I was bound and determined to get one today and refused to camp out. I devised a decent plan of attack, there were about 6 stores with Wiis within a couple miles of eachother with staggerred opening times. Left the house about 6:30am and the line was already huge at Target, about 40 had camped and there must have been 75 more so I headed to Best Buy. About 50-60 people in front of me so I thought there may be a chance. Before long people from Circuit City came and said they only had 5, then Target people...they only got 12. About 7am, a BB guy came out and said they had 24, many people didnt bother to leave...no clue why.
I bolted over to TRU and the line there was over 200, mix of Elmo, PS3 and mostly Wii. VERY AGGRESSIVE line, I got there when they announced they had 32 Wiis and some lady was screaming that someone had cut (she was 33 for the Wii)...I didnt even bother to get out of the car.
Next plan of attack, the EB Games across from TRU, but many of the stragglers had headed over there, prolly 25 or so and itrackr didnt indicate stock. It is now about 7:20 and I am at my last resort of attack. My wife used to work at the mall and I know that while the mall is technically closed, there is one entrance that has a door on the far right open. There is a Gamestop in the mall and itrackr indicated that at about 12:30am they checked in stock (gotten false alarms in the past). I go into the mall and I am second in line in front of GS. About 10 minutes later another then another. When the mall officially opens at 9am, line grows to about 40. At 9:30 the GS employee shows up and says he has 9 systems and plenty of Wiimotes and nunchucks to go with them. SCORE!
I was especially happy that it was gamers and parents, not re-sellers, who snagged all these GS units. I felt bad for the people who camped at Target or waited elsewhere for a long time who wanted one for themself but didnt get one but this is NOT Nintendo's fault, it is the ebay/craigslist re-sellers fault. The number of Wiis on ebay jumped 400% today, guess we know who snagged most the Wiis around the country.
My only bad experience of the day was someone who was trying to hold an auction for one they already had in the Best Buy line, that was pretty tacky. Ultimately, Best Buy asked them politely to leave, which was best anyway as they were trying to get $750.
For the record, I have not owned a Nintendo console since the NES (not including handhelds). I was a Sega guy and a die-hard Sony guy. I passed on the 360 as I already loved the Xbox and didnt see the point as I was going to get PS3. I did get a PS3 and sold it (at cost), same games with better graphics just arent more fun. The Wii is an entirely new experience that is fun for everyone, gamer or not. I WILL get a PS3 eventually but not until the game line-up is more solid.