Late Night Lines Form For 3DS
A few major retailers expect to have units for those who didn't pre-order.
With many stores going pre-order only, the 3DS launch looked like it might be uneventful as far as lines go. But it turns out that there are some major retailers accepting same-day sales, and lines have already started forming.
As reported at Inside Games, the large Yodobashi Camera in Akihabara had a line of 100 people by 23:00, an hour after the shop's closing.
Yodobashi Camera is, according to Inside Games, the only shop in Akihabara that's selling same-day systems. All other shops in the area are apparently pre-order only. Even Yodobashi did not confirm that it would have same day sales until closing time earlier today.
The Akihabara Yodobashi Camera also took pre-orders back in January, but sold out immediately. The shop will be opening at 8:30 exclusively for those who pre-ordered. Those who are lining up for same day sales will have to wait until the normal opening time of 9:30.
Many of the Bic Cameras and Yodobashi Cameras that we visited have this same pre-order only policy for early sales. However, it does look like at least some of these shops will have same day stock, so there's good chance that we'll get some lengthy early morning lines.
Shops have also been putting up major demo displays over recent days, offering many of the launch titles up for demo. The largest such display that we saw was at the Akihabara Yodobashi Camera, but other shops are also giving the system a big push, even if no actual systems will be available for purchase for some time.