Meet the first person in line for the North American 3DS launch... he's been there since Monday

A New Yorker who apparently doesn't have anything else to do has become the first person to wait outside Best Buy for the Sunday launch of the 3DS. It had to be someone, but there's one problem - he got there so early, the NYPD made him leave for loitering.

The dedicated gamer, who goes by the name "Triforce," started waiting outside the Best Buy in New York City's Union Square - where the official Nintendo-sponsored launch event will take place - on Monday.

After standing around for an entire day, instead of being commended by the retailer for his dedication, he was greeted by police. Best Buy had called the cops, accusing him of loitering. Despite his attempts at clarifying why he was there, Triforce was asked to leave the premises.

That didn't stop him, though. After the police left, he snuck back to the store and said he would just duck out of view whenever other employees started getting suspicious. And he's still waiting there, but now, after nearly three days, he has the store's support.

"There was a misunderstanding, so it's not like Best Buy's being rude," explained Triforce. "They said they were having other launch parties, so they don't want to be rude to those fans."

However, when the clock struck midnight last night, Best Buy said Triforce could officially start the line. He's still got a long way to go - the store won't begin selling 3DSes until March 27 - but now he can respectably be named the first in line.

[Source: Raw Gameplay]

Mar 24, 2011




  • HoudiniWaltz - March 25, 2011 8:29 p.m.

    Good for him, I hope this makes him happy.
  • Sharkbot - March 25, 2011 3:37 p.m.

    @AceDynamo Where unfortunately I'm disgraced to be a white person. I honestly wish kids would grow the fuck up. I'm sorry for your trouble and unfortunately there is that bias when it comes to cops because (this is not to be racists in any way shape or form) minorities tend to have higher gang/crime rates. But in a situation like that, it's total bullshit, he should be able to tell that the kids were drunk and that you were the victim there and robbing gamestop with no weapons is just obvious you're not trying to rob gamestop. At least gamestop had the class to get you the game for free, that was actually really nice. Props to them.
  • rabidpotatochip - March 25, 2011 2:18 p.m.

    @db1331 - "My point was who cares about getting one THE FIRST SECOND POSSIBLE when there is nothing good to play for it." Well, that's an easy question to answer: Triforce. Every time I fly I see people pushing and shoving to be the first ones on the plane when it's not even going to take off for another hour, at least this guy is doing something he loves.
  • db1331 - March 25, 2011 12:11 p.m.

    @nuno004 No I get that, and I will get a 3DS one day for sure. My point was who cares about getting one THE FIRST SECOND POSSIBLE when there is nothing good to play for it.
  • AuthorityFigure - March 25, 2011 12:08 p.m.

    Typical conservative morons failing to capitalize on or support a dedicated customer. At least he's not harming anyone. Let him line up if he wants to.
  • g4m3rk1dd - March 24, 2011 11:48 p.m.

    "What a fucking retard." hes getting paid and laid to play video games :| dont hate the player hate
  • nuno004 - March 24, 2011 11:17 p.m.

    @ db1331: you obviously didn't listen to triforce when he pointed out that having the best games at the day of the launch won't happen, necessarily. i'm pretty sure you'll change your mind later about the 3DS
  • EwoksTasteLikeChicken - March 24, 2011 11 p.m.

    That's a badass name, hope he can hang in there till the 27th.
  • FauxFurry - March 24, 2011 10:42 p.m.

    @Ace Dynamo- That's one of the little reasons why, unless you absolutely feel the need to have a game on the spot, you should avoid going to Gamestop. Think of it as rationing out your travel time in a time of war (though it has little to do with any brewing conflicts overseas). If only Ration Cards could be used to get discounts on videogames. Then again, everyone should cut down on their trips to Gamestop... just because they can. I know that I'd rather let some UPS driver deliver it to my doorstep when ordering from Amazon, anyway. I'll leave the Best Buy/Gamestop Brick-and-Mortar doorstop heroism to guys like Tri-Force for now. I'd rather save it up for legal troubles I might get into if I start making games!
  • KolbitosFruitJuice - March 24, 2011 10:35 p.m.

    Shouldn't he be like.........getting laid? he seems handsome enough
  • AceDynamo - March 24, 2011 10:25 p.m.

    White you only knew how hard being brown is...a lot of you would not make fun of is or mock us. I understand you can't feel the "FORCE", but as a black man you can definitely feel the force of the devil himself pushing on your very being 24/7. I finally realised why it seems most, if not all white ppl can't see racism or hate. And its because its not designed for you. One Love to All. (Thanks for ur consistent eye strain) Sry.
  • AceDynamo - March 24, 2011 10:17 p.m.

    I'm a black guy and white ppl will never understand how bad us black males have it. As many times in my town I have seen white ppl line up for black friday, call of duties and other A-list titles a week in advanced, camping out having friends and family pull up in the middle of the night, hanging out being excessively loud and obnoxious, and the cops don't even say shit to a group of loud, drunk college white kids in front of Gamestop...and its a business! Nobody even questions their motives. And one time in my life, as a black man, wanted to be 1st in line at Gamestop so I decided to show up and camp out for red dead redemption. Well I'm a loner, I don't have any family cause I grew up in an orphange and I treat everyone with love because I know there are good ppl left in the world. Well make a longer story shorter, while I was sitting on the ground just listening to my music in my earbuds, some drunk white kids started yelling out of there car window saying I'm a nigger and I can't afford Xbox games and a lot of other shit to me. I ignored them by turning my mp3 up louder to drown their voices out. So they got even madder because I was ignoring them, and they started throwing open beer cans at me yelling really loud calling me a beer drenched nigger. So I called the cops. When the cops pulled up, they jumped out of the car and ran over to me and said they got a call from a lady that I was casing the place in an attempt to break in and rob the place! I told them I was sitting out here because a video game I reserved was coming out at midnight and I showed the cops my receipt. He took my receipt, snatched it out my hand and told me to turn around and put my hands on head with guns drawn because I was trying to rob gamestop! I was crying because I was scared they was gonna shoot me! I was told that the white lady in the car called the police on me and that's why they were throwing the beer at me to stop me from breaking in! I told the cop they were lying but it was my word against a car full of mean white ppl. I got charged with breaking Gamestop window from the beer cans they were throwing and attempted robbery!! I went to jail and got out on a p.r. bond and went to court with a court appointed lawyer. The lawyer was actually in a good mood that day and convinced the judge I was innocent because the ppl that was supposed to testify against me didn't show up and the cops were having a bad day with crime that night and took their anger out on me (that's what one of the cops admitted). After it was all over (almost a month later), gamestop heard about the story and what REALLY happened from other anonymous ppl passing by who seen what all happened. Gamestop gave me Red Dead for free! Thanks to Gamestop being understanding, I finally got my game! Just another day the life of a Full-Blooded and Bred African-American. I still love my country though...its all I have.
  • Fuzunga - March 24, 2011 10:07 p.m.

    Didn't this guy buy the first Wii?
  • FauxFurry - March 24, 2011 9:59 p.m.

    He's not true hardcore. All of that time wasted waiting in line could have been spent playing games. Semi-seriously though, Tri-Force dispensed the wisdom to someone other than an elf...pardon..Hylian...around the end of the video, Nintendo fanatacism not withstanding. If Hardcore gamers had more input into the development process, though (as appears to be the case with Skull Girls), they can more effectively find that happy medium that keeps the casual and hardcore alike happy. Maybe game companies need to scoop up Tri-Force and his ilk to be game-testers and possibly pattern the Hard Mode A.I. after their playstyles the way that Capcom did with their MVC3 Shadow Mode. It would also be staedy money for the Hardcores to pour back into the very same companies who paid them...and to pay rent/house notes/utility bills, taxes and all of that nonsense.
  • Kudoshinichi - March 24, 2011 9:46 p.m.

    Man... I wish I didn't have obligations other than video games so I could do the same thing.
  • FauxFurry - March 24, 2011 9:41 p.m.

    He sure is eager to draw 3-D breasts onto pictures in his 3DS, isn't he? Oh. I'm also disappointed that he lacks an actual curly mustache. Every pro-gamer should have one, even if it is made of wax kept in a briefcase to break out to draw power from in major money matches.
  • NatDaGamer - March 24, 2011 9:27 p.m.

    why not come to the uk?? we get it 2 days before the yanks :D
  • AmbassadorBlanka - March 24, 2011 9:25 p.m.

    The rest of his speech is rather mediocre, but I felt as though he had a really nice point to be made, starting at 7:19. Seeing all this geoHotz shit on the webz makes me really think about the path down which we are all headed. Support your game developers. Also, F**K GAMESTOP!
  • Gungalei - March 24, 2011 9:21 p.m.

    What a LOSER! *reads biographical comments below* ... I wish I were him. D-;
  • mahone - March 24, 2011 9:15 p.m.

    He's there to jack it and anyone who has it.

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