Wii U purchase plans jump by 50 percent after E3, report says

Consumer intent now equals Xbox One

Nintendo's performance at E3 boosted purchasing plans for Wii U by 50 percent, according to a new report.

The survey carried out by IHS on behalf of the Gamer Network polled roughly 1,000 "core" gamers about their purchasing intentions for various consoles and games before and after E3.


Wii U enjoyed the greatest boost, with 20 percent of respondents intending to buy the machine after E3 - equal to those who said they plan to buy an Xbox One, which increased by 7 percent.

PS4 carried the highest purchase intentions before and after E3, however its percentage dipped beneath 30 percent after the conference.

Nintendo's E3 presence included several notable announcements and hands-on play sessions, though the first footage of Zelda Wii U was a highlight of the event. The gamers surveyed agreed, 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.