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ThumperUK

ThumperUK

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#1

ThumperUK commented on Nintendo UK Planning Massive Marketing Push Fo...:

I look forward to seeing one 10-second Splatoon TV ad on an obscure Freeview channel just like Mario Kart 8 then! I bet Nintendo still have no idea that lack of traditional advertising is the biggest cause of the WiiU's failure.

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#2

ThumperUK commented on ​The Prices of the Remaining Physical Goods ...:

If NoA has surplus stock of items they could always send them to NoE Club Nintendo as I've 5400 stars left to spend (annoyingly I wanted the Majora's Mask light but 5 of my points cards for 3DS & WiiU had expired so couldn't get it!)

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#4

ThumperUK commented on Nintendo UK Has Picked Its New PR Agency, Spla...:

Anything has to be an improvement on the last lot. But NIntendo does need to realise that a major reason for the WiiU's failure is that it has not been advertised on TV. Online is all well & good but nothing beats TV ads. Wii Fit was a massive success for Nintendo, but FitU has little known to anyone, with NO advertising, similarly all the classic Nintendo named games fared little better. Why should third parties risk a WiiU development when even NIntendo cannot be bothered to promote the console.

One final thing, did the 'new' PR agency come up with the dreadful 'New 3DS' advert? A key feature is the massive improvement in 3D usability with the New 3DS but the advert forgets to mention it !!

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#5

ThumperUK commented on Guide: Improve Your Wii U's External Hard Driv...:

Although not recommended by Nintendo, I've used a non-powered drive with one cable since launch with no problem at all. I've never disconnected the drive while the console was on, which is a habit everyone should adopt anyway. I intended it to be a temporary solution as at launch there weren't many 'recommended' drives that Nintendo listed and a y-cable I ordered was faulty on arrival. As I've never had problems I've just left the drive working happily with the WiiU, even 'quick start' works with no problems.

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#6

ThumperUK commented on eShop Games Added To The European Club Nintend...:

Great news that they've added games which hopefully will stay until Club Nintendo closes.

Still holding out in case new physical rewards appear. I just wish NoE would remove the "DS Lite" pink case and DS cartridge/stylus offers though - even they must realise by now that no-one wants them!!!

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#8

ThumperUK commented on Mario Runs From Left To Right Because Our Brai...:

His analysis is flawed and abit lazy. Many previous studies show that right-handed people work from left to right, but left-handed people from right to left (just that we lefties are forced to work from r-to-l). Left-handed people also work better with clocks with the numbers backwards (i.e., 12.11.10.9..etc rather then 12.1.2.3) - if you are left-handed try a reverse clock face - you'll be surprised how easy and natural it feels versus a right-handed friend!!

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#10

ThumperUK commented on Video: Wreak Havoc as Ganon In Hyrule Warriors...:

I bought Hyrule Warriors as a gamble as I was abit short on games to play - my expectations weren't that high as I'd never played a 'warriors' game. Have to say this game has blown me away with its addictiveness. I've swallowed dozens (if not hundreds!) of hours and still going strong, it must be one of the biggest bargains for fun & gameplay hours (like Advance Wars DS). The DLC has all been great and a bargain too! Zelda Warriors' developers should be very proud of their achievement.

I just hope a sequel is planned, maybe if not Zelda then a Mario World Warriors game??

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#11

ThumperUK commented on New Nintendo 3DS Ambassadors in the UK Added t...:

@supocarta74
If you have already purchased an Ambassador 3DS and you have pre-ordered Majora's Mask from Nintendo UK store then you'll be included in the figurine promotion. This is entirely at Nintendo's discretion - they don't need to do this but be pleased they are doing it!
Watchdog won't be interested as Nintendo UK don't have to give you a free statue if you've bought an Ambassador 3DS & preordered Majora's Mask but if you've done both of these then you'll be sent one.

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#12

ThumperUK commented on New Nintendo 3DS Ambassadors in the UK Added t...:

I already have an Ambassador 3DS and have already ordered Majora's Mask via nintendo.co.uk. I was delighted to get an email from them over the weekend advising that I would receive the figurine.

Many thanks to Nintendo UK for doing this (it didn't need to but best not to alienate the ambassadors!).

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#13

ThumperUK commented on Hyrule Warriors Majora's Mask Pack DLC and Up...:

Aarrgh !!! Even more stuff to try to complete! I've become addicted to this game, and nowhere near close to getting all my weapons upgrades. This has to have been one of the best value games I've ever purchased, clocked a few hundred hours so far and still as addictive as when I first played it!

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#14

ThumperUK commented on New Nintendo 3DS Ambassador Edition Promotion...:

@Ungravitify
Although it says 'Credit Card' this includes any Debit Card which has the VISA symbol on it - this also applies to the eShop where a Debit Card can be entered into the 'Credit Card' info. This applies to the UK, unsure whether Europe have debit cards?

There is also the option to pay via Paypal.

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#15

ThumperUK commented on Nintendo Invests in New Lobbying Firm to Tackl...:

Mighty Deals (owned by Dragons Den's Peter Jones) has been selling a pirate console with Mario & Donkey Kong games included. I contacted NoE and informed them of this, no reply or any interest from them. Equally the anti-piracy organisations had no interest in this either. What we need is for an international anti-piracy organisation with the powers to shut down confiscate pirate company assets, plus Nintendo (and Sony etc) to take action and spend some money going after the pirates.

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#17

ThumperUK commented on Mario Kart 8 Starting Grid T-Shirt Accelerates...:

Annoyingly NoE's website developers haven't bothered checking the site works with Chromebooks. Items don't show up properly in the Stars Catalogue and no matter what size you choose the site defaults to Medium size in the Basket. Take care if you use a Chromebook - I had to dig out my old XP laptop to order this!

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#18

ThumperUK commented on Super Smash Bros. for Wii U Sold to Over Ten P...:

Maybe even the incompetent wastes of space masquerading as NoE's 'Marketing team' may even twig from this that if they promoted Smash Bros (and other games) for the WiiU there might actually be some console sales from it.
P.S. promotion excludes the flowcharts they bash out that are meaningless to new gamers and patronising to established gamers.

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#19

ThumperUK commented on Nintendo Serves Up An Infographic For Its "The...:

@NintendoFan64
At lease NoA know what an advert is, here in the UK Nintendo hasn't even realised that even a bad advert would shift some consoles. No TV adverts at all for Smash Bros, about $2 was spent on a MK8 campaign (I saw one advert....twice!)
The sad thing is the WiiU has some great console sellling games. WiiFit sold masses on Wii, but its hard to believe its been out over a year. No promotions for NSMBU, 3D WORLD, Bayonetta, etc etc etc......Then Nintendo UK wonders why it isnt selling. Nintendo Japan just needs to sack the UK marketing 'team' and replace them with a chocolate fireguard as that would be more use.

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#21

ThumperUK commented on UK Retailer GAME Cashes In On Intense amiibo D...:

GAME are experts in ripping off gamers, earlier this month they tried charging me an extra £5 for a "free" minifigure with Lego Batman 3. I only went there to spend 2000 "goodwill" points after complaining that I'd been ripped off on a previous visit to the Brighton store.

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#22

ThumperUK commented on Amazon UK Offers Bargain Prices to Shift Its W...:

A good bargain, even with a black model you'll quickly need a HDD anyway
Shame Nintendo isn't continuing with the promotion as it did offset the high prices a little - digital versions are much more expensive than buying physically (nice way of Nintendo to rip off digital customers).
I wonder how many other people are using a non-powered HDD? Although not recommended I've been using a 1.8" USB-powered drive since WiiU launch and not had any problems at all.

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#23

ThumperUK commented on Review: Picross e5 (3DS eShop):

I stopped buying these at number 3 as they are not great value for money versus playing on my tablet, I can't justify spending £5 for what is really quickly made DLC

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#24

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

@lbs Be careful at Game, the last two visits to my local store (Brighton) they tried overcharging me. They also tried charging £5 3xtra for the "free" Lego minifigure with Batman 3. Website is cheaper than going into store but Amazon or Shop to is always cheaper

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#26

ThumperUK commented on Video: Watch Us Merrily Cause Some Havoc In Wa...:

I had this on pre-order but cancelled when Ubisoft delayed the release. Now with a backlog of games to play (still haven't opened Bayonetta 1/2 yet!) I'll be waiting for this to hit the bargain bin early next year. I also object to spending an extra £8-10 which Ubi greedily added as DLC.
Ubisoft will only have themselves to blame for the guaranteed poor sales on WiiU, treat us better - had it been released on time it might have done well (in WiiU terms anyway)

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#27

ThumperUK commented on Video: Nintendo Releases Two Snappy amiibo TV ...:

At least America is getting adverts for the WiiU, Nintendo UK is still doing nothing to promote the WiiU, have they eve noticed Xmas is next month? Noone outside Nintendo Life even knows Smash Bros is coming in time for Xmas!

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#30

ThumperUK commented on Genyo Takeda Discusses Nintendo's Hardware Future:

Nintendo still don't get it, TV adverts still sell games AND consoles. Sticking a clip on Youtube like they have been doing for the WiiU & almost zero advertising elsewhere is the reason why the WiiU sales are dire in Europe. It is nothing to do with the name (the Wii name and sniggers it originally caused hardly stopped that console now did it!). The WiiU's failure is down to a completely useless 'marketing' department which does not even understand the basics of marketing. Mario 3D World, 101, Pikmin, Hyrule Warriors, Bayonetta and all the other games have all had almost zero advertising effort and that is the reason why the games are not selling. Nasty Shovelware and annual updates sell when they are advertised - CoD, FIFA, Just Dance, etc!

Nintendo HAS to get to grips with what advertising is, otherwise the next gen will have no chance of being massive successes as 3rd parties have no confidence in Nintendo anymore.

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#31

ThumperUK commented on Bayonetta 2 Falls From UK Charts After One Week:

Not one of those adverts have been shown in the UK, it looks like the USA has a marketing team that does some marketing!!

Maybe Nintendo should sack the entire marketing teams in Europe and let NoA do the work they should be doing?

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#32

ThumperUK commented on Bayonetta 2 Falls From UK Charts After One Week:

erm "Despite Nintendo's best advertising efforts..."
Are you being serious?? I've not seen an advert for the WiiU since 2 (count em!) adverts I managed to spot for MK8.

Nintendo has no faith in the WiiU as it cannot be bothered to advertise it. Even the 3DS Smash Bros ad could have included the WiiU for no spend and they didn't even do this.

No wonder the console and games do not sell and 3rd part support is dead, it is entirely Nintendo's fault. Advertising sells consoles and games, really basic stuff!!! Club Nintendo subscribers didn't even get an email from Nintendo about Bayonetta (and again costs a few minutes of someones time to do!). We are in the run-up to Xmas Nintendo UK, sack your marketing 'team' as they are not doing even a poor job of promoting the console and games.

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#33

ThumperUK commented on Bayonetta 2 Kicks Into The Top 10 in UK Charts:

I'm really surprised it managed to get into the top 10 as Nintendo has yet again spent £zero on advertising the game (like Hyrule). Ive seen a couple of ads for 3DS Smash Bros, they didn't even bother adding into the end of the ad that it will be soon on WiiU (which would have cost nothing to do!).
I love Nintendo games/consoles, but really dispair about how poorly the WiiU is treated by Nintendo (who then no doubt moan about lack of 3rd party support). These games deserve better support.

Interestingly I saw an ad for Skylanders last night, the ad seemed to indicate it was only on WiiU, Wii and 3DS consoles. Hopefully this will generate some WiiU sales despite Nintendo UK forgetting about the console!

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#34

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

@rjejr
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.

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#35

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

@rjejr
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!

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#36

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

@JaxonH
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.

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#39

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.

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#41

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

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#42

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!

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#44

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).

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#45

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

@darkswabber
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!)

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#47

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).

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#48

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!

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#49

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!

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#50

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!