So. I thought you could just go out to Best Buy and toss money at them and buy a Wii. You know what? That's not the case.
We tried them, Target, EB, Gamestop and so on until coming to the sad realization that ther's was apparently still a shortage of them. I was pretty shocked, not having heard of that since Xmas.
Anyway, we found that Target would have them in stock the next day, Sunday, May 26, 2007. We got up early, got a bite at Starbucks and rolled on down. We got there 15 minutes early due to bad time management and found about 20 people in line already.
Turns out it was okay, since the manager came out 5 minutes before opening and said they had more in stock than there were people in line. It was a pretty rehearsed speech, too, leading us to believe that she did it every single day.
So she let us all in a few minutes before the store opened and led us back to the counter like a bunch of 3rd graders going to art class, which was pretty funny. We got the box, an extra controller, some gloves and a few games chosen largely at random. I figured, who cares, we've been talking about a console for months and have more money than time so why not stock up?
I gotta tell you, I've been gaming since the very first Space Invaders showed up at the roller skating rink in my hometown in the 70s. I saw trackballs show up, then some crappy home consoles with overlays that you had to tape on your TV to play. Then finally computers came of age and there were games, and it was a good thing. My first computer was a 266. I'm running a Falcon Mach V right now.
Short version: I've been gaming for a long time.
The Wii is probably the best, freshest thing I've seen since that first Space Invaders game, this thing just rocks.
Our next step is to get Comcast of their lazy arses and make them plug fiber into the back of it...can't wait.