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Leon Brocard (aka acme) is an orange-loving Perl eurohacker with many varied contributions to the Perl community, including the GraphViz module on the CPAN. YAPC::Europe was all his fault. He is still looking for a Perl Monger group he can start which begins with the letter 'D'.

Journal of acme (189)

Friday December 08, 2006
04:34 AM

European Wii Launch

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I remember when Tomb Raider III came out. You younglings may not remember, but Tomb Raider was a huge thing, a game that everybody played, an exploring game with logic puzzles. with... Lara Croft. A new release was a big event, and I remember going down to the Game shop on Oxford Street at midnight, buying a copy there and then and going home to play it.

Today is the european Wii launch. Apparently. I couldn't tell, because I haven't managed to see a Wii yet. Around midnight yesterday I went down to Game on Oxford Street, where there were no staff and a queue of about 500 people who had all preordered and there were no extra Wiis to be found. Then I managed to find the official launch event at the HMV on Oxford Street. I know it was the launch event because it had spotlights outside and I had read about it in the press. However, the party was going on inside for celebrities and pre-order people and the shop was closed to the public.

Time was, you see, when you could give someone your money and they give you a product. I reckon there are fewer than a thousand Wii in the UK on the launch day. "There is a good chance it will sell out on Friday" says the UK product manager for Wii. No kidding! I guess I'll have to wait six months until I can actually get one.

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  • Can I play rogue, nethack, Moria on that Wii thingy? (For you between youngsters and old farts, rogue, nethack and Moria are like Tomb Raider, but with Laura in full frontal ASCII)
  • Is the euorpean version different (video output, etc)? The gaming store next to my mail drop has a huge pyramid of Wii in the window. I guess they could be empty boxes....
    • One would assume PAL vs NTSC hilarity would ensue but that is pure speculation on my part :-)