Nintendo faithful have been waiting in lines over five hours long to experience the Wii U for themselves.

Joystiq is reporting from the E3 2011 show floor that fans of the House of Mario, eager to get their hands on a few concept demo games running off the Wii U engine, are so numerous that wait times had balooned from one hour Tuesday morning to five hours by yesterday morning (that's three hundred precious minutes, folks). The wait got so bad that Nintendo officially closed the line for the day early yesterday afternoon.

Despite Nintendo's stock plummeting another five percent, it seems that consumers are more than willing to pick up the slack in their wake. The hardware itself is still another 18 months away or so, but regardless of whether the Wii U will be a success or failure, it will undoubtedly be interesting to see whether Nintendo's next big risk will pay off.


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