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Nintendo Finally Appoints a New Distributor in Poland

Posted by Thomas Whitehead

It only took six months...

Those of you that are eagle-eyed and have good memories may recall a couple of articles that we posted last year focused on the fortunes of Nintendo in Poland. We published a guest post by a teacher called Rob Burgess, a Nintendo fan living in the country that had a tough time finding a Wii U and up to date content from the big N. He outlined that despite the relative size of the marketplace, Nintendo had an exceptionally limited presence in the region, exacerbated by the fact that the company was temporarily without a distributor to improve the situation.

That distributor status was posted back in August 2013, but Nintendo of Europe has now confirmed on its micro-site that ConQuest entertainment a.s. will be taking over distribution for Poland from 1st March — the company is based in the Czech Republic.

While that may not mean Nintendo products flooding the Polish market and storming to success, for some of the reasons outlined by Rob Burgess in the article linked above it is at least a step in the right direction. Considering the facts that Poland is a part of the EU and has a population of nearly 40 million people, any extra market share will help.

[via microsite.nintendo-europe.com, gonintendo.com]

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User Comments (21)

unrandomsam

#1

unrandomsam said:

Unless they have fixed the translation situation I cannot see it making much difference.

DarkAngel_17

#3

DarkAngel_17 said:

I doubt it'll work. East Europeans (excluding myself and few others) are least aware of what Nintendo has to offer. Xbox and PS are the names out there. Though I wish Nintendo all the best

Goginho

#4

Goginho said:

@DarkAngel_17 Well, you gotta start at some point, right? Maybe if Nintendo play their cards right, they might start appealing to the gamer mass and take the upper hand at some point in the future.

unrandomsam

#5

unrandomsam said:

@ScorpionMG I can imagine whether or not a company gives a damn about your country enough to translate does make a difference. (Especially when MS & Sony do).

RJBurgess

#6

RJBurgess said:

Good news! Like @DarkAngel_17 said, I doubt it'll make much difference, especially considering the only shop I managed to find in Poland that sells Nintendo games just got finished returning all its stock due to "lack of consumer interest", but still, something is better than nothing. Besides, it not like the XBone and PS4 have been making waves over here or anything.

TSlupek

#7

TSlupek said:

Translation is not a problem. Brand awareness and prices are.
PC games and android games are much cheaper and available everywhere and "playstation" is a Polish synonym of a gaming device (like Adidas for sport shoes).
Nintendo games are invisible now, and even if you find a game stand, a price tag of 189 PLN (45EUR) makes most people turn around and go for PC titles (good titles available for 5-15 EUR). I think that 35EUR price is enough to move the market, but first Nintendo has to be present in typical supermarkets, where you have 200 PC, 50 PSP, 50 XBOX and 50 PS3 titles and if you're lucky 5 3DS/WiiU titles

TSlupek

#8

TSlupek said:

I hope that the name ConQuest really means something. Wish you luck, friends from Praha!

HopeNForever

#10

HopeNForever said:

Isn't ConQuest Nintendo's officially licensed distributor for the Czech Republic itself as well?

Official website: http://www.nintendods.cz

I don't think Polish will become another official Nintendo language very soon, although Nintendo did recently introduce Russian into their language rosters after NOE officially branched into Russian territory not too long ago.

mch

#12

mch said:

I remember playing Tennis in Wii Sports Club against 2 or 3 members of the polish Team. Good luck to Nintendo in conquering new grounds.

bmprsvz777

#13

bmprsvz777 said:

Nintendo marketing in Europe is one big catastrophy. When you see messy nintendo shelf in an average european brick and mortar shop one has to wonder: who the ... is responsible? Does that company have someone who checks how their shelve look like at all? Mislabeled products, the same product at 5 places with 5 different prices, confusion between Wii, Wii mini and Wii U, misinformed shop assistants telling consumers absolute nonsense... and it is all crowned by broken (or turned off) demonstration of their awsome hardware (Wii U or 3DS) which you can "try for free".

datamonkey

#14

datamonkey said:

@bmprsvz777 - I have to agree with you.

NoE seems to be largely incompetent and/or they are not given enough power to make their own decisions from NCL.

SebCroc

#15

SebCroc said:

Hah, so finally Polish people may open their eyes to what Nintendo has to offer! When I went there last year I was absolutely shocked to see there were no Nintendo products in stores.

Kolzig

#16

Kolzig said:

Nice, hopefully we would get someday soon a proper Nintendo Nordic company taking care of the Nordic countries instead of Bergsala AB.

The situation has gotten so bad right now that one of the big chains K group has stopped selling Nintendo products in their Citymarket branches. They sold all consoles away on discount prices before Christmas at least where I am living and are currently trying to offload all Wii U and 3DS games on discount prices and are not restocking any.

I would really like to know why Bergsala isn't doing anything to promote the products and help the companies to restock.

Sephariel

#17

Sephariel said:

Conquest isnt bad. Im quite happy with them. They bring alot of pre-order bonuses here like ex. Donkey Kong Country: TF keyring is aviable in every shop if you pre-order.

Nowatsky

#18

Nowatsky said:

Well, after Stradbauer it can only get better. IMO it is too late for Nintendo to gain significant share in our Polish market, however it'll propably make Polish Nintendo fans life much much easier.

Cru4l

#21

Cru4l said:

Well I´m glad to hear the situation in Poland is turning to better times. We don´t have any trouble with ConQuest entertainment a.s. in Czech so I hope it will work for Poland as well. But prizes... that´s a different story.

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