesn't include any way of connecting it to the net. WTF! You need to buy an external adapter to connect it the net. F**king ripoff Nintendo.

Re:Ripoff (3, Funny)

bassgoonist (876907) | more than 7 years ago | (#17159442)

it has wireless...

Re:Ripoff (1)

Guppy06 (410832) | more than 7 years ago | (#17163544)

Is it bigger than a Nomad?

Re:Ripoff (4, Informative)

Frag-A-Muffin (5490) | more than 7 years ago | (#17159526)


I got my Wii yesterday, and I was *shocked* that it doesn't include any way of connecting it to the net. WTF! You need to buy an external adapter to connect it the net. F**king ripoff Nintendo.


Obviously a troll, but I wanted to share this anyhow.

The Wii, at $280CDN [bestbuy.ca] has built in wireless. To get wireless for an xbox360? How about $130CDN [bestbuy.ca] . That's almost HALF the cost of a hole Wii console that comes with 1 Wiimote, 1 nunchuk, built in wireless AND A GAME!

Please, don't talk about the Wii as a ripoff troll.

* And for those of you who want to argue that the xbox360 has built in ethernet, and the wii doesn't. All I have to say to that is, at least they're charging a reasonable price [nintendo.com] to add it!

Re:Ripoff (2, Informative)

FinchWorld (845331) | more than 7 years ago | (#17159970)

To be fair anyone buying the official Xbox360 wifi adapter (especially if your a slashdotter) deserves to be parted with there money. For my xbox orginal I got a access point (that can be run in a multitude of other modes as well) for £20 (about $30 USD) that plugs in via ethernet and does the job.

That said didn't know the Wii had it built in, release a jedi game and I'll have one soon.

Re:Ripoff (1)

masklinn (823351) | more than 7 years ago | (#17161948)

The Wii's WiFi even handle all 3 versions of WPA (the DS only supports WEP, so it's good news)

Re:Ripoff (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17164348)

Troll? Anything that's not pro-nintendo is a troll around here, it seems. Why do all the fanboys act as though their system is an extension of their little penis somehow and negative comments just cause it to shrivel up even more?

In regards to the price though: at least with the Xbox360 (and PS3), you get a next-gen system, not hardware that's from 5 years ago.

Re:Ripoff (1, Flamebait)

masklinn (823351) | more than 7 years ago | (#17160634)

WiFi is built-in, tool.

Ian Wright (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17159678)

Woah, get a reign on your nerdish indignation there - D-list celebs aren't infallible.

Got mine! (1)

Xest (935314) | more than 7 years ago | (#17159724)

Delivered by courier only 20mins ago, if only I didn't have to work! Still at least I didn't have to camp out in the bitter cold for well, days ;)

Unfortunately, my experience of getting additional controllers has been rather less easy. Preordered from play.com just after they put them up for preorder and have been told they don't have enough nunchucks, classic controllers, component cables, wii motes or copies of wii play to fill even one out of my order of 3 nunchucks, 2 classic, 1 component, 2 wii motes, 1 wii play. Also they were unwilling to tell me where I am in the preorder queue but that they were getting some in before xmas - doesn't help that they didn't tell me if the ones in before xmas would reach me in the queue though!

I have a local supplier that lives just down my road though, keeping my fingers crossed he'll get enough in to save one/some for me!

For reference, current eBay price seems to be about £250 - £290, not terribly spectacular but still a nice profit if you put no effort into getting your Wii by just pre-ordering online, mines for keeps though ;)

You lucky git. (1)

Dr_Barnowl (709838) | more than 7 years ago | (#17159986)

I preordered my Wii from PC World a month before release, and so far, no Wii. I was operating under the assumption that they might be one of the less well-frequented retails, and was encouraged to see them closing off preorders after I ordered, expecting that this was a sign of honest pre-allocation rules. To be fair, Nintendo have been shipping short orders to the UK.

They are now listing the expected release date on my order as 31st January.... I really, really hope they are just being pessimistic to cover their ass. They go out of their way to make it hard to cancel too, with no discernable means of doing so on the website.. at least play.com get this right - you can cancel a preorder with a nice clearly labelled button and it's made clear that there are no penalties for doing so.

Also have a bunch of stuff on order with play.com and Amazon. Looks like Amazon might be coming through, as my order is listed as "Dispatching soon..."

Ah well. The rumours I hear is that the next shipment is Wednesday. Whether that's Wednesday 13th or the 20th I don't know. Fingers crossed, eh?

Re:You lucky git. (1)

smurfsurf (892933) | more than 7 years ago | (#17160250)

Sorry to hear you had so much bad luck. This is how it worked for me in Cologne, Germany: I walked into "Saturn", a big electronics store that opens at 10 o'clock like all of them, by 10:15 (I overslept). A couple of guys in the Wii section, six consoles left on a pallet. I picked one. No sweat, no queue, when I headed to the checkout, there where four left and noone rushing to grab them.

I was quite surprised and very lucky, I guess. It is the head store of the chain, so they obviously got a few more systems than other places. Maybe people thought they would not be able to grab one and did not bother showing up. And it was raining :-) The kids seem to be orderly enough to not play truant, it seems. Now this is probably the biggest surprise today.

Re:You lucky git. (1)

xtracto (837672) | more than 7 years ago | (#17160302)

I preordered my Wii from PC World a month before release, and so far, no Wii. I was operating under the assumption that they might be one of the less well-frequented retails, and was encouraged to see them closing off preorders after I ordered, expecting that this was a sign of honest pre-allocation rules. To be fair, Nintendo have been shipping short orders to the UK.

Ha! I preordered mine at COMET, yesterday the motherfuckers called me to tell me that Nintendo had moved the release date to the 11th. Inside me I said "Oh yeah sure wtf", I asked the girl calling if she was shure that was completely true and she told me that it was... So I will get mine if I am lucky on sunday... of course I went to the cosest GAME and they were getting ready for today's launch.

On the other hand, I preordered Zelda and Red Steel at amazon and they already sent them... they expect them to arrive on monday.

Re:You lucky git. (1)

Xest (935314) | more than 7 years ago | (#17161524)

Don't know if you'll see this in time but I just got the following e-mail from Amazon.co.uk:

Dear Nintendo fan,

Great news! We've managed to get our hands on some more Wii consoles and will be putting them on sale between 3pm and 4pm today (Friday, December 8). Last time we sold out in 7 minutes and we expect this batch to go even more quickly.

So if you read it in time you've got 45mins to get to Amazon.co.uk and start site camping ;)

Re:Got mine! (1)

montyzooooma (853414) | more than 7 years ago | (#17161262)

I got my Wii from Play.com as well and had it delivered TO work. We're pretty much writing this afternoon off. No extra controllers OR Zelda off Play though - all back-ordered. Amazon.co.uk still had Zelda so I've ordered from there.

That Wii boxing has to be the best stress reliever since internet porn.

Re:Got mine! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17161382)

Hee hee... courier... wii play... queue... £...

You sound so British! It's adorable!

(lucky git! neither i nor any of my yankee friends have one!)

Supplies (3, Interesting)

pryonic (938155) | more than 7 years ago | (#17159760)

There's been a lot of talk on the net and on TV about supplies not being sufficient to even fulfil preorders let alone allow non-preorders to buy. I enquired at a few of the big name stores (HMV, Virgin and Game) and was told no chance.

By chance on my way home (Newcastle upon Tyne) I walked passed a local games store, not owned by a big chain. I asked and they said they'll have 5 available and to try back in the morning. I arrived an hour before they opened, queued and got my hands on the 2nd Wii.

Moral of the story: its worth trying local and less well known places, they're often a safer bet!

Re:Supplies (1)

johndoejersey (679948) | more than 7 years ago | (#17159798)

I work in toon, which shop was this?

Re:Supplies (1)

pryonic (938155) | more than 7 years ago | (#17159836)

Grainger Games on Nunn Street. They sold out as soon as they opened though. I didnt think I'd get one only getting there 30 mins before they opened. Guess I was just lucky.

Slashdotted ! (3, Funny)

alexhs (877055) | more than 7 years ago | (#17160780)

Grainger Games on Nunn Street.
Noooo ! You criminal ! You just slashdotted the shop and the whole town at the same time ! :)

Re:Supplies (1)

GForce3000 (947617) | more than 7 years ago | (#17159812)

I ordered at Woolworths where the site said they guaranteed delivery in the week of release. When I enquired about this they said I'd definitely receive it by the 9th. Received an email on the 6th saying they haven't received the amount of stock they were expecting, and it seems I'll be lucky if I get one before Christmas. Hopefully they'll honour their guarantee in some way. It seems it's quite a few stores that are affected. My friend is in charge of the Wii launch at the local Currys (big electrical retailer). They have 40 preorders, and Nintendo have shipped just a single console to them. Total number they've been told they'll be getting before Christmas: 2. Looks like there'll be a lot of p*ssed off gamers and parents this morning.

Re:Supplies (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17160040)

DSG, the owner of Currys, Dixons and PC World say they are expecting four shipments between now and Christmas.

http://www.gamesindustry.biz/content_page.php?aid= 21561 [gamesindustry.biz]

Here's hoping that there are more than 2 in each crate.

Re:Supplies (1)

Jaruzel (804522) | more than 7 years ago | (#17160134)

Don't hold your breath.

My pre-order was with Currys, and I got a nasty letter yesterday telling me don't bother to collect because they wont have any today (Launch Day). I went in the shop this morning in order to a)bitch at the the manager citing fraud (as they had taken my deposit money, and the receipt is a bill of contract) and to b)demand a refund if I didn't get a definite delivery date.

All over the store are signs saying that Currys stores will not have any Wiis before Christmas. After talking to the Manager, he told me that Nintendo have 're-allocated' all of Currys* allocation for 2006 to other retailers (Game, HMV, Virgin).

I demanded my refund and got it, no arguments.

Cest la vie, I'll now wait for the version that'll play DVDs, and hopefully be in a different colour.

-Jar.

*This could just be the smaller Currys.Digital stores.

Re:Supplies (1)

LordSnooty (853791) | more than 7 years ago | (#17161200)

What with the PC World story above, the moral of the story is surely: never ever shop at a Dixons Group chain.

Re:Supplies (2, Interesting)

duguk (589689) | more than 7 years ago | (#17160534)

I ordered mine from Woolworths as well, same problem here. They've sent out the Wii Play pack (which I'm off to go pick up now and install the Wii Bluetooth Windows Mouse driver deeley), but I'm still hoping for delivery from Woolworths before Chrimbo, as they've said it SHOULD arrive before then.

Luckily it isn't a present for anyone except myself but I'm still going to whinge! I ordered it on the 22nd so probably a bit later on in the list than you. I'm still hopeful though. Apparently my Monkey Ball is shipping on Mondayish, but waiting on stock from the supplier. *sigh*

Its just the usual crap we get in the UK really!

Monkeyboi

Re:Supplies (1)

asbestospiping (607061) | more than 7 years ago | (#17161258)

I pre ordered mine from GAME, on the second lot of pre orders, which ment that they would get me a console before christmas, which i was happy with. got a call from them yesterday, saying they had plenty, I could get mine today WOOO - launch day wii Very please with GAME, and I was ticket 74! Happy man...

Re:Supplies (1)

lukas84 (912874) | more than 7 years ago | (#17159822)

I live in Switzerland, were the Wii launched at December the 7th (as today is a holiday).

I preordered about a Month ago, and got my Wii delivered at December the 7th, 08:37. I paid the regular price.

Now i'm done checking my email, and back to zelda.

Re:Supplies (1)

Tom (822) | more than 7 years ago | (#17160426)

Problem with the small places is that they get only a small number. One local store here had all of 3 units. The store across the street from where I queued had taken pre-orders - and their initial shipment didn't suffice to cover _those_, word was that half of the _next_ shipment would also still go to cover the pre-orders.

Re:Supplies (1)

HappySqurriel (1010623) | more than 7 years ago | (#17160560)

There's been a lot of talk on the net and on TV about supplies not being sufficient to even fulfil preorders let alone allow non-preorders to buy. I enquired at a few of the big name stores (HMV, Virgin and Game) and was told no chance.

The only question I would have is was this a problem caused by Nintendo (shipping less units than they planned on) or caused by the Stores (by taking pre-orders without knowing they would be getting a system). From my very limited understanding, most problems caused by people not recieving their pre-orders of PS3/Wii in North America were caused by stores that took pre-orders without knowing the number of systems that they would recieve.

Moral of the story: its worth trying local and less well known places, they're often a safer bet!

My advice (after recieving my Wii with only waiting an hour) would be to go to large chains that no one thinks of as a gaming store; I arrived at the Real-Canadian Superstore 1 hour before opening after I noticed long lines in front of Futureshop, Bestbuy and Walmart and I was 11th in line at the Superstore (they recieved 15 units).

Cool, hope you like it (2, Informative)

j0se_p0inter0 (631566) | more than 7 years ago | (#17159882)

Have fun guys. Good luck getting a console at launch and spending some time with it. Myself, my brother, and friends agree this is the most fun we've had with a console since the SNES. Don't forget to order some component cables though, it makes a pretty big difference if you're running an HDTV.

Enough already! (2, Insightful)

gbridge (746125) | more than 7 years ago | (#17159938)

very long lines of gamers
We call them queues over here. Quit the American lingo, dude!

Re:Enough already! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17160122)

You've been snorting too many queues of cocaine, mate!

Re:Enough already! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17161092)

It's called hooting a rail, square!

Re:Enough already! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17161552)

If you do that. You'll go blind!

Re:Enough already! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17160130)

My definition of a queue would seem to allow joining only at the end, which sadly isn't always the case in lines (at least here in the US...)

Re:Enough already! (1)

cubicle_cowboy (521716) | more than 7 years ago | (#17163970)

American lingo on an American site? What is this world coming to?!

Swiss launch (3, Interesting)

SpaghettiPattern (609814) | more than 7 years ago | (#17159984)

Yesterday was Swiss Wii launch too. Very orederly. Very planned. Very Swiss. Very boring.

I preordered my Wii and had to wait a full 10 seconds before being served. Couldn't get a second Wii Remote though which is a must.

Judging from the configuration screens the Wii seems to have an optional LAN adpater which I would favour over WiFi.

Re:Swiss launch (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17160484)

yeah, hard for americans to imagine that there is more to europe than just the UK (and possibly Ireland). And the wii started in all of Europe today, sometimes not-so-smooth, as i might mention. a friend of mine went to a "media markt" (= biggest german electronics retailer, metro group) about half an hour before opening; there were already about 100 ppl outside, the first had arrived three hours prior. the store had about 50 wiis and were not prepared at all: no tickets, no real qeue, nothing. open the doors, begin the riot. my friend got one, as well as enough controllers, nunchucks and some games. he is currently setting it up, and i'll be joining him this eveninng ;)

Re:Swiss launch (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17163180)

There is indeed an Ethernet adapter coming - it's supposed to be shipping in early January. Look up any article online referring to Japanese Wii accessories and you should see a picture of it. I think there are also photos on Nintendo's website in the online store (where you can order it now in the US).

And frankly, a stupid name (0, Redundant)

Burb (620144) | more than 7 years ago | (#17160168)

No matter how good it is, it still reminds me of a child's name for urine.

Re:And frankly, a stupid name (1)

MobileTatsu-NJG (946591) | more than 7 years ago | (#17163288)

"No matter how good it is, it still reminds me of a child's name for urine."

I would have read your post, but I was distracted by your nick sounding like a sound a fat woman makes at McDonald's.

Come bust a move where the games are played... (4, Funny)

monktus (742861) | more than 7 years ago | (#17160182)

"Nintendo UK's product manager for home consoles, Rob Lowe..."


Working with Noah's Arcade all those years ago has finally paid off.

The Wii Hits the UK? (-1, Offtopic)

thewiz (24994) | more than 7 years ago | (#17160216)

What? Sony still hasn't fixed the wrist strap on the controller?
The Queen isn't going to be happy about this!

Re:The Wii Hits the UK? (1)

masklinn (823351) | more than 7 years ago | (#17160684)

Actually, they should have, there are rumors (and pics) showing that the euro wiimotes seem to come with a sturdier strap. It's Nintendo by the way, Sony are the other guys.

Re:The Wii Hits the UK? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17160698)

Sony? Fix the wriststrap on a Nintendo Wii? You're rambling, my friend...

Re:The Wii Hits the UK? (1)

empaler (130732) | more than 7 years ago | (#17161374)

You're rambling, my friend...
Shhhhhh [catb.org]

Huge shortages of accessories (1)

robosmurf (33876) | more than 7 years ago | (#17160246)

I picked mine up this morning. I had a preorder, and got mine without trouble. There were none for sale not preordered.

I'm pleased with it so far, though there has been a massive shortage of accessories as seems usual for Nintendo on launch.

GAME (the store where I got mine) had no separate Wiimotes at all, and only a very limited number of the ones packed in with Wii Play. They were also very limited in extra nunchuks and classic controllers.

They also didn't have any additional cables at all, so I'm stuck with composite until the (seemingly mythical) component cables appear.

They seemed to have plenty of stock of games at least.

Re:Huge shortages of accessories (1)

byolinux (535260) | more than 7 years ago | (#17160656)

I walked to Game in Leeds at 6:30am for a 7am opening.. was 7th in the queue and seemingly the first person without a pre-order. Walked up, asked for a Wii, considered laughing, didn't, paid and walked to work. Now I have 3 hours to wait till I go home.

Re:Huge shortages of accessories (1)

mgabrys_sf (951552) | more than 7 years ago | (#17163648)

It's odd in the US as well. I've had my system for several weeks now and still can't find controllers, cables etc. I do however see plenty of all of the above for the PS3 at all the same stores. Perhaps it's because Sony didn't produce enough systems to swallow up all the after-market stuff or what - but it's getting annoying.

Re:Huge shortages of accessories (1)

ShadowsHawk (916454) | more than 7 years ago | (#17165200)

I preordered an additional Wiimote, but it took three weeks before I could find anything else. I still haven't gotten my classic that I preordered.

The clever people go to Tesco (1)

CrackedButter (646746) | more than 7 years ago | (#17160328)

A Tesco Extra store in Swansea had 27 people queue inside the store in the Non-food department, they were given chairs while they waited until it was 12am. One person had been there since 5pm in order to be first.

Re:The clever people go to Tesco (1)

teslar (706653) | more than 7 years ago | (#17160542)

they were given chairs while they waited until it was 12am
Well, as they say - every little helps :)

Germany Launch (4, Interesting)

Tom (822) | more than 7 years ago | (#17160396)

Not only the UK, all of Europe had the launch today.

I was at the local Saturn (large electronics chain in Germany) at about 8:50 - they open at 9:30. This specific shop is the largest electronics shop in Germany (or Europe? I forgot - anyway, it's huge). So I was confident that they would get enough units.

So were many others. At 8:50 I was about 100th in line. At about 9:15 the line had grown to maybe twice that. Someone near to me had a friend who knew one of the employees and had just called him on his cell phone, he said they had about 200 units, so at that point I was fairly confident I'd get one.
Lots of pedestrians asked us in the line what this was about, if there was anything for free. :-)

Shortly after, employees from the shop moved along the line and told the crowd that the entire console section had been chained off, and to remain calm and organised and - what I especially welcomed - that anyone pushing or making trouble would be expelled immediately.

At 9:30 exactly they opened the door, the line moved in. Some pushing and running, but mostly a very well-behaved crowd - most live music gigs don't go as smoothly. Another half hour wait because they only let us into the chained off console section one-by-one. Was ok, we had some fun in the line cracking jokes, etc.

I got mine, back at the checkout I see a large crowd with sad faces leaving the store, figure that was when they had sold out. But no trouble, no aggressiveness.

Interesting fact: More women in the line then I had expected. Quite a few older people, though probably a good part of them were buying for their kids. Very friendly staff, friendly non-hostile people in the crowd.

This was the first game console I've ever bought, and the first time ever that I've waited in line for some consumer gimmick at launch day. But it was a thrilling experience.

Downside: At least in my store they didn't have the extra remotes, the only way to get one was to buy the Wiimote+Wii-Play bundle. And they didn't have Rampage! Damn.

Now I'm here at work, and have to wait another 4-5 hours before I can get home. Damn. :-)

Re:Germany Launch, Saturn Hansaring? (1)

smurfsurf (892933) | more than 7 years ago | (#17160536)

You were at Saturn Hansaring in Cologne? Because that was where I got at 10:15. Six Wiis left on the pallet, no line, no land-rush in sight, must have cleared off fast enough. When I left a couple minutes later, there were still four left.

Good luck... (1)

kid-noodle (669957) | more than 7 years ago | (#17160552)

We've been trying to hunt down a Wii since 7 this morning. They're all gone - I passed a half dozen stores, each of which had a very harrased looking person explaining that they'd run out and try back next friday.

As ever, Nintendo launch a new console in the EU to the sound of "Oh for fucksakes! FUCKING NINTENDO EUROPE!!!".

Re:Good luck... (1)

masklinn (823351) | more than 7 years ago | (#17160662)

As ever, Nintendo launch a new console in the EU to the sound of "Oh for fucksakes! FUCKING NINTENDO EUROPE!!!".

Well at least we have consoles in the first place (*glances in the general Sony direction).

And we have them barely 6 days after Japan, which means that for the first time ever Europe can experience out-of-stock-the-day-of-launch launches.

Not to mention that they should restock every 3 days or so (i was told that -- in some french outlets at least -- there would be restocks on the 12th, 15th and 20th)

Not of course, had you preordered some time ago you'd have a Wii by now.

Re:Good luck... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17162876)

Not of course, had you preordered some time ago you'd have a Wii by now.


Not true at all, I pre-ordered mine online back in mid October, to be told I wouldn't get it at launch about a month later. I cancelled by order and and pre-ordered at my nearby games store who assure me I'll get one on the 12th December. The online store could give me "no indication of when it will arrive, or whther it will arrive by christmas".

What was even worse was that in September I had signed up for an email at the same site telling me when I could pre-order and I didn't get that until 2 weeks after making the original pre-order with them.

Don't feel too bad... (1)

Chordonblue (585047) | more than 7 years ago | (#17161032)

...supplies are in limited quantity in the States too. I waited in a long line the night before release and got one of the few that were around. I imagine they'll be enough by January though.

Re:Good luck... (1)

Thraxen (455388) | more than 7 years ago | (#17162860)

It's the same here in the US. Even a couple weeks after launch you still can't find any Wii's on store shelves. All the controllers are also hard to find, though I did happen to walk into EB Games yesterday (to buy Portrait of Ruin for DS) just as they were unpacking new shipments of all of them. I have a Wii, but didn't buy any of the controllers. So far I just have Zelda and Wii sports. Zelda only needs one controller and the only game my wife and I reguarly play on Wii sports is Bowling... and it can be played witha single Wiimote. So I decided to leave them for other people who may actually be in of them. I'll pick some more up when a great multiplayer game I want hits shelves.

Wii delivery (1)

towaz (445789) | more than 7 years ago | (#17160690)

I'm still waiting for parcel force to deliver my wii, I have been waiting to try out the controller on the pc but all I have is the nunchuk controller they delivered.

Nice of them to deliver the part of the Wii I can not use.

I got mine. tricks from the battlelines (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17160850)

snicker - Here is a tip for all wii and ps3 hunters.

First signup and create accounts at all the online stores in advance of actually finding one.

Second automate the task of locating it online with something like http://www.ps3seeker.com/ [ps3seeker.com] or http://www.zootalor.com/ [zootalor.com] .

Third, and most important, most of the online stores are forcing overpriced bundles on buyers. For example Walmart has a ps3 bundle which I picked up yesterday for 1500 out the door. Here is the trick to bundles. After you have made the purchase and the console has shipped, you can contact the online store and CANCEL the remaining items and not be charged for it. You can also return any games/controllers/etc you do not want to the brick and morter for a full CC reimbursement. This is what I have done for all the consoles I have flipped to friends/ebay.

Happy Hunting!

Sold out in 20 minutes (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17160852)

I thought Id go down to the local store and pick up one. Nothing. So i tried another. And another. And another.

I dont think theres a single wii for sale left in the UK. :/

Seriously, wtf? Are we playing sony games now?

Also in the news (2, Funny)

mmalove (919245) | more than 7 years ago | (#17162698)

Television sales skyrocket as the new "Oopswii phenomenon" strikes the UK...

Re:Also in the news (1)

BenjyD (316700) | more than 7 years ago | (#17164250)

It looks like most Wii remotes in Europe shipped with the new thicker strap string. Unfortunately only one of my two remotes has the new strap.

No Way! (2, Funny)

mqduck (232646) | more than 7 years ago | (#17162742)

Wright and Hatton sparred at Wii Boxing, with the ex-footballer winning the virtual game against the boxer.


They have football in England now?!

They have comedy in America now? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17163542)

You anglotroll.

Re:No Way! (1)

mollymoo (202721) | more than 7 years ago | (#17164504)

They have football in England now?!

Of course we do, we invented the game. We even have American Football [bafl.org.uk] . It's not very popular though; few Britons can manage to eat non-stop for three hours.

No problems here (1)

gzunk (242371) | more than 7 years ago | (#17164820)

I pre-ordered at Gamestation, walked in at 9:30 bought the Wii, found out they had no extra Wiimotes, so I walked to Game and bought Wii Play with the extra Wiimote, and another Nunchuck. No problem at all. Nobody apart from pre-orders were getting Wii's though.

The rest of the headline (1)

smitty97 (995791) | more than 7 years ago | (#17165330)

The Wii Hits the UK
..Due to Broken Wrist Strap
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