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In-store deal only, but Target has dumped the Rock Band 2 complete kits for all systems to $89.99 this week - surely in prep for The Beatles next week....

GHWT kits, however, were bumped back up to $169.99 (were on sale for under $100 last week).

Is it $89.99 or $99? I see $99 on their web site with a $5 coupon for online orders.
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Youtube works ok. It takes you to youtube XL when you first go there. But there's a link on the upper right that gets you to the standard version youtube. Standard version youtube is just so much easier to navigate than XL.

What I wanted to try out was youtube's TV show page. Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom episodes works ok, but a couple of Macgyver episodes I tried didn't play (resulting in an error screen on the video saying "try again later" or something).

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Is it $89.99 or $99? I see $99 on their web site with a $5 coupon for online orders.


The $89.99 price was in-store, I believe.

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The $89.99 price was in-store, I believe.

Ah, last week.
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Buy Scribblenauts (DS) next Tuesday at Toys R Us, get a $15 gift card. Everyone must buy this game.
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GameFly is having another big used game sale. The Wii notables are Deadly Creatures ($9.99) and De Blob ($12.99). I decided to bite on DC for that price.
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MotionPlus $15.99 shipped - http://slickdeals.net/permadeal/24485

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Add Target to the list of retailers who have had leaked ads for 9/27/09 that point to Wii getting a price cut to $199.

http://www.1up.com/do/newsStory?cId=3176085

TRU had an ad leaked a few days back showing the Wii on sale for $199. Ditto for WalMart - although no price - just the "Rollback" logo.

Target ad linked above lists $199 as the "new low price".

Nintendo still refuses to comment, of course.

Unrelated, but this was also on the linked 1Up page - posted in the talkbacks. Funny.

http://i167.photobucket.com/albums/u...WiiNoGames.png

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Amazon has a pretty decent sale on a lot of great Wii games/accessories to commemorate the price drop (here's thelink via slickdeals). The best deals are ExciteBots (with wheel) for $20 and Animal Crossing for $25. Galaxy, Mario Kart and Smash Bros are also there, but only for $10 off. All controller types are on sale too, which is rare to find.
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Best Buy is offering a free game of your choice with the purchase of a Wii for $200.

Also, Dell.com has Wiis for $170 shipped with coupon code N4ZVL$MQSSFGT8. I believe that's a record low for a new, nonrefurbished unit. Now where's that guy who said he'd buy a Wii when he could get one for $150? Is this close enough?
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Toys R Us is running their annual Buy 2 Games Get 1 Free promotion from 10/11-10/17. Perfect time to get in on Muramasa, Dead Space, Scribblenauts, etc.
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Hmm I could get the beatles game, metroid prime trilogy, and wii sports resort. Not sure it's worth spending even 2 games worth for those 3 right now though.

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Hmm I could get the beatles game, metroid prime trilogy, and wii sports resort. Not sure it's worth spending even 2 games worth for those 3 right now though.

Well, you'd pay the $60 that The Beatles will run you new, but either of the $50 games (Resort, MP trilogy) for free is a SMOKIN' DEAL. Resort of course also nets you a M+ add-on.

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Best Buy is offering a free game of your choice with the purchase of a Wii for $200.

Also, Dell.com has Wiis for $170 shipped with coupon code N4ZVL$MQSSFGT8. I believe that's a record low for a new, nonrefurbished unit. Now where's that guy who said he'd buy a Wii when he could get one for $150? Is this close enough?

Too bad I missed out on those deals. I bought one for $199.99 at Amazon. If you ordered by 10/3/09 you got a $25 Amazon gift card (arrives within 10 business days of purchase). It seemed like a good enough deal to pull the trigger. I'm sure there will be more similar deals as Christmas shopping season approaches.
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I hate missing out on a bargain too, but I'd say you still got a pretty good deal. I think the Dell deal ran out pretty quick anyhow. Enjoy your new purchase!
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It seems like I always buy something right before a new and improved version comes out. Are there any plans for a new and improved (HD) version coming out in the near future?

I will probably wait for the Black Friday ads to come out before I buy anything.

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It seems like I always buy something right before a new and improved version comes out. Are there any plans for a new and improved (HD) version coming out in the near future?

I will probably wait for the Black Friday ads to come out before I buy anything.


Doubtful. Likley not any sooner than 2011. Nintendo is usually cagey about new products.

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Monoprice has Wiimotes slightly cheaper than Amazon for $31 and chucks for $11.
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Monoprice has Wiimotes slightly cheaper than Amazon for $31 and chucks for $11.

Nice find. Of course, Monoprice does charge shipping, but I'm still seeing a $5.50 advantage when buying a pair from them vs. Amazon.

This makes the Wii Play bundle look bad at $44.49. I'd rather get a wiimote and nunchuck for $46.95 from Monoprice.
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Though I've used Monoprice many, many times in the past. I can't help but be a bit suspicious about this. The product name is "Compatible Remote Controller for Wii," which just screams bootleg knockoff, and then you click on the product photos, the last of which shows the box, which is noticeably labeled "Wu" (with an umlaut) and not "Wii."
Meanwhile, the Nunchuck box does say "Wii," but the single customer review says it's "a bit more sensible than the Original." (I assume they meant "sensitive.") "Original" meaning "actual official Wiimote," I guess.

Anyway, it's possible these controllers work well enough, but they don't appear to be genuine first-party controllers. Just my two cents.
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You mean you don't want to play w/ a "Wuumote", Mongo?

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Okay, good point. I found myself staring at the wü mote trying to see any visual cues of a knockoff. It looks exactly the same from what I can tell. Which is very odd, indeed. You'd think Nintendo would have a problem with a third party producing a product that looks exactly the same as theirs! Ditto on the nunchuck.

I guess I can no longer recommend it, though. If you ever have problems with it, what's customer service going to be like at wü?

Also suspicious is that only 1 person has bought one and written a review. I suppose I'll pay the extra $5.50 and stick with OEM. Dang it.
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I wasn't sure until I took a look at that last photo. But it seemed weird that Monoprice would be able to sell genuine, official Wii controllers at a significant discount. I mean, generic cables and whatnot is one thing, but first-party Nintendo stuff is so rarely sold at a discount.

But yeah, the "Wu" is a Chinese knockoff. I had thought it was some sort of all-in-one gaming system that had a few crappy motion-control games preloaded; I didn't know the controllers actually worked with the Wii! I dug up a few customer reviews of the Wu nunchuck, which confirms pretty much what I'd expect: http://www.dealextreme.com/details.dx/sku.14236

Frankly, I don't like using third-party controllers in general (even legitimate ones), let alone Chinese (probably illegal) knockoffs. Third-party controllers just never feel right to me. And that's just for analog sticks, buttons, and ergonomics; I trust them even less to get motion-sensing right.

That said, I'd be curious to hear impressions if someone hear felt like ordering up a Wümote.

Edit: Wümote/Wü Nunchuck combo for $27 shipped, plus additional photos/details: http://www.dealextreme.com/details.dx/sku.14202 You know, honestly, at that price, it might be worth trying out for casual gamers with young, destructive children.
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Obvious wii noob here looking to catch up on some of the great titles of the past 3 years. I was hoping to score some at a bargain, but that can be a challenge, as has been discussed many times before.

Should I jump on this deal?

Super Mario Galaxy
$39.49 shipped at Amazon

Other must-have titles I'm still hunting down "best deals" on are:
  • Mario Kart Wii w/ Wii Wheel ($46.99 shipped)
  • The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess ($39.49 shipped)

All titles are in new condition.

I will probably wait until closer to Black Friday for Wii Fit Plus w/ balance board. EA Sports Active still seems a bit pricey at $49.99 too.

What to buy first...this is tough...

Edit: I think I just answered my own question. Get all 3 for $100 (plus tax) in-store at Toys R Us during their buy 2 get 1 free deal. Yes!! If anyone sees a reason why these 3 games wouldn't be a solid choice to get me started, lemme know. TIA.
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I know it probably sounds like I work for Toys R Us at this point, but Buy 2 Get 1 free sale going on right now, perfect for people building up their Wii library...

Otherwise, I'd say those are pretty decent prices. As you said, Nintendo first-party stuff rarely goes on sale. I doubt you'll do better than $40 for years. I'd buy Galaxy or Kart first, depending on whether you'd rather a single-player or multi-player showcase, then Zelda.
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I wasn't sure until I took a look at that last photo. But it seemed weird that Monoprice would be able to sell genuine, official Wii controllers at a significant discount. I mean, generic cables and whatnot is one thing, but first-party Nintendo stuff is so rarely sold at a discount.

But yeah, the "Wu" is a Chinese knockoff. I had thought it was some sort of all-in-one gaming system that had a few crappy motion-control games preloaded; I didn't know the controllers actually worked with the Wii! I dug up a few customer reviews of the Wu nunchuck, which confirms pretty much what I'd expect: http://www.dealextreme.com/details.dx/sku.14236

Frankly, I don't like using third-party controllers in general (even legitimate ones), let alone Chinese (probably illegal) knockoffs. Third-party controllers just never feel right to me. And that's just for analog sticks, buttons, and ergonomics; I trust them even less to get motion-sensing right.

That said, I'd be curious to hear impressions if someone hear felt like ordering up a Wümote.

Edit: Wümote/Wü Nunchuck combo for $27 shipped, plus additional photos/details: http://www.dealextreme.com/details.dx/sku.14202 You know, honestly, at that price, it might be worth trying out for casual gamers with young, destructive children.


http://www.dealextreme.com/details.dx/sku.29592

And this one, if you want your knockoff Wuumote/'chuck in black.

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On the Wü mote, here were some comments by one reviewer:

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The specs say that these do not have any "Nintendo markings". To the contrary, these look exactly like my existing controllers. It says "Wii", not Wuu and it does have Nintendo on the battery cover and Nunchuck connector. The plastic feels exactly like the real thing, not some cheap imitation. I used a marker to indicate inside the battery compartment where I got this, since I probably won't be able to tell once it's put with the other controllers.

Now to see if my boys can tell the difference when they actually use it.

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Well, after using it for a couple of hours yesterday, these play exactly like the "real thing." The only thing that is really different is the level of sound coming out of the remote. It is louder and distorted. Considering that is the only difference, this is an outstanding deal...

Another review adds:

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...they work with WiiMotion Plus without Problems!

Another good question was if there were any problems with Guitar Hero. That's undetermined since the question went unanswered.

I have a 15% off coupon from Babies R Us (can also be used at Toys R Us). I'm going to see if they'll let me stack this with the Buy 2 Get 1 Free on the games. The fine print on the coupon does not say "cannot be combined with any other offer" etc. My guess is they won't, but that would be sweet to get 3 for $85.
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Maybe they're the real deals, and perhaps "fell off a truck somewhere out past the Jersey Turnpike"

If they are working w/ M+, then GH guitars/drums should be no problem I imagine

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I'd really be more worried about QA and long-term reliability. These are the kinds of things that I could picture imploding after a month, and probably come with a pretty high defective-unit rate.
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