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Dell Taking Wii U Preorders for $459.99

By - Source: Polygon | B 27 comments

Unfortunately, this Wii U preorder deal has no guarantee of getting to you by launch day.

With the North American Wii U launch just a few days away, it's nigh impossible to get your hands on a Wii U preorder. In fact, it's been nigh impossible to find a Wii U preorder for weeks—just about every retailer that was holding Wii U preorders ran out of basic and deluxe preorders in just a few days.

Dell recently just launched its own Wii U preorder deal. Unfortunately, for those looking for the cheaper, basic edition are out of luck. This pre-order deal is only for the deluxe edition, which ships with Just Dance 4 and Madden NFL '13.

The only drawbacks are that this edition is $459.99—a bit pricier than the $349.99 you'd pay for the regular deluxe edition—and that it's highly unlikely that you'll get your console on launch day. Dell's website claims that the console would ship in one to two weeks. Still, if the Wii U shortage ends up being as bad as the one that the Wii experienced, then paying just a little more to get the console a tad late seems preferable to waiting in long lines with no guarantee of getting the product.

The Wii U is set to launch on November 18th for the U.S. and November 30th for Europe.

 

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    deathengine , November 14, 2012 6:42 PM
    Let the raping of nintendo loyalists and casual gamers begin!
    Underpowered, overpriced, gimmicky hardware, CHECK!

    In all seriousness, I am definitely not a buyer on day one. If the games prove to be fun and 3rd party support is good, then this may be a buy sometime next year or when the price drops.
    But this thing was outdated the moment it was conceived.
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    Joosey Jay , November 14, 2012 6:48 PM
    It's going be just like the Wii. Gonna sell hard the first year then no one will pay attention to the console. Agree with the first comment as well. Over priced for old hardware.
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    ddpruitt , November 14, 2012 6:56 PM
    I was wondering how long before a big name company would start pulling something like this.

    Glad I reserved mine months ago.
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    nbelote , November 14, 2012 7:04 PM
    If the Wii was basically Gamecube 1.5 because of the minimal improvements, does that make the Wii U actually a Wii 1.5? Wouldn't that also make it a Gamecube 2? If so, it's several years late...
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    alidan , November 14, 2012 7:06 PM
    deathengineLet the raping of nintendo loyalists and casual gamers begin! Underpowered, overpriced, gimmicky hardware, CHECK!In all seriousness, I am definitely not a buyer on day one. If the games prove to be fun and 3rd party support is good, then this may be a buy sometime next year or when the price drops. But this thing was outdated the moment it was conceived.


    its really about the exclusives, zombie u sounded fun, till i found out it a rouge like on easymode

    what you have to look at is

    1 - online play, if nintendo wants to be #1 world wide even without a gimick, they have to invest in makeing that aspect of the console great.

    2 - how it stacks up next to other consoles, really the wii u, unless they royally screw it up, is set to be the way you play console games.
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    Anonymous , November 14, 2012 7:14 PM
    my god, even Apple can learn a lesson from this level of Rapage! $460!?! Does it make waffles in the morning?
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    jacobdrj , November 14, 2012 7:16 PM
    Jaw just dropped: Over 4 bills? Has nintendo been bashed over the head by a Koopa Troopa?
    Non-starter here...
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    notuptome2004 , November 14, 2012 7:17 PM
    nbeloteIf the Wii was basically Gamecube 1.5 because of the minimal improvements, does that make the Wii U actually a Wii 1.5? Wouldn't that also make it a Gamecube 2? If so, it's several years late...



    umm No this isa Next gen system it has 2gb of ram 1gb for the GPU that is said to be a E6760 and 1gb of ram for everything else it has a much newer but clocked slower CPU Generation then that of the 360


    Ther is no way this would only be a Wii 1.5 since norre a slightly faster nor anything of the Generation of the Xbox 360 could handle what the Wii U is doing that is rendering full 1080p 60FPS on most to all 3rd party games as well as Rendering a 2nd screen @ 720p or close to the Wii U gamepad has no CPU or GPU the main console does all the work all Wireless so yea no a Wii 1.5 nore 360 based hardware could pull that off
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    notuptome2004 , November 14, 2012 7:19 PM
    Joosey JayIt's going be just like the Wii. Gonna sell hard the first year then no one will pay attention to the console. Agree with the first comment as well. Over priced for old hardware.




    it has good 3rd party support most of the launch games are from 3rd party most of the launch windows games are from 3rd party
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    Thomas Creel , November 14, 2012 7:20 PM
    Don't diss Nintendo; I loved my old Gameboy Color...
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    notuptome2004 , November 14, 2012 7:22 PM
    Joosey JayIt's going be just like the Wii. Gonna sell hard the first year then no one will pay attention to the console. Agree with the first comment as well. Over priced for old hardware.




    umm No as of june this year the Wii sold 86.7 Million units so i would say your wrong it seems people did pay attention to it .



    Wii U offers a heck of allot more then just gaming tho

    here

    http://www.engadget.com/2012/11/12/nintendo-wii-u-remote-control/

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZO46aQU6EFg
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    CaedenV , November 14, 2012 7:25 PM
    The Wii was awesome... but no games on it for me. WiiU looks to have acceptable graphics this time out, but I really don't like the new controller, and my bet is that there will be even less games for WiiU than there were on the Wii; Especially if Nextbox and PS4 go the x86 route and leave PPC to die in the grave it belongs.

    My bet is that it sells like hot cakes for a year, and then languishes through the rest of the cycle. I hope the best for them though... they have not had a home run release on hardware in a looooong time.
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    notuptome2004 , November 14, 2012 7:34 PM
    caedenvThe Wii was awesome... but no games on it for me. WiiU looks to have acceptable graphics this time out, but I really don't like the new controller, and my bet is that there will be even less games for WiiU than there were on the Wii; Especially if Nextbox and PS4 go the x86 route and leave PPC to die in the grave it belongs.My bet is that it sells like hot cakes for a year, and then languishes through the rest of the cycle. I hope the best for them though... they have not had a home run release on hardware in a looooong time.




    The Wii U has 50 Launch window games to be relased far more then the Wii when it was launched far more then the 360 and PS3 when they was launched but has 23 launch day games some good ones most 3rd party

    as i siad above the Wii U is siad to now have an E6760 GPU from AMD that has 1gb of Ram decicated to it while the system has 1GB of ram just for itself and otehr stuff Game developers already loveing the system and have been and are doing some great thing with the Wii U gamepad that is very light wight and functional

    Also Wii U has amny other things it does such as i posted above Nintendo TV


    Also look at games like Zombie U and Call of duty black ops 2 in how they make use of the Wii U gamepad
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    Anonymous , November 14, 2012 7:49 PM
    Consumers are fools. 500 bucks plus for a console, are you kidding me??

    And people gobble it up.

    I guess there is no confusion as to why the price can be so high eh?

    Since casting a major shadow of disappointment and frustration over our xmas holiday with the awkward and frustrating Skyward Sword, the Wii continues to sit on our tv stand collecting dust, as it does for the tens of millions of other people around the world who still somehow continue to defend it as this "great system" that somehow never gets played.



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    whiteodian , November 14, 2012 7:53 PM
    I've felt that big ass controller in my hand at Best Buy and I don't care for it too much. I suppose it could take some getting use to. I'll take a wait and see approach. I'm really curious how their network connectivity will be.
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    Old_Fogie_Late_Bloomer , November 14, 2012 8:25 PM
    nbeloteIf the Wii was basically Gamecube 1.5 because of the minimal improvements, does that make the Wii U actually a Wii 1.5? Wouldn't that also make it a Gamecube 2? If so, it's several years late...

    I think the math would more accurately be Gamecube 2.25. Stuff like that is multiplicative, not additive...

    :p 
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    Yuka , November 14, 2012 9:04 PM
    Who still has a N64 running? A GC running? A Wii running?

    Who has a fat gen1 PS3 running at home?

    Who has a 360 gen1 running at their homes?

    I don't know about you, but you all can talk sh1t about Nintendo while they're hassle free with what they give and having the most reliable systems for decades. Also, their first party games ARE worthy of the console by themselves. If you guys are too "hip and cool hardcore gamers" to enjoy Mario Party or Smash Bros, get off our Nintendo lawn.

    Cheers!
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    bustapr , November 14, 2012 9:30 PM
    $110 extra is just a bit pricier?!
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    whiteodian , November 14, 2012 9:45 PM
    I have a N64 in a box. GC in a box. They still work. Gave the Wii to ex because I wasn't using it. I have a fat Gen 1 PS3 still. I only use it for a blu-ray. If I actually gamed on it, I wonder if it would have broke down like my PS1 and PS2 - Both gen 1s. Remember the trick to flipping the PS1 upside down to get it to work. Not sure why my PS2 stopped reading discs. I didn't play it much. Also, I take really good care of my stuff. Don't play them on the ground where they can suck up dust. Keep them in a cabinet when not in use. I still have the original Xbox. Gave it to GF to watch movies and do DDR. I did have problems with my Gen 1 360. RRoD. Thankfully MS was good enough to extend their warranty and get it replaced. Currently I play on PC and 360.
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    Kami3k , November 14, 2012 10:31 PM
    notuptome2004umm No as of june this year the Wii sold 86.7 Million units so i would say your wrong it seems people did pay attention to it .Wii U offers a heck of allot more then just gaming tho here http://www.engadget.com/2012/11/12 [...] e-control/http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZO46aQU6EFg


    And yet Nintendo is losing money.

    Doesn't matter how many consoles you sell if no one buys the games.
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