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Wii U Pre-Orders Enjoy a Healthy Boost Following Gamescom

Posted by Thomas Whitehead

Amazon Wii U pre-orders jump more than for PS4 and Xbox One games

While Sony and Microsoft provided live press conferences and a sustained bombardment of news, interviews and reveals during last week's Gamescom event in Germany, Nintendo of Europe adopted its usual strategy of focusing on its booth and some online promotion. Its most notable effort to grab attention — away from the show floor — was a flashy new trailer showing off the range of upcoming Wii U exclusives. It was timed to coincide with the peak of Gamescom hype and seemed to attract a lot of interest.

Now that the dust has settled on Gamescom, Amazon has issued some information on increases to game pre-orders during the expo's high-profile week. The results are surprising — as reported by MCV — in that Wii U games have enjoyed a greater boost in pre-order numbers than PS4 and Xbox One contemporaries. Though actual numbers aren't given, Wii U games saw pre-orders jump by 8.67%; in comparison the PS4 increase was 5.16% and Xbox One 2.81%.

As for which individual games, single and multi-platform, saw the biggest boosts, Project CARS was the obvious winner; the top 10 below does include two Nintendo exclusives, however.

1. Project CARS (Slightly Mad Studios) — 42.3 per cent increase
2. Rise of the Tomb Raider (Square Enix) — 30.25 per cent increase
3. Bloodborne (Sony) — 16.08 per cent increase
4. Hyrule Warriors (Nintendo) — 11.77 per cent increase
5. Quantum Break (Microsoft) — 10.77 per cent increase
6. Far Cry 4 (Ubisoft) — 9.53 per cent increase
7. Assassin's Creed Unity (Ubisoft) — 9.44 per cent increase
8. Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor (Warner Bros) — 9.03 per cent increase
9. Battlefield: Hardline (EA) — 8.81 per cent increase
10. Super Smash Bros for 3DS (Nintendo) — 7.56 per cent increase

It's certainly some welcome news for Wii U and Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS. Are you surprised by this, or optimistic that it's just the beginning of Nintendo's software line-up winning over more and more gamers? Let us know what you think.


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Rei7 said:

I'm really happy to hear this piece of news. I wish everyone knows how awesome the Wii U is!



Spoony_Tech said:

I've said it recently I'm starting to see a growing trend towards the Wii U. A lot of people are starting to get sick of the current trend the gaming market is heading down. The problem is 3rd parties are long gone and Nintendo is floating this boat All by themselves. Thankfully Indies have been there to help fill the gaps out but no one buys a system based off of indie titles!



Byuu said:

I see no connection to Gamescom here. It's only related to the Hyrule Warriors Direct + announcement of the Limited Edition in Europe.



Punished_Boss_84 said:

Percentage boost from what? There's no context with just percentages with no numbers attached to them. You can't get a story from that, I recall Zelda HD having that percentages with no numbers and look what happened there.

The numbers themselves could be anything.



Jazzer94 said:

Good news but honestly only three titles in the top ten are coming to Wii U and just having percentages never helps as the pre orders/sales could have been tiny to begin with so a percentage jump is an insignificant amount more in the end.

Edit: essentially ninja'd by @Punished_Boss.



Raptor78 said:

@Spoony_Tech True Indie titles dont have the muscle to carry a system, but if were lucky some of these little acorns may well grow into big oaks. What Nintendo needs to do with some of the better indie groups is support them into becoming bigger and better companies and develop fresh new 3rd party support and mabey even buy a few new first party teams.



Captain_Toad said:

Sigh. After two years of absence with not much buzz surrounding its wake up call, (maybe I missed something) It (Edit: and by It I mean Project CARS) came in first?... whatever....(Edit: good for Project CARS I guess.) Awesome for the WiiiU to come in first in preorders list.

Heh, though what do I know about percentages?



AJWolfTill said:

Slightly confused about Rise of the Tomb Raider seeing increased pre order numbers... Wasn't it revealed at Gamescon?



Captain_Toad said:

@Jazzer94 oopsie. I meant to type in Project CARS being in first even though there's not much hype (maybe I missed something) going 4 it. My apologies.



rjejr said:

@Spoony_Tech - Wow, thats almost exactly word for word what I was going to write.

Year got off to a bad start, the Wii U gets some good E3 press coverage to go along with some new games releasing, other consoles are slowing; but for every good news beat like this we get no AC game, no COD game, its Nintendo or nothing, which may not be enough to get people to buy a Wii U. (Title could really use the word "games" in it.)

I wasn't going to mention indies - Im sick of indie articles - but I think any sane person would have to agree indies can be great fun to play but they arent selling any systems.



rjejr said:

@Aviator @AJWolfTill - Was announced at E3, but declared a timed X1 exclusive at Gamescon. So the bump is likely from insane X1 owners who wont buy a multiplat but jump on a timed exclusive. Im kidding, but Im not.



RainbowGazelle said:

@Punished_Boss Exactly. This means nothing unless we see some actual figures. Wii U game pre-orders could have increased by the biggest percentage, but still be way lower in number, compared to the PS4 and XBone.



Jazzer94 said:

@Captain_Toad Ah okay but keep in mind there has been a lot of hype for Project Cars in the racing communities which have sizable fanbases on PS and Xbox so it's not to surprising that the game will move units.



unrandomsam said:

Nonsense article. (Kind of thing advertisers and marketing people use).

Way to do it would be to get data from a representative sample of independent retailers use that to give a reasonable estimate of the situation across all retailers by extrapolating. (Using actual numbers). Cannot remember the name of it but you use a certain number of sample means to estimate the population mean. (It is maybe 20 mins work once you have the data).

If you can get a yes or no from somebody at the big retailers. (Get any no's don't publish get more samples).

After that percentages between the estimated numbers of preorders for PS4/Xbone/Wii U might be reasonable.



datamonkey said:

@unrandomsam - Agreed.

This is a bit like those articles that state there has been a "500% sales increase" or similar when in fact the sales were so low prior that the 500% number is insignificant.

This is marketing babble. Something that MS are masters of.



Spoony_Tech said:

@rjejr I love me some Honeymooners! Seen every episode at some points in my life. They pretty much all end the same though lol!



Blast said:

Better software lineup = better sales. You can only find certain experiences on Nintendo platforms... hence why people are becoming more interested.



MrGawain said:

Last month Billy sold 100 games. This month, he sold 118. In percentage, how much increase has he seen month on month?

All this shows is more people are willing to order a game a month in advance than 2 months in advance. Also, I think people are more likely to order a game after seeing a little bit more information about it's quality and release. Imagine how many more pre orders Bayonetta 2 would get if we got a release date....



Geonjaha said:

All I read was that Nintendo fans are more likely to do silly things such as pre-order games.



Mega719 said:

Sony and Microsoft need more exclusives if they expect to win this generation. Yes PS4 is ahead but it's likely to end up like Vita if Sony doesn't continue to release games



BigH88 said:

Good news though I agree we had numbers of copies than percentage. Today I do my part after work by finally pre ordering Bayo 2, HW, 2 copies of Smash 3ds, and Smash Wii U.



bofis said:

Wait, is there even a preorder available for the WiiU Project Cars yet??



Mega719 said:

@Punished_Boss if people would actually buy them yes they would, you can just buy 3rd parties on another system that wouldn't help sales of that particular one if that is what it relies on. Plus most games aren't even reviewed well on PS4 and X1 even highly anticipated ones like Theif and MGS5. By comparison 3rd parties on Wii U do much better



Punished_Boss_84 said:

@Mega719 I'm not sure I understand what you're getting at? How can third parties be doing better on Wii U if their existence is fading?

MGS 5 got slaughtered because it was a prologue/demo release priced too high, besides that nothing was wrong with it, TPP will tell a different story. Theif was a typical Square Enix murder story.



sketchturner said:

I pre-ordered Smash U, Yoshi's Wooly World, and Splatoon after E3. Do I get a Nintendo cookie?
Normally I don't pre-order games, but ordering those 3 gave me $60 of credit so I can get Zelda U for free.



PinkSpider said:

Still annoys me that third party companies are giving so much support to xbox one and it's the worst selling of the 3 main consoles regardless of the time they have been available



MoonKnight7 said:


"I'm going to sound like a fan boy here, but in my own personal opinion, the Wii U is the best console I've ever owned."

I wouldn't say it's my favorite console (imo, that belongs to SNES), but it certainly is a very good one. It unreasonably became a punching bag, but I think people are starting to see the value in it (off-tv play is a win for families). I personally don't get as much time to play games, so even though there's dry spells, I usually have something to play via backlog.

What's encouraging is that ever since MK8 dropped, the Wii U has been selling on par or better than Xbone. That's according so take that for what it's worth.



Hero-of-WiiU said:

@Byuu Yeah, I wasn't even sure Nintendo was there because of no News from them, not that there was really any to expect.



andrea987 said:

@Spoony_Tech Couldn't have said it better. I'd love SOME 3rd party games on Wii U, I do however have my PS3 for that. Main thing is to keep the boat afloat long enough, SSB and Zelda U will bring more people around, THEN the 3rd parties will come too.



rjejr said:

@Spoony_Tech - "They pretty much all end the same though lol!"

They kiss and live happily ever after. It's the way every story ever written ends. Well except for Shakespeare, then everybody dies.




@Spoony_Tech I absolutely agree with you, i fully believe a year from now it will be the no.1 system. In the last two weeks six of my friends have bought systems.

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