So i’ve been looking for one of these S.O.B’s now for almost 2 months. The first time I heard about the wii i laughed and called it a joke. “Thats a stupid ass concept, how fun can it be and how ACCURATE can a f*cking remote be to play with.”
Months passed by and i started seeing some of the games coming out and thought “Huh, thats kinda cool…” I started looking around. Finally, one day in the store i was checking out some PC games, ended up buying the warhammer 40k strategy game and noticed a wii on the shelf, some kid went over and was picking it up, it was the only one. I said “Are those things even that great?” as pessimistic as I was towards the system.
The kid said “Yeah, actually the controllers are really neat, easy to use and the games are sweet. Graphics are good… you know… its pretty sweet” and we got into an engaged conversation about the wii. So I actually was pretty impressed, apparently the kid played one at a friend’s house and was hooked on it since.
So after that I couldn’t find one, period. It was like the little bastards didn’t exist in stores. For the last month i’ve called every game store, shopping mall, and electronics stores that “stocks” them and they always say “They are totally out” or “you just missed it, they’re gone.” or “nintendo is behind on making them.”
Now after I got hooked after seeing more reviews on G4 tv i WANTED one like nothing else. The launch of the PS3 was out, i played that but really was kind of like “meh” and wasn’t too impressed other than the fact that the graphics were kick ass but i felt like i was playing a pumped up PS2 on steroids but still wasn’t that big of a deal. The wii actually did intrigue me more. My buddy has a 360, played that, cool, whatever, I WANTED A WII!
Finally, after all this searching on my day off I made the call once again to nearly every store in central oregon. Fred meyer, walmart, eb games, gamequest, sears, target, electronic stores, circuit city and even staples knowing they didn’t carry them but had some hope.
My wife said: “Derek, you know… my boss has a costco card and we need one. Maybe if we go down there THEY will have them.”
I said “Naw, i doubt it.” she said “Well last time she went down there she said they had a PILE of playstations and xbox 360s in a mountain of games.” i went “Oh?”
Out of a strange thought I called their meat department up. They have no phone down there in their electronics so i called up the meat department and said “Can you get someone from electronics on the phone?” they said “Ummmm i suppose, sure, hang on.” and made me wait on hold for about 5 minutes or so. Someone picks up the phone and said “Yeah hi, i heard you had an electronics question?” I said “Yes, I do not have a membership, but if you can tell me that you have the nintendo wii in stock i’ll be down there and i’ll get one.”
He said “Wow you called just in time, we literally got a shipment in about 15 minutes ago, there is 30 of them here. If you come down and bring a method of payment we accept we’ll approve you on the spot and you can get in and come get one.”
I went down, brought cash as they didn’t take visa… what a pain in my butt… got a card, and by the time we got there (LITERALLY took us 35 minutes to do this all, i had my eye on the clock and knew they’d be gone if i didn’t get there soon) there was 9 of them left when i got done getting my card and got there to grab on. I snagged one off the display and went “WHOOHOO!” of course everyone looked at me odd but we went and picked out some games.
I can safely say beyond a shadow of a doubt that this is the funnest console i have EVER FREAKING PLAYED! I’ve played everything from oldschool atari to nintendo, the newer consoles, oldschool playstation, ps2, ps3, xbox, 360, jaguar, sega, etc… nothing i have played is as fun as the freaking wii. The controller is accurate, the bluetooth just flat out rocks, the way they use it in so many ways with so many games is just insanely fun, even first person shooters are feaking awesome!
After about a month and a half (almost 2 months) of searching, I FINALLY got a Wii! These things are IMPOSSIBLE to find! If you’re lucky enough to find one, grab it!