Nielsen games survey results show gamers enjoy sequels

Saturday, 14th July 2012 18:02 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

Media research group Nielsen has posted results from its latest survey of 2012’s most anticipated video games, and it appears participants are looking forward to more of the same.

Looking over the results of 4,800 surveyed between the ages of 7 and 54 years old, the most anticipated titles across PS3, Wii, and Xbox 360 were sequels or new entries in existing franchises.

The only new IPs pulled from the data were The Last Story, and Everyone Sing, both of which are being released on Wii.

Xbox 360

  1. Halo 4
  2. Call of Duty: Black Ops II
  3. Assassin’s Creed III
  4. Madden NFL 13
  5. Resident Evil 6
  6. Borderlands 2
  7. NCAA Football 13
  8. NBA 2K13
  9. FIFA Soccer 13
  10. Fable: The Journey
  11. Darksiders II
  12. Need For Speed: Most Wanted
  13. Far Cry 3
  14. Medal of Honor: Warfighter
  15. NHL 13


  1. Call of Duty: Black Ops II
  2. Madden NFL 13
  3. Assassin’s Creed III
  4. Resident Evil 6
  5. NCAA Football 13
  6. Borderlands 2
  7. NBA 2K13
  8. Darksiders II
  9. NHL 13
  10. FIFA Soccer 13
  11. Far Cry 3
  12. Need For Speed: Most Wanted
  13. Hitman: Absolution
  14. Transformers: Fall of Cybertron
  15. WWE ‘13


  1. Just Dance 4
  2. Madden NFL 13
  3. Just Dance: Disney Party
  4. Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two
  5. Disney Princess: My Fairytale Adventure
  6. WWE ‘13
  7. Need For Speed: Most Wanted
  8. NBA 2K13
  9. FIFA Soccer 13
  10. The Last Story
  11. Everyone Sing
  12. Ice Age: Continental Drift: Arctic Games
  13. Skylanders Giants
  14. Pro Evolution Soccer 2013
  15. Rise of the Guardians: The Video Game

Titles included in the analysis are titles expected to release on at least one current generation console between July and December 2012.

Thanks, Gamasutra.



  1. DSB

    Get outta town. Reallyyy?!

    Man. I need to get into the survey business. Apparently people will pay to confirm what everybody already knows :P

    I think it would be a lot more interesting to see how many games today actually aren’t sequels, or just new IPs hidden behind older brands.

    #1 2 years ago
  2. Fin

    No Forza no Dishonored!

    #2 2 years ago
  3. Phoenixblight

    THis is just a survey that gives a listing of games that will soon be released so makes the results jaded. If they made the survey to ask if the consumer would rather have a known franchise or a new ip I think it would tell a different story.

    Its the end of a generation so we have very few new Ip coming out. Beyond Two souls, DIshonored, Watch Dogs, Last of US is all that comes to mind. Though I am looking for to EPic Mickey now that the sequel will be not exclusive to the Wii.

    #3 2 years ago
  4. OrbitMonkey

    Nice to see Halo 4 at the top of the 360 pile. I really think it’s gonna dominate, I really do. Surprised no mention of The Last of Us/Two Souls in the ps3 list though…

    And real good to see Borderlands 2 in there, looking forward to getting my Gunzerker on :-)

    #4 2 years ago
  5. daytripper

    @4 not surprised in the slightest

    #5 2 years ago
  6. Yosemite

    I’m not surprised, American style!!

    #6 2 years ago
  7. papershadow

    Also, why are people more excited for Madden than Borderlands 2?

    #7 2 years ago
  8. DrDamn

    They aren’t going to release in 2012 that’s why they aren’t on the list. The restriction to 2012 releases and lack of any new IP for the rest of the year means this result was inevitable.

    #8 2 years ago
  9. OrbitMonkey

    ^^ At a guess I’d say it’s because one is a well received FPS/RPG & the other is the electronic version of a national sport, beloved by millions of people, of all ages, all over the globe… At a guess.

    #9 2 years ago
  10. OrbitMonkey

    @8, Fuck me, it’s right their in the first sentence as well… :-/

    #10 2 years ago
  11. papershadow


    #11 2 years ago
  12. Ireland Michael

    People can’t really be excited for any new franchise if almost nobody is making any.

    #12 2 years ago
  13. Phoenixblight



    #13 2 years ago
  14. Da Man


    #14 2 years ago
  15. OlderGamer

    Mike +1more

    #15 2 years ago
  16. Da Man

    Yep, it’s all Mario/Zelda/Kirby/Mario.

    I’m too bad at Halo Reach to even notice how AAs alter the multiplayer, so only Nintendo doesn’t count.

    #16 2 years ago

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