Survey: Japanese Gamers Not Interested in Wii U, PS Vita

November 7, 2011 -

A recent survey of Japanese consumers about two upcoming systems might be cause for concern to executives at Nintendo and Sony. According to Japanese research firm goo Research, consumers aren't all that excited about either the Wii U or the PlayStation Vita. The firm surveyed 1,083 of its members and unearthed some interesting sample opinions on the upcoming products from both companies.

A little more than 10 percent said that they wanted to buy a PS Vita, and less than 10 percent were interested in purchasing a Wii U. More than half those respondents said that they weren't interested in either of the devices at all.

The survey was conducted between October 17 - 19, with half of those participants being male (53 percent). Around 16.3 percent were in their teens, 18.2 percent in their twenties, 21.9 percent in their thirties, 16.3 percent in their forties, and 27.3 percent were fifty years old or older.

Around 64 percent of respondents said they owned a games machine, with the DS being the most popular (62 percent, or 694 game owners), while 53 percent claimed they owned a PlayStation 2, 5.7 percent said they owned a Nintendo Wii, 34.3 percent said they owned a PSP, and 27.8 percent claimed ownership of a PS3.

Chances are that a lack of details on what titles will be available at launch is the cause of so much disinterest in both platforms.

Source: IndustryGamers

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Re: Survey: Japanese Gamers Not Interested in Wii U, PS Vita

Part 1: <64 percent of respondents said they owned a games machine> <16.3 percent in their forties, and 27.3 percent were fifty years old or older.>

Meaning that about 35-40% of those surveyed don't have and wont care to have any console system whatsoever, Vita or Wii U not withstanding. If you put the question of console interest in proportion to those who already have consoles, and would be interested in consoles, it puts it closer to 16%, not 10%. (See the fun with statistics kids? Only 108.3 people out of 1083 (10%) want a Vita or U, but 108.3 gamers out of 694 (15.6%) are interested in one)

Part 2: <64% owned a DS> <53% PlayStation 2> <5.7% Nintendo Wii> <34.3% a PSP> <27.8% PS3>

More respondents own a PS2 than the PS3 and Wii combined, which means (barring the odd possibility that there are a lot of 360s owned by those surveyed) most of these respondents haven't even bothered getting the last console generation (which by the way averages at about 5 years old, plenty of time to get one cheap), so why would they bother with the newest one. Also the very low rate of Wii ownership likely points to the low interest in the Wii U.

I also disliked the exclusion of the 360 and the 3DS in this survey. The 360 numbers wouldn't matter as much, although they would be interesting to see. But the 3DS numbers could give some insight towards the vita.

Just my $0.02

P.S. axiomatic; when I read your comment about the touchdown spike, I started thinking of Lonely Island's Threw It on the Ground.

I hate broccoli/ and think it totally sucks/ Why isn't it meat?

Re: Survey: Japanese Gamers Not Interested in Wii U, PS Vita

The Vita is a matter of people being burned once with the PSP.  Terrible controls, poor games, UMD...  Hopefully the Vita addresses all those, but of course people are hesitant.

Re: Survey: Japanese Gamers Not Interested in Wii U, PS Vita

The Vita reason are simple. Sony is just sucking wind lately.

But the Wii U problem I see is durability. Kids are tough with toys. Is that Wii U controller with the display built in going to survive a touchdown spike (toss on to the ground) of the controller when my son scores a touchdown in Madden 13? I'm not so sure. 

 
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MaskedPixelanteNah, I'm fine purple monkey dishwasher.07/28/2014 - 4:05pm
Sleaker@MP - I hope you didn't suffer a loss of your mental faculties attempting that.07/28/2014 - 3:48pm
MaskedPixelanteOK, so my brief research looking at GameFAQs forums (protip, don't do that if you wish to keep your sanity intact.), the 3DS doesn't have the power to run anything more powerful than the NES/GBC/GG AND run the 3DS system in the background.07/28/2014 - 11:01am
ZenMatthew, the 3DS already has GBA games in the form of the ambassador tittles. And I an just as curious about them not releasing them on there like they did the NES ones. I do like them on the Wii U as well, but seems weird. And where are the N64 games?07/28/2014 - 10:40am
james_fudgeNo. They already cut the price. Unless they release a new version that has a higher price point.07/28/2014 - 10:19am
E. Zachary KnightMatthew, It most likely is. The question is whether Nintendo wants to do it.07/28/2014 - 10:12am
Matthew WilsonI am sure the 3ds im more then powerful enough to emulate a GBA game.07/28/2014 - 9:54am
Sleaker@IanC - while the processor is effectively the same or very similar, the issue is how they setup the peripheral hardware. It would probably require creating some kind of emulation for the 3DS to handle interfacing with the audio and input methods for GBA07/28/2014 - 9:30am
Sleaker@EZK - hmmm, that makes sense. I could have sworn I had played GB/GBC games on it too though (emud of course)07/28/2014 - 9:23am
E. Zachary KnightSleaker, the DS has a built in GBA chipset in the system. That is why it played GBA games. The GBA had a seperate chipset for GB and GBColor games. The DS did not have that GB/GBC chipset and that is why the DS could not play GB and GBC games.07/28/2014 - 7:25am
IanCI dont think Nintendo ever gave reason why GBA games a reason why GBA games aren't on the 3DS eshop. The 3DS uses chips that are backwards compatable with the GBA ob GBA processor, after all.07/28/2014 - 6:46am
Sleakerhmmm that's odd I could play GBA games natively in my original DS.07/28/2014 - 1:39am
Matthew Wilsonbasically "we do not want to put these games on a system more then 10 people own" just joking07/27/2014 - 8:13pm
MaskedPixelanteSomething, something, the 3DS can't properly emulate GBA games and it was a massive struggle to get the ambassador games running properly.07/27/2014 - 8:06pm
Andrew EisenIdeally, you'd be able to play such games on either platform but until that time, I think Nintendo's using the exclusivity in an attempt to further drive Wii U sales.07/27/2014 - 7:21pm
Matthew WilsonI am kind of surprised games like battle network are not out on the 3ds.07/27/2014 - 7:01pm
Andrew EisenWell, Mega Man 1 - 4, X and X2 are already on there and the first Battle Network is due out July 31st.07/27/2014 - 6:16pm
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