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TSlupek

TSlupek

Male, 39, Poland

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#2

TSlupek commented on Nintendo Finally Appoints a New Distributor in...:

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

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#3

TSlupek commented on Feature: Why Nintendo Isn't Popular in Poland:

There are over 7 mld people on the Earth with 37 mln 3DS sold. It gives 1 console per each 200 people. 40 mln Poland should have ~200.000 consoles to be an average market. On most popular Polish 3DS forums (deadlyserious.pl and my3ds.pl) there are about 600-1600 users registered. Similar number (525) appears on the 3ds users map (streetpass.com.pl). Some of them are "lost souls", some people have never registered, but this gives a rough estimate for 2000 consoles. 100 times less than the average :(

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#4

TSlupek commented on Feature: Why Nintendo Isn't Popular in Poland:

@Luko20 Polish small shops buy games in Germany or from Amazon UK. There's no Nintendo distributor that pokes them and pushes new titles on the shelves.
If you go to "best" Nintendo shops in Warsaw (capital city!!!) you'll see 20 3DS games and 50 DS titles (new and used). In Cracow you have to divide it by half, and if you go to a supermarket, you divide it by 20. I've been to US GameStop a few times and I was shocked. A whole WALL of Nintendo titles, (in the "Noname Town"!!!) with prices between 10 and 30 USD. What a dream...

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#5

TSlupek commented on Feature: Why Nintendo Isn't Popular in Poland:

I'm from Cracow (PL). I've got a 3DS since the launch and it's a great system for me (Zelda, MHU3, FE, DQ, Layton, Ghost Recon etc.), and my 2 daughters (Cooking Mama, Animal Crossing, Marios, etc.). New games come to market faster than I'm able to play them. It's easy to buy new games if you already have the system (digital download via Eshop, internet shops), live in a big city and know where to look for them. BUT if you don't have a Nintendo console, it's almost impossible to realize that it even exists. No presence in supermarkets, no TV ads, no McDonalds happy meal toys. At the same time PS and XBOX are everywhere.
I've bought a 3DS as a gift for my friend's daughter and it eats dust, because her parents don't know where and which games to buy.
So I agree with the 5 reasons you've given here, but I think poor/no marketing is the main reason. Lets take android tablets as a sample: It's a new product, so there's no sentiment for good old days. It's expensive, but sells well, because you can see them in each store, see ads in almost every newspaper and TV station. Mobile games are "simple and silly" but many many children love them, etc. So there is a hope, but NINTENDO - YOU HAVE TO ACT!
Of cource you have to know that we have the so called "Poland A" (rich cities) and "Poland B" (poor towns and villages). Nintendo is an option for Poland A only. Poland B plays pirated games on PC and android phones and would never buy a game that costs 180 PLN (~55 USD).

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#6

TSlupek commented on Sometimes Finding a Wii U to Buy Ain't Easy:

I'm from Cracow, ~2nd largest Polish city, the one most visited by tourists, with students everywhere. I've bought 3DS at its first months. Both me and my two daughters love it. Few months later I've bought next one as a gift for my friend's daughter. And basically these are the only people with 3DS I know. There is a small community of Nintendo gamers here http://www.my3ds.pl/ or here http://d-serious.pl/ but it's hundreds, not thousands. For ~2 years I've got 49 Streetpasses, but only 4-5 are genuine, random SP from Poland.
All my games purchased in Poland are either used DS games from small stores, "on sale" games from big stores (now with empty shelfs) and digital distribution by E-shop. Last year I've been to US and went to a small GameStop store in a "NoNameCity". The wall of new and used Nintendo titles held more games than I've ever seen in all "Nintendo" stores in Poland taken together (6 of these games are now mine :). And they were 2-3 times cheaper than in Poland!!
I sometimes talk to my friends about Nintendo, write something on FB and my blog, play on train etc. to make Nintendo visible, but as long as it is not present in stores like MediaMarkt/Saturn, Tesco, Carrefour, Auchan, Real, people will not know that it even exists.
You don't buy something if you don't know that it exists.

Apart from availability, game prices are the second problem. Poland is a relatively poor country (avg. gross salary = 1200 USD/month), and 60-70 USD for a game is simply too much. SONY sells its older titles for 10-20 USD. And it makes an easy decision for a parent, even if we assume that he sees both systems on the same shelf (impossible in PL). Third option, the most popular one is to buy an Android phone and play cheap games on it.

There is a potential in such a big country as Poland, but it's not easy to start again with prices so high and no media/store presence. I fear that Eshop will be my primary games source :(