Nov 17th, 2012

Wii U midnight launchIn case you are not aware of it: the Wii U officially launches tonight, less than 12 hours from now on the West Coast, and less than 9 hours on the East Coast. Nintendo will have a midnight launch event at its World Store in New York, and several retailers such as Walmart and GameStop are rumored to have midnight launches as well.

There have been rumors of GameStop canceling all midnight launches, but according to latest reports, a lot of stores across North America will be open tonight to ring in the launch of the Wii U. It’s best to check with you local GameStop to see if they’ll be open tonight.

It’s looking better when it comes to Best Buy, as they’ll have many stores open on midnight. You can find a full list of stores that will be open tonight on their page here. The first 50 people in line at Best Buy tonight will receive special Wii U bags with Nintendo goodies.

After many months of waiting, the time has finally come: Nintendo’s new console is here. When you get your new Wii U, stop by our Wii U forums and tell us what you think of it.

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  • Asiancake

    I’m going be the first in line

    • NavyBlueYoshi

      My gamestop isn’t doing midnight Q_Q there goes my username
      (No its not this 1)

      • ( โ€ข __โ€ข )

        If someone else can think of the same user name than it was not a good one

      • ZombieGuns

        My Gamestop in Virginia won’t be don’t a midnight launch either ๐Ÿ™
        I’ll be waiting in line a 11:00am when they open, then I hit the road for a two hour drive to my friend’s apartment.

    • Bicentennial_Pidgeon

      No. Triforce is first in line.

      • Troll patrol.

        Don’t worry sir! Troll patrol will be on scene to settle any Nintendo related squabbles!

    • Johny

      lol… if you’re not already there for a few days… you will NOT be ๐Ÿ˜€

    • Person

      There’s probably already someone there

    • Cheese

      FIRST!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! HA HA HA

      Suc it

    • ziggy

      hell no i pre orderd mine why would i wana stand in line duhh

      • redadil4

        Triforce would like a word with you.

    • Nko Sekirei

      nah im getting my in the afternoon its way better then going at midnight were u get mugged,shot,stabbed and fist fights over it im playing it safe

      • LyingTuna

        See, I’d bring my Master Sword. Nobody messes with a guy who wields the Blade of Evil’s bane.

    • KevinxDxD

      D: same here my local gamestop isnt opening for midnight but i heard some gamestops are opening early (opening either 9:00 AM or 8:00 AM)

    • Topless Stang

      I did some food shopping around 12ish and was able to be the first in the store to get one at my Super Walmart. There was no line at all, but they did tell me that all they got in was enough to cover their 25 preorders.

  • shroomforce

    Sadly they don’t do that in my country,
    by the way I have school then =(

    • smashninja22

      Life in de West Indies

  • immallama22

    *Tear runs down cheek* The time has come :3

  • Asiancake

    I’m gonna see my wii u tonight it is my density

    • Person

      You mean destiny?

      • Daniel8402

        FACEPALM, That was a back to the future reference. I must be getting old

      • ShootTheCore

        i think he was being funny and put a little back to the future throwback in there .

  • Pokemonlp10

    Thank god only 2 of my friends in the whole community knows what a wii u is! Plus, I can skip everyone in line due to my preorder

    • Thepokemonmaster

      Haha! Same!

  • allon

    So mad my GameStop decided not to open tonight! So I will have it at 10am. I am glad that I am getting one and the ones that are trying to get one on luck good luck to you all! I hope nothing but success in your mission!

    • Edgar


    • ziggy

      mine is not doing midnight release but who cares its more about safety reasons so im glad to wait till noon to pick mine up rather be safe than sorry

    • KevinxDxD

      Thanks but sadly here in Las Vegas gamestops dont open at midnight

      • Wii Ultra

        I live in Vegas too! I would’ve went tonight if they were doing a midnight launch.

      • ShootTheCore

        man in vegas they should be open 24 hours !

  • Elite

    For some reason i thought it was Friday rofl. Time is flying by for me. Unfortunately my best buy is not having a midnight launch

  • Nintendork28

    My parents aren’t letting me play until Christmas, so, to them, getting it at midnight would be a waste of time and energy.

  • Connor kennway

    Ac3 out already

  • Lusunup

    fingers cross its is open and im going to be there as soon as i can because I remember when I went to get black ops 2 oh boy!; but now a new system (Im so excited!)

  • Deecast96

    Hey guys I was wondering (dumb question) but is the midnight launch only for the people who pre-ordered the Wii U? As in, can I get one by just walking in the store an buying one off the shelf?

    • Dmalvano

      Usually it is for everyone BUT seeing as how they are sold out on pre-orders it is unlikely you will be able to snag one. Then again you’ll never know unless you go

    • Trippster

      a lot of places aren’t doing midnight. some places are though, most will be pre order only but a lottt might not be. i would check, fast. i wish you the best of luck! ๐Ÿ˜€

      • Deecast96

        Thanks! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • 911RollingThunder

    Can’t saldy… ๐Ÿ™

  • Kuzon

    I just got a call form Gamestop that my wait list reservation is there on launch day. Talking with the family to see if we can get it as a group Christmas present. We have less than a day to decide, but the kids seem to want it.


    5 hours and 29 minutes my body is ready!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Master of Awesomeness

    I’d like to do that but I don’t think there is going to be a midnight launch in Australia. Or if I would be allowed…

    • God Of Thunder

      EBGAMES here in Australia WILL be doing a midnight launch ๐Ÿ˜€

      • Fenberry

        Unfortunately Eb here is Auckland isn’t. Lack of interest which seems about right. About the only gaming this country gets excite about is Halo…..

        Roll on 30th November
        I’ve got time off work booked for about a week after launch so I can enjoy all my games.

        Wii u deluxe
        Scribblenauts unlimited
        new super Mario bros u
        trine 2
        Call of duty black ops 2
        Tank tank tank
        Sega racing transformed
        All together its about $1000 NZ but its worth it for a week of gaming bliss.

  • Madmagican

    Going? Pfft, I’m already in line! ….where’s my wallet?

  • Johnny

    I asked a guy at the Walmart near my house if they’ll have them tonight. He said yes, so I’m going for it. I just hope he knows what he’s talking about.

  • gameboy

    lol I’ll be waiting at my local bjs

  • AndroidSnivy

    My Gamestop isn’t doing one ๐Ÿ˜›


    Iยดm from Colombia but my soul will be there with all of you

  • Nintyfan

    Nintendo goodies?!

    Best Buy fo me!!! LOL

    • Person

      Walmart for me

  • Yamiryuu Zero

    No, my wallet doesn’t allow me. And my location as well.
    We still don’t know when Wii U is coming to Brazil. T^T

  • WiiUFan

    Yikes, that line looks rough… I should of preordered.

  • olimar

    but 13 days until the european launch… They should really have released the Wii U on the same day everywhere! That would increase the expectation even more!!

  • Enraged Penguin

    EB games launches Wii U at midnight. I’ll be heading there around 10:30. MY BODY IS SOOOO READY.

  • Nin_Stream

    My gamestop isn’t doing a midnight launch. Have to wait till 10 am tomorrow.

  • DEZn00ts

    No midnight launch at the Best Buy I reserved it at :,<(.

  • Domo57

    My GameStop said they were having a midnight release. Today I paid it all off to only find out they will not open until 11am.
    FUCK YOU GAMESTOP!!! Fuck you for always talking down about Nintendo. I’m sorry you have a job and you hope you choke on some dry turkey this year.

  • Monster

    I can’t, gamestop isnt doing midnight launch v-v

  • NoPUNintendo

    I’m in line right now.


    my gamestop will not open till 11o’clock in the afternoon tomorrow,that suck’s.

    it’s because everyone will be playing their wii u tonight and i will have to wait almost 12 hour’s later to play mine……………

    hurry up 11

  • Anhell

    See you on miiverse!!! ๐Ÿ˜€

  • cBagel

    There is a list of all wii u midnight launch stores in the US on the nintendo website

    • cBagel

      My gamestop wont have a midnight launch D:

  • Kahhhhyle

    Nah ill just get around noon

  • Exuld Acrex

    I am going to be at home staring at the ceiling, waiting for the wii u to ship to my house, sigh…


    GameStop isn’t going to have a midnight release.

    Fucking troll company.

    • Derp

      So this is why GameStop is having retail trouble…

  • Viper12

    Lucky, here in Australia we have to wait until November 30th…. ๐Ÿ™

  • PKMN Trainer Red

    No midnight launches in lloyd… 7 a.m. here I come!

  • Nintendonoob

    UGH!! I wish I didn’t live with my parents (im 11) and I didn’t have school. I would’ve been outside Best Buy last month. I would’ve gone to GameStop but all their Wii U’s are for pre orders… Dammit, not getting it for a while DX
    anyways I think Wii U’s launch will be a blood bath.

  • WiiUFan

    and what about toysrus, will they have midnight launch?

  • LordFenixNC

    im just sad i have my pre-sale card for target…. but we are moving on the 5th and need to make sure we have enough… soo looks like i wont be getting a wii-u deluxe till some time next year if u know anyone in the NC area interested in my pre-sale card i dont want any money just dont want to waste the pre-order.

  • NintendoMan :D

    No, I’m not. I don’t think a lot of people in my town are either since I went to Best Buy and NOBODY at my Walmart, which is nearby, was lined up. Plus at my Best Buy an employee there said that they will only have 30 copies of New Super Mario Bros U tomorrow available. Nobody where I live cares about Wii U. ๐Ÿ™ ๐Ÿ™ ๐Ÿ™

    • marioravesto3d

      They will once they see what she can do.

  • GAMER101

    i am so being at best buy

  • Paladin

    I work the overnight shift at a local Walmart. I did not preorder the Wii U, as Walmart’s website does not seem to allow that. So I can imagine that many people will probably be waiting at the store tonight to get one. Hopefully, during one of my work breaks tonight, I can buy a Wii U in time before they are sold out. But, even if I don’t, there a few other Walmarts, Best Buys, and Gamestops in town. It’s a rat race. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • immallama22

    Hmmm, what shall my user name be… I hope Triforce gets a good one :3 He deserves it XD

  • MrAllOverIt!!!

    Unfortunately, the Gamestop at which I pre-ordered can’t do a midnight launch cause they’re located in a mall. They did say they would be opening early, but they didn’t know how early yet. Guess I’ll just occupy my time with the stacker machine outside the store till it opens. With all the anticipation for this release, I think the hardest part about all this will be getting to sleep tonight.

  • koalajay2

    I’m sad my best buy isn’t doing a midnight release. Sucks because now I have to get up super early. Grr plus cold weather…

    Ehh whatever…it’ll all be worth it…MY BODY IS READY!!! WOO!!!

  • mhobbs912

    I think ill pass not much on crowds ill just wait for mine to come via mail

  • The Urge

    Man… I wish I had money like you guys. ๐Ÿ™ I hope I get a wiiu eventually…

  • Disciplelicious

    Unfortunately, I’m not… my local Gamestop isn’t doing it! What kind of company sells out of preorders in less than a week, sells 1.2 million software units, then doesn’t do a midnight release?

  • Zeldatrek

    Nobody is waiting at my Walmart yet so I’m going to wait until about 8 or 9pm before I head out. Until then its time for Mario kart.

  • Arsonist Monkey

    It has begun!

  • Sylux

    close at hand Wii U is for our friends in America. far far away in a continent called Europe wait they need to do. Patience the key it is.

    I’m so jealous right now, while you guys play your Wii U I’m still playing my Wii ๐Ÿ™ I’ll read tomorrow how it went I guess ๐Ÿ™‚ best of luck to everyone who didn’t pre-order and trying their luck in the line for both midnight launches and tomorrow morning launches.

    • WiiUObssesion

      Thx. I’ll need it.
      *sniff* *sniff*
      Why didn’t preorder a Wii U!?

  • Linskarmo

    Unfortunately, I asked my parents for it for Christmas. I have enough cash for several games, but I’ll have to crack into my bank account to get a Wii U. That should be saved for college… I dunno. :/

  • SweeperJones

    I have to work tonight at Walmart and I’m not sure if there will be people in line. Thankfully I’ll be getting the Wii U safely in the mail but I have to wait until tuesday, not a big deal though.

  • Mitchell

    North-America is Always so lucky. Here in Europe we Always get everything later. And here we have to Pay โ‚ฌ400 for the zombiu pack. You know how Many dollars That is

    • kyuubikid213

      You know we don’t even have a ZombiU pack?

  • marioU

    in 3 hrs i will be leaving for Mejier which open 24/7. wish me good luck

  • nintendo forever


    • Mitchell

      idiot!!!!! Only in North-America. Here in Europe we have to wait until November 30th

  • kyuubikid213

    Hopefully this won’t hurt me…
    I don’t think my GameStop is doing one, but I have to wait until about 2pm until I have mine.

  • LyingTuna

    … I hate to beat a dead horse… But fuck it, it’s already dead. What the hell GameStop? If Black Ops 2 gets a midnight launch, why not Wii U!?! Nintendo is the most important company in the history of the industry!!! I own every Nntendo console released in NA. I shunned the Xbox for the last year or so. I do all of my shopping at GameStop! These factors that I’m sure apply to the majority of people on this site (at least the Americans) make me soooo freakin angry, I want to not only beat the now totally mutilated horse, which happened to be Epona unfortunately, till Link shows up and goes all Mortal Kombat on my sorry ass! Oh well… I am going to bed early tonight so as to wake up in time to get to GameStop before it opens. I am seriously upset. I think I will take my Master Sword replica and thrash about for a while…

  • Bolokov

    God dammit the Wii U is only coming out in the 30th November in Portugal….

  • Nintendo is da best

    Getting mine at 10 am cause of church and stuff

  • That british guy

    …meanwhile in europe we sit and play the waiting game

  • donicx

    to bad i cant …. ๐Ÿ™ sucks for me

  • Josh

    Night of the final day
    6 hours remain

  • -IVIatrix+

    thanks for all the awesome information Wii U Daily! it’s finally launching in less a day. KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK! ^^

  • Mike Fraser

    I called my local Futureshop to see if they were doing a midnight release. They said no but they open at 11 on Sunday and they said they’ll have plenty in the store and they only had 1 preorder for instore pickup. He advised to come early but I shouldn’t have a problem picking up a deluxe. I already have one coming from Best Buy but I don’t want to wait another 4 days for it to get here.


    SOLDIER (TF2): America Wins Again!!

  • Fireheart

    Well I believe I said this before but I will be working tonight. The good thing is I’ll be working at Walmart so I’ll get to see all the people waiting for the system. It’s going to be awesome because I’ll get to pick mine up at 10:00 am. I get off at 7:00 am so you know what that means no sleep for me tomorrow lol.

  • Hibill18

    I’ll be picking my Wii U up at 8 tomorrow morning! I’m so excited!

  • bentendo

    I bet U that there is already someone in line for the Wii U.

  • brian

    Not open here, either. If it was a Sony or Microsoft product, It would be a different story. I love all three, but for some reason, my local Gamestop only does a midnight launch for Sony and Microsoft. Oh well…..

  • Burnannator

    fuck ima have to wait until chrismas…….oh well ๐Ÿ™

  • metroidfusion2

    Nintendo will definitely exceed their expectations of 5.5 million wii u’s sold my march by millions and the same for their estimate of 24 million games by march by millions and I’m telling people that the wii u defecates on this gen and next gen but a lot of people will just have to wait and see

  • Redmuerte

    Seems weird, but Old Navy is having a midnight launch. Also get a free copy of NSMBU if you buy $40 in clothes. While supplies last.

  • nintendo forever

    12:00 IT’S TIME

  • TheImaj

    Just got home from wal mart! Got mine! I guess if you did the layaway thing they started releasing them at 8:00pm! Im in Phoenix, AZ
    Talk to you guys in a couple days!

  • ConCity Soldier

    My countdown is to January

  • Jonas

    I wish all of you a lot of fun for release and hope all the releases already started were running well. Still waiting for 2 weeks.
    Greetings from europe.
    PS: tell us how its going if you have one

  • Walmart Sucks

    Preordered mine through Walmart layaway. Got there around 10:30. No one waiting. Stood around for 45 minutes. Then I’m told by management that I can’t have mine tonight because their layaway desk is closed. If I had not preordered, I’d be playing right now.

    And still, there was no one else there. Not selling anything tonight.

  • danjay

    Here in the U.K. we wait but I willl be there at midnight on the 29th as they are opening here on the Isle of Wight! wtf how did that happen!!! looking forward to hearing from all you guys in the U.S of A as you gurgle and droll all over your gamepads

  • Teves153

    It’s funny how America is all excited bout the wii u while England doesn’t really care

  • verymetal

    Got mine per-ordered no need. HAHA