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Why Nintendo waited so long to ramp up its Wii U marketing and commercials

The Wii U launches in less than a week, but we’re just now starting to see commercials for it in North America. You’d think Nintendo would have blitzed us with a couple months worth of Wii U ads to build up demand!

So why does it seem like Nintendo is late with its Wii U promotions? According to the company’s marketing EVP Scott Moffitt — no relation to Canadian pop group The Moffatts despite their somewhat similar names, as far as I can tell — part of it is that non-hardcore games/systems don’t need as much advertising ahead of launch.

Another big reason was the presidential election! Not only was everyone’s attention on who was going to run this piece, Super PACs and the candidates’ campaigns gobbled up all the ad slots, leaving few opportunities for companies to buy some time for their commercials. And due to limited availability, those slots were too expensive.

Nintendo was able to make up for some of those lost advertising opportunities with its own presidential campaign, though — it has been posting plenty of Wii U videos and interviews with company boss Satoru Iwata demonstrating the console in the meantime.

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Sigma has some words for those of you who are eligible to vote but aren’t voting today. I swear, Virtue’s Last Reward is the gift that keeps on giving for people who run game blogs on Tumblr and like to post screenshots.
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Sigma has some words for those of you who are eligible to vote but aren’t voting today. I swear, Virtue’s Last Reward is the gift that keeps on giving for people who run game blogs on Tumblr and like to post screenshots.

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Still sewius about voting today

Four years ago, we ran a series of posts that reminded people to vote, allowing them to elect a duck named Ming-Ming from Nick Jr.’s Wonder Pets cartoon as president (and Denver the Last Dinosaur as VP).

Looking back at those posts now, it doesn’t really make sense to me why we did that. We do a lot of odd things on this site. Maybe in 2016, we’ll be scratching our heads wondering why we used to write so much about butts.

Anyway, if you’re in the U.S. and eligible to vote today, you should. Here is a vulgar link for finding your local place, and here are a couple of amazing screenshots from the Wonder Pets DS game:

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This is sewius: Don’t forget to vote!

Veteran readers will remember that we came together two years ago to elect our country’s current leader, President Ming-Ming Duckling — a historic vote placing an Anatidae-American as the U.S. head of state for the first time.

Well, Election Day has returned, and we wanted to remind all of you eligible voters to head out to your polling stations and support whichever cartoon character you feel is best equipped to represent your interests.

If you need help finding out where you’re registered to vote, you can refer to Google Election Center. Facebook’s politics page also has some resources you might find valuable.

Voting is like leaving your Mii Stamp on our government!

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We did it, America

As you’ve probably already heard, Americans made history last night by electing Ming-Ming Duckling, Wonder Pets’ web-footed star, as its first Anatidae-American president in what many news outlets are calling a “landslide victory.”

Along with her running mate, Denver the Last Dinosaur, Ming Ming ran on a platform that emphasized taking care of the middle class, providing accessible and affordable health care, and eating bits of bread by the lake.

With cartoon animals also in control of the Senate and House, even more so than before, I am anxious to see whether they will be able to deliver on their campaign promises and bring us out of this economic mess.

Finally, your chance to make a difference

Which of these three Wonder Pets do you want as our next president? Keep in mind that if you don’t vote for Ming-Ming Duckling, you are a racist.

See also: The most amazing screenshot ever