Since it came out in late 2006, the Nintendo Wii gaming system is one of the hottest consoles out there, but it’s also one of the hardest to find. But if you’re looking for game stores with Nintendo Wii, there is hope. You can use a number of strategies to track one down.
First of all, if you’re just looking for the system and don’t really care about trying it out in a store, consider using an online shopping service like Shopping.com, BizRate or Froogle to find online retailers that have the system available. These site offer an online shopping service that allows you to compare price and features of the various Nintendo Wii options.
Another option to find game stores with Nintendo Wii is one of the dozens of Wii trackers out there. For close to real time availability at online game stores, check out Wii Tracker, which is updated about hourly. They provide information on the range of stores offering the system and whether they are in or out of stock. You can even subscribe to their RSS feed for automatic updates on availability of the system.
Other sites with a similar system for finding game stores with Nintendo Wii are XPBargains and Refresh Thing, both of which are updated frequently. Be careful, though, to not rely too much on these systems as the information they provide is only as good as what comes from the retailer. Real time inventory systems are notoriously difficult to keep updated so it’s always a good idea to verify what the site is reporting.
Now, if you’re looking to try out the system before buying it, and are particularly interested in finding it in a physical store, there are a couple more options to consider. At itrackr.com, for example, you can monitor inventories of the Nintendo Wii at local retailers. You’ll need to register on the site (a free registration) and then use the “MyTrackr” functionality to follow which game stores with Nintendo Wii in stock are located in your area. You can even register to receive updates via text message on your mobile phone. The system will even tell you how many other people are tracking and how current the stock information is on the site. Be sure to call before stopping by, though, to be sure that the inventory numbers are correct.
Another option is to check the sites of some key retailers of Nintendo Wii that also have physical locations all around the country. These include Game Stop, Sears, JC Penney, Wal Mart and EB Games. Each of these sites has a store locator that allows you to find a location in your area. Then simply call to see if these are game stores with Nintendo Wii – or not.
And, of course, there’s always the option of finding your Nintendo Wii through a site like Ebay. With dozens of game systems available from all types of retailers, you’ll likely be able to find the Nintendo console.