More video gamers are braving the cold tonight, hoping they'll be the first to get their hands on the new Nintendo Wii. It's Nintendo's first new system in five years. Many retailers selling the gadget don't open for another 11 hours but say they are just as excited as potential buyers are about the release.
Customers are flocking to local retailers to check out the latest addition to video game technology. While Sony only released a handful of Playstation 3s, Nintendo is putting out many more Wiis, putting customers' minds at ease.
"The demand will still be high, but we're getting a lot more units so people know they don't have to wait outside all night to get one," says Tyson Erdelac, a manager at Best Buy.
There are several differences between the Playstation 3 and the Wii. The Playstation comes in two different models and plays more advanced high definition Blu-ray DVD discs. However, gaming aficionados say the Wii's unique control sets it apart.
"The cool thing about the Wii is that the controller, everything is completely wireless, the controller, the nunchuk attachment," says Benny Spillman, an associate at Best Buy.
While many customers come in to check out the new game systems, they're still spending their money on other electronic gadgets and gifts.
"A lot of people like to go with the high-definition TV set like a flat panel TV in order to get a better gaming experience. So you're gonna have a lot bigger TV set, you're gonna get a lot better picture," Erdelac says.
While some stores reported some customer scuffles the night of the Playstation 3 release, retailers say they are not expecting similar problems Sunday morning.
"With us, its very clear who is first in line and who has been waiting the longest is going to get the first unit," Erdelac says.
Consumers will notice another major difference between the two systems...the price. The Playstation 3 is retailing for $500-$600, while the basic Nintendo Wii system can be yours for just $250. While many stores are waiting until normal business hours to open, Wal-Mart begins selling the system at midnight.
Many who miss out on getting either system are turning to Ebay. However, if you decide to buy online, make sure you're willing to pay. Some sellers are requesting upwards of $1,000 for the Wii.