That makes the Wii U the most-wanted dedicated gaming device, significantly ahead of the Xbox 360's Kinect sensor (31%) and Nintendo's handheld 3DS and DS lines (29% and 28% respectively).
But though the iPad was still the leading device among those over 12, it was less than half as likely to make a wishlist, with 21 percent interested in making it their own.
A new computer was deemed second most desirable to those 13 and up (19 percent) -- compared with sixth most wanted to younger children, a non-Apple tablet third (18%), and the Nintendo Wii U fourth (17%).
Apple's competitors had greater traction with an older crowd, where the Kindle Fire and Samsung Galaxy tablets were potential purchases for 9 percent and 8 percent respectively, compared to the iPad mini's 11 percent.
Meanwhile the good old iPhone made the wishlist of 14 percent of the over-12 group compared to 12 percent for non-iPhone smartphones and 11 percent for Android smartphones.