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halo 3 opening night question

post #1 of 109
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do you guys know what stores are going to be opened at mitnight for the halo 3 release? since i did not preorder it, does anyone know if said stores will have enough copies for everyone or is it only for preorders?

thanks
post #2 of 109
I know for sure the Best Buy, Gamestops, and EB games are doing midnight releases... Best Buys may be area dependant
post #3 of 109
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Originally Posted by perpetual View Post

do you guys know what stores are going to be opened at mitnight for the halo 3 release? since i did not preorder it, does anyone know if said stores will have enough copies for everyone or is it only for preorders?

thanks

Probably get quicker and more accurate info by just calling some stores around you.
post #4 of 109
Wally World!!!!!!!!!
post #5 of 109
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Originally Posted by perpetual View Post

do you guys know what stores are going to be opened at mitnight for the halo 3 release? since i did not preorder it, does anyone know if said stores will have enough copies for everyone or is it only for preorders?

thanks

here is the list : http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage....&type=category
they will be giving away t-shirts, hat and Bam Stick noisemakers(lol) i also heard that they will giving inflatable chairs for people who are waiting
post #6 of 109
LOL what a circus!
post #7 of 109
I wouldn't worry about supplies of the game itself on Tuesday. This is a much different beast from a console launch - those dvds are easy and cheap to press out large quantities. I remember that for Halo 2, I didn't pre-order, just walked into a Best Buy when it opened at 10A. And there was a separate area where they funnelled through the Halo purchasers. It was busy, lots of people walking through, but there wasn't like a wait in line or anything like that. Since I had no Halo 2 supply problems, I doubt there'll be Halo 3 problems - while Halo 3 will in general be more popular than Halo 2 was, at the present time the 360 console base is smaller than XBOX was at Halo 2 launch.

Anyways, I bought a console yesterday at a Best Buy, just to ensure I don't run into any issues there, and I asked about a special Halo 3 sale time on Tuesday. They said they didn't have any. So definitely call.
post #8 of 109
Wow...I can't believe how few Best Buy's are actually going to be open to midnight. This is a pretty small population for the total amount of Best Buy stores.
post #9 of 109
I think this may be Best Buy's first midnight launch for a game, they've done it for consoles... regardless, I don't think you will have an issue getting a copy on day 1... I only pre-ordered two weeks ago, I was #398, I think at GS and they said they would have plenty walk ins ready for that day.
post #10 of 109
you'll barely be able to walk outside on the 25th without tripping over this game. It'll be everywhere..hell, 7-11 is selling it.
post #11 of 109
Is Halo 3 really coming out on Sept. 25 or are many stores going to do the usual BS and say the won't get the stock until Sept. 25 and won't sell them until Wed. or Thurs.?
post #12 of 109
Midnight on Tuesday is the release, it should be on sale everywhere Wed morning.
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post #14 of 109
I thought I had read that it was Monday (24th) at midnight from one of the local best buy stores (sign on the doors) . Maybe I am mistaken ... ?

Games generally come out on Tuesday so waiting until 12:01 AM Wed. morning would mean it would actually launch on the 26th and I was certain it was to launch on the 25th , No ?

--- Jason
post #15 of 109
Last night while I was returning a movie I stopped into the Game Crazy section of the video store. I asked if I could put money down for a copy of Halo 3 and they said that they were done taking pre-orders and already had all of their copies spoken for.

I then asked if i'd have any luck going to a big store like Best Buy. Some uber-nerd who was talkin shop with the game store employees then explained to me that the best buy near me (who is doing a midnight launch) already took more pre-orders than copies they're going to have available.

Is this true? I thought best buy was one of the stores that doesnt do pre-orders?
post #16 of 109
Best Buy has been taking pre-orders on H3 for a long time now so it might be true but I think many people like to jump the gun here and claim it is already sold out (when there will probably be plenty of copies out there) . What you described for GameCrazy is normal practice for them , they always cut off pre-orders within a pre-determined window of the games launch (based upon my several years of buying from them) .

-- Jason
post #17 of 109
That's what I figured. I've never pre-ordered a game before and I've also never had a problem getting one on launch day - but I guess Halo 3 may be an exception.

What other non-pre-order-taking stores are doing midnight releases? Wal-Mart (super)?
post #18 of 109
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Originally Posted by DaGamePimp View Post

I thought I had read that it was Monday (24th) at midnight from one of the local best buy stores (sign on the doors) . Maybe I am mistaken ... ?

Games generally come out on Tuesday so waiting until 12:01 AM Wed. morning would mean it would actually launch on the 26th and I was certain it was to launch on the 25th , No ?
--- Jason

Not mistaken. The release date is 09/25. Therefore, the game can legally be sold at 12:01AM on the 25th. Which is just after midnight on the 24th.
post #19 of 109
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Originally Posted by mastahkaz View Post

That's what I figured. I've never pre-ordered a game before and I've also never had a problem getting one on launch day - but I guess Halo 3 may be an exception.

What other non-pre-order-taking stores are doing midnight releases? Wal-Mart (super)?

Yeah Wal-Mart is going to have it available at 12:01 .

-- Jason
post #20 of 109
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Originally Posted by properbostonian View Post

Not mistaken. The release date is 09/25. Therefore, the game can legally be sold at 12:01AM on the 25th. Which is just after midnight on the 24th.



-- Jason
post #21 of 109
Sorry about that, this is correct, I got confused by date switch at midnight.
post #22 of 109
For those of you who live near a EbGames/Gamestop, you can still pre-order. I don't know it if varies by location, but my Gamestop is guaranteeing all pre-orders. If you preorder and they don't have a game for you on the 25th, the game is free. And most will be open at midnight.
post #23 of 109
I dont know if its true for all, but if you preordered at Gamestops they told me just make sure the pre-order is paid off in full by Monday if you plan on getting it monday night/tuesday morning.
post #24 of 109
When I went into walmart yesterday to pick up superman: doomsday, I noticed there was a sign in the gaming section for halo 3. One thing to note is that the printed sign said there would be more than enough copies. so if I were you guys, I'd head to my local wally mart and pick up the game.
post #25 of 109
Hmmm good info Davio, I will make a stop on the way home today. Thanks.
post #26 of 109
I don't think anyone will have a problem finding a copy on release day. I've been to a few Targets, and they already have the SKU stickers up for Halo 3 just waiting to be filled up.
post #27 of 109
The local Gamestop employee told me that some stores near Boston have had over 1500 pre-orders. Another local Gamestop has had 800 pre-orders. And I'm pretty sure that all of them are open at midnight. Talk about a circus.

I pre-ordered at Best Buy for the $5 1600 points card.
post #28 of 109
7-11 is selling it at midnight.
post #29 of 109
there will be no problems finding them on release day even without preorders. I think if you wanted Legendary, and maybe Limited editions, then preordering was a good idea.
post #30 of 109
I preordered the Limited edition a couple of weeks ago. I wavered on the Legendary, but in the end, I just could not justify it im my mind.

The Gamestop guy said they had just gone over 800 preorders the day before so who knows where they are at now if he was telling the truth.

They are opening up at midnight and also again at 8:00 am the next day (normal time is 10:00 IIRC) to catch people on the way to work.
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