Faithful wait for Nintendo Wii

first_imgNintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime said shoppers who pay the full price for an out-of-stock Wii on Dec. 20 and 21 at retailer GameStop will receive a certificate promising the device “sometime in January,” according to published reports. Some local GameStop stores reported receiving no calls yet for the rain checks. But in Burbank, Jose Obando said he would rather wait to buy a Wii than subject himself to long lines and cold temperatures. “I’ve wanted it for a long time,” he said as he left the Best Buy in Burbank, where the only remnants of the roughly 200 early morning Wii shoppers were empty doughnut boxes and coffee cups outside the store’s entrance. Obando, who lives in Sun Valley, said one man tried to sell him a Wii for $100 more than the sticker price – a good deal compared to those currently sold on eBay. As of late Sunday, the price for some brand-new Wii consoles with up to 14 games listed on the online auction site had reached nearly $650 among bidders. But Obando resisted. “Frankly, I’m in no hurry,” he said. “I’ll just get it after Christmas.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WOODLAND HILLS – After hunkering down for hours in 35-degree overnight temperatures, Kyle Shook emerged victorious from a local Best Buy on Sunday. He was one of the first at the store to get his hands on the increasingly popular yet elusive Nintendo Wii. Shook, 21, had hunted for the game for months because he wanted to give one to his 9-year-old brother for Christmas, he said. He repeatedly called electronics retailers asking if they had the game in stock with no luck. So when he heard that 65 were available at Best Buy in Woodland Hills and that doors would open at 6 a.m., he resolved to give it one last try, setting up camp outside the store about 1 a.m. “It was pretty frickin’ cold,” said Shook, who lives in Canoga Park. “I got some blankets and my girlfriend and we just snuggled.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champLike Shook, hundreds gathered in those lines around the San Fernando Valley, where electronic stores offered a golden window of opportunity to purchase a limited supply of the game, which has emerged as the hottest item of the holiday season. Wii, which currently sells for $249.99, includes hand-held wireless controllers that allow the players to mime movements for 10-pin bowling, tennis, boxing, golf and baseball. Its popularity has taken off recently since it was released nearly a year ago, surprising manufacturers. Nintendo officials have said in published reports that the company hasn’t been able to manufacture the systems fast enough to meet consumer demand. So far, about 6 million units have been sold since it was launched in the United States. Nintendo announced last week it would give “rain checks” to shoppers who can’t buy the game console during the holiday season because of shortages. last_img

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