GameStop is being nice enough to open up online preorders for the Wii this evening, so prepare to get your clicking-finger ready, because they're probably going to go fast. Or maybe gamers will just decide to give the chain a different finger because of the terrible forced bundle being shoved down their throats. That said, I'm confident the bundle will find many takers, simply because people are itchy about making sure they get a system. Here's what you get:
Nintendo Wii Console (includes 1 remote controller, 1 nunchuck, cables, sensor bar, console stand, and Wii Sports game) Wii Memory SD 1GB Additional Wii Remote Controller 6 Games:
Legend of Zelda: Twilight PrincessTrauma Center: Second OpinionRed SteelMarvel Ultimate AllianceSuper Monkey Ball Banana BlitzMadden NFL 2007
12 Month Product Replacement Plan Game Informer Gift Subscription $694.88 plus tax and handling All products in this bundle are included at the regular retail price. All included games are $49.99 each.
I like how they point out at the bottom that they're not cutting you a deal here. All these items are regular price; you simply have to buy them if you want to preorder a Wii system online with them. Is anyone that desperate? I actually was thinking about preordering a Wii online as long as the bundle was something along the line of the system, an extra controller or two, and maybe two or three games. Even that is too much for many gamers. The bundle detailed here? In a word, overboard.
It's a $250 system, and the entry-level price for it if you want to buy it online through GameStop is $700. No thanks. I don't need a Game Informer subscription that bad.