Two months out from release and market analysts are already hard at work dogging the Big 'N'...again. A retread of 2006 is happening all over again as industry experts believe that the Wii U may under-perform within its first 14 months on the market due to a “disappointing” and “clunky” design.
Six years ago analysts didn't think the Wii would be much a threat on the market due to being under-powered in comparison to the Xbox 360 and PS3. The Wii went on to “win” this current generation of console gaming and has an approximate world wide install base of nearly 95 million units. Very impressive.
According to Wii U Daily, Piper Jaffray market analyst Michael Olson, the same guy from back in April who claimed that the Wii U wouldn't come close to the Wii's sales, is once again predicting that the Wii U will move less units than the original Wii and will only move 10 million units within a year's span due to “disappointing clunky form factor, user interface and operating system” as noted in a missive sent out to Wall Street clients that Wii U Daily managed to get their hands on.
I'm not sure how Olson managed to rummage through the OS of the Wii U before anyone else, but I'd love to know where he came up with the OS comment from, but out of all the criticisms for the system this is the first time I've seen someone make a negative remark about the console's operating system.
Olson's comments actually mirror those of Wedbush Morgan Securities analyst Michael Pachter (twin brothers from another mother, perhaps?) who predicted that the Wii U would be too “gimmicky” and was a “solution in search of a problem”, failing to capitalize on the original Wii's success, as reported by The Escapist back in July.
Given that Nintendo is somehow always the underdog each generation despite constantly proving that they are a force to be reckoned with in the gaming space, I'm not going to hold any negative judgments about their performance of the Wii U until we see the month-to-month sales for the first six months.
But if I were a gambling addict who spent way too much time at the Kentucky Derby, I would bet that the Wii U is probably going to be the sleeper hit of the holiday season when it launches on November 18th.