Fans were lined up almost around the block for the Wii U launch event at Nintendo World here in New York City. Rockefeller Center, surrounded by giant dancing Miis, had fans decked out in Epic Mickey 2 Oswald hats and other regalia. Pop music blasted from a central stage in the plaza, rallying fans and keeping them somewhat energized for the midnight release.
Nintendo of America COO Reggie Fils-Aime was on hand signing autographs, taking pictures and getting the crowd prepped just minutes before the launch, yelling out “my body is ready.” While most brick and mortar stores had sold out of their pre-orders, the mood seemed positive as people lined up with only 40 minutes to go until the midnight release.
It was cold but pleasant, making it a fairly excellent temperature for the lineup of fans. One fan, John Rapaccioli, 18, of Hasbrouck Heights, New Jersey, was a bit worried about the physical component of the GamePad, but considered it to to be a worthwhile investment.
“I’m fine with the price but I don’t have a lot of money, so this is a big investment for me,” he said. “I’m sure I’ll turn out really happy with it.”
Rapaccioli had a pre-order, which guaranteed him a console. However, other people just lined up and hoped to get a console by the end of the night.
The mood did not match that of six years ago with the groundbreaking Wii, however, the promise of a strong lineup did not leave fans worried. Sam Berck, 25, of Douglaston, NY mentioned that future titles like Bayonetta 2 captured his excitement.
Nintendo World promised to be open until 2 a.m. Sunday morning for the Wii U. Here’s to hoping that the promise of sold out pre-orders for the console will bear good tidings for the Japanese tech company.