Research Firm Picks "Most Anticipated" Games Of 2009

By Geoffrey Golden . April 29, 2009 . 11:15am


At the LA Games Conference 2009, Nick Williams from research company OTX GamePlan announced the most anticipated games of the year, according to their polling:



For Xbox 360, gamers are clamoring for Halo 3: ODST, which had the highest “purchase intent,” Modern Warfare 2, which had the highest “pre-order intent,” as well as Madden 2010, Final Fantasy XIII and Mass Effect 2.



On PS3, Final Fantasy XIII fares a whole lot better — it has the highest purchase intent of any PS3 title.  God of War 3 leads with pre-order intent.  Also high on the list are Ratchet & Clank: A Crack In Time and Uncharted 2.



Wii gamers are by far most excited about Wii Sports Resort, according to OTX’s polling.  That title has a very high purchase intent.  Leading pre-orders is Madden NFL 2010Mario & Sonic at the Winter Games is also highly anticipated, but nothing else is charting that high, including the new Punch Out!  Williams explains that Wii owners are content with their current games, or are desperate for the games currently on the market, judging by eBay prices.  On average, Wii Fit goes for $126 (MSRP – $89.99) and Mario Kart Wii goes for $66 (MSRP – $49.99).

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  • MadMirko

    Is that US only? And what’s with all the sequels, what kind of people did they ask?

    A bit depressing, those charts.

    • Spencer

      US data only in this chart. We haven’t seen firms release European data to the public :(

  • matty

    Bah, numbers. The Wii Fit thing is kind of interesting. I see can see why that is. If people have to drive 20-30 miles to a store that may not have it, they’d rather get it online if they can.

    Still, where’s The Beatles: Rock Band or Silent Hill for the Wii?
    I’d like to know what the fine people at the “Thinking After Dark: Welcome to the World of Horror Video Games” conference thinks about that.

  • ReturnOfSomeDude

    Apparently, I clicked on the wrong link. Uh, I hope this edit feature works this time…

  • TurkeyPotPie

    I’d be interested in their polling methodology. All I could find was “That information is gathered by OTX’s ‘multi-source sampling’ method, which polls players in the United States across hundreds of online panels.”

    And Wii Sports Resort? Really?

  • CleruTesh

    I am kinda surprised Muramasa didn’t make the Wii list.

    • Happy Gamer

      i didn’t expect it to actually. Wii altho it has one of my favorite games and makes me feel like 11 years old again back in the earyl 90s, i noticed majority of the Wii owners are not really hardcore gamers. i sigh when i go to the Wii section every time i go to bestbuy or gamestop etc.

      i know systems get “not really games” or “why did u make that game” games during its mid and late life cycle but Wii has more of this catagory than any other system i think (hanna montana etc) and don’t forgot the DS.

      i think its why i usually enjoy the early stages of a console’s release because altho not abundant in titles, u are usually excited about the next good game to be added among the launch titles.

      sorry for deviating but…

      in 2nd opinion I am actually kind of surprised Muramasa didn’t make it on the list at all.
      Who did they interview/conduct these polls from anyways soccer moms?

    • Spencer

      Actually, I would be surprised if Muramasa made the list!

      The poll OTX did was to check for mass appeal. While Muramasa gets a lot of love here I’m not convinced the average Wii owner would be interested in it. The average consumer likes tried and true brands. Familiar things. Muramasa is a new franchise and one only talked about on gaming sites, not mainstream media like Wii Sports Resort.

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