Two thousand GAME customers were surveyed to find out what year they thought was the golden year of gaming and which video game console was the best of all-time. The customers named 1996 as the best year for video games. There were a staggering amount of quality titles released including Resident Evil, Super Mario 64, Tekken 2, Crash Bandicoot, and Tomb Raider. The Wii was voted the best console of all-time by the customers, beating the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. Here’s the results:
Top Five Years for Gaming
1. 1996 (14%): Tomb Raider and Crash Bandicoot on the PlayStation and Nintendo 64 launched. We were singing along to Baddiel and Skinner’s Three Lions and Brit Pop was at its height
2. 2002 (13%): Halo and Elder Scrolls III on the Xbox and Grand Theft Auto Vice City. BBC 6 Music arrived on our airwaves and Arsenal won the FA Cup
3. 1991 (12%): Street Fighter II and Super Mario World on SNES and Lemmings was out on the PC. It was the start of the Iraq war and the year Bryan Adams made history when (Everything I Do) I Do It For You entered its 15th successive week at number one
4. 1985 (11%): Super Mario Bros, Duck Hunt and Donkey Kong Jr on the NES and Ultima IV and Oregon Trail on the PC. It was the year Eastenders went on air and the mullet was considered the most desirable hairstyle for men and women alike
5. 1980 (10%): Pac-Man and Centipede in the arcade, Space Invaders on the Atari 2600 and Zork on the PC. It was the year John Lennon was shot dead and David Bowie was at number one with Ashes to Ashes
The Top Consoles of All Time
1. Wii (15%)
2. Xbox 360 (10%)
3. PlayStation 3 (9%)
4. PlayStation 2 (8%)
5. Sega Mega Drive (7%)
6. PlayStation 1 (6.5%)
7. Super Nintendo (6%)
8. Game Boy (5%)
9. N64 (4.5%)
U.S. market research firm NPD Group believes that around 29% of core gamers are looking to buy the PlayStation 4 and next Xbox console at launch. The data for this survey was conducted by U.S. respondents age 9 and older who currently play games for five or more hours per week on an Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PC, or Mac. Out of the of the 6,322 respondents surveyed, only 887 qualified as a core gamer. The survey suggests that just over one in four plan on purchasing the PlayStation 4 or the next Xbox.
VoucherCodesPro have conducted a survey which consisted of 1,003 British consumers to see what they thought of the Wii Mini which is coming to Europe on March 22nd. Interestingly, 76 percent of those who were surveyed thought that the Wii Mini wasn’t a very exciting prospect. The poll asked, “Are you excited about the Wii Mini announcement?” 76 percent said no, while the remaining 24 percent said yes. Those who said no were asked to give a reason, here’s the results:
1. Don’t see the point – 74%
2. No advance in graphics – 56%
3. Just rehashing an old console, not a technological advancement 49%
4. Small size not a big enough selling point- 47%
5. Already own an original Wii – 42%
Those who were surveyed were then asked “Would you be likely to purchase a Wii Mini once it’s released?” participants replied:
- No – 61%
- Yes – 22%
- Don’t know – 17%
“It seems that despite the release of the Wii U and with the recent announcement of the PS4 and the anticipated Xbox 720, Nintendo still felt the need to get in there with another release. Unfortunately for them, gamers just aren’t bothered; according to our poll at least.”
“It’s an exciting time for gamers who’ve been waiting several years for the next big console release. But the Wii Mini doesn’t carry the same gravitas. With no anticipation of improved graphics and no real advance on the original console, is it the case of flogging a dead horse?”
- VoucherCodesPro’s George Charles
The organisers at the Game Developers Conference have revealed the results of their first annual “State of the Industry” study. The study shows that just 4.6 percent of developers are currently developing a Wii U game, while 6.4 percent of respondents said their next game would be on Wii U. Microsoft had the largest amount of developers with 13.2 percent of surveyed developers currently making games for the Xbox 360 and 14 percent planning their next game on Xbox 360. Sony was just behind Microsoft with 13 percent releasing their current game on PlayStation 3 and 12.4 percent developing their next game for the console. Just 2 percent said they were developing for Nintendo 3DS and 2.8 percent said they would bring their next game to the handheld.
Japanese gaming publication Famitsu recently surveyed its readers to find out which console or handheld gaming devices they plan to purchase this year. 64% of Japanese gamers surveyed by Famitsu plan to buy a PlayStation Vita this year, followed by 48% for the Nintendo 3DS, and 33.8% for the Wii U. 10% of people also picked a smart phone (other than the iPhone). The publication says that 75.6% of participants were male, and 24.4% were female. You can see the results below:
- PS Vita – 64.0%
- 3DS – 48.2%
- Wii U – 33.8%
- PS3 – 25.2%
- PC – 14.4%
- Xbox 360 – 10.6%
- Smartphone – 10.0%
- PSP – 9.6%
- Wii – 9.0%
- iPad – 7.0%
- DSi/DSiLL – 5.2%
- iPhone – 5.0%
- iPod Touch – 4.0%
- Other – 2.4%
Thanks, Simply G
Capcom have prepared an extensive survey for its digital range of games which asks consumers just what they want Capcom to release next on digital platforms. So, if you’re after a new Mega Man, or a Resident Evil game for the Nintendo 3DS fill out the survey and send them your suggestions.
Japanese publication My Navi has conducted a survey to find out exactly what Japan’s favourite Nintendo franchises are. The survey was split between male and female, and the results for the survey can be found below. Do you agree with the results?
- Super Mario
- Legend of Zelda
- Donkey Kong
- Smash Bros.
- Mother (Earthbound)
- Fire Emblem
- Super Mario
- Donkey Kong
- Animal Forest (Animal Crossing)
- Legend of Zelda
- Rhythm Heaven
- Smash Bros.
- Fire Emblem
A survey that’s been conducted by online retailer ShopTo shows that Nintendo is losing market share in Europe. 68 percent of those surveyed owned a Wii, but only 4 percent of them had purchased a Wii game in the last year. The retailer says that Nintendo is rapidly losing customers to mobile devices, such as phones and tablets.
“Gamers are changing their gaming device of choice with more getting their casual gaming fix from Android and iOS devices. We are seeing game sales on the Nintendo consoles losing out as the casual games market on portable devices continues to grow.”
- Igor Cipolletta, ShopTo
IGN has conducted another survey, this time asking 62,000 readers which console they’re most interested in. The majority of users are looking forward to the next Xbox and PlayStation 4 – both of which are expected towards the end of next year. Surprisingly 34% were interested in the rumoured Steam Box from Steam compared to 40% for Wii U. Obviously this should change once Nintendo lifts the lid on Wii U at next months E3.
Global Test Market, a world-wide panel of people participating in online market research studies for rewards, has showed users Wii U concept art and subsequently asked whether or not they believe the system is worth $299.99. Global Test Market were apparently the firm that first revealed the Goldeneye 007 remake for the Wii, before it was unveiled at E3 2010. How much would you be prepared to pay for Wii U?