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Since: 3.1.02
From: GA in person, NJ in heart

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Did anyone else get to pick up their pre-order of Wind Waker today? I went at about 4:30 to my local EB games, only to find out that they wouldn't have it in until after 7pm due to same day shipping(?). I don't know if this is standard practice for pre-ordering a game on the day of its release, since I haven't pre-ordered before, but I'm rather bummed since I got laid off at work today and I was using having free time to play Wind Waker as the silver lining on that cloud. And what really sucks is that I won't be back at that mall till the end of the week, since, with no job to keep me in the area, I went home to start planning my move back this weekend. Bummer.



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I use EB for previously played games, ONLY. I find that their costs are way too high for my personal preferences.

Recently, I bought Final Fantasy VII (used) for $15.00 canadian. Sweeeeeeet.



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Since: 23.1.02
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Hmmm, EB called me today to tell me they would have my copy of Wind Waker tonight at 8pm (the game's official release is actually tomorrow). Of course, I got to see two of my four college basketball teams play tonight, so I didn't pick up the game.

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EddieBurkett
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Since: 3.1.02
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Ahhh... knowing that the official release is tomorrow would probably have made me feel better about the whole ordeal. Thanks.



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Since: 17.1.02
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My Zelda Pre-order update:

I called last night to EB and was told that they had only called 10 or so of the pre-order people, and I am on page 4 of the whole list. I was told to call today at 10 AM to see if I can sneak in and pick up the game early.

My friend was already called (he pre-ordered way early) and he and I went to another EB location about 3 hours ago (midnight) to pick up his copy of the game. We played for 2 hours straight, and now I CAN'T WAIT to pick up my copy. I dig the cel-shading so far, what can I say?



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Since: 29.4.02
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I walked in today without a call and just grabbed my pre-ordered copy. No fuss, no muss, sorry to hear some of the stories here though. I've yet to actually play it though, if that helps. It's just sitting here staring at me, begging me to play.



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Since: 9.12.01
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My order is promised to be at my house by 4:30 tomorrow. I guess I can live with getting it a day later than everyone else as long as no one posts spoilers.


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Geez- I still have not even gotten a call saying I can pick mine up- wonderful...





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Since: 2.1.02
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#9 Posted on
Got the call at noon today...picked it up at one today.
I've played it about two hours, and it's really cool, but very similar to Mario Sunshine in a lot of ways: it's bright and cheery, the people you meet make annoying sounds when they talk, the tasks are nonsensical so far and to top it all off, the controls are pretty much the same.
Soooo...if you didn't like Sunshine, I don't know if I would recommend this game.
Don't get me wrong: it's a great game, but it's not pee-your-pants-in-ecstasy-awesome like Metroid Prime was. Just my opinion.



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Since: 11.7.02
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Hi gamers,

I'm a District Manager for one of EB's competitors. Here's a bit of inside info regarding the business and how to approach it if you really want to get the games first.

Most HUGE titles (Zelda, Metal Gear, Madden, etc) will arrive the MONDAY before the official release. Depending on your location in the country it may be early in the morning or late evening. For example, Nintendo HQ is in Seattle, so if you are on the West Coast you'll see it early. Zelda hit my NJ stores at 6:00PM.

EB generally only carries about 25% of their reservations on that Monday and get the rest Tuesday morning.

My company will fill all reserves that Monday and get an additional small boost Tuesday morning for our walk-in customers.

If you are in a small market (Podunk, USA) you'll get it Tuesday morning.

And my final, most important tip is: If there are more than two SPECIALTY VIDEO GAME RETAILERS in one mall or strip center they will generally ship most games there, in larger quantities to compete with eachother...example: in one of my malls we received about 1000 Zeldas at 6PM, the EB in that mall received 60.

I hope this helps.

TheIronGeek
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