Report: Wii U Purchasing Intent Climbs Following E3

Nintendo's performance at the Electronic Entertainment Expo in June boosted purchasing plans for Wii U by 50 percent, according to a new report. A survey carried out by IHS on behalf of the Gamer Network polled 1,000 "core" gamers about their purchasing intentions for various consoles and games before and after the annual trade show in Los Angeles.

According to responses from participants, the Wii U enjoyed 20 percent increase in interest, with respondents saying that they intend to buy the machine after E3. The same number of respondents indicated that they planned to buy an Xbox One, which increased by 7 percent. PS4 carried the highest purchase intentions before and after E3, but that number dipped beneath 30 percent after the conference.

Nintendo was helped by its E3 presence, which included the first footage of Zelda Wii U. Respondents saw this as the highlight of Nintendo's presentation, with 89 percent of Wii U owners intending to purchase the game.

First-party flagships were slightly less prominent on other platforms; seventy-six percent of PS4 owners plan to buy Uncharted 4 while 77 percent of Xbox One owners intend to purchase Halo 5: Guardians.

Batman: Arkham Knight was the most-anticipated third party game, with 60 percent of core gamers surveyed planning to purchase it.

Whether this actually translates to sales at some point down the road remains to be seen, but it's still an interesting shift in public opinion on all three consoles…

Source: GII

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