Toys R Us opens up pre-orders for Wii this Sunday

Posted by Mark Raby

Chicago (IL) - Various scans of the 2006 version of the annual huge holiday catalog for Toys R Us known as "The Big Book" have surfaced online, with one detail that's attracting the most attention - the book has a page devoted to the Wii that says pre-orders are available. The book, set to be released in this Sunday's paper, says "Reserve Wii Now."

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According to Go Nintendo, which has posted the catalog scan online, a $50 deposit is required, which is the same as Gamestop and EB Games, video game specialty stores that took pre-orders on the Wii and PS3 earlier this month.

Right now, the Wii console seems to be the only system confirmed for pre-orders at Toys R Us, though there are unconfirmed reports that the PS3 will also be available for pre-order on the same day. No scans of the Toys R Us ad that support this claim are readily available online, however. When contacted by TG Daily , Toys R Us store managers would neither confirm nor deny the pre-order availability of the Wii or PS3 on Sunday.

The highly anticipated console releases are reminiscent of last year, when the Xbox 360 was introduced. Gamestop, EB Games, and Toys R Us all took pre-orders on the system, some of which required the customer to reserve a large bundle of games and accessories in addition to the console. It's unclear if Toys R Us will take reservations on standalone systems. Bundle pre-orders are a good way for stores to guarantee sales of games and accessories, which are usually much more available from other outlets.

Other major stores, like Best Buy and Wal-Mart, are expected to shy away from pre-order offers, with some locations likely opening at midnight to sell the consoles on a first-come first-serve basis.

The PS3 is headed for a Friday, 17 November release, with the Wii right on its heels, launching on the following Sunday, 19 November. Both Sony and Nintendo have pledged to offer additional units after the launch before the end of the year to try to cash in on the holiday shopping season as much as possible.