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Sat 26th March, 2011

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ThumperUK commented on Preview: Bat-Swinging into Action in LEGO Batm...:

I do find it really strange whenever anyone says that they only play games that have 'licensed characters'. Often these games are lazy sub-standard games which are cheap cash-ins. The reason why LCU hasn't come down in price is simply because it is a wonderful game. I've had every console since the NES/Gameboy eras and LCU is one of the best games I've played in 25+ years. Yeah, it has no licence but is all the better for it, as it is not constrained. What LCU is a Lego game with the best and funniest stories & one-liners, parodies of dozens of movies from Starsky & Hutch to Dirty Harry, Godfather to Titanic, Batman to Alien. Excellent gameplay, hilarious script, well designed and very addictive......hence why everyone who has played it loved it.



ThumperUK commented on Preview: Bat-Swinging into Action in LEGO Batm...:

You are seriously missing out on an excellent game if you haven't played Lego CIty Undercover. Although it is single player, it is still by far the best of the Lego games. If you are making an exception for Capt Toad then you need to make another for LCU!



ThumperUK commented on Wii U System Update 5.2.0 Brings Folders, New ...:

I've never used a Y cable, although not 'recommended' I have a small HD powered through the USB, in the last 12 months I've not had a single problem with connecting/downloading/playing.
Having said that it is a 1.8" drive rather than the usual 2.5/3.5 ones.



ThumperUK commented on Weirdness: Nintendo Shows The Glory and Danger...:

I'd already suffered "Death by Cucoo" before I'd seen this article. The child in me finds it hilarious to go for the Cucoo knowing what the outcome will be!
Hyrule Warriors has really surprised me, it is really addictive, fun and fully deserves the asking price! It will happily tide me over until the next Zelda game appears.



ThumperUK commented on Ubisoft Reconfirms Watch Dogs For Fall 2014 Re...:

This was a must for me but now Ubi has delayed the game I'll probably give it a miss as I'm hoping to be playing bayonetta instead. No doubt sales when released will be low and Ubi will express surprise like they did with Rayman



ThumperUK commented on Play: Mario Kart 8 With Nintendo Life on Twitc...:

Argh. a tournament I can't join because Nintendo Online Store used Yodel to send my MK8 with a 'guaranteed' delivery today but they have failed to deliver. Looks like I'll have to wait and see if Yodel bother delivering it on Monday now!



ThumperUK commented on Mario Kart 8 DLC Confirmed for Japan With Free...:

I agree it looks out of place, but personally like it for that fact! I hope they do a Merc-owned Smart car version that topples over if you corner too fast.
DLC has obviously been written into the game, I have no problem with DLC that requires download/update, but do object to anything called DLC which is already on the disc (as this smacks of rip-off).



ThumperUK commented on Review: LEGO The Hobbit (3DS):

The BBC licensed Doctor Who to 'Character Building' who make Lego compatible bricks and sets (and are pretty poor against true Lego). As a result, a Lego Doctor Who game (or lego sets) are extremely unlikely unless they get out of the CB licensing agreements - Doctor Who licensing has nothing to do with Steven Moffat ( might be better if he was!)



ThumperUK commented on Satoru Iwata Explains "Conservative" Wii U Sal...:

Super Mario 3D World should have been the killer game for the system, with MarioKart later. WiiFitU has had NO adverts at all in the UK (I'd doubt elsewhere either). Advertising spend on 3D World was pathetic and pretty non-existent when it could have been a big Xmas console seller..

Nintendo has shown that they have absolutely no faith in the system because they have not marketed it at all. Pure & Simple, you need to advertise to sell. Xbone and PS4 have had hundreds of ads on mainstream TV to every single WiiU one. The WiiU deserves better than the long death Nintendo seem to have for it. A low sales projection is wise for this year but shows how little faith they have in the system's future. Little wonder 3rd parties have deserted the platform completely (safe for Indie's).

There are now enough great disc games AND wonderful Indie games on the system for a major advertising push. Indie games alone can make this a great 2nd console. This 'could' rescue the system (and repay the faithful Indies by an increase in sales of their games).



ThumperUK commented on New Instalment In The Popular Fatal Frame Fran...:

Bearing in mind Nintendo's marketing unexperts seem intent on the WiiU failing, I bet they don't bother releasing this outside Japan. If they do, then that would risk more WiiU's being sold which the marketing teams won't like at all!



ThumperUK commented on Feature: VooFoo Studios and Ripstone on Pure C...:

I have been undecided about buying this, but after this well written article and finding out it was developed in the UK, I'll be purchasing this weekend. - have to support local developers!
I like that they've added a comprehensive 'training' and strategy guide - I know the basics but hopefully this will help find out how to win more often!



ThumperUK commented on Video: The Top 20 Wii U Games So Far - Part One:

There seems to be a few people objecting to some games being in the list but how many have actually played those games? I'd never have thought Lego City would have been the game I've played the most, followed by Splinter Cell. Both are far better than I had expected (for me, Lego is up there as an all-time great)

By all means slag off a game but only if you have played it!



ThumperUK commented on Mario Kart 8 Racing Wheel Available For Preord...:

The box says it is a PowerA product license rather than a Nintendo wheel. As it is sold by Game I wonder if you preorder it then they bump up the price on launch like the Brighton store tried with my Lego Movie preorder.

I'm hoping Club Nintendo release a gold one to match the wii one I have lying around somewhere



ThumperUK commented on Nintendo Download: 27th February (Europe):

Splinter Cell is an excellent title, I've found it far more fun than CoD and really addictive. This deserves to shift more copies and hopefully convince Ubisoft there is a market for decent shooters on WiiU



ThumperUK commented on Congo Calling's Bandi Mbubi Urges Gamers To Pr...:

Apple is being held up as a beacon of responsibility? They should address the high suicide rates in the factories that make ipads, and also reduce the toxic materials used in their manufacture. Google 'Apple suicides'. All companies need to address these just as much as naming conflcts (but still buying the minerals).



ThumperUK commented on Just 2% of Ubisoft's Q3 Sales Were for Wii U:

Why on earth should Ubisoft support the WiiU. Nintendo have only themselves to blame, they can't be bothered to market their console so why should any third party developer have confidence in the system. It is a complete failure, the system is good but Nintendo has not supported the system so who can blame Ubisoft to have no confidence in it?

Nintendo had a year's head start but sales of PS4 and Bone have blown it out of the water already. People still think it is a lack of games hampering sales but the WiiU has many more games than 4/one. Neither is it the name- lets remember Wii was a dreadful name but didn't harm sales. The sole problem is lack of advertising and a proper (qualified) marketing team - over the Xmas period we all saw dozens of MS & Sony adverts for each Nintendo one. Advertising works, and NIntendo does not understand this basic concept......sadly the WIiU remains doomed until Nintendo spends money on marketing it and getting consumers to WANT one. For third parties, it is probably too late, perhaps now we are beginning to understand EA's dropping of the partnership with NIntendo, Ubi is quickly going the same way.



ThumperUK commented on Nintendo Publishes a "New to Wii U?" Guide:

Only one year too late, well done Nintendo! Perhaps they should stop wasting time with youtube campaigns and just advertise the system properly, on TELEVISION. Perhaps even read A Dummy book on basic sales and marketing. Otherwise sales will remain pitiful even when MarioKart arrives.



ThumperUK commented on Recently Departed Official Nintendo Magazine E...:

Wow, Nintendo are going to have a Marketing Manager (I know they've had one before, but that one seemed allergic to advertising). Shame they have given the job to a journalist/mag editor rather than someone who is an expert in marketing? Methinks somehow Nintendo yet again hasn't quite understood what is required of a marketing role.



ThumperUK commented on BBC is "Working to bring iPlayer" to the Wii U:

I used to use the Wii iplayer alot but now use the iplayer built into Youview. I'd still love to see it soon on WiiU, I hope at the same time they move Lovefilm & Netfix into the TVii section.
A folder option to clean up my WiiU pages too please! (like the 3DS ones but more than the first letter showing)



ThumperUK commented on $1.2 Billion Wiped Off Nintendo's Market Value...:

The first thing Nintendo needs to do is to sack whatever advertising companies they are doing business with, and maybe sack their marketing dept too. WiiU is a great product, and had a year head start on MS and Sony. Nintendo UK only thought about adding instore demo machines into Game a year too late!
Who other than Nintendo Lifers and existing owners looking at eshop knows that WiIFitU is out there? Yet another important franchise with no promotion - even inexperienced marketing people will tell you fitness stuff sells most in January.

In the run up to xmas hardly any ads were run, amazing games like Mario, not to mention Pikmin, 101, Zelda, et al deserve to br promoted. Other franchises have substandard updates, Wii Sport sold in tens of millions but WiiU Sports is an embarrassing update - it looks like it was developed on wii kit, not WiiU. The renting model for these are also too confusing to sell to new users.

These are the killer games which can sell consoles, what kind of company hides its best products from the wider market? Even the Club Nintendo mailings often dont promote new games until weeks after launch, if at all. All this is really basic marketing stuff, unless someone fires a fre rockets within Nintendo, the WiiU is going to have a long and painful death.



ThumperUK commented on Wii Fit U Retail Release Pushed Back to 10th J...:

The European release failed to make an impact in sales because yet again NoE don't understand that to get sales, they have to let people know it has been released. I've not even received a Nintendo email about the release so they aren't even letting Wii & WiiU owners know (and don't get me started again on the lack of any WiiU adverts on TV!).



ThumperUK commented on Video: Nintendo Serves Up Another Batch of And...:

Has anyone actually seen these adverts on 'real' television? It is pointless releasing these 'ads' on Youtube as the only people to watch them are Nintendo owners & fans, who will already either have a WiiU or be on their list for one.

Basics of advertising again here for Nintendo UK. Mind you, they've probably spent the entire £10 advertising budget.



ThumperUK commented on SpillPass-Pi Could be a Clever Workaround for ...:

Raspberry Pi is from a British company, so it is best known over here. However it is available around the world (in the US the machine costs $25 or $35 depending on the model).
Google Raspberry Pi for more info, the aim of the project is to re-ignite people's imagination and programming abilities (which old-er people like me remember in the 80's but is not so common now). CNet has a fun article about 25 fun things to do with the Pi, on the site there is an article about projects, some really intruiging ones using 3D printers to create Pi-powered devices.

This isn't the best of explanations, but I hope this helps.



ThumperUK commented on Super Mario 3D World Drops Down UK Charts in S...:

Nintendo has not bothered promoting the WiiU in the UK so it is hardly surprising when potential gamers don't bother with the system nor why sales of games remain poor!!

While I am sick of hearing about what ever Reggie has said, at least Nintendo has an active spokesperson in the US,......the European marketing team is camera & media shy, and the WiiU in particular deserves better.



ThumperUK commented on Video: Let This Pikmin 3 DLC Trailer Give You ...:

I just hope Nintendo has a team created even more DLC levels. I used to think DLC was just a way of deceiving gamers into buying content which could have been included in the original game, but loving these new levels, and the prices are really reasonable too. I just hope more people buy Pikmin3 when console sales increase, so we might get Pikmin4 (in 2030 probably)



ThumperUK commented on GAME's Wii U Cyber Monday Console Deals Should...:

Yet again more bad news about WiiU's abysmal sales. It is hardly surprising they are not selling when I've seen dozens of Xbone and PS4 ads, and a total of two adverts for Mario 3D World and no other WiliU advert. I've seen Zelda almost ten times now....or 500% more than the WiiU !!

NIntendo needs to sack its entire marketing & advertising team, they are really not up to the job in hand. The WiiU deserves much better than Nintendo UK's current (mis)management team.



ThumperUK commented on Feature: A Guide to the Best Nintendo Gifts Fo...:

@JaxonH (plus anyone outside UK/Europe wanting to get hold of the Gamepad battery).

There are strict rules for what can be sent international post, and the International Civil Aviation Organization has deemed batteries to be dangerous items when not integrated into a device (therefore you could send a Gamepad abroad, but not the battery on its own). It may well be if you order a battery from another country you won't receive it,.

There are other rules which may restrict posting within your own country, and you should check them out. For the rules for posting from the UK, a link to Royal Mail is:-

I hope this is of help to anyone thinking of ordering a battery from another country.



ThumperUK commented on New York Times Critic Identifies Super Mario 3...:

There is a simple reason why the Xbone has outsold the total WiiU sales in the UK. I've seen vastly more adverts on mainstream TV for the Xbone in just the last two weeks than for the entirety of NintendoUK's ads (including launch adverts). Mario is due for launch on Friday, but I've seen a grand total of one advert for it on TV (I've seen all four on NintendoLife!). Pikmin had a few adverts (even fewer at prime time), Luigi had none, neither did Wonderful 101. Unless you read NintendoLife you won't know CoD or Batman are on the WiiU (for all their shortcomings) but they have been advertised as 360/PS3 releases.

If you can't be bothered advertising a system, then you can't expect people to fork out £250+ for a console (especially when you don't know it is out there). Advertising sells consoles as much as AAA games.



ThumperUK commented on Review: Super Mario 3D World (Wii U):

This was a great detailed review, and a surprising maximum score - I was worried when the game was first announced being a departure from Galaxy series, but shouldn't have been to quick to assume!



ThumperUK commented on Video: There Are Four New Super Mario 3D World...:

All Nintendo UK needs to do now is put the ads on mainstream TV, and not leave them on Youtube like other adverts. Here's hoping they break from the norm.

With regard to insulting other people's accents, I hope this forum is not going be ruined by fanboys and insult traders like other sites (or Xbox online game playing!). I don't think all Americans speak like 'Honey Boo' or Jersey Shore erm actors, and not sure why one person's accent should be an excuse for some Brit-bashing? We are all different people and should respect others.



ThumperUK commented on Poll: As the PS4 Arrives, What Do You Think of...:

Just to clarify my own feelings. I am happy with my WiiU console, and love games like Wonderful101, Lego City Undercover and Zelda WW.

However, I am really unhappy with the performance (or rather lack of) by Nintendo themselves over their console. A year head start has been wasted. Third parties have now deserted the system in droves, or scaling back development on a large-scale. What has Nintendo done in the last 12 months for the WiiU, in terms of advertising or getting back key players like EA or Ubisoft (etc etc)? An occasional TV advert (extremely rare on mainstream channels). Was there even a Wonderful 101 advert? Need for Speed was best version on the WiiU yet no-one advertised it.
The UK Nintendo spokeswoman was doing an appalling job of explaining her 'strategy' a few weeks ago, talking about 'mum' and 'dad' in a 1950's patronising manner, and completely missing the point is that kids tell their parents what they want (not the other way around!) She also didn't seem to understand that most WiiU owners are either adult or children/teenagers with their own minds & wants/needs.

Where are the ads for WiiU Sports updates, plus WiiFitU? Mario is due for launch in 2 weeks, yet nothing from them. They cannot even be bothered to tell Club Nintendo subscribees about new games, never mind trying to get new people to buy their console.
If Nintendo cannot be bothered to invest in the WiiU, I cannot blame 3rd parties for their lack of confidence in the system. As a result, we get quick ports of multi-platform games (if we are lucky enough to get the game at all), and we suffer as gamers. I love Nintendo games; however the company themselves need a massive management shake-up.

Oops, I seem to have ranted abit there !!!



ThumperUK commented on Poll: As the PS4 Arrives, What Do You Think of...:

Nintendo has had a year head-start with the WiiU, and completely wasted it. Still I am waiting for a true sales push for the WiiU - I've seen about a hundred Wonga ads for every single WiiU advert, and loads of ads for Pokemon and Animal Crossing. Nintendo can't even be bothered sending out email advertising to Club Nintendo people (which is easy & free to do in case they don't know!), and Nintendo Direct only gets to people who actively use 3DS or WiiU (which aint the way to get console sales!!)

The name is not the problem, Nintendo refusing to give a proper advertising budget for it has resulted in a massive wasted opportunity. Sticking an ad on Cartoon Network is cheap but hardly any viewers, mainstream adverts are required NOW,.
Even WiiFitU has been launched with no adverts - Nintendo just cannot get the basic of advertising, you need to tell people the console exists and why they should buy one, not just imagine people will flock to it when they don't know it is out there. Mario 3D World is out in a few days, yet unless you read NintendoLife you wouldn't know it!!.

I do wonder whether MS and Sony have secretly replaced the entire Nintendo Management Team with corporate destroyers, if so they could not have done a better job.



ThumperUK commented on Weirdness: Uh-Oh, That Guy Who Likes To Microw...:

This is not the original guy who used to microwave stuff but one of the many imitations. That guy must be up for the world's creepiest award (that voice alone is still ringing in my ears). Mildly interesting to see how it burned though.



ThumperUK commented on Nintendo UK: Awareness Is The Real Issue With ...:

I was shocked when reading this, I had to make sure this wasn't April 1st. What decade is this 'mother' from, the 50's? All talk about 'mum' education and 'dad' knowing about the console is complete and utter tripe.
The only reason the WiiU is in such a sorry state in the UK and elsewhere is an extremely incompetent marketing team (along with a lack of advertising budget), and a complete lack of understanding that the year is now 2013. Yeah Mum and Dad will buy a WiiU for their kid, but only generally if it is on the kids' wishlist. Never mind those of us with an income and not relying on 'mum' to be educated (or need to be patronised).

Any other company but Nintendo, heads would have rolled to have had a machine out for 12 months and still the marketing head is talking about what she 'thinks' she needs to do. About time someone inserted a rocket into the marketing team and spur them into actually doing something. The great console deserves better than this.



ThumperUK commented on The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD Lands i...:

I think is is a great result bearing in mind Nintendo have spent all of zero pounds promoting or advertising the game. Sticking it in a Nintendo Direct announcement is hardly imaginative nor going to non-WiiU/3DS audiences.

I've not even had an email from Nintendo UK announcing the game has been launched (quelle surprise!)



ThumperUK commented on Nintendo of America Selling Wii Remote Rapid C...:

This would have been 'news' had this been launched with the console back in 2006!

I can't understand why anyone would want to spend that amount, when a charger and pack of 4 Duracell rechargeable batteries can be picked up for much less These give me more than 13 hours play time per charge (and I've always the other two ready-charged).



ThumperUK commented on Out Now: The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD:

Just picked up the Limited Edition with figure. Loved the original, so really looking forward to this update. However we do need Nintendo to finally start advertising the WiiU (and Wind Waker) otherwise the console will soon die completely. Wonderful 101 is an amazing game, but Nintendo UK couldn't be bothered doing any ads for it and then wonder why console sales remain pathetic! Wind Waker deserves better.



ThumperUK commented on Scribblenauts Unlimited Finally Hitting Europe...:

This was a launch window must-buy for my WiiU, might get it if Unmasked is delayed by a year (I hope not!).

Still no explanation why it was pulled in EU the day before release though. PR guys/gals need to be sacked over their failure to tell us what happened.