That groupon deal is a great one if you don't mind waiting around 2 weeks, no tax for some too. Sucks for people who can't find one yet. The shipments must not be uniform, the BB and Target I went to earlier had a good amount of both the regulars.
Went to Gamestop this morning and someone got the last one just before I got there. I went to Best Buy afterwards, they had two left. I was all set to get it, but they only offered me 18 bucks for my old 3DSXL (whereas Gamestop was offering 100). The point's moot since Gamestop didn't have any, but it wasn't worth it to me to get it RIGHT NOW, especially since I go back to work Sunday. :/
I preordered through best buy like last week cause I was worried this would happen. I did it online and unfortunately did free shipping so no weekend with new3ds but thats good.....wouldn't want it being my last weekend having a wife and all lol.
I missed my chance to pre-order, so I figured I'd just wait until the next shipment, but this thread made me check Best Buy store pickup info for it and one of the stores nearby still had stock, so I just set that up. Just got the pickup e-mail. Going to pick it up in a little bit. Definitely got lucky there.
I've got a strong feeling that's why the regular N3ds didnt come to america yet. Probably an e3 anncmnt. "we've heard our fans and we want to give them what they want" Makes them seem like a hero, and enough time to build stock.
I was fortunate enough to preorder mine at Best Buy, because I just left with my system, Majora's Mask, MonHun4, a Toon Link and Bowser Amiibo (Lord help me. These are my first Amiibos, and they are so pretty), and a new charger for my XL I'm passing off to my son now; and they were completely wiped out. No black, red, or MM special editions to be found anywhere here in Noblesville.
Just came from Walmart. They had one red and one black sitting there all lonely.... Alas, I have no money for one right now so I had to leave empty handed lol. I live in Mississippi so video gamea and consoles have never been terribly hard to come by around here. If I lived back home in Chicago, that would be a different story!
If you want something physical from Nintendo in the US, you have to pre-order it. It's always been this way. I still remember my mom complaining to me about the Target near us, which serves thousands upon thousands upon thousands of people, only getting two copies of Diddy Kong Racing at launch. This is their MO.
I mean, it's baffling. I don't remember DSis being so supply constrained -- anyone remember what that launch was like? I didn't follow it so maybe my memory is off. I don't recall reading stuff about DSis being hard to find and anytime I went to retail stores I never saw them with only a few consoles in stock.
How can a company like NoA be so off the mark with demand for this launch? It's like they were expecting it to do the OG 3DS' numbers in 2011... or felt people wouldn't jump onto it if they had a 3DS already.