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Farewell to the Wii: Memories of the Launch

The PixlBit staff shares their Wii launch day memories.

Even though there’s still plenty of excitement revolving around the launch of a new console, be it handheld or otherwise, it seems as though the days of week-long lines and potential riots have been all but killed off by the widespread use of pre-orders.  Those launch line ups were quite the experience, but those early days were made even more memorable when the new hardware was unsealed and powered up for the first time.  When the Wii Launched on November 19, 2006, nobody predicted it would be snapped up just as soon as it could be stocked on store shelves.  We also weren’t sure what direction the innovative motion controls and classic Nintendo franchises would take us.  To relive the elation and anticipation of the Wii Launch experience, some of the PixlBit crew thought it would be fun to share their own launch day memories.  If you have some of your own, be sure to share them in the comments.

Memories of the Launch

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Joaquim Mira Media Manager

11/16/2012 at 11:13 AM

It sure seems like some of you had to brave through for a Nintendo Wii. I woke up at 5AM, got ready, and then walked to the nearest running bus route. Once I got near a BestBuy and when I saw the line up I was like "ok, this ain't gonna be the one". Took that same bus route going south to a Walmart, saw the line and thought this might be it. It was. Just had to wait until 9AM (or was it 8AM... ah who knows) until it opened. Got a bunch of games, and a variety of controllers, the system, and zipped right back to the comfort of my home.

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