The Jimquisition: Nintendo – A Shit Distributor And Fuckheaded Toymaker

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Nintendo’s manufactured scarcity is a commonly known deal, and it’s just getting beyond ludicrous.

The NES Classic is the latest farce, shipping to stores in pitiful numbers despite well-known demand.

Basically, Nintendo’s a fucked up toymaker thinking everything it makes is a goddamn Hatchimal, whatever the hell THAT is!

Exley97
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Exley97

Here’s a question: how do Nintendo shareholders feel about this sort of thing? Doesn’t the intentional reduction of inventory have a potential negative impact on company revenue and even earnings?

ahmad
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ahmad

Can someone tell me the name of the two songs in this video?

Kyle Pierce
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Kyle Pierce

As much as I love Nintendo products, the company really is run by a bunch of old timey fuck heads.

Appretaur
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Appretaur

About the three-days delay for the European release of Sun/Moon: Well, I think we should at least spare a more empathetic and understanding outlook on globalized business as it would appear in Nintendo’s perspective. Europe is so far away from Japan geologically, and there are a lot of timezone differences to take into account when timing releases… Nintendo probably just assumed that there was a three-day timezone difference between the two areas.

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iThinkMyCatIsAFlea
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iThinkMyCatIsAFlea

Trying to get your mitts on the NES Classic is like trying to find a pc game related article on pcgamer dot com atm. It’s affiliatingly impossible. Go take a look.

circularlogic88
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circularlogic88

I’m disappointed there were no Chains of Love

circularlogic88
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circularlogic88

I used to work for one of the big video game stores and I can tell you, Nintendo absolutely resented having to do business with us. Want to know why the limited edition Pikachu 3DS XL was in such scarcity when Pokemon X/Y came out? Nintendo gave each of our stores somewhere between 2 to 4 of them and wouldn’t allow for them to be pre-orderable items, meaning that unless you were a hardcore die hard fan who was up on all of the very specific Pokemon news, you probably didn’t even know it existed. I have friends who still… Read more »

Sperium3000
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Sperium3000

Ok, so what’s the point of the “Here’s a TV that looks like an apple” clip? What is the joke there? Everytime Jim uses it I’m left out of the loop.

Weresquirrel
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Weresquirrel

I can confirm it goes back a fair while longer. My brother and I used to work for Currys back when the Wii was first released, and the store only got one console. One that he bought himself. Not by any underhanded means, he was in store the day pre-orders were being taken and he put his deposit in first.

When the wii fit was a thing, we got laughably small numbers of them and had to field many accusations of ruining Christmas because of the lack of stock we were given.

Zippydsmlee
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This is why exclusivity is bat crap crazy, it stagnates new ideas and general advancement/refinement in everything all the while stagnating the flow of information and turning the market into a swamp.. Open up IP and give the IP owner a default 30% cut of any revenue made off it and turn trademarks into manufacturers stamps with the who/what/when/where info in them so people can support who they like without the suits and lawyers Jerry-rigging the market via artificial means. IE if you are not making revenue then you are exempt this means have page ads and donation ads,ect you… Read more »

Terriosaurus Hex
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Terriosaurus Hex

I’m still having trouble finding a new N64 sold anywhere 🙁

Curse you, Nintendo.

Curse.

You.

Bashtarle
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Bashtarle

Seems like Nintendo is trying to out De Beers the De Beers

whiskytangofoxtrot
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whiskytangofoxtrot

To any gaming journalists reading this: When the Switch comes out, can you please focus your coverage on actual units sold rather than whether or not it’s sold out at retailers? You can make nearly anything sell out if you restrict quantities enough, and all that kind of coverage does is feed into situations like this one.

09philj
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09philj

They don’t make nearly enough of the special editions either. While it’s easy to find the special editions of most Ubisoft and Activision games sitting forlornly in the backs of game shops months after release, Nintendo’s go faster than you can say “bloody scalpers”.

oshigoroshi
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oshigoroshi

i live in a undisclosed third world country, and this is basically how every nintendo product gets sold over here, first come first served basis, for its entire generation i have only seen one 3ds, and that is the xl one, you know the one without the power adaptor, i really have to go out of my way if i want to buy a nintendo product, convenience is the name of the game, and steam is the current champion of it.

RaikuNH
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RaikuNH

I fear for the Switch. I’m surprised you never mentioned the Wii. Nintendo was really bad with that one. Remember, someone died trying to get one. Look up “Hold your wee for a Wii”. The person who died didn’t even win the system.

BAH!
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BAH!

Honestly, I don’t buy the “scarcity creates demand” argument as a sensible or even beneficial reason for what Nintendo (and other manufacturers) have done. Nintendo must know that the VAST majority of the nostalgia-fueled products they make will sell like hotcakes. New IP’s and such? Maybe not, but that NES Mini was guaranteed to sell out at 100x the supply. There is no way Nintendo could not have know that. Literally no way. So if they’re not doing this to create “artificial scarcity” because there is literally no fucking reason to do so – and doing so actually provides no… Read more »

ponyhammer
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ponyhammer

I’m one of the lost and the damned thanks for the sympathy I work at Tesco and I don’t blame Nintendo one bit their here to make money it’s a bit of psychology the same critics would use click bait .

I blame joe public if they would stop falling for it companies would stop doing it .
I blame them for their attitude.

It not Nintendo’s fault it your jim for falling for it .

Malidictus
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Malidictus

There are few things I dislike in business than artificial scarcity. If there’s no physical way to meet demand while staying profitable, that’s one thing – hardware takes time and money to produce, after all. But when demand can be met at least in large part yet a company chooses not to in a bid to drive up the prices, I call bullshit. I’m getting really sick and tired of predatory marketing ploys which end up ruining the experience of a product for the sake of wringing customers for money like a wet towel. I’ve often said, in response to… Read more »

Anton
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Anton

I think Nintendo just has really low self esteem and secretly thinks that no one actually wants to buy their stuff.

Artemiy
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Artemiy

I hope Nintendo doesn’t pull this shit with Switch. Although judging by how hard it is to get a fucking 3DS here, I’ll probably have to sneak one into my country.

Gurphardt
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I’m actually surprised I managed to snag a copy of Pokemon Moon on release date given all the crap I hear about Nintendo’s distribution practices.

Allan Weallans
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Allan Weallans

I never really thought about releasing Pokemon on different days. The normal argument for releasing games on different days in different regions is because retailers demand it on a certain day, which differs from country to country, but as you show in the body of the video, Nintendo is QUITE willing to dick over retailers, which leaves… what?

jedimastercosmin
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jedimastercosmin

Though I enjoyed this episode (as always), I feel that you could have focused also on Nintendo going up against the creators of AM2R and Pokemon Uranium and not letting them receive an award for their projects.
Though its their right, I believe it’s a very scummy thing to do.

goodbyejojo
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goodbyejojo

nintendo’s scarcity tactics can fuck right off, i want to buy their product whenever i want.

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