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Mushroomer25
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(10-02-2012, 10:35 PM)
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Nintendo's latest tactic to advertising the 3DS seems to be distancing themselves from the concept of a "gamer". A new ad features Olympic Gymnast Gabriel Douglas shilling the 3DS & New Super Mario Bros 2, while proclaiming "I am not a gamer".

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So, GAF - how do you feel about this? It's obvious that Nintendo is trying to appeal to the casual market with this campaign, but is distancing themselves from "gamers" the best way to go about it?

Rex Wolff from Twinfinite seems rather livid.

Every bit of progress, every hint of reconciliation, all of it thrown out the window. Nintendo of America doesn’t want to be associated with “gamers.” What exactly is Nintendo trying to say with this horribly misguided campaign? At best, the message can be interpreted as, “You don’t need to be an intense enthusiast to enjoy Mario,” but at worst, it comes out as, “Nintendo games and the 3DS are for normal people like you and me, not those troglodytic basement-dwellers.”

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Tchetil
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(10-02-2012, 10:36 PM)
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Bah, never mind.
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Mihael Mello Keehl
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(10-02-2012, 10:36 PM)
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When smash comes out we'll see whos a gamer then Nintendo!
JonStark
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Captain Smoker
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(10-02-2012, 10:37 PM)
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Originally Posted by KaizorPenguin

Nice, haven't Nintendo been trying to get back in touch with "core" gamers lately?

They'll cancel everything and make Brain Age 3 to 33.
Coconut
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(10-02-2012, 10:37 PM)
Aren't they called the olympic games? Wouldn't that make this person a gamer?
Baconsammy
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(10-02-2012, 10:37 PM)
Psssst, Nintendo, you dont win back non-gamers by charging 30 dollars for dogshit like Crosswords Plus.
The Boat
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(10-02-2012, 10:38 PM)
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Originally Posted by JonStark

Beautiful.
Holy Order Sol
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Originally Posted by KaizorPenguin

Nice, haven't Nintendo been trying to get back in touch with "core" gamers lately?

This isn't an either/or thing.
Zaventem
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(10-02-2012, 10:38 PM)
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These ads are sony terrible.
Chuckpebble
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YouTube seems to absolutely adore this new ad campaign.
BocoDragon
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(10-02-2012, 10:38 PM)
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Someone bragging about their fun playing a Mario game, telling you about others cant match their "point totals".

...but not a gamer! Yeah. Sure.
Flame Lord
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I don't really understand. I see anyone who's played Angry Birds for 3 minutes talk about how much a of a gamer they are these days so who are these ads supposed to appeal to?
Mrbob
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(10-02-2012, 10:39 PM)
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I think we should change the discussion to how terrible this ad is.
Penguin
(10-02-2012, 10:39 PM)
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I guess watched the ads differently.

It wasn't "I'm not a gamer"

But more gaming can turn me into an artist, an heroic plumber, a warrior... etc

But *Shrugs*
Wario64
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(10-02-2012, 10:40 PM)
gamers are bad and they smell
Strive
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LLFoNe9iD-I
MasterShotgun
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Originally Posted by JonStark

Haha. Beat me to it.
JoeInky
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(10-02-2012, 10:40 PM)
If it was "I am not just a gamer" it would probably be a better ad. (It seems like it's supposed to be interpreted as that, but idk)

I don't see what's that wrong with it anyway, there's been some really shit 3DS ads in the UK with some random old woman playing 3DLand so maybe I'm just used to rubbish ads.

And since when have purple 3DS' been a thing?
MikeE21286
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(10-02-2012, 10:40 PM)
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And no "casual" cared
Thoraxes
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(10-02-2012, 10:40 PM)
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I think this is what happens when you cut out the second half of the statement.

*Gold medalist plays NSMB2 in which the main goal is to collect as many gold coins as possible*

"I am not a gamer; With my 3DS, i'm a coin collecting champion."
The Horror the horror
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(10-02-2012, 10:40 PM)
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Originally Posted by Baconsammy

Psssst, Nintendo, you dont win back non-gamers by charging 30 dollars for dogshit like Crosswords Plus.

What a ripoff. I saw it when I picked up Art Academy. I mean, a crosswords puzzle game? Aren't they readily available on cell phones for a lot cheaper, more features, and on a more robust multiplayer infrastructure?
nickcv
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(10-02-2012, 10:41 PM)
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honestly i think the add was harmless... people just want to read too much into it.

it's just saying that you don't need to be a "gamer" to enjoy new super mario bros, that's it.
AkimbO_Arcana
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Originally Posted by Mrbob

I think we should change the discussion to how terrible this ad is.

I like the coin-collecting-noises.
Toki767
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(10-02-2012, 10:41 PM)
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She's no Robin and Zelda Williams.
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(10-02-2012, 10:41 PM)
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Originally Posted by Baconsammy

Psssst, Nintendo, you dont win back non-gamers by charging 30 dollars for dogshit like Crosswords Plus.

http://www.amazon.com/Crosswords-PLU.../dp/B008YAGTDU
http://www.amazon.com/Kevin-Vajk-Cro.../dp/B005U6QIMI

I'm not a gamer, neither am I dumb. :)
BadWolf
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(10-02-2012, 10:41 PM)
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Kind of insulting.
BocoDragon
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Originally Posted by Flame Lord

I don't really understand. I see anyone who's played Angry Birds for 3 minutes talk about how much a of a gamer they are these days so who are these ads supposed to appeal to?

I can see it being a message appealing to some amount of people who don't want to be thought of as being a gamer,..

...but a Mario game as the centerpiece? Seems like trying to sell pork to a Muslim :P
JoeInky
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(10-02-2012, 10:42 PM)

Originally Posted by Thoraxes

"I am not a gamer; With my 3DS, i'm a coin collecting champion."

This is what I heard it as, nothing really offensive imo.
schwabdizzle
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(10-02-2012, 10:42 PM)
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Well, she is not a gamer.....she is a flying squirrel and so is the new Suit in NSMB WiiU.......I see the conspiracy here.
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(10-02-2012, 10:42 PM)
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Originally Posted by Penguin

I guess watched the ads differently.

It wasn't "I'm not a gamer"

But more gaming can turn me into an artist, an heroic plumber, a warrior... etc

But *Shrugs*

Didn't think of this, probably the correct interpretation.
schennmu
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(10-02-2012, 10:42 PM)
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MS should take notes for the next Fable trailer!
Derrick01
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(10-02-2012, 10:42 PM)
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Nintendo avoiding gamers? Someone bring me back to 2000 when this would have been shocking.
Mushroomer25
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(10-02-2012, 10:43 PM)
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Originally Posted by Baconsammy

Psssst, Nintendo, you dont win back non-gamers by charging 30 dollars for dogshit like Crosswords Plus.

I actually got a good bit of traction out of the original CrossworDS. But yeah, it would make infinitely more sense as a series of 500-point DSiWare downloads.
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(10-02-2012, 10:43 PM)
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I don't see the problem.

She's a non-gamer and she's playing more games than a Vita owner.

seraphinw1 3 minutes ago

aw shit :lol
Mrbob
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(10-02-2012, 10:43 PM)
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Yeah I think the "I'm not a gamer" talk is a non issue. The ads are attempting to show people who aren't normally into gaming being engrossed in a Nintendo product. Nintendo attempting to appeal to the non gaming group they had on ds and lost to ios.
Blablurn
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(10-02-2012, 10:43 PM)
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That was worse than the bayern game tonight.
Mpl90
Two copies sold? That's not a bomb guys, stop trolling!!!
(10-02-2012, 10:43 PM)
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Originally Posted by Thoraxes

I think this is what happens when you cut out the second half of the statement.

*Gold medalist plays NSMB2 in which the main goal is to collect as many gold coins as possible*

"I am not a gamer; With my 3DS, i'm a coin collecting champion."

Yes. And what Penguin said. So...maybe useless hyperbole?
Ah, the real slogan is "Play as you are", you can see it at the end of the ad.
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Originally Posted by Penguin

I guess watched the ads differently.

It wasn't "I'm not a gamer"

But more gaming can turn me into an artist, an heroic plumber, a warrior... etc

But *Shrugs*

This makes so much more sense, but it's definitely easy to misunderstand this sort of advertising.
Sintoid
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(10-02-2012, 10:44 PM)
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Shocking news, Nintendo showing famous people playing games!
BocoDragon
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(10-02-2012, 10:44 PM)
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Originally Posted by Derrick01

Nintendo avoiding gamers? Someone bring me back to 2000 when this would have been shocking.

More like 2004, but you are right...
Shining Sunshine
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(10-02-2012, 10:44 PM)
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You play SMB and you're not a gamer? NSMB is pretty hardcore.
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Originally Posted by JonStark

I finally laughed at my desk.
TheLight
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Jesus how drama queen- esque. This ad would fit the DS too. The message is pretty much you don't have to be a gamer to do shit with the 3ds. Not "fuck da gamers casuals 4 lyfe".
Nub
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Meh, the ads are pretty terrible.

Seeing these actors playing the 3ds make me almost want to cringe.
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(10-02-2012, 10:45 PM)
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Originally Posted by Silent_Ocarina

This makes so much more sense, but it's definitely easy to misunderstand this sort of advertising.

Not, if you watch all of it. :P
olimpia84
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So did all of you stop watching the video right after she said "I'm not a gamer"? She follows by saying "I'm a coin collecting champion"...

lol GAF
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Originally Posted by JoeInky

And since when have purple 3DS' been a thing?

Not in Europe. I guess NOE hates Waluigi as much as they do Kirby.

Originally Posted by olimpia84

So did all of you stop watching the video right after she said "I'm not a gamer"? She follows by saying "I'm a coin collecting champion"...

There could be a 28 second cut vs a 30 second cut.

Seems odd to cut half the tagline though.
Drago
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It's not awful, but it's not particularly good...
Baconsammy
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Originally Posted by The Horror the horror

What a ripoff. I saw it when I picked up Art Academy. I mean, a crosswords puzzle game? Aren't they readily available on cell phones for a lot cheaper, more features, and on a more robust multiplayer infrastructure?

Forgetting that there's a bunch of infinitely better 99 cent variants on iOS/Android devices, the actual quality of the 3DS title is total shit. So not only are they overcharging for something, but they're overcharging for something they put little to no real effort into. As a Nintendo fan, and the husband of a wife stupid enough to buy the game, it's insulting.

Originally Posted by Mushroomer25

I actually got a good bit of traction out of the original CrossworDS. But yeah, it would make infinitely more sense as a series of 500-point DSiWare downloads.

As did my wife, which is why she bought the new one. Literally everything that was wrong with the first game is magnified in the 2nd. They made zero effort to improve the gameplay, and in some areas made it far worse.

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