Wii countdown begins: start queuing

A PS3-starved Europe will gleefully receive Nintendo's next-gen gamer in just nine days time. The big question is: will we be able to get hold of one?

A PS3-starved Europe will gleefully receive Nintendo's next-gen gamer in just nine days time. The big question is: will we be able to get hold of one?Despite assurances from Japan that stock will be aplenty, Amazon's already sold all of its pre-order allocation – a record seven minutes after they went on sale.Still, we're not panicking just yet. If things go as peacefully as they did in the US last week then a little dedication should be enough to secure a prized console in ample time for Christmas.Wii devotees wanting to be on the safe side, though, will be delighted to learn that HMV will be opening its Oxford Street doors at 11pm on 7th December for hardcore gamers to wile away the last hour before midnight’s launch. Not-quite-A-list celebrities Ian Wright, Jodie Kidd, Pat Cash and Ricky Hatton will also be on hand for some Wii Sports shenanigans.Let's hope they don't get flattened when the tills open at twelve.

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