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May 2019 Retro Gaming Article


May 20, 2019 Retro Gaming Blog Post:

What if I told you Dell will ship you a brand new Nintendo Wii console in July?

Dell has a SKU for new Wii consoles
Dell is taking pre-orders, claiming Nintendo is manufacturing brand new Wii consoles.
I'm as dumbfounded by this as anyone. Sure enough, Dell is taking pre-orders on brand new Nintendo Wii consoles. I even ordered one... after having a few chat-conversations with Dell reps. I'll follow up in July if they don't cancel the pre-order first and a box arrives on my doorstep. With free shipping, you can expect a July 23, 2019 deliver date, while more expensive options get the console to your house as early as July 17.

Naturally, I'm in total disbelief that Dell is really selling new Wii consoles thirteen years after it's initial release. I wondered if this was some sort of refurbished console. What's the origin of such a thing at this late date. So, here are some of the things I was told by the Dell folks via chat...

Dell's Wii pre-order is either BS or a very well kept secret.

Info From My Chat With A Dell Rep

They told me they were identical to the ones released in 2006. They have a net port, but do not have GameCube support. I was under the impression that the initial Wii consoles all had Gamecube support until the Family Edition consoles on which it was removed to lower the cost.

Regarding refurbs, they said these were new - and by "new" they meant freshly manufactured. What?!? Yeah, Dell said Nintendo was manufacturing brand new Wii consoles. The image on the product page shows a black console, but the description says the console is white. The rep said this was a "stand in" photo since this is a pre-order and the actual image has not been provided.

I Want To Believe

I'm skeptical. Actually, I don't buy it for a second. I'm expecting my pre-order to be canceled at some point. This isn't like baking cookies and you just decide to make a few more. Production of a game console is a huge undertaking. This isn't something you do so a computer reseller can shovel them out the door to folks who are in the know. If they wanted to relaunch the Wii - as odd as that sounds - Best Buy might be a better partner for product visibility.

After placing an order (out of sheer curiosity) I googled around for a while and found no mention of new Wii consoles being produced. The Dell site comes up in search once "dell" is used as a search term, but I find no mainstream, or vague, mention of this phenomenon. My best guess is these are left over Family Edition Wii consoles that Dell is "getting rid of" at $60 each.

Has anyone else heard of this pre-order offer from Dell?

From the Dell product page:
Wii comes packaged with the iconic game, Mario Kart Wii. Experience the classic franchise that has been around for more than 17 years and played by people of all ages. Wii also comes packaged with the intuitive Wii Wheel for Mario Kart Wii. Also included in the bundle are a Nunchuk and a Wii Remote Plus - the original Wii Remote with Wii MotionPlus functionality built in.

UPDATE May 25:
The page on the Dell site has been removed and now displays either a 404-error or simply links to another product. My guess is either they sold all available Wii consoles or I'll be getting an order cancellation notice.

UPDATE July 17:
Dell had some sort of mix up and sent out Dragon Quest Builders 2 for Switch. Yep, after confirming with two reps at Dell when I placed my order, they sent a Switch game, not a Wii console. This also happened to a friend of mine, so I'm guessing Dell screwed up somewhere and had incorrect info on their site. Worst of all is their return policy. It takes a month to get a refund! WTF!

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