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Nintendo Wii U faces bleak future says analyst

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The Nintendo Wii U could face a bleak future if the second half of this year fails to provide sales increases, predicts one analyst.

Michael Pachter, research analyst at Wedbush Securities believes the latter half of 2013 will decide the Wii U’s fate, especially before the Xbox One and PS4 release dates at the end of the year.

“We believe the Wii U release date slate on display will be a key determinant of the console’s long-term staying power,” said Pachter. “With the more powerful PS4 and Xbox One launching later this year, Nintendo risks losing additional share to its console competitors if the quality and volume of content available for Wii U does not pick up markedly in the near-term.”

The Wii U has suffered from stagnant sales since launch, as the console has failed to attract significant consumer attention.

“If the Wii U’s popularity does not improve by the end of the year, many third-party publishers may pass on producing games for the console.”

Major game publisher, EA Games, has already admitted that it has no games in development for the Wii U at the moment. This means the console will miss out on huge titles like FIFA 14, Battlefield 4 or any other of the publisher’s mammoth franchises.

“EA recently announced that it had no Wii U games in development, and it remains a possibility that the publisher will abandon the platform entirely. Should other third parties follow EA’s lead, the Wii U could be relegated to a first party only platform.”

Despite Satoru Iwata stating Nintendo wouldn’t cut the Wii U price, the majority of retailers have been exercising their own unofficial price drop. A new round of Nintendo Wii U price cuts started at the beginning of last month, dropping the console’s cost to just £149 – a full £100 cheaper than its original RRP.

“Nintendo may look to spur Wii U sales through either a hardware price drop of $50 or a bundle that includes some of its more popular software,” added Pachter.

Nintendo announced that it had missed annual profit targets by 50 per cent last month, blaming the miscommunication between the console manufacturer and the public for slow Wii U sales. Nintendo boss Iwata said Nintendo had had difficulties portraying the console’s features to the public.

Next, read why the Wii U is Nintendo’s Dreamcast.

Via: MCV

nmunky

June 4, 2013, 12:38 pm

Is this the same Michael Pachter who predicted in 2009 that the gamecube/ps3/xbox would be the last generation of consoles?

Joycey

June 4, 2013, 12:51 pm

Mr Pachter, he should really write a book on "making a living from spouting BS or stating the bleeding obvious"

MidianNightbreed

June 4, 2013, 1:25 pm

As others have said, it's worth noting that Pachter generally pulls his predictions out of his bottom. His schtick is based entirely on whichever console has the most raw power determining success; I don't think he's ever had anything positive to say about Nintendo, even when they've been selling more than anyone else.

The Wii U is much cheaper to manufacture and sell than PS4 and Xbox One, so even with a substantial price cut I think they'll be fine as soon as they start throwing their weight behind it, as they have with the 3DS recently, which also suffered a slow start. It will be a few years before 4K is common, so an affordable HD console will be enough to tide them over until the next generation as long as the big guns come out in terms of games. It will probably become the 'second console' to PS4 or Xbox for hardcore gamers, thanks to a low price, I think. Wii U for Mario, Zelda, Pikmin, et al, and one of the others for the blockbuster multi-format titles (if you're interested in EA drivel, that is).

See what I did there? Just made up some vague prediction based on nothing except my opinion. Can I get a highly-paid job as a video games industry analyst, please?

shadus

June 4, 2013, 3:06 pm

The thing I cant figure out is why with his reputation does Pachter keeping making such bold far reaching statements. What he describes is one of many outcomes but it is just as likely as the PS4 and xbox one being too expensive to develop games that use their full capacity leaving developers to publish only for the wii u or that consumers find the prices way to high for xbox one and ps4 and skip them entirely sticking with their current consoles. All three statements are ridiculous one just hurts their public perception by making them. Doesn't he realize that?

ACE

June 4, 2013, 8:33 pm

patcher patcher always

Eric Degrechie

June 4, 2013, 10:25 pm

Wow, Micheal Pachter was the analyst you were speaking of in the headline? I never would have guessed!

shawn

June 5, 2013, 4:49 pm

Major game publisher, EA Games, has already admitted that it has no games in development for the Wii U
at the moment. This means the console will miss out on huge titles like
FIFA 14, Battlefield 4 or any other of the publisher’s mammoth
franchises.

Incorrect Sir. Maybe you should do a little research before just going off one post. EA came out not a week later and said thats not true we do have Wii U games in Development.

mazty

June 6, 2013, 12:32 pm

Yes Pachter has made BS statements before, but now he's just saying what has already been said. EA have already, more or less, backed out of developing for the console, and we already know that Frostbite 3 and UE4 won't be running on the console.

If developers want to use next-gen engines, then they are going to be automatically opting out of developing for the Wii U.

If popularity doesn't pick up, we may find ourselves staring at a new dreamcast, or at best, a new gamecube. Either way with PS4/xbone around the corner, it has a very, very tough hill to climb.

Tim

October 7, 2013, 7:16 am

It was a flop from the second they un-veiled it

Just the Wii again with an expensive controller

Whoever is coming up with their 'ideas' should be ashamed

The Wii U was completely unnecessary and innovated officially nothing

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