Aug 13th, 2013


Yesterday a Wii U Daily reader sent in an interesting topic of discussion. He wanted to know if demoes have affected other people’s purchasing decisions, since after playing the demo for The Wonderful 101 that’s now available, he decided to get the game after being previously uninterested. In this day and age, it’s very rare that you’ll find a demo available a few days before a game launch, but The Wonderful 101 demo was made available nearly a whole month before launch.

So how about it? Have you ever played a demo and that’s directly affected your purchasing decision for that game, either positively or negatively? Vote in the poll and let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

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  • Zizo47

    The Wonderful 101 is a day one purchase 😀

  • There should be an option for both. 101’s demo made me kinda iffy, but other demos have made me need a game.

    • What about 101’s demo made you iffy? I’m curious, because I haven’t had time to check it out yet.

      • Honestly, the controls kinda bothered me, and nothing was really explained. Like, I kept unlocking new wonder-people, and I tried switching to them by fumbling through a couple menus, which I finally did, only to find out that wonder painter did the exact same thing as wonder blue. Didnt even use a paintbrush, just another sword. Just didnt really make sense. I mean, I guess asking for 100 different weapons is a bit much, but changing which hero is in the sword position is next to pointless then. And all the citizens you save just use the giant fist. I dunno, just felt like a missed opportunity. But that’s just what rubbed me the wrong way, and I’m clearly in the minority. I bet if I played it a few more times I’d enjoy it a little more

        • Joe Fraley

          I felt exactly the same way. I say so just below

    • michael Laud

      Totally agree with this, was very interested before the demo, but i really don’t rate it. I just think that by design having the characters so small on the screen makes it difficult to tell what’s going on so I just button mashed my way through the demo. Looks very pretty though, but I think the lack of decent games at the moment has swayed peoples opinions on this one

      • lonewolf88

        battle systems amazing the combos are sick we played the same demo?

        • michael Laud

          Maybe I was ‘Playing it wrong’ but I just button mashed and cleared it easily anyway. Maybe just not my cup of tea.

    • wober2

      I felt the same way about the 101 demo. I felt like the game was very busy and I could not do much besides kind of button mashing. Apparently there is complexity there I have yet to learn. I could not get the drawing mechanic to work smoothly and if I looked down to make that circle or line I got trampled. Perhaps it is just practice, I have seen some amazing combos in videos.

  • Tom Hoskins

    Stupid poll, I have played demos that made me want a game, not want a game and not affect me at all. Where is that option eh?

    • Clel

      Exactly what I was thinking.

    • val berger

      thanks. When I played the Demo for Deus Ex back in the days, I replayed that demo over and over again until I finally got the game which I loved. Then there were plenty of demos which actually were quite fun but spoiled the game so much I wasn’t really interested anymore. It’s not like people have only played one type of demoes in their entire life.

    • Michael DeVore

      It’s an unscientific poll anyways so there isn’t much to complain about. Honestly, a Demo has never made me want to buy a game. I have gotten Demo’s because I was already interested enough to buy a game. At that point it only had the chance of making me not buy the game, or nothing at all. I suspect many people are in the same boat, but are under the impression that a good demo made them buy it, but I’d argue that they were already likely to buy if if they picked up the demo.

      • Adrian

        That’s only sometimes true. I got the Resident Evil demo for WiiU only being partially interested in it. The demo didn’t convince me that it’d be worth a purchase or the time it would take to complete the game. Actually I would usually only get a demo if I didn’t know enough about the game to decide whether I wanted it or not.
        For instance if a Kingdom Hearts III demo came out, I wouldn’t even touch it. I would buy that game (assuming I had a console that could play it), and wouldn’t want a demo spoil me even just a little.

        • Michael DeVore

          It’s much more than sometimes true. There is enough statistically valid data to suggest that Demos do more harm then good overall. This poll was clearly inspired by that data since there is serious consideration to kill all demos based on the report earlier this year.

          To me that just says we need an ever more in-depth study to figure out which demos do the most damage. In the case of 101 I’d consider the possibility that some people might be confused as to how the game works that without a demo they’d avoid it, but do those people outnumber the people who won’t buy it now that they’ve tried it? It’s too late to figure that out now that the demo is released, but it is something someone should spend the +30k to do the study to figure out for the future. Otherwise we’re looking at most big publisher titles going without a demo.

      • Tom Hoskins

        When I was a kid I used to buy PS Magazine for the demo discs. Those demos made me want a game, e.g. die hard trilogy, not want a game (too long ago to recall the name of some shitty ps1 game, or they were just meh.
        Not really complaining, more criticising! :p

        • Adrian

          Me and my friends played the tony hawk pro skater demo to death!!!!!! like tens of hours haha. Never bought the game though. Also I remember the parappa the rappa demo. Awesome!

  • Laud

    I read, “Have demons ever affected your purchasing decision.”

    Kinda ironic since these are the same guys who made Bayonetta 😛

    • Noteak

      I cant stop laughing at this

  • JBeauregard

    Not on my WIi U. There isn’t much for demos at all lol

  • Baum 「ツリー」

    W101, ’nuff said 😀

  • Ducked

    Predicting the top 5 Nintendo titles for fall sales wise

    1: Super Mario 3D World
    2: Legend of Zelda Wind Waker HD
    3: Donkey Kong Country Returns Tropical Freeze
    4: Pikmin 3
    5: The Wonderful 101

    • WiiUisgaming

      I would say
      1: Legend of Zelda Wind Waker HD
      2:Pikmin 3
      3: Super Mario 3D World
      4: Wonderful 101
      5: Donkey Kong Country Returns Tropical Freeze

      • RoyRelapse

        Nah dude, Mario is going to own the WiiU sales

      • Ernie Sanguyo

        1. Super Mario 3d world
        2. WW HD
        3. Donkey Kong Country Trop
        4. Pikmin 3
        5 The Wonderful 101.

        • Fred

          Do you think there’s a chance DK is above WW?

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          • Metroid 33slayer

            Maybe not this year but lifetime sales of DKTF will be above WWhd. DKCR easily outsold Skyward sword and that was an original game not a remake. Zelda is a better series IMO but it’s sales (per game) are on par with DK at best. People forget how huge DK was and still is.

      • Metroid 33slayer

        You are underestimating the power of DK if you think the wonderful 101 and pikmin 3 will outsell Tropical freeze. Donkey kong is one of nintendo’s strongest franchises and it will probably outsell the wind waker hd too.

        • WiiUisgaming

          You are right, but everyone was hoping for Metroid and not DK

          • RoyRelapse

            Not everyone….. I didnt play the Wii or the 3DS Donkey kong, so I am very happy with this…

          • Metroid 33slayer

            Me too as you can probably guess but you can’t always get what you want.

        • Adrian

          Is Donkey Kong really popular still? It came with my Super Nintendo when i got it in like 1996. Haven’t heard much about it since.

          • Fred

            I played some more Donkey Kong Country Returns on My Wii U just last night! my wife and I love that game.

          • Adrian

            I really wanted that game, but could never find a cheap copy of it. I’ll get it eventually! I never really had any friends who played Wii, so I guess I don’t really know what was popular.

          • Fred

            It must have sold decently well to get Nintendo to port it
            to the 3DS. You can now buy the Wii version for $23 new at amazon

          • Mochlum

            It is one of Nintendo’s top five best selling franchises (next to Mario, “Wii” series, Pokemon, and Zelda), and Returns and Returns 3D are selling a lot.

          • Metroid 33slayer

            Donkey kong country returns on wii sold 6 million units and is the 2nd best selling DK game outselling DKC2 and DKC3, only the original DKC has sold more.

          • Baum 「ツリー」

            well then stop living under your stone xDD

            Donkey Kong may be the most popular character after Mario

      • Mochlum

        1. Super Mario 3D World
        2. Wii Fit U
        3. Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze
        4. Pikmin 3
        5. Wind Waker HD

        • Fred

          Why doesn’t anyone remember Wii Fit U is coming? If you combine Wii Fit and Wii Fit Plus Sales it is crazy how many Wii Fit sold

          • Adrian

            Well, one problem with Wii Fit U is, how many Moms (undoubtedly in my mind the biggest target demographic for Wii Fit) are playing Wii U right now? Alot of moms just happened to have a Wii laying around, so they could get Wii fit. But how many moms have a Wii U laying around that they know how to use?

          • Zombie Boy

            I know loads of people that bought a Wii specifically for Wii Fit. The real question is, will those same people see the point in upgrading what they essentially already have? Try explaining to a ‘soccer mom’ why graphics make a difference…

          • Adrian

            Wii Fit U should have a built in DDR game. Then I’d be all over that. 😀 And it’d offer something more than just a graphics upgrade ;).

          • Zombie Boy

            Of course, but would it offer ENOUGH to tempt those people?

            Personally I enjoyed Wii Fit and had a great laugh with it, but I’m not sure if the majority of people that bought it (casual gamers) would consider buying a whole new console for something so similar. I can see the main audience for Wii Fit U being people that already own a Wii U, or people that never owned the Wii version.

        • uPadWatcher

          1. Super Mario 3D World
          2. Wii Fit U
          3. The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD
          4. Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze
          5. Pikmin 3
          6. The Wonderful 101
          7. New Super Luigi U

      • Fred

        I’m sorry, but I can’t see any way Mario isn’t #1 and I can’t see DK below #3.

    • JBeauregard

      your list is down-right sexy. I’ve got Pikmin 3. I’ve paid in full for WWHD. Now I just need the others. Second job, maybe?

      • Fred

        Yes 2nd job DO IT

    • Baum 「ツリー」

      what about WiiFit U? That game’ll sell like hot cakes (relaive to the userbase of course)

      • Wayne Beck

        Good Point, there could be a ridiculous number of people waiting in the Wings just to pick up a Wii U for that specific game. Nintendo will have to show them it’s got something new that they can’t get in WiiFit Plus though.

        • Sol Ridgeway

          should have read your post. This is exactly right. Parents bought Wii fit plus because they already spent the money on that balance board and the game was cheap. I think they need to release a Wii Sports.

      • Sol Ridgeway

        I don’t think the market for WiiFit U own a Wii U yet. I don’t know how many people still do Wii Fit let alone buy a whole new system for the game.

        • Baum 「ツリー」

          I bet, that Nintendo will release a bundle for Wii Fit U, it’s almost a given in my eyes…

          And the audience for games like Wii Fit WILL buy it, when they see a bundle for it 😉

        • Wayne Beck

          It’s not about buying the System to play Wii Fit. It’s about justifying the purchase for their children by convincing themselves they will use it too. When that happens, it’s not a $400 dollar Christmas gift for a kid, it’s a $400 Christmas gift for the Family. Wii Fit U got pushed to Christmas for a reason.

          • Sol Ridgeway

            I see what you are saying, but I think you are placing too much faith that there is still a Wii Fit market. For families that bought Wii Fit, they have either moved on to P90x or quit altogether. Wii Fit was a fad that is not there anymore.

            Wii Sports on the other hand is a big deal. I used to run a 50+ magazine and every, and I mean every, rehab center used Wii Sports as therapy; most kids church rooms had Wii Sports; and most Wii’s were bought because of Wii Sports. What does the Wii U have to grab an audience like that?

    • thedeciderU

      i sure hope sonic sells. it’s looking to be a great game.

      • thedeciderU

        and i’m dying for a classic feel/look in a newer format

      • Wayne Beck

        Sonic could easily bump Wonderful 101 off the list. The Olympics games sell really well too.

      • Zombie Boy

        That and Wind Waker are my BIG titles too, along with Assassin’s Creed 4. That looks awesome!

      • Ducked

        I was talking aboit Nintendo made games, sorry should have added that

    • Fred

      Do you really think W101 will be below Pikmin?

    • Jeffery02

      I think Pikmin 3 will do a bit better than that, but I agree otherwise.

    • Michael DeVore

      1) 3D World ~1.68m retail ~.5M digital (Super Mario U sales but with better Digital sales. SMBU had less than 10 percent digital.)
      2) Pikmin 3 ~ 1.36m retail ~.4M digital (Sales are about 85% perfect match for Pikmin 1 minus retail sales so digital might be eating 15 to 25% depending on how optimistic you are)
      3) Zelda HD .85m retail ~.3m digital (HD Remakes can sell but never do well compared to the original 25% of the original sales is generous given the performance of remakes and HD releases If it does better than my estimates it will be an outlire for HD remakes)
      4) DK .6m retail ~.2m digital (it won’t do better than the 3ds version, or if it does it wont do it by much)

      101 is a wild card. No data exists to make a proper estimate. I could use pre-orders, but if I did it’s a ways below Pikmin 3. I feel 101 will have a challenge early on as all new IP does. It could do better with good word of mouth, but that could just be me wanting it to do better. It should be able to beat DK and Zelda HD without even trying. Also, Pikmin and 101 have been tied to big digital pushes by Nintendo So they might be doing even better than my most liberal digital estimates.

    • disqus_sgtob6da3X

      Well you got, Wii party U, Wii fit U, Sonic lost World, Rayman Legends.

    • Josiah Parsons

      Sadly, my favorite titles are coming out spring: MarioKart 8 and SSB.
      by the way, has anyone heard when Project C.A.R.S. is coming out?

  • I’ve swung both ways on the demo/beta stuff. Some have been really good and made me want the full experience, while others have been very lackluster and soured my enthusiasm for it at launch.

    I voted for the positive choice though because, more often than not, they get me more excited for the full game. But it is definitely not ALWAYS the case.

  • Jack5221

    A demo is not determining whether or not Im getting W101. The amazing 7min trailer sealed the deal for me. Day 1 purchase for me.

    • Fred

      That was an incredibly well done trailer!!!

  • WiiUisgaming

    I play W101 demo, and yet I know I will not buy the game

  • Rémi

    In regards to W101, my decision was to wait and see, as the game is similar in mechanics to Bayonneta ( or so i thought before demo). After watching the Nintendo Direct and playing the demo, my decision have change and i’ll get this title at launch.
    The combat is really engaging and my first playthrought was fun. Later during the week i have play again thought the demo and i had a lot more fun than my first try.

    So yeah in my case the demo helped me decide which game i’ll buy

    • Rémi

      And for those who don’t know, the special mission get rid of the slow-motion during the drawning of the Unite Morph, and the challenge is higher !

  • Sdudyoy

    Yeah demo’s have changed my opinion on games but most of the time I just download them to play free games.

  • Adrian

    Yes, I was really excited to Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate, and was 100% planning on picking up the game at launch…until I played the Demo. Didn’t have any interest in the game after that.
    Ah well, I played through xenoblade instead and that was pretty fun :).

    • From my understanding, the demo of that game was pretty terrible. I tried it on my 3DS and hated it, but still put MH3U in my queue for GameFly. I actually played about 40 hours of it on my Wii U before I got bored.

      • Baum 「ツリー」

        /This, except for the part, that it got boring 😛

        • I’ve never been really big on grindy games and MH3U is one big grind. It’s that reason I don’t play most JRPGs. If the controls had been similar to Dark Souls, I would have been hooked.

          • wober2

            I agree with you about the controls. The controls felt so clunky. I am not sure if I got used to them or just endured because I liked the monster designs.

          • The lack of a Y/Z axis really threw me, but I understand that’s because the 3DS controls were ported over to the Wii U. I watched video for Monster Hunter Online which is a PC only game and it looks like they still maintain that absence of Y/Z axis which is baffling to me.

          • Baum 「ツリー」

            Nah, that’s actually just like the creators want it 😀
            The controls feel clunky, because they ARE. It’s part of the challenge to get the Timing with Combos and evading right 😉

            I played Dark Souls…and as an experienced MH Player I felt like it was too EASY xDD I’ve got a friend, who’s really into the Souls series and he played both like at least 10 times…then I’ve got to sleep over at his house and I was like “meh, didn’t you say it’s challenging?”. I gave him my PSP with Monster Hunter Portable 3rd (wich is the easiest game of all so far) and he gave it back to me after a week, because he didn’t get into it…you often hear from newbies, that something like Qurupeco took them half an hour, when really good Players do him in less than a Minute 😛

          • Adrian

            If you didn’t play through at least half (or at least down a couple of story bosses) the Souls game, *starting from nothing*, you didn’t really play the game.

          • Baum 「ツリー」

            I did after that first time…I actually had to borrow a XBox to Play the game ^^

          • Adrian

            That’s good then. As long as you know what you are talking about. Dark Souls and Demon Souls appealed to me because you generally can’t be stupid or else you will just die. And you have to be fairly cautious when moving around at the beginning. One of the things I enjoy most is killing a monster that I’m not yet at the proper level to fight. So fun.

          • Fred

            Did you ever play Xenoblade? Do you like that one more than other JRPGs?

          • Adrian

            Some Xenoblade quests can be super grindy. I know at least 3 times I was searching for a certain item or drop for like an hour or two. Most of the quests don’t require you to deviate much from the main story though.

          • Fred

            Dang, I didn’t want to hear that. I’m
            finally playing it and I’m only 10 hours in, but I really haven’t had to grind
            at all I’ve loved it.

          • Adrian

            It’s really great. There was a collectible in the first cave that took me like 10 runthroughs to find the amount I needed for the quest. There was a semi rare mechon drop from a semi rare mechon that took me like 1-2 hours to get the required amount…on that same map was a collectable that took me at least an hour to find. On the second to the last map there is a collectible…called black liver bean I believe. That mofo took me 2 hours to find the 3 that I needed.
            Most of the quests aren’t bad though, which is good because it feels like there are hundreds of quests.

          • Fred

            I’m not a side quest guy so I have only done a couple of side quests. I love that Xenoblade doesn’t make you do any of them. Since I don’t do side quests I’m further into the game then I otherwise would be, but I like that even though i’m missing opportunites to level up using side quests I still haven’t had to sit and grind.

      • Adrian

        Honestly it looks like a huge grinder, even assuming that what people say about it (supposedly amazing) is true, I just don’t have interest in a grinder. I want a captivating story. Plus the gameplay was actually pretty horrible in the Demo.

        After I played Xenoblade I started The Witcher (last week). Holy crap, what a great game so far. Good story, hard battles (on the hardest mode), amazing (and hilarious) voice acting and characters.

        • If you really enjoy The Witcher, you’ll love The Witcher 2. Waaaaay better combat and the story is great as well. One of my favorite RPGs of the last few years.

          • Adrian

            I’m excited for it. :). I think the vulgarity of this game is hilariously “charming”. Especially the “cards” you collect. Haha, the writer(s) and designers had so much fun.

          • beerkin

            The witcher comes out for wii u when?

        • Schultz38

          Hopefully MH4 will appeal to the masses more and not seem like grinding is all the series has to offer. Honestly that’s all it has to offer to date. I like the grinding in MH so it’s never bothered me, but I understand other’s distaste. MH4 is suppose to feature larger maps that you can explore (from what we’ve seen the maps seem more comparable to Zelda now), and a much better/deeper story line.

          Hopefully, along with the improved controls of MH3U (they’re improved; not perfect) the series will appeal more to the West and sell better.

          • Adrian

            If they have a great story, much better gameplay, a great single player experience. I think you can replay hunts in that game too? I think that’s horribly stupid, they should take that out.
            So yeah…If they do those things I may get it :).

      • Fred

        Your poll needs a both option as I’ve experienced it both ways many times (made me buy it and made me not buy it)

    • Baum 「ツリー」

      Argh…you missed on an amazing game, dude 😀
      The Demo was UTTER SHIT especially for People, that never played MonHan before ^^

      • Entropyguy

        Perhaps that’s true, but then maybe they should have made the demo more indicative of the gameplay?

        • Baum 「ツリー」

          The Problem with that demo was Capcom’s lazyness…they just took the one from a MH Event, where of course MH veterans would Play and see how the game feels compared to the previous titles ^^

          I think everyone, who’s interested in MH, but didn’t like the demo (seriously…not even experienced Players liked it) should try to rent it somewhere or buy it if there’s nothing else at that time

        • It’s hard to provide an accurate demo for a game like Monster Hunter. If you start people off at the beginning of the game, they’ll get bored before they do any hunts.

          Capcom opted to throw you directly into a hunt without giving you any guidance and it seemed really contrived, so many people didn’t understand the aspect of gathering materials to craft new gear and taking on challenges that are rewarding in terms of skill.

      • Adrian

        Ah, well, let’s just say Capcom dropped the ball for gamers like me. Life goes on. Glad you are enjoying it though!

        • Baum 「ツリー」

          MH4 will get better 😉
          They’re going all out with a huge Story, voice acting and a whole new comrade System ^^

          • Adrian

            Unfortunately, still probably won’t get it though. I just don’t have time to play a grinder, especially dislike grinding for materials with low drop percentages. Makes me totally feel like I’m wasting my time.

  • Entropyguy

    Demos have both sold me a game and unsold me on a game. Most recently I’ve become even more enthusiastic for Wonderful 101 based on the demo, and decided not to purchase Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate based on the demo.

    • Adrian


    • Andrew Comer

      The monster hunter demo was crap, but the game itself is fantastic. It’s to bad it turned you away from it.

    • Fred

      She really needs to add a BOTH option to that poll

  • Xonion

    I played the MH3U demo and didnt like it at all, but after seeing so many people loving the game i decided to buy the game anyway and i have not regretted it. I have spent 80+ hours on the game and still loving it.

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    • Adrian

      AHH, Don’t yell at me!!!! 🙁

  • Squid

    Rhythm theif is my Demo that made me want a game.


    Sincerily, I was a lot interested in the wonderful 101 game but after the demo that interest dissapeared

    • Adrian

      Ohh, one who dares to go against the grain.

  • thedeciderU

    a bit off-topic, but what the hell is the deal with limiting the number of times you can play a demo? fuck that. remember demo discs with playstation magazine? you could use them whenever you wanted and i’m sure by now they are collectible.

    • One of the things I hate about Nintendo :/

    • Adrian

      IMO demos should just be 10 hours (in-game, non paused) of gameplay from the actual game. Then you should be able continue from where you stopped in the demo if you purchase.

      • Fred

        I believe Fire Emblem on the 3DS has it set up so that if you download the game you can just continue from where you left off with the demo, however it’s probably only an hour and a half of gameplay, not 10 hours

        • Adrian

          well 10 hours might be a bit much…for me thats like 2 or 3 gaming sessions. Usually I like to talk to every person at the beginning of a game, defeat every enemy, collect every possible item, and learn all I can. so 10 hours is usually how long it takes me to “get started” in most games.

      • thedeciderU

        or even like on xbl and psn, where you get to a certain point, then are asked whether or not to buy the game from there to continue. that would be nice to keep it the same across the board, and i’d probably be more likely to purchase the game since i wouldn’t HAVE to replay anything i just did if i didn’t want to. the initial sometimes large download is a pain, but it pays off when you play a demo you like, then get access to the rest of the game and don’t have to download anything from there on.

        • Adrian

          Getting to a certain point and then saying “to continue you must purchase the full game” would be great too. There was a demo of a playstation game called Legend of Dragoon that me and my friends played in like middle school that did that. The game seemed super awesome. But we kids had no moneys :p.

          • thedeciderU

            nice, i had tekken 2 ps1 demo, and it was awesome. never owned the full game though. actually, never owned a tekken game until a couple weeks ago. T2tt wiiu edition is pretty awesome!

      • thedeciderU

        i’ve bought many games on the strength of the type of demo/download. instant is best (though i know the game is not yet released).

  • jonen

    i bought harmoknight shortly after playing the demo

  • Joe Fraley

    I hated the Wonderful 101 demo, even though I had been considering buying the game. There’s no way I’m taking it rather than Rayman or Windwaker or lots of other upcoming games. I’m very glad I played it.

    • Care to share what you hate about it? Many people have said the opposite when it comes to the demo. That they weren’t considering it and after playing the demo they were going to get it day one.

      • Joe Fraley

        Sure. I felt that the animation was manic, and that movement around the screen was jarring and unpleasant. Probably related to this I disliked the control scheme. I liked it in principle, I was happily surprised when I saw the special move mechanisms. It’s clever the way they made the stick circle move for Red and then your characters actually visualize the move on screen. I thought that was cute design, but I always hated actually doing it. There were lots of things I liked, but when the controls aren’t fun and the animation makes you sick, how much can you enjoy the rest of the game really?

        The best part of the demo, I thought, was the bridge sequence where you lead you can use missile strikes and stuff. That was fun. The boss battles, or special conflicts or whatever were not exciting though, they just felt like more combat.

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  • Morits Lian

    Well the “demo” of T!T!T! made me just deny this game’s existense. I’m sorry fans, but I just don’t like it at all. I really thought the idea was great and all but it didn’t make my cut.

  • There’s a typo in the poll. o_O

  • Mochlum

    Really depends for me. Wonderful 101, Sonic and All-Stars Racing, and Rayman Legends demos have won me over, I’m considering buying MH3U, Harmoknight, and Rhythm Theif because of the demos, and some of them, like The Cave or Trine 2.

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  • Fred

    I’ve had it go BOTH ways for me. How is that not an option on the poll. Theatrhythm I bought because of the demo, Kingdom Hearts 3D Dream Drop Distance I won’t buy because of the demo. NBA 2K13 I bought because of the demo, Mario and Sonic at the London Olympics I didn’t buy because of the demo.
    Mutant Mudds is a game I had ZERO interest in, but because of the demo I’ve considered buying it several times. Fire Emblem Awakening is one that I wouldn’t have bought for sure, but now that I’ve played the demo I will buy it I’m just not sure when yet.
    The original Rayman Legends demo sold me on that game I was going to buy it back in Feb. then they postponed it and I got mad and decided not to buy it, but then the Challenges App sold me on it again and I’ll download it at Midnight September 3rd.
    I downloaded W101 demo I was sure I was going to buy it, but now I need to find some time to play the demo so that I can make that decision again.

    • Joe Fraley

      I had the same experience with Rayman. I was thinking “eh, seems quirky,” but as soon as I played the demo with my friends it became the game I was most excited about this year. Mechanics and creative multiplayer are stellar.

  • Arthur Jarret

    Odd, limiting poll choices:

    Like most people – All of the above: I play early demos of games I cannot wait to play, which cause no effect.

    I play demoes of games I’m on the fence about… which can lead to me adding it to my wish list, or dropping interest.

    I don’t bother with demos of games I’m not interested in.

  • Jon

    ” Playing a demo made me hate a game and I didn’t buy it.”

    um…. WHAT? The game is not out so how could I say “I didn’t buy it” because I can’t buy it…

    • Adrian

      I think the poll is not specific to a single game.

  • Jake

    I wasn’t going to get wonderful 101 or zombiu till I played the demo. I got zombiu after the demo and I have preordered W101

    • Adrian

      I’m glad I never played the ZombiU demo…I have no idea what it was like, but I LOVE ZombiU. I was sold on the promo videos that were out. The demo may have scared me away from this amazing game.

  • Mitch Hall

    Of course – that’s what demos are for, right?

    For instance, my favorite PS3 game is inFamous 2 – but I never would have played it had I not played the demo.

  • Lil J Moore

    I like to try out a demo of a game before I buy. So yes it has affected my purchasing.

  • Demo’s have influenced my purchasing decisions in both ways. Sometimes you can only tell so much from trailer and need to get some hands on with the game (or at least a game from the same series) to see if the game is right for you.

  • Elitepwnsface

    Most games don’t provide such an option, but yes demo’s have both persuaded me to buy and not buy a game.

  • Møhåmmęd Jårmøn

    I’ve had both. My most recent were both bad

  • AAAkabob

    I’ve felt both, that W101 demo actually made me decide to get Rayman instead

    • Zombie Boy

      I’m not sure if “Yes, it made me buy another game instead” is an option lol!

    • C4

      But what if you actually will like the full version of W101? 🙂

      • AAAkabob

        The lackluster controls and bad camera assures me I won’t like it as much as I will like Rayman

  • aldo2410

    rayman demo made me want it, zombiU demo made me want it, but RE: revelations demo didn´t hiped me, i think it jus worked on ubisoft demos.

    • thedeciderU

      i’m pretty close to finishing re:revelations, and i’m not sure i will because for half the game i’ve forced myself to play it. bummer.

      • Elem187

        I was impressed with the demo.. the visuals are pretty rough, but thats expected, its a 3DS game uprezzed with some texture rework… but the gameplay was solid, so I took a chance… I’m on the last boss, I loved the campaign, but I just don’t like playing this last boss (with the heart beating outside of his chest) … I have no motivation to get through this tiny part of the game, the rest of it was a blast though.

        • thedeciderU

          the story made the game suck for me. big time. raid mode was fun for a little while too, but local mp would have helped imo.

  • Starfoxguy

    I’ve played demos that made me both want and not want games.

  • Alexander Kleinwechter

    Am i really the only one who thinks this game is a bit too hectic, i dont judge the game i bet its great, but for me there is so much things that is going on in the same time, im very confused and i didnt enjoy it all. Though i can see why other people would want to buy it!

    • Elem187

      Yes, the first few times I played through it was very confusing… but I think I’m getting the hang of it and starting to understand it.
      Once you start getting into chain attacks (multiple unite attacks at once) the wonderful gameplay shines through… also learning to both dodge and block is pretty important.

      Which is strange because normally I don’t like action games. I’m more into strategy, rpg, adventure and puzzle games…. But this game adds a bit of strategic gameplay into the action, and I think thats what has my interest piqued… but again, it took playing the demo for a few hours to really understand it.

      I had my kid brother over my house last weekend and played the snot out of its multiplayer. This is where the game really shines for me. Thats only 2 players, I can only imagine how crazy it will be with 5.

  • TrueWiiMaster

    All three options apply. I’ve played demos that made me want the game, that made me not want a game, and that didn’t affect me either way.

  • Agent721

    I have never bought a game when the demo sucked. If the demo sucks, I am passing 100% of the time.

  • uPadWatcher

    After playing the demo, I have to say that The Wonderful 101 is truly an epic unite action game. Kamiya and the “Project Wonderful” team division at PlatinumGames have done an outstanding job on that demo… including hidden cheats to unlock the bashful, but powerful Russian Wonder Yellow and the Transylvanian hottie with a “bubbly” yet sarcastic personality Wonder Pink.

    Come this month (Europe, Japan and Australia) and next month (United States and Canada), Nintendo and PlatinumGames is gonna score more than just PURE PLATINUM when TW101 launches!

  • Jeffery02

    I played the Project P-100 demo at the Wii U Experience in Chicago, the Wonderful 101 demo at Navy Peir, and the Wonderful 101 demo from the eShop. The demo that they had for the traveling Wii U Tour was by far the best one. The demo they had at the Wii U experience seems to be the same one that they now have on the eShop.

    After everything I have played and seen, I must tell every person that played the eShop demo that, whether you liked it or not, the actual game seems to be A LOT better than what the demo is. The game has a lot more content (i.e. more unites, more character interactions, more moves, more options, more customization, more story/cut scenes, and so on) than what the demo showed. The demo was just simply pure gameplay. Plain and simple. They only gave you 3 unite morph weapons and 2 unite defenses where you just repetitively beat up enemies, and mostly with the sword. If you felt the demo was lacking, then don’t let it make you dislike the game.

    The reason why I bring this up is because I have heard a lot of criticism for it. People I came across were unimpressed by it. I was too actually. The game itself though will be MUCH better. If you were one of the few who decided against the game due to the demo, please give the game another chance when it comes out. Try renting it, testing out a used copy from Gamestop (if you can find one), try it on a friend’s Wii U, or just get the game anyway. You may be surprised.

  • Dell Goodman

    I clicked yes, but a demo hasn’t always made me want to purchase a game. More times and not, I follow the previews. But this passed year, I’ve barely done that.

    Demos for me are a god send. Most games I’m unsure I play a demo and find out the game is horrible. The games I research into, I buy without the use of demos.

  • palomino blue

    Demos make a lot of sense. Every publisher should be confident enough in their product to give a sample to its potential buyers. If the game isn’t good enough to stand up, it’ll show in the demo. I’ve gone both ways after playing a demo but the fact remains that at the end of the day, the demo helped me make my decision.

    • Elem187

      I think demos make sense for new IP’s… not including a demo for a new IP is a huge mistake.
      I know I’m one person, but I know there is plenty of others like me that think $60 is a bit steep for a game. So its hard to spend that $60 on something you are just not sure of.. A demo helps out in that situation immensley… games like 3D Mario, Zelda, or whatever don’t need a demo, you generally know its going to be a quality game.

  • Emily Horton

    I played the Wonder 101 Demo and didn’t like it. I was really looking forward to the game too :/

    • Castamere

      While I wasn’t totally looking forward to it, I just didn’t understand the gameplay after having played the demo. It still looks interesting, though.

  • Deadpool U

    Demos have affected my decision.
    Example: When I owned a PSP I downloaded a demo of a game called ‘Lord of Arcana’ after beating the game was a must-have too bad the game was a psp exclusive because I could see it being a good fit for Wii U.

  • Adrian Brown

    Yes, I wanted to play a new multiplayer game with my friends, tried Sonic and All Star Racing Transformed and got the game.

  • discuss

    I tried the monster hunter 3 demo only to realize it was a greatly hyped game which couldn’t deliver.

    • Elem187

      In fairness that demo was utter crap, they just kind threw you into it… the full game eases you into it and you learn the ropes over a period of 3 or 4 hours and it just starts to click.

  • Anthony K Aurelia

    It has gone both ways for me for demos…101, don’t want it now same with MH3. RE Revelations…it made me buy it. I guess it really depends on how a demo is put together to leave a specific impression of a game. I have read games that had demos actually sold worse.

    • Jray

      i felt that way with the 101 demo too at first, but i gave it another go, and once i actually got the hang of the controls i started really enjoying it! i’ll definitely get it

    • Elem187

      Keep playing the demo and make an honest effort to learn the depth of the demo.. Multiple combos/unite chains really make the gameplay shine.
      Not until like my 4th play through was until I started figure out how to do multiple unite morphs at once…. its pretty satisfying to chain so many attacks at once and see them just decimate all of the enemies in less than 3 seconds.

      Now that I get it, I’m super excited for the full game.

  • disqus_jnx8BgXLZd

    Should be more like “Demo’s have made me want to buy games” and “Didn’t affect my choice” or something like that. Anyways, OF COURSE!! I need to try before buy for some titles, some I buy and then regret, but that’s a whole other story

  • Héctor I. Rivera Negrón

    Almost every time I play a demo makes me not want to buy the game. It needs to be a very stupid game for me not to want to buy it from the beginning then again there’s one demo I played and wanted to buy it and I couldn’t buy it and I really really really regretted. The first Luigi’s Mansion.I played the wonderful 101’s demo them I’m like “the game looks awesome” but I think I’m not going to buy it, sorry. Maybe I’ll regret it later but right now it’s just not for me.

  • It depends on the game. Some games I really wanted until I played the demo. While other games I didn’t want until I played the demo. As for the Wonderful 101, I’ve wanted it since it was announced. And now after the demo I am even more excited. I keep playing the same mission over again. I can’t wait until September 15th. Lucky Europeans. My preorder is paid in full I am just waiting.

  • ItzameyaToad

    It truely depends on the demo. I have played some demos and hated the game, some demos have made me buy the games then sometimes I have played a demo hated it still got the game down the line only to realise the demo level was horseshit and the devs picked the worst level. I had some interest in the Wonderful 101 when it was announced but after the Direct and playing the demo I am really pumped for it!

  • Fuzunga

    I usually demo games because:

    1: I already want to buy the game and want to play it early.

    2: I want to try out a game I don’t think I’ll like to see if I’m wrong.

    3: I’m curious about a game I barely know anything about.

    I don’t really ever refrain from buying a game because of a demo. I either was going to buy the game already, wasn’t planning on buying the game already, or discovered something new that I ended up liking.

  • Martijn Plasmans

    I had my doubts about The Wonderful 101 and after playing the demo i know for sure it’s not my type of game 🙂

    • ETeach

      This is me, only in reverse. Now I really want it 🙂

  • Selena Gomez

    I hoped for the Demo of The Wonderful 101, because I wanted to get my hands on it. After playing the Demo I was like: meh. nothing for me I guess.
    Gonna wait for WW HD as my next Wii U game…

  • JVAN63

    Yes, it has swayed me both ways. I’ve bought The Cave and some others based upon a demo (for Nintendo, 360, and Android). Basically, if I finish the demo and want more, then I buy. However, I typically don’t finish most demos (especially Android), because they don’t engage me enough, or they’re just not my type of game. I figure, if I don’t finish a demo, why bother buying the game? There’s some eShop titles that I was interested in, but not enough to buy. The demo always convinces me one way or the other.

  • Depends on the demo, depends on the game. But to be perfectly honest, I haven’t played a demo in years. I usually already know what games I’d be willing to buy.

  • Some demo’s had me buy a game, while others didn’t make me buy a game afterall. So little tough to choose but bought more games after the demo then not buying games after a demoso I vote option 1.

  • ElCharlo

    The DEMO will work as long as it´s a good game and you are showing a good level that represents that game and the gameplay.

    Sometimes the first level doesnt sell the game because the best gameplay mechanics are introduced far later.

    If the GAME isn´t good the DEMO won´t save it. Of course if the GAME is crap, its better for the publisher to only show videos.

  • Petri

    Mass Effect 2 demo totally killed it for me.
    Mass Effect 3 demo made me want the game.
    I guess its ironic, that in the end Mass Effect 2 was the better one,
    though first one was the best.

  • Elem187

    The only thing a demo does for me is confirm or change my feelings on a product. I rarely gamble with an IP i never heard of.
    So for a new IP, yes a demo should be mandatory. $60 is a lot to plop down only to learn after the fact the game was a dud.
    i think Platinum Games realizes they have a gem on their hands, so its probably worth their time to put out a demo.
    There is alot of mediocre games out there that have demos for it, and I can’t imagine it helps them out, in fact it probably works against them.

  • Tekina Sibawo

    I didn’t want this game at all. I thought it would be interesting to play but I didn’t want it. I downloaded the Demo and I’m so sad I have to wait a whole month for this to come out. I want it NOW!