Sorry. I've been working hard at more art...really. It's just I've been balancing time between trying to get a job and finding a present for my mum's birthday (which is Saturday). My grandparents have been away and I've had to look after their house for them, and my parents are just about to come back from New Zealand. So hopefully things will quieten down so I can get some stuff done around here.
Anyway, I'd been waiting for quite a while to get a Wii U, waiting for the price to come into my budget. For a whole week I've been trying to pay for what would be the cheapest Wii U premium pack in Australia. A couple of months ago Dick Smith was selling the console for $214, practically 50% off. Unfortunately Dick Smith doesn't get much stock in and I didn't know about this deal until recently. The only one left was a 2 hour drive away from me. So I called them and they offered to sell it and deliver it if I also paid for the courier service ($40). The only way to pay though was by direct debit. Long story short, I had been repeatedly trying to get my payment through because I was given the wrong account number and even had to drive to the bank to figure out what was wrong. Soon I got the correct account number (after a few calls) and successfully did the payment. Then the courier tried to deliver when I wasn't at the house, so I had to call them up and make them redeliver. They couldn't give me a specific time when my package would be delivered so I had to wait around all day for it.
After all that stress was over, I unboxed the Wii U and found it had a few scuffs and nasty scratches along the top of the console. The gamepad has a lot of scuffs and scratches around the outside and one very small microscratch on the screen. At first I thought it was a bit of gunk but it was actually a few tiny scratches. Luckily you can't see them while the gamepad is on (or else I'd be really ticked off). I was a bit bummed to see everything was packed rather messily into the box and the gamepad didn't have a plastic bag around it to protect it during transport. Maybe that scratch on the screen happened during delivery. Still, they told me the console had been locked in a glass case - and that it was in excellent condition. I guess this is what you get for taking advantage of a deal 2 months late.
Considering I've gotten a really good deal on a Wii U pack (although maybe I only needed the basic pack after all). I think I'll try restoring it. This would effectively be buying second hand anyway. The scratches on the console I can't do much about, but when Nintendo starts selling the gamepads separately (probably next year) I'm sure Gamestop/EB Games will have a "trade your old gamepad for a new one" deal to take advantage of. In the meantime, I've bought a case for it that's doing a pretty good job of hiding the scratches around the outside. I'd put a screen protector on the screen to hide its scratch, but this is a very minor scratch that only the obsessive compulsive like me would notice (and again, it's not visible while the gamepad is turned on), and I suck at putting on screen protectors (I've never needed them anyway - my 3DS is still in mint condition with no scratches on either screen).
If people want I can do a review of this system.