Analyst: Wii U lacks appeal beyond core fans
Baird analyst Colin Sebastian has delivered a damning report to investors regarding the Wii U.
He believes that in order for Nintendo to regain market share, they must release key first-party titles and retain support from third-parties. A price cut may even be on the cards, with the system apparently failing to appeal beyond core fans.
“We remain concerned that Nintendo’s innovative Wii U console will lack broad appeal beyond the core Nintendo fan base,” Sebastian writes.
“Following a somewhat lackluster launch and holiday selling season, Nintendo will need to bring to market major first-party releases (Zelda) and retain the support of key third-party developers to reduce market share losses.
“In a negative scenario, Nintendo will be forced to prematurely lower the Wii U price, and over the course of this cycle, we expect consideration will be given to extending first-party franchises to other platforms.”
[Thanks GamesIndustry International]