Nintendo UK Highlights 10 Most Confusing Gaming Terms For UK Parents

A recent study conducted by Nintendo UK, in conjunction with Netmums, the UK’s fastest-growing online parenting organisation, has shown that 63 per cent of children across the UK consider themselves fluent in the language of video gaming, compared to just 11 per cent of parents surveyed. However 42 per cent of parents surveyed have never tried to learn any gaming terms, with some stating they feel too old to start or claim it simply isn’t important for them and they leave it to their kids to understand.

Although the study showed that over half (57 per cent) of UK parents still enjoy playing video games with their children, almost one in five (17 per cent) UK parents admitted to avoiding playing video games with their children solely due to their lack of gaming knowledge.

The below list shows the 10 most confusing gaming terms for UK parents surveyed, who recognised the terms but were unable to define them:

  • MMORPG – Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game – 53%
  • Twitch – Live streaming video platform / community – 50%
  • Blue-Shelled – Suddenly being knocked out of first place when you’re about to win (Mario Kart reference) – 50%
  • (J)RPG – (Japanese) Role-Playing Game – 43%
  • UGC – User-Generated Content – 39%
  • Backward Compatible – A newer gaming console that supports games or software designed for older models of hardware – 34%
  • Camping – Staying in one spot on a map in a game to gain an advantage- 33%
  • NPC – Non-Playable Characters – 32%
  • FTW – For The Win – 30%
  • FPS – First Person Shooter – 28%

Netmums worked with Nintendo to analyse the data from the research that was conducted through surveying over 1,700 parents across the UK.

On the back of this recent finding, Nintendo has now developed a gaming terminology guide that parents can view on The research stated that 57 per cent of UK parents would find a gaming terminology guide useful and think it could be an extremely helpful resource to have to hand. The terminology guide is addressing this need and helping parents become savvier with gaming terms and maybe even impress their children with their gaming knowledge.

Siobhan Freegard, Co-Founder Netmums states that ““Gaming terminology can make parents feel extremely alienated and perhaps a little scared about what their children are doing on line. It’s great to have this reference tool, which is live on, to break down those barriers and help all the family get involved in the fun.”

Shelly Pearce, Marketing and PR Director at Nintendo, notes “Nintendo realises that not everyone is tech-savvy, however we are keen to make gaming as inclusive as possible. Along with the help of Netmums, we have looked to address this via the introduction of our gaming terminology guide. This will hopefully ensure that the whole family feels confident gaming together and can focus on having fun!”

GAME Selling Smash Bros Basic Wii U Bundle For Only £159.99

UK video game retailer GAME is currently selling the 8GB Wii U Basic Bundle with Super Smash Bros for only £159.99. The bundle is part of the company’s deal of the day which also sees Super Smash Bros Wii U being sold for £29.99. The same software deal is also available on Amazon. Now might be a good time to pick up a Wii U if you’re in the United Kingdom.

Thanks, Takerkaneanite619

GAME And Amazon Selling Super Smash Bros Wii U For £29.99

If you’re in the United Kingdom and want to pick up a bargain then you’ll be pleased to know that both Amazon and GAME have dropped the price of Super Smash Bros on the Wii U To £29.99. It’s a one day only deal on GAME, but I’m not sure how long Amazon will be running it for. The game generally retails for £39.99 so it’s certainly a good saving before Christmas.

Thanks, Lotsinto

Amiibo Figures In Short Supply At Amazon UK and GAME And Price Has Been Hiked

I’ve received a number of emails from Nintendo fans in the United Kingdom stating that the Amiibo figures are in short supply. UK retailer GAME has them in stock but they’ve hiked up the prices. Amazon UK also have them in stock, but the majority of them are being sold through sellers so they’ve seen a price hike too. Whether Nintendo underestimated demand or alternatively they’ve proved extremely popular is hard to determine.

Thanks to everyone for sending this in.

Amazon UK Apparently Cancelling Remaining Super Smash Bros For Wii U With GameCube Adapter Due To Stock Issues

Several people have contacted me to say that they’ve been notified by Amazon UK that they have seemingly cancelled most, if not all, outstanding pre-orders on Super Smash Bros for Wii U with the GameCube Adapter. The retailer initially said that they would have more stock in on December 19th, but now the retailer has been cancelling the orders stating that this is due to insufficient stock. Seems like Nintendo neglected to manufacture enough GameCube adapters. There’s also a shortage of them in the United States.

Thanks, Jason and others.

Pokemon Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire Are Biggest UK Pokemon Launch

UK chart publication GFK Chart Track have declared that Pokemon Omega Ruby and Pokemon Alpha Sapphire are both the UK’s biggest Pokemon launch of all time. The previous record holder was Pokemon Black and Pokemon White on the Nintendo DS. Sales for Pokemon Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire were up on last year’s Nintendo 3DS title Pokemon X & Y by 17 percent. You can view which games were most popular this Black Friday in the UK, here.

Thanks, MasterPikachu6