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Nintendo America Says No Ambassador Program For Wii U

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One of our readers Anubis has received a response from Nintendo asking whether there will be an ambassador program, similar to that of the Nintendo 3DS, for those Wii U owners that bought the system at launch. As expect, Nintendo of America says there won’t be an ambassador program to compensate those who purchased a Wii U at launch.

Hello,

Thank you for taking the time to write with your questions regarding a Wii U Ambassador program. The Ambassador program is only available to any Nintendo 3DS owner who purchased their system before August 12, 2011 and there are no plans for a similar program for Wii U.

I know that this isn’t what you were hoping for, but we appreciate your support of our products now and in the future. I also want to assure you that your comments will be added to our records and made available for other departments at the company to use as they see fit.

Sincerely,
Nintendo of America Inc.
Helena Toledo

Thanks, Anubis

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164 comments

  1. While thats a bit lame we did at least have that .30$ for virtual console games deal going on. Still annoying that they aren’t doing an ambassador program but oh well.

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    1. How is it annoying? A products price dropped. That doesn’t entitle you to anything. You deemed the system worthy at its original price. So thats what you paid. Many others didn’t, so the price was lowered to meet demand a year later.

      Why do people feel like they now have to get something?

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      1. Because the majority of the gaming community in the WORLD are self-entitled bickering children-in-mind who think that just because they pay for games that they should be handed EVERYTHING on a silver platter at their beckon and call. Also their anonymity online further amplifies this trait since they think “I can say what I want and no one can track me down or actually do something about it!!” Just put them in front of an official and see if they are as high and mighty as their “were” online.

        This is EXACTLY similar to how when most troubled children act like they could handle prison easily, but when they go through a Scared Straight-like program, they break down when it’s time for them to put up or shut up… they opt for the latter, of course.

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      2. yeah, thats why the majority of Pal Nintendo Fans bitch everytime we get something first. Makes perfect sense buddy.

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      3. I’m not pissed of because of no ambassador program or anything like that. But, still, it would be nice if they ever did something like that (or a free DLC for a nintendo game?)

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      4. Also, if they don’t do that i still won’t get pissed off. They still is Pikmin 3, Wonderful 101, Wind Waker HD, Mario Kart 8, Super Mario 3d World, Zelda U AND Super Smash Bros U. Even if nintendo doesn’t offer us anything there’s still many games there and they’re worth the price

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      5. Read this in the most whiny and annoying voice posible, wound you?

        “We are not going to drop the Wii U Price for many years to come. The Wii U price is really competitive. We asure you, the Wii U price it is not going to get cheaper any time soon”

        That is Iwata and Reggie in a nutshell.

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      6. Explain how and where exactly did they lie somewhere compare to your favorite EA, Activision, Ubisoft and even WB palying 180* on everyone’s ass left to right over Wii U ports.

        No clear answer. Then please STFU.

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      7. The thing is, I DO EXPECT BETTER FROM NINTENDO THAT FROM EA, Activision, Ubisoft and even WB; now they are not.

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      8. Except Nintendo constantly reassured the $349 price was sticking around, and that it was a good enough price point to compete with other systems. Hardware gets cheaper as it gets older, that’s a given, but not even a year after release? Yeah, consumers have a reason to be irritated about this.

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      9. They are already selling at a loss…they will now be selling at a higher loss because sales are terrible. They are kind of forced to lower the price in this case. If they give out more free stuff they are losing even more money. Its only a year but they were expecting many more sales. Giving out free stuff at this point may not bankrupt Nintendo, but if they are already hurting then its a bad move to give away stuff. I got mine day 1 and don’t feel cheated. And I was a 3DS ambassador but wouldn’t have been mad if they didn’t give me the games. I was more pissed about the special edition 3DS’ released but I knew going in they would have them eventually. Anyway, point is Nintendo offers so much that other companies don’t offer like club nintendo stuff (even if the prizes are not so great) and things like that which they don’t have to do, but yet people always want more free stuff. If you really care about nintendo, then support them and understand they make mistakes that can’t be reversed. If you don’t then sell your wii u and get something else. Or keep your wii u and enjoy it through clinched teeth. Just don’t expect hand outs cause last I checked life doesn’t work like that…

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      10. Because they should want to keep the good graces of people who buy their consoles at launch. These kinds of shenanigans are only going to hurt their next console release. Everyone who bought a Wii U is now going to wait and see instead of trusting Nintendo.

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      1. Because the 3DS was ridiculously overpriced. Wii U however was just right but not according to some cheapskates forgetting that the 360/PS3 are similarly priced as well offering just about the same shit and have been around for several years.

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  2. You all do realize the 3DS only got that because the price cut happened less than 6 months into the console’s life right? This is almost a year for Wii U. Big difference.

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  3. Hmm I guess it’s unlikely that there would be but it’s more annoying to me not that we could have got it cheaper now, it’s that if we’d waited we could have got the Wind Waker Wii U edition! I hope they release WW gamepads at least (limited edition) so I can buy one of them, probs not do that either!

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  4. new super mario bros u
    new super luigi u
    pikmin 3
    wonderful 101
    wind waker hd
    sonic lost world
    dk tropical freeze
    mario 3d world
    mario and sonic
    x
    super smash
    shin megami tensai x fire emblem
    yarn yoshi
    3rd sonic game
    myamotos new game
    zelda 2015

    or

    killzone and infamous

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    1. Wii U has been out for nearly a year. Ps4 and X1 arent even out yet. It would be more fair to compare it to the Wii U launch with only had Nintendoland ZombiU and NSMBU.

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  5. xbox 360 had a failure rate of 54 percent in 2009.
    ps3 had ylod.
    wii had 1 percent failure rate in 2006.

    wii u online=free
    ps4 online=60 a year
    xb1 online=60 a year

    sony/microsoft fans are brainless zombies.

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  6. Yeah look at those greedy american jews who whine because they dont get free stuff !! Your shitty israel isnt nothing so deal with it!! Hail Commander!

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      1. Ok sorry i was trying to make people mad here. Im not really against jews, i was just trying to get few lols. lol.

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      2. I hope so…

        But make it in a non racist offending way…

        Like harrassing Xbots for no reason…

        Or something…

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      1. wii u

        new super mario bros u
        new super luigi u
        pikmin 3
        wonderful 101
        wind waker hd
        sonic lost world
        dk tropical freeze
        mario 3d world
        mario and sonic
        x
        super smash
        shin megami tensai x fire emblem
        yarn yoshi
        3rd sonic game
        myamotos new game
        zelda 2015

        3ds

        pokemon x and y
        2 zeldas
        star fox
        mario kart
        super smash
        monster hunter 4
        mario party
        luigis mansion
        paper mario
        fire emblem
        animal crossing
        mario 3d land
        monolithsoft is making a 3ds game

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  7. If you’re upset about the 50 bucks, in the future it will be even cheaper…… In fact I recommend not buying anything and you’ll save even more!

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  8. gc sold 22m global.
    ps2 sold 157m global.

    nintendo made more money off gc than sony made on ps2.

    nintendo games sell thats why nintendo made more money off gc than sony made on ps2.

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    1. Lol how did Nintendo make more money with the GC than Sony with the PS2??

      hardware alone proves you wrong.
      as for software, The GCN’s best selling Game was SSBM sold alitle over 7Million units. PS2 on the other hand, well its best selling game GTA:SA sold over 20MIllion units, almost 3 times as much. So how exactly does youre math work in this silly little world of youres?

      GCN:
      Supper Smash Bros Melee: 7.07 Million
      Mario Kart Double Dash:6.95 Million
      Super Mario Sunshine: 6.3 Million
      Legend Of Zelda WW: 4.6 Million
      Luigis Mansion: 3.6 Million

      PS2:
      GTA San Andreas: 20.81 Million
      GTA VIce City: 16.15 Million
      Grand Turismo 3: 14.98 Million
      Grand Theft Auto 3: 13.3 Million
      Grand Turismo 4: 11.66 Million

      & just for Funsies

      XBOX:
      Halo 2: 8.49 Million
      Halo CE: 6.43 Million
      Tom Clam Splinter Cell: 3.02 Million
      TES III Morrowind: 2.86
      Fable: 2.66 Million

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  9. ps vita is dead.

    top 10 vita games.
    1 Uncharted: Golden Abyss PSV 2011 Action Sony Computer Entertainment
    0.39
    0.39
    0.13
    0.09
    0.99
    2 Call of Duty Black Ops: Declassified PSV 2012 Action Activision
    0.44
    0.19
    0.06
    0.07
    0.76
    3 Assassin’s Creed III: Liberation PSV 2012 Action Ubisoft
    0.38
    0.22
    0.06
    0.07
    0.72
    4 Persona 4: The Golden PSV 2012 Role-Playing Atlus
    0.15
    0.04
    0.27
    0.02
    0.48
    5 LittleBigPlanet PS Vita PSV 2012 Platform Sony Computer Entertainment
    0.17
    0.21
    0.02
    0.05
    0.45
    6 FIFA Soccer PSV 2012 Sports Electronic Arts
    0.12
    0.24
    0.02
    0.05
    0.43
    7 Need for Speed: Most Wanted – A Criterion Game PSV 2012 Racing Electronic Arts
    0.15
    0.18
    0.01
    0.04
    0.38
    8 Hot Shots Golf: World Invitational PSV 2011 Sports Sony Computer Entertainment
    0.10
    0.07
    0.19
    0.02
    0.37
    9 Rayman Origins PSV 2012 Platform Ubisoft
    0.09
    0.21
    0.00
    0.04
    0.34
    10 Mortal Kombat PSV 2012 Fighting Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
    0.26
    0.05
    0.00
    0.03
    0.34

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  10. What a shame. Then again the ambassador program for the 3ds wasn’t exactly that great. Sure we got some free vc games but they made it seem like we would have gotten more in the future. My wii u just collects dust and now I regret buying it early now. Nintendo needs to address their loyal fans not just the family. We shouldn’t have miss out on 3rd party company games bc they are afraid to develop games for Nintendo. I love nintendo and I have been a fan for as long as I can remember but this and what they have done with YouTubers who are fans of their games has just been annoying

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    1. Where were all these feelings BEFORE you bought the system?

      Vote with your wallet man, thats the only way your voice gets heard.

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    2. Those “fans” swore off doing what they claim to love doing all because Nintendo was taking what was rightfully theirs: the profit. So in the end, those “fans” were definitely fans all right — fans of money, not Nintendo.

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    3. Tell me about it, I just got my Wii U 3 weeks ago. I was waiting for a price cut but they ASSURED they wouldn’t do that. Now I find out they are releasing a special edition that includes WW and even the Hyrule Historia digital copy. This is just BS. I hate Nintendo.

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  11. if sony games were good people would buy them.
    top ten ps3 games.

    1 Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 PS3 2011 Shooter Activision
    5.50
    4.79
    0.48
    2.05
    12.83
    2 Call of Duty: Black Ops PS3 2010 Shooter Activision
    5.71
    2.01
    0.48
    3.81
    12.01
    3 Call of Duty: Black Ops II PS3 2012 Shooter Activision
    4.48
    4.01
    0.48
    1.70
    10.67
    4 Gran Turismo 5 PS3 2010 Racing Sony Computer Entertainment
    2.63
    1.99
    0.80
    5.10
    10.52
    5 Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 PS3 2009 Shooter Activision
    4.87
    3.30
    0.38
    1.65
    10.19
    6 Grand Theft Auto IV PS3 2008 Action Take-Two Interactive
    4.47
    3.21
    0.41
    1.75
    9.84
    7 FIFA Soccer 13 PS3 2012 Action Electronic Arts
    0.95
    4.24
    0.11
    1.49
    6.79
    8 Battlefield 3 PS3 2011 Shooter Electronic Arts
    2.62
    2.57
    0.33
    1.07
    6.58
    9 FIFA Soccer 12 PS3 2011 Sports Electronic Arts
    0.79
    3.25
    0.11
    2.26
    6.40
    10 Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare PS3 2007 Shooter Activision
    2.94
    2.04
    0.28
    1.07
    6.33

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    1. Dude please stop spamming these numbers as this comment only clogs up the comment section, causes hate, and does not even contribute to the current conversation. Thanks.

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      1. Defeat? I’m a fan of pc and all consoles (other than xbox). I just hate seeing crap like this being posted repeatedly all over again.

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    1. I really hope High Command assimilates the Platinum Forces as soon as possible!

      We need to secure Bayonetta, TW101 and so on forever!

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  12. There should be the equivalent to a $50 eShop credit added to all those that purchased a WiiU on launch day. Had I known a Zelda bundle would be released (and $50 cheaper) I’d have waited without a doubt!

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      1. Why? It’s perfectly natural for prices to drop for a product. Are people going to start demanding ambassador programs TWO years down the line?

        The nerve of those people.

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      2. I see what you’re saying. It just feels weird to me that the price of the Wii U not only dropped by $50 but it also includes a brand new game and that book for free. Also special designs on the gamepad. And this is all before the Wii U is even out for a year.

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  13. wii u

    new super mario bros u
    new super luigi u
    pikmin 3
    wonderful 101
    wind waker hd
    sonic lost world
    dk tropical freeze
    mario 3d world
    mario and sonic
    x
    super smash
    shin megami tensai x fire emblem
    yarn yoshi
    3rd sonic game
    myamotos new game
    zelda 2015

    3ds

    pokemon x and y
    2 zeldas
    star fox
    mario kart
    super smash
    monster hunter 4
    mario party
    luigis mansion
    paper mario
    fire emblem
    animal crossing
    mario 3d land
    monolithsoft is making a 3ds game

    or

    killzone and infamous

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  14. Here is your ambassador program:

    January – Balloon Fight (NES) – From 23rd January to 21st February
    February – F-Zero (SNES) – From 20th February to 21st March
    March – Punch Out!! Featuring Mr. Dream (NES) – From 20th March to 18th April
    April – Kirby’s Adventure (NES) – From 17th April to 16th May
    May – Super Metroid (SNES) – From 15th May to 13th June
    June – Yoshi / Mario & Yoshi (NES) – From 12th June to 11th July
    July – Donkey Kong (NES) – From 15th July to 13th August

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  15. whatever, didn’t expect one anyway. the one for 3ds was cool and all, but this just needs to remind people that it too was a flop right out of the gate and over priced, yet now it’s many peoples system of 2013.

    Point is, put your money where your mouth is and finally buy a Wii u if you ever really intended to.

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  16. just goes to show

    NEVER buy a Nintendo system at launch you get shitty games that are not system sellers and when nintendo admit that there shitty console sales are abysmal they have a price cut

    NEVER buy a nintendo system at launch. You will get ripped off

    ** And nintendo commander ? What a fucking sad cunt

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      1. But if you bought the regular Wii U bundle, u got Nintendoland, which is a 50$ retail game, exactly like Wind Waker HD. I realize that Wind Waker is probably a better game and has more worth of gameplay, but financially, it’s not a difference.

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  17. Last time I ever buy a Nintendo console on launch day… I’ll wait next time for all the good games first and a cheaper priced console.

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  18. Quall hit the spot. Buying a nintendo console at launch is a stupid mistake i made and wont do it ever again.
    Their not supporting there loyal fans, there treating them with dirt. Giving overpriced game on Eshop, VC games that cost way to much, no launch games, no proper account system, underpowered hardware.
    And there big liars by saying there will be 3rd party support and a sollid flow of games and last but not least they promissed that there wouldn’t be any price cuts because it was allready sold for a loss.

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  19. sony cant rely on third party forever.

    rare developers work for retro studios.thats why rare cant make good games anymore.

    squaresoft devolpers work for monolithsoft.
    thats why squareenix cant make good final fantasy games anymore.

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    1. croxynd

      ps vita is dead.

      top 10 vita games.
      1 Uncharted: Golden Abyss PSV 2011 Action Sony Computer Entertainment
      0.39
      0.39
      0.13
      0.09
      0.99
      2 Call of Duty Black Ops: Declassified PSV 2012 Action Activision
      0.44
      0.19
      0.06
      0.07
      0.76
      3 Assassin’s Creed III: Liberation PSV 2012 Action Ubisoft
      0.38
      0.22
      0.06
      0.07
      0.72
      4 Persona 4: The Golden PSV 2012 Role-Playing Atlus
      0.15
      0.04
      0.27
      0.02
      0.48
      5 LittleBigPlanet PS Vita PSV 2012 Platform Sony Computer Entertainment
      0.17
      0.21
      0.02
      0.05
      0.45
      6 FIFA Soccer PSV 2012 Sports Electronic Arts
      0.12
      0.24
      0.02
      0.05
      0.43
      7 Need for Speed: Most Wanted – A Criterion Game PSV 2012 Racing Electronic Arts
      0.15
      0.18
      0.01
      0.04
      0.38
      8 Hot Shots Golf: World Invitational PSV 2011 Sports Sony Computer Entertainment
      0.10
      0.07
      0.19
      0.02
      0.37
      9 Rayman Origins PSV 2012 Platform Ubisoft
      0.09
      0.21
      0.00
      0.04
      0.34
      10 Mortal Kombat PSV 2012 Fighting Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
      0.26
      0.05
      0.00
      0.03
      0.34

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  20. people payed for xbox live so microsoft gave them xbox one.
    now people are paying for ps+.so sony will make the ps5 like xbox one.

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  21. ive already made $30 or more off that deluxe digital promo so it doesn’t really bother me. I dont think they should have even done a price cut but i know ill get HECK for saying that. I’ve gotta stop leaving comments on here anyway.

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      1. N-Dub Nation, Anubis, Ceijay7…thank you and if anyone wants to know, yes, reserving the bundle now will take 50 dollars off on September 20th even if your still paying on it. Just for those who still want to know.

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  22. …………………./´¯/)
    ………………..,/¯../
    ………………./…./
    …………./´¯/’…’/´¯¯`·¸
    ………./’/…/…./……./¨¯\
    ……..(‘(…´…´…. ¯~/’…’)
    ………\……………..’…../
    ……….”…\………. _.·´
    …………\…………..(
    …………..\………….\…
    to you Nintendo

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  23. Reason we’re not getting price drop:
    3DS price drop: roughly 33%
    Wii U price drop: roughly 15%

    Since a 15% price drop isn’t that much for a one year old device, we don’t get any compensation. When the 3DS launched, it got a 33% price drop only a half year after it released.

    I wouldn’t say that I don’t like free games, (who doesn’t) but Nintendo hasn’t really damaged the current Wii U owners as much as they did for the ones who had a 3DS, therefor it would make no sense for them to give us something for free that they could have soled to us, and get money from.

    However, if they could at least give us one free game, that would make me and a lot of people happy, but it is’t a financially smart move.

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  24. Well they kinda did give us an Ambassador’s program in a way in that we get 10% back on games bought online until the year 2014 and we got those couple of VC games for $.30 Something that people who buy Wii U in a couple of months won’t be able to take advantage of.

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  25. Things drop in price over time. Not everything needs a program just because you bought it at launch. It’s time to move on and enjoy what we have.

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  26. What a bunch of crap… I guess it’s my own fault but as much money as I spend on Nintendo I think we should deserve something. I’ve bought Wii, Wii U, GBC, GBA, DS, DS Lite, 3DS, 2 3DS XLs and a buncha games both physical and digital not to mention magazines, toys, plushes, figurines, posters and a lot more. Not counting second hand. Gimmie something damn it… :/

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  27. This is someone on the bottom of the chain of command they don’t know what’s
    going on with Nintendo if you asked this person the day before the 2ds came out he would
    say Nintendo has no current plans to release this hardware I could email Nintendo this and get the same reply its just a generic copy and paste reply anyway well more than likely.

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  28. it doesnt have to be big……. just give us something. you said there wouldnt be a price cut….. you said there would be games, and im stuck with a 350$ swiffer.

    nintendo land (shit) 350$ bundle, while even europe had the monster hunter one.

    now 300$ (which you said wouldnt happen) with WW, special gamepad, and a hyrule hystoria digital book.

    no games came out either, making the wii u one of the worst consoles ever.

    maybe give us something so we dont feel screwed. something for supporting this complete shit. being key supporters for such garbage. so we didnt get so ripped off,TP for gamecube or something. people who bought early got ripped off, there is no way that after them lying over and over. that we didnt.

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  29. It’s okay. Nintendo pulls this? Their stuff is going to get pirated. WiiU hacks in the making. Nintendo always brings it on themselves. I was waiting for WiiU games to buy, since I got this console first day. NOTHING. I will be more than happy to pirate everything they release now. I’m tired. The gamecube days I wouldn’t even have to think of pirating. Wii games were good as well. This is unacceptable to treat your customer like this. When the hacks are out, then your stuff will get downloaded and played for such poor treatment. “Thanks for the support.” You ripoffs.

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  30. yep. 30 cents for 30 days was a steal, so that’s something early adopters like me got. plus many promotional discounts on the eshop like the kirby buy two get one free and street fighter buy one get 50 % off the other two street fighter games (still up if anyone interested). There were tons of discounts.

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  31. Normally, I’d agree that they shouldn’t offer an Ambassador Program. But this is different. I’ve personally lost all trust and faith in the company. All those lies Iwata and Reggie spat out, things like, “A price-cut is out of the question” and that they lose money on every Wii U and won’t lose more. All that crap and then they just reduce the price $50 because everyone forced them to.

    Basically, if you want to get a lower price from Nintendo, gather up a bunch of people and don’t buy their hardware for a few months, then they’ll lower it. Tons weren’t buying Wii U because they were waiting for a price-cut, a price-cut Nintendo said WASN’T COMING. And because all these people waited, Nintendo caved in.

    So why should I ever buy Nintendo’s products? Why should I buy right away when they deliver garbage (shovel-ware) or no games at all (Wii U launch window)? It was the same thing with the 3DS. I’m out a total of $130 (+tax) because I was loyal to them.

    Not ever again.

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    1. *Never again. lolz. Also: Why should I buy right away when I’ll just save money in 6-9 months and get a better piece of hardware (Zelda GamePad, anyone)?

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