Maybe because I work in retail, but I've had a lot of customers ask about it. The buzz is heavy here.
The Wii U is about 36 hours away. And so far, I'm the only one here locally that's excited about it. I have gamer co-workers who aren't really interested or want one but can't buy it yet. I've talked to others who haven't even heard about it. I don't watch much TV, but when I do, I never see Wii U adds. If you weren't deeply rooted in the gaming community, you wouldn't even know a system launch is just on the horizon.
I haven't seen any promotions at Best Buy. No ads saying "Wii U on 11/18!" No prompts to preorder. There's no demo kiosk. It really seems like this console is not on the radar of this major retail chain. Of course, you see Wii U all over GameStop. It's a speciality chain, so of course, they're going to push a new system.
So, it makes me wonder... On the night of the 17th, will we see people camped outside these stores hoping to score one? How many will get it for themselves and how many will be eBaying it. Speaking of eBay.. *clicks away*
Ahh... forgot about this. Already, pre-order units are being auctioned for upwards of 500 dollars. I do believe there will be campers. It just kinda sullies the experience for me. I shouldn't be bothered by it, considering I'm number one on the pre-order list at my GameStop, but I hate knowing that people out there are honestly and geniunely trying to score a system for themselves, and can't because explotationists are snatching units out of their grasps and selling it back to them with interest. Happens every launch, I know...
It's just weird that outside of forums, I'm not hearing any buzz about this console...
Locally I have seen some ads and stuff for It from the major stores. The best buy near me had stuff set up advertising it since a couple of weeks back
Played the wii u earlier at best buy. Played the rayman demo. Really enjoyed it. Looked really good visually too.
I actually saw a Wii U demo at Target the other day, I'm not sure if WalMart has one or not but they might.
If Nintendo doesn't have a lot of Wii-U's produced, I'm wondering if they're going to pull the same tactic that they pulled during the Wii launch and purposely withhold the system to increase consumer buzz and interest in it.
I do not live in the US, but I have read the system has sold very well in its pre-orders, ?better than the Wii even. So there is got to be some buzz somewhere. :P
They made a huge tactical error when naming the system 'Wii U,' as most people I've told about it (the casual folks who don't follow the hobby) believe it to be an accessory for their Wii, even after I've explained to them it isn't. My sister still can't get it through her head that this actually replaces her Wii instead of augmenting it -- she told me, "$350 to make my Wii more powerful? I'm not buying that."
She just doesn't get it, but then again, she's forty years old. Kids will get the whole idea, of course, but then there's the whole problem of the Wii being considered a past event, rather than something cool and current.
It was just a bad fvcking idea across the board, because it fuzzes up what the product is, and that's once people even know about it -- most people don't even know it's coming out. I honestly think this launch is going to be a disaster. In this economy, you had better do a goddamn good fvcking job of advertising and selling your product if you want them to for over nearly four hundred dollars.
But then again... Nintendo is a collective of assh0les, so it makes perfect sense.
there isn't a lot of fuzz about it where I live - the PS3 is the most popular system in my area and at the local gamestop
It finally showed up in flyers here for some of the major retailers (Best Buy, Future Shop, Walmart) but man it's only two days before launch. And I've only seen one TV commercial (and an awful one at that).
Someone mentioned on another forum that it's likely Nintendo doesn't have a whole lot of WiiU stock just yet so they aren't interested in pushing the console until they do. That would make some sense...but it's also not very long until Christmas and a lot of parents are no doubt making purchases for their kids already.
There's also the problem of the WiiU where it has no immediate 'wow' factor for the non-gamer. There seem to be people who think it's a handheld, others who think it's an addon for the Wii, and most who have absolutely no concept that this thing is out in two days.
I was waffling on getting one - it would be relatively straightforward to pick one up just after midnight at a 24 hour Shoppers Drug Mart (though I don't know how many other people would try this) but I thought about it and realized that the only game I would buy would be an HD update of a game I've already played three times before...so I think I'll pass. That or if Costco can do a decent bundle with a discount, like a black WiiU, pro controller, and NSMB for $300 or something.
I've heard next to nothing about the system. Not even that much on gaming sites considering the launch is so close. I wasn't able to preorder one, since I had to replace my stolen 360 and VITA but I will get one at some point (not for $500 off of Ebay though).