Wii got it!
My plan to arrive fashionably late at GameStation to avoid any queing failed as there was quite a big queue in front of me when I arrived there.
So back home for 40 minutes then a quick cycle back and I walked straight to the front. A minute later and the doors would have been locked.
So far I’m loving the console. It took about 4 minutes to set up and start playing. And only a couple of minutes to get online with it. The Wiimote wand is very responsive and ten pin bowling as real fun. More news later.