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piotreksz

piotreksz

Poland

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piotreksz

#1

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

@FMillman I wasn't talking about the price, but the sales volume. The article states that there were 350 Wii U consoles sold in Poland. That I find surprising, considering it's almost nonexistent in terms of retail. The price itself is great, I'm strongly considering a Wii U for Christmas.

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#2

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

I'm quite surprised it's 350. Expected it to be well below a hundred. The answer is simple - there's no Nintendo in Poland, and never has been. In the past few years N was represented by a toy company Stadlbauer (they still sell N stuff in Austria afaik) which did a crap job and lost their rights. The games were overpriced, scarce and lacked club Nintendo codes inside (no polish club nintendo = no codes, that's logic!).
The only retailers which sell N products buy them abroad and sell them here are small dedicated gaming shops. There are quite a few in Warsaw and I'm pretty sure there are a few in Wroclaw. It's the author, who has been looking in all the wrong places. Large chains stores (and he only visited those) rarely import stuff on their own, they sign big contracts either with the manufacturer or an official partner. Since N is absent from our market and it doesn't have a local partner, you won't find N products in chain stores. It's simple as that.
Also it's identical in all eastern European countries - Nintendo still doesn't treat us like a grown market worthy of interest. And they're quite accurate here, I must - albeit sadly - admit.

edit: One nice touch is the inclusion of Poland in 3DS. You can even set the region (though most of the names are incorrect - they're taken from an old Wikipedia entry about Polish administrative territorial division with... let's say lackluster translations) and you can use eshop and pay in PLN. What's even nicer is that the prices are rounded DOWN from strict conversion rates. For example, the GBC Zeldas are 25PLN each, whereas after conversion from EUR or GPB they would be about 27-28 PLN with change.
Both of these were really nice surprises when i bought a 3DS.