Mega video game retailer GameStop, today announced its plans to open thousands of its stores across the nation early for the launch of Nintendo’s larger portable, the DSiXL.

But by early, we don’t mean midnight.

That’s right, more than 3,200 GameStop locations will open their doors at 9 a.m.

Wait, what?

Yeah, 9 a.m. A full two hours before the story normally opens.

Why do this? GameStop says it’ll “allow customers to be among the first to get their hands on the highly-anticipated handheld.”

Oh, okay. So everyone who buys their DSiXLs at GameStop will have a one hour gloating window over Best Buy and the like. Joy?

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