Wii U A Mistake, Nintendo Can't Recover, Says Michael Pachter
Author: William Usher
published: 2013-02-18 14:59:40
Wedbush Morgan Securities managing director Michael Pachter is moving on up in the world by proclaiming doom and gloom for Nintendo. The Pach-Man has had it out for Nintendo with a real ax to grind on The Big 'N'. His latest comments come amid a torrent of heated speculation regarding the system's potential staying power in the market.
Destructoid scooped up the story that originated on GamesBeat, where Pach-Man stated that...
“I think they misfired on the Wii U,” ... “It’s just not that different from the other two [existing] consoles, and the gameplay isn’t as unique as the Wii. They made a mistake, it’s something they probably can’t recover from.”
Oh that's not very good at all.
These comments come from the speculation that the Wii U only moved 55,000 total SKUs in January, according to GamaSutra. This has led many to start claiming continual doom and gloom for the Wii U, despite the fact that the system isn't selling that bad and has only been on the market for three months.
The biggest factor is that the Wii U is priced near the top of the market at $350, and that's a bit much for a system that may or may not be as powerful as a desktop for $400. And the next big factor is the gaming catalog...there aren't enough games!
The additional dour news about Aliens: Colonial Marines potentially not being the definitive version of the game for the Wii U also means that this kind of hampers the idea that the system will get a truly, AAA-worthy killer app anytime soon.
March, is, however, shaping up slightly better as there is some hope that Need for Speed: Most Wanted might be the Wii U's knock-'em-dead title.
Still, there needs to be more risky ventures like ZombiU that both capitalize on the Wii U's original GamePad and also offer some genuine fun-filled game mechanics. I'm betting Big 'Ninnies can't wait for E3 to appear because that's when we might expect to hear more about Nintendo's exclusive line-up of titles for the system. Remember, it's the software that sells the system not just the system itself.
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