02-17-2017 09:21 AM - edited 02-17-2017 11:56 AM
@YannickG had a great idea for us to have one main thread regarding the in-store release of Nintendo Switch. We've had multiple threads started lately with various people asking about this.
This here will serve as the official discussion thread regarding the in-store release of Nintendo Switch. I will have all the other threads link to this one.
I have not received any news yet about the in-store release of Nintendo Switch. So for now, it is TBD if there will be an in-store release on March 3rd, but I will notify everyone on this thread if I hear any news!
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02-17-2017 12:05 PM
Personally I will be going to wait in-line at 5am. Store usually opens at 8am. I don't think many people will do the same but just in case I will get there early.
02-17-2017 12:11 PM
First thing I would do is to visit the actual store the day before and confirm that there will actually be stock there the next morning and confirm how the process will work (e.g. wristbands, etc.). You never know if one store operates differently from the next.
Then, depending on how badly I wanted it, I would expect to arrive at least 2 h before the store opens, whenever that is.
I would also choose stores in a remote location rather than downtown stores.
And wear a warm coat and gloves.
02-17-2017 12:15 PM
02-17-2017 04:34 PM
It can be hard to predict.
Smaller stores may have less inventory sent to them which means instead of 100 consoles, they may get only 50.
Also, smaller stores may cater to a larger geography and so you may have people driving in from an hour away or more betting that the smaller store may have less people.
Lastly, smaller stores may have more difficulty getting product due to shipping issues because they are not located in a big city or major hub.
That is not to say that a big city store is any easier, but I don't typically bet on it being any more or less easier based on the size of the store.
If Best Buy distribution does it right, all stores nationwide should sell out at exactly the same time.
02-18-2017 12:16 AM
2 hours is not early enough... i remember driving by bestbuy at midnight for the wii launch and there were already 5 people in line. i came back at 3am and I was the 10th in line. when they opened there was about 30-40 people; worst part was they did not recieve a shipment of wiis and everyone went home empty handed
02-18-2017 06:36 AM
Yeah, I was thinking of showing up around that time as well - just bring a good book or maybe even some work to keep my occupied. Do you think it matters which location you show up at?
02-18-2017 08:54 AM
Barring any shipment difficulties metioned in the two posts above yours Jackson, I don't think which location you go to should affect your chances much. I guess there's more chance of bigger/actual shipments at stores that service populated areas.
But everyone thinking of lining up will have the same thought processes as us about which stores will have enough units, won't be too busy, etc. and spread themselves out accordingly. Kind of a non-answer but I say just show up wherever is easiest for you.