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Wii camp-out guide

We told you about the Wii launch guide that IGN is offering, now read the Wii Camp-out guide that a blogger offers. He says to bring friends, be social, talk to the manager of the store and let him know you’re in line, have fun and find out any information you can suck out from the people around you.

You’ve all probably been to a console launch. It’s insane, it’s usually cold and you’re usually not completely sure if you’re even going to be able to get the console of your choice when they open the doors. You also question yourself sometimes as to why you’re even there. At the same time though, you’re having the time of your life because it’s insanely fun. It gets better because most of the people around you like video games just as much as you. Get more than 3 people passionate about something together, and you can talk all night and make the time go by faster, and the freezing temperatures not seem so freezing.

Here’s part of the list:

  • 1. Bring friends. (The more, the better). It might be difficult to find folks who are this hardcore about gaming — so much so that they’ll take a day off of work and camp out in front of a store in November. But if you’re going to do it, this is the kind of thing that is best done among three or four committed friends.
  • 2. Get to know the store manager. Now. - There’s nothing worse (and I mean nothing) than taking all of this time to camp out overnight, only to find out that the store isn’t getting any units. Or perhaps that they have only four (after all of the in-store corruption and holding systems for family members happens.)
  • 3. …talk to the store manager and let him/her know that you are standing in line! This is not such as big a deal if there are already folks on line, but I’ve heard about situations where people started lining up outside of an electronics chain on the left and somehow folks began to start lining up on the opposite side. The lines each slowly grew and nobody asked any questions until more and more people began to show up and confusion ensued from there.
  • 4. The early bird gets the worm. The Wii launch is on a Sunday this year (November 19). If I were crazy enough to camp-out, I’d probably think about taking a few days off and starting to camp out no later than early Saturday morning (…or possibly as early as Friday….or maybe even earlier depending on how many hardcore folks there are in your town.

Does that sound a little crazy to you? Well, mister. You have to be a little crazy to go through a console launch, don’t you?

These guys know how to party

The list goes on for a while. What this blogger’s article is simply saying is to be prepared and to have the right tools to make it through the night. Having friends and bathrooms near by is always a good thing. Have fun with your hardware, and make sure you rub it in everyone’s face when they’re waiting for 3 more weeks because they didn’t come with you.

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Ooh makes me wanna wait in line for a Wii(just like in a nightclub :D ).

Comment by DamienJ on 2006-10-29 20:25:16 | Reply

Mwuahaha, first in the preorderline at my local spaceworld. Still gonna show up when the store opens though.

Comment by wii60 on 2006-10-29 21:38:10 | Reply

im going to bestbuy the day the ps3 comes out to wait for wii

Comment by chris on 2006-10-29 21:51:46 | Reply

I’m first on the list for the Wii in my local Game

Comment by Acromyth on 2006-10-30 09:11:11 | Reply

I’m in Japan and not near hardcore enough to compete with the asians to buy a Nintendo system…

WARNING:! This guide will NOT work with online stores.

Comment by sorepheet on 2006-10-30 15:31:10 | Reply

Snagged one of the last preorders for the Wii at Toys R Us yesterday morning. Arrived at the store around 7 and there were two people in line. After talking with them I realized that a larger line had already retreated to their cars/food or homes as the manager had already handed out Wii preorder vouchers. I asked how many these two guys thought were left in the store and they reassured me that there were at least three left! I called my buddy and told him to get outta bed and meet me. After about two hours(yes two hours in the windy cold out of doors) I was in the store putting money down on the Wii(also snagged 2 Elmo TMXs for $hit$ and giggles[ebay here I come]). The experience was great considering the line had started to form Saturday night around 10! They only allowed 3 PS3 for preorder and they guy I spoke to, after being there all night- was only able to land a 20 GB! Ha Ha. The most rewarding part of the whole experience was seeing all the disappointed Sonyphans who were let down that they were not getting a system!
Wii!!M

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