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Seems like the Wii U won Gamescom

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Gamescom is great for reminding us how our wallet will be abused in the coming months. This year’s conferences weren’t the most interesting, but the games on show really help boost some pre-orders for this year and next year. Surpringly, the company without a conference benefitted the most.
Amazon has released their weekly pre-order figures which show just how many people took the plunge and started swiping their credit cards early. This gives a relatively good indication of how Gamescom affected pre-orders during the week, with Amazon collecting statics for each platform. Seems like despite not having a conference, Nintendo gained the most traction.

During Gamescom, there was a 8.67 percent increase in pre-orders for Wii U titles, beating both the Ps4 and Xbox One. Sony’s console saw a 5.16 percent increase in pre-orders, while the Xbox One only saw a 2.81 percent increase. It’s important to note that these don’t refer to the percentage of pre-orders made, but rather how much growth was seen in comparison to the pervious week.

Despite the internet outrage, Rise of the Tomb Raider was one of the most pre-ordered titles during Gamescom week, with Quantum Break, Hyrule Warriors and Bloodborne following closely. Project Cars took top honors however, grabbing the most pre-orders during the seven day period.

So you could kind of say that Nintendo benefitted the most out of Gamescom. How about them apples hey?

Last Updated: August 22, 2014


  1. Star Citizen raised another $2,000,000 over Gamescom week.


    • Rinceable

      August 22, 2014 at 14:45

      For a moment I thought that was the date it was expected to launch…


      • Alien Emperor Trevor

        August 22, 2014 at 14:46

        No, that’s TLG 😉


        • Rinceable

          August 22, 2014 at 14:52

          BOOM! #stayStrongUmar


          • Umar Ver 1.OBJECTION

            August 22, 2014 at 14:53

            My will can not be broken

          • Rinceable

            August 22, 2014 at 15:02

            Nor can the games status it would seem tehehehehe! @Alien Emperor Trevor:disqus

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            August 22, 2014 at 15:02

            and your heart will go on?

  2. FREDFreacking

    August 22, 2014 at 14:46

    what video stream was you watching !? if it had naked people then that wasn’t gamecom that was your porn channel ! 😛


  3. Wraith

    August 22, 2014 at 15:12

    Not fair to use percentage increases as the comparison metric.

    Wii U pre-orders could have potentially doubled from one to two game copies.


  4. HisDivineOrder

    August 22, 2014 at 16:46

    An increase in percentage should be easier for Wii U given how few consoles were being sold previously. That is, if Wii U is selling 2 consoles this week and sells 3 next week, they just sold 50% more Wii U’s than they did last week.

    But then compare that to PS4 that is practically selling out and it’s a lot harder to hit a higher percentage of improvement.

    Hence why the Xbox One’s improvement being less than PS4 in spite of this is the real loser of the week.

    Of course, all “current gen” consoles are losers next to the performance of a gaming PC, so hey. It’s all relative.


    • SkullScience

      August 23, 2014 at 01:26

      A profound statement, thank you for your education, however the Wii U has been known to be selling somewhat well of late of both software and hardware (preorder figures were based on weekly stats), hence your point is moot. Also your level of contextualisation appears weak as the article is about software pre-orders. Note the article says “titles” not actual consoles as you infer. Also, as a PC gamer myself, your comments regarding PC are also dubious as many many many titles displayed at the event, Gamescom, will never see the light of day on PC. Nice read though!! It came across as a brainfart!!


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