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RUMOR - GameStop not holding Wii U midnight launch because of security reasons?

The following information is said to come from a GameStop manager...

...word from corporate was they were "not allowed" to do a midnight launch. ...its because, unlike a game, these things are expensive and it could be a safety/security risk with it being so late.

Even weirder news, we're hearing that GameStop isn't opening early either. Way to go, GameStop! Thanks to KrazyKernal for the heads up!

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10 Nov 2012 09:41

@CorusFace If that's true then that's pretty pathetic on Nintendo's part. I thought the WiiU was going to be for the hardcore gamer? The hardcore likes midnight launches! That's what they live for! Just pathetic.
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10 Nov 2012 09:57

Security makes sense. It also makes sense because of all the hype and what not.

Think of it this way: there are parents who did not preorder the system. All the shipments for the system are likely going right to people who preordered. If you have a midnight launch of a system, you're going to be looking at a TON of people who are sitting in line for no reason because they won't be able to get one without a preorder.

And then you have all the people who preordered sitting there like ducks. Potentially with $400+ in cash with them. Anyone who got sent away and want it badly enough could easily start a fight or mug someone who walks out with one. With black Friday being that week too, I do not blame them whatsoever. If you remember the last home console launch- didn't someone in line for the PS3 get shot? Multiple fights broke out if I remember right.

Saying this, if Orbis and Durango launch a year from now in the same time frame and they do a midnight launch...
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10 Nov 2012 10:01

CorusFace wrote:it's not gamestop choosing to not do this. it's nintendo telling them not to do it. nintendo told gamestop NOT to do a midnight launch because of security reasons, and i get the feeling best buy was told the same thing. my gamestop was going to do a midnight launch and wanted to from the very start, but nintendo told all gamestop locales not to. again, this was nintendo's choice, not gamestops.

i can't believe i am defending gamestop.



where did you get that piece of info?
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10 Nov 2012 10:46

So many poor, so few ridiculously rich people in the USA, who almost have 99% of all income, ...

... Oboma has a huge mountain of social problems to solve. If it's so far advanced in the wrong and ill direction, that shops are afraid to build up a midnight lauch, because of safety (robbery, shooting) issues - I can't believe that Romney almost win. They have to raise the taxes for the rich, cutting costs (weapon lobby, military, petrol lobby, pharma lobby - not to say mafia ...).

This is truly bad news for normal people, who just want to live in peace and don't have to worry at a simple console launch. Hopefully the change to the better will come quicker, than the wrong way turn.

So, that's enough social and political critics for now. :)

Let's have a peaceful Wii U launch!!! Don't worry, Nintendo will have enough supplies for the upcoming mounth/years.

McDaniel-77
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10 Nov 2012 10:53

The midnight thing makes sense to me, but I was told that my Gamestop was going to be opening up early, by 9am at the latest. (Normally it opens at 12 on a Sunday)
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10 Nov 2012 11:16

Can gamestop not afford outside security? Maybe its because im in charge of my gaming section at best buy, but we have a midnight release guideline for the release that specifically tells us to have 2 people hired to be outside from 7pm till 1am just for security reasons.
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10 Nov 2012 11:23

CorusFace wrote:it's not gamestop choosing to not do this. it's nintendo telling them not to do it. nintendo told gamestop NOT to do a midnight launch because of security reasons, and i get the feeling best buy was told the same thing. my gamestop was going to do a midnight launch and wanted to from the very start, but nintendo told all gamestop locales not to. again, this was nintendo's choice, not gamestops.

i can't believe i am defending gamestop.

Best buy wasn't told anything. Midnight releases at best buy are based on the individual stores midnight release performance the year prior. If theres lack of customers last year then they have few to no midnights this year.
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10 Nov 2012 11:26

if this is the real reason Then I'll do the wait. but if its just because of some crap that gamestop is far to lazy to do then yes it is bull.
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10 Nov 2012 11:27

Fred Duck wrote:Well, maybe crime is a reason in some places, but my manager buddy told me (again) that it's the Sunday midnight payroll problem as was noted last time.

In any case, oh no, you have to wait up to ELEVEN extra hours? At least SIX of which you'd likely normally be sleeping anyway? Then breakfast, so the net loss is about FIVE hours, unless the store opens early, then maybe THREE hours?

So much resentment and resignation around here. =_=

Remember all those people who wanted to pre-order but couldn't because they sold out? They're going to be waiting more than eleven hours, I'll wager.

And on the plus side, you can be wide awake and play your new games at a good volume.


It's definitely not the same as playing a crisp new Wii U right at launch with everyone else and you know it. This is coming from a guy who didn't preorder the Wii U, but is definitely interested. Getting it the next day is still exciting, but it saps a lot of that chrismas morning magic from a midnight launch for some people. Besides people like to do crazy things (like triforce) if it will make their purchase that much more epic.
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10 Nov 2012 11:28

I hear my local gamestop will probably open around 9. I'm okay with that I guess. I didn't plan on playing any games or anything if I picked it up and midnight anyways.
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10 Nov 2012 11:58

I can understand the reasoning behind this rumor, but...I gotta call BS too. Both the 3DS and the Wii had a midnight release at Gamestop and no reports of muggings or killings occurred then.

So why start now?
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10 Nov 2012 12:02

tellis429 wrote:It's definitely not the same as playing a crisp new Wii U right at launch with everyone else and you know it.


"Right at launch?" Are you kidding me? This is the SAME DAY. I know that people are impatient nowadays, but what, are you suggesting that people move to the east coast to get that three hour jump on people in California? Think of the sad people in Hawaii having to wait FIVE HOURS longer than people in Connecticut!

What if it takes one person thirty minutes to drive to the store, but only six minutes for someone else? Oh, the injustice! Better move closer to the store!

So, yes, it's still a "crisp new Wii U right at launch." People refer to it as Launch Day, not Launch Hour or Launch Nanosecond.

tellis429 wrote:This is coming from a guy who didn't preorder the Wii U, but is definitely interested. Getting it the next day is still exciting, but it saps a lot of that chrismas morning magic from a midnight launch for some people.


The next day? Your receipt had better show November 18 at the earliest or someone's getting in trouble.

When did midnight launches first start anyway? And really, it's all just for hype and bragging rights, both of which are inconsequential intangibles. If people are so impatient, that oh no, the magic is gone a few hours later, then they shouldn't buy the thing because guess what, it's not going to be shiny and magical forever!

I guess these are the kinds of people who pay extra for overnight shipping when buying online...or perhaps they don't buy online because oh, no, the agony of waiting?

Since you personally didn't preorder, that means you are not one of the impatient people, but there's no need to justify their excessively consumerist behaviour.

tellis429 wrote:Besides people like to do crazy things (like triforce) if it will make their purchase that much more epic.


Mr. Force can do as he likes; that's his decision. If midnight launches had never been invented, I bet he'd still want to wait in line to be first in the store at 10 or 11am.

epic [adj]
• of, relating to, or characteristic of an epic or epics: England's national epic poem Beowulf.
• heroic or grand in scale or character: his epic journey around the world | a tragedy of epic proportions.
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10 Nov 2012 12:18

Negative votes... really?

Does it honestly matter to you that you get a console at midnight? It's a piece of plastic, you're guaranteed to get it if you preordered, and you're not missing anything by waiting a few hours.

Christmas magic? Sit down, bro. It's not that big of a deal. It's Nintendo getting the graphics of current gen consoles+, with a lot of ports and a few new games. OH AND A FANCY CONTROLLER OOOOOH.

People make way too big a deal out of Midnight Launches. OH, GAMESTOP HATES NINTENDO BECAUSE THEY AREN'T DOING THEM. It's selling a system (or game in other cases) a few hours early. Clearly some hate going on there. Grow up guys. You're mad about something stupid. And potentially blaming the wrong people.
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10 Nov 2012 12:19

The EBgames (Canada, but it is under the Gamestop corporation) that I preordered at is having a midnight launch. And with talking with the store manager there were a bunch of other stores in the area that are having one.
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10 Nov 2012 13:19

MoldyClay wrote:Negative votes... really?

Does it honestly matter to you that you get a console at midnight? It's a piece of plastic, you're guaranteed to get it if you preordered, and you're not missing anything by waiting a few hours.

Christmas magic? Sit down, bro. It's not that big of a deal. It's Nintendo getting the graphics of current gen consoles+, with a lot of ports and a few new games. OH AND A FANCY CONTROLLER OOOOOH.

People make way too big a deal out of Midnight Launches. OH, GAMESTOP HATES NINTENDO BECAUSE THEY AREN'T DOING THEM. It's selling a system (or game in other cases) a few hours early. Clearly some hate going on there. Grow up guys. You're mad about something stupid. And potentially blaming the wrong people.


Coming from the guy that whines and complains whenever a game is more than $10 :roll:
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10 Nov 2012 13:42

If I had preordered this would REALLY piss me off.
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10 Nov 2012 14:41

Wowsers.....

Okay, for the OP I say BS. I would more likely believe that its more of a payroll deal than a safety issue. Why then let people buy the limited edition BLOPs2 360 at a midnight release. In terms of "Lighting" comon now, most strip malls and big box stores are well lit, and with no one else at the store parking should be fairly close. PS3 people were getting mugged IN line mostly, cause of this other issue. Pre orders. Most if not all people who would be waiting in line for the WiiU have a pre-order on it. Meaning I cant see the line being too long considering most stores had a limited amount of preorders to offer. I guess it could be fear of a mass shooting type event at one of these releases, but really, why hold ANY midnight release than? I live near Chicago, people get shot at just for sitting in their homes from a stray bullet. They still live their lives without letting fear control them. Nonsense I feel, but it is what it is. Hopefully you all can find a midnight or early morning release.

As to the tools who cant comprehend someones excitement for a midnight release, the word is Perspective. See, to some people, its exciting to be at a release of a hobby, be it book, movie or game. They might feel like being part of a party you know? Why do people enjoy dressing up as their favorite characters to see a midnight showing of a movie? Cause its fun for them. Key point is its for them. They are not asking you to spend your time or money, its them. You can wait untill whenever to pickup your system fine, you look like an asshat when you put down others for something they enjoy. The only people who can complain I guess for midnight releases are people who work the event, but hey make that money.

I dont care for rebuttals, as I will be waiting in excitement for something I enjoy. Hopefully I can experience this enjoyment with like minded people on its release.
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10 Nov 2012 17:24

Atariadam wrote:As to the tools who cant comprehend someones excitement for a midnight release, the word is Perspective.


I'd say everyone here understands excitement, but anger?
When told that the not-promised midnight launch was not happening, here are a couple reactions from the last thread.

http://www.gonintendo.com/?mode=viewstory&id=189574

Conclude that corporate politics are to blame.
"yeah Gamestop doesn't care for Nintendo all that much."

Boycott the chain.
"Another reason to hate Gamestop. Any intellegent Nintendo gamer should avoid this store like the plague. I hate the fact I have to use them as a waiting list option to maybe get a Wii U if I can't get one at launch. Shame on you Gamestop, shame on you."

And from this thread:

Go buy from another store.
"Which is why I ordered 2 from there after I found out I couldn't pick up my GameStop pre order until late Sunday Morning."

Theoretical anger.
"If I had preordered this would REALLY piss me off."

Was anyone promised a midnight launch and then later found there wouldn't be one? Regardless, is anger really necessary? It's just as necessary as excitement for something that isn't happening.

Atariadam wrote:See, to some people, its exciting to be at a release of a hobby, be it book, movie or game. They might feel like being part of a party you know? Why do people enjoy dressing up as their favorite characters to see a midnight showing of a movie? Cause its fun for them. Key point is its for them. They are not asking you to spend your time or money, its them.


Sure.

Atariadam wrote:You can wait untill whenever to pickup your system fine, you look like an asshat when you put down others for something they enjoy. The only people who can complain I guess for midnight releases are people who work the event, but hey make that money.


Nah, waiting in line is cool if that's your thing. The people getting put down are the people whining or getting all ANGRY about having to wait an extra three to eleven hours.

Why so much fuss over having to line up a few hours later than hoped? Perhaps an irrational dislike of sleep or breakfast?

Atariadam wrote:I dont care for rebuttals, as I will be waiting in excitement for something I enjoy. Hopefully I can experience this enjoyment with like minded people on its release.

On its release...day. :D


Oh. Speaking of which, I hope people will be understanding if on launch day, Nintendo's servers get crushed as everyone tries to download the mandatory OS update. >_> See, now THAT can mess with Christmas magic.
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10 Nov 2012 19:49

Well my GS is atleast opening early on the 18th. I wasn't overly hyped for a midnight launch, but I would have gone if there was one. I was just looking forward to playing Zombi U while it was late, but I guess i'll just wait until sunday night to try that out.
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10 Nov 2012 20:58

CorusFace wrote:it's not gamestop choosing to not do this. it's nintendo telling them not to do it. nintendo told gamestop NOT to do a midnight launch because of security reasons, and i get the feeling best buy was told the same thing. my gamestop was going to do a midnight launch and wanted to from the very start, but nintendo told all gamestop locales not to. again, this was nintendo's choice, not gamestops.

i can't believe i am defending gamestop.


Is that why Nintendo is having a midnight release at their world store in NY? Its gamestops choice. WalMart, Best Buy, and several other retailers are all having midnight releases.
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10 Nov 2012 22:34

TwoKings wrote:
CorusFace wrote:it's not gamestop choosing to not do this. it's nintendo telling them not to do it. nintendo told gamestop NOT to do a midnight launch because of security reasons, and i get the feeling best buy was told the same thing. my gamestop was going to do a midnight launch and wanted to from the very start, but nintendo told all gamestop locales not to. again, this was nintendo's choice, not gamestops.

i can't believe i am defending gamestop.


Is that why Nintendo is having a midnight release at their world store in NY? Its gamestops choice. WalMart, Best Buy, and several other retailers are all having midnight releases.


I don't like to defend gamestop, I do however, like to be reasonable.
The Nintendo World Store is in lower Manhattan, one of the safest parts of the city. Walmart, BestBuy, and those other retailers all typically place their stores in safe locations.
Gamestop is different. They have at least 12 locations in less than reputable locations, and probably much more. To hold a midnight launch would put people like me who enjoy games but live in bad neighborhoods at risk.
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11 Nov 2012 06:59

AlphaBetaOmega wrote:
TwoKings wrote:
CorusFace wrote:it's not gamestop choosing to not do this. it's nintendo telling them not to do it. nintendo told gamestop NOT to do a midnight launch because of security reasons, and i get the feeling best buy was told the same thing. my gamestop was going to do a midnight launch and wanted to from the very start, but nintendo told all gamestop locales not to. again, this was nintendo's choice, not gamestops.

i can't believe i am defending gamestop.


Is that why Nintendo is having a midnight release at their world store in NY? Its gamestops choice. WalMart, Best Buy, and several other retailers are all having midnight releases.


I don't like to defend gamestop, I do however, like to be reasonable.
The Nintendo World Store is in lower Manhattan, one of the safest parts of the city. Walmart, BestBuy, and those other retailers all typically place their stores in safe locations.
Gamestop is different. They have at least 12 locations in less than reputable locations, and probably much more. To hold a midnight launch would put people like me who enjoy games but live in bad neighborhoods at risk.


and i am defending Nintendo... they didnt tell gamestop to not have midnight releases. it is up to the discretion of each retailer. i also understand the "security" concern however i have been following this topic quite close on several pages and forums and i have heard a slew of different "reasons" that Gamestop is not having a midnight release. to me it all sounds like excuses. I just wish they would come out and tell everyone yes, no, or its up to the store managers, and if so let the lynching begin of store managers. (kidding)

I already have mine preordered through Gamestop along with all my other preordered goodies so yea i am a little upset but yes i can wait the couple extra hours. I had just planned on being able to get it at midnight. Their website even says... Wii U Available 11/18/12 and below it a countdown to midnight... Why have that if you aren't going to let people have it then? why not count down to 11am when your stores open?

Just my thoughts... am i a litle upset, yes... can i wait another few hours, yes...
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11 Nov 2012 07:08

Oh yea a quick response to what you said about WalMart being in better locations than gamestops... Where i live in the SF bay area its quite the opposite. The 2 closest walmarts are in the 2 worst areas and the 2 closest gamestops are in the nicer areas with better lighting and more general traffic.

I respect you being reasonable and all, and like i said in the last post i understand the security concern.
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11 Nov 2012 18:24

The manager at my GameStop said that they will be having a midnight launch and that he thinks the assistant manager told me they weren't last week because they weren't sure. But they were given the OK recently.

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