Halo 4, Assassin's Creed 3 top Nielsen's most wanted

Media tracking organization Nielsen surveyed gamers to see what their most anticipated games are for the remainder of 2012. Unsurprisingly, franchise titles topped the list.

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What do gamers want? Innovation? Brand new experiences? Of course not.

Media tracking organization Nielsen surveyed gamers to see what their most anticipated games are for the remainder of 2012. Unsurprisingly, franchise titles topped the list. With the exception of The Last Story on Wii, nary an original title could be found on the top 10 lists for every platform.

Most anticipated games on Xbox 360:

  • Halo 4
  • Assassin's Creed III
  • Max Payne 3
  • Madden NFL 13
  • Resident Evil 6
  • Ghost Recon: Future Soldier
  • Fable: The Journey
  • Kinect: Star Wars
  • NCAA Football 13
  • Bioshock: Infinite
  • Tomb Raider

Most anticipated games on PS3:

  • Assassin's Creed III
  • Max Payne 3
  • Madden NFL 13
  • Resident Evil 6
  • Medal of Honor: Warfighter
  • NCAA Football 13
  • Prototype 2
  • Ghost Recon: Future Soldier
  • Bioshock: Infinite
  • Tomb Raider
  • NBA Live 13

Most anticipated games on Wii:

  • Madden NFL 13
  • Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two
  • Battleship
  • LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes
  • The Amazing Spider-Man
  • Men In Black
  • The Last Story
  • Xenoblade Chronicles

Halo 4's top spot shows that fans are eager for a new Master Chief game--even if longtime developer Bungie is no longer behind the project. (Call of Duty's repeated success suggests that most mainstream gamers care more about the brand than the developer itself.)

No exclusive titles appear in PS3's most wanted list--but it seems likely that Sony has yet to reveal much of its 2012 holiday lineup. (Will The Last of Us or The Last Guardian make it before 2013?)

Finally, Wii gamers are anticipating very different games, as many HD platform games aren't arriving on Nintendo's console. And in spite of the online hubbub over The Last Story and Xenoblade Chronicles, these two niche JRPGs just barely made it into Nielsen's top 10 list--proving that online activism doesn't necessarily represent mainstream tastes.

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    April 10, 2012 1:00 PM

    Andrew Yoon posted a new article, Halo 4, Assassin's Creed 3 top Nielsen's most wanted.

    Media tracking organization Nielsen surveyed gamers to see what their most anticipated games are for the remainder of 2012. Unsurprisingly, franchise titles topped the list.

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      April 10, 2012 2:05 PM

      ummm helloo. where is pc!?! at least 3 of the games on xbox i have preordered for pc instead.

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        April 10, 2012 2:34 PM

        Unfortunately, Nielsen didn't offer any PC figures.

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      April 10, 2012 2:48 PM

      No love for Sniper Elite V2?

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      April 10, 2012 2:51 PM

      No Far Cry 3, Borderlands 2, Aliens: Colonial Marines, or ... GTA:V?

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        April 10, 2012 4:09 PM

        Hehe also sequels (except for Aliens, a well-established IP)

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        April 10, 2012 4:16 PM

        I am excited for these dirty, sexy sequels.

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        April 10, 2012 4:34 PM

        NO CALL OF DUTY!? WHAT IS THIS WORLD COMING TO?

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      April 10, 2012 6:48 PM

      Every game on the PS3/X360 list is a sequel

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      April 11, 2012 8:29 AM

      YES ASSASSINS CREED 3!!!!

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      April 11, 2012 10:42 AM

      I think the only AC title I'll ever buy is one that I can 1; know will work a decade from now, 1.a; offers co-op that won't go away after the merchant does. 2; supports resolutions that have been commonplace for two decades.

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