Nintendo NX “doomed before it launches” without key third-party support

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Outspoken Wedbush Securities analyst Michael Pachter has warned that without key third-party support, Nintendo’s NX will be “doomed before it launches.”

Their next “dedicated game platform” must avoid the pitfalls encountered by Wii U, which saw third-parties pulling support and even shelving completed games developed for the system.

“If Nintendo gets the same level of support for NX that it got for the Wii U, it’s doomed before it launches,” Pachter warned in Siftd’s Pachter Factor. “That’s much, much more important than the price. If they get third-party support, if they make it in such a way that everyone can port every game over and the incremental cost to make if for Xbox One, PS4 and NX is $1-2 million, every game will be there.

“If it’s a whole different language, or requires a whole different programming scheme, or requires something to do with the GamePad where you’ve got the controller different the way Wii U works, it’s doomed. No one’s going to support it.”

Pachter reiterated his belief that third-party publishers were “burned” by both Wii U and Wii, and would therefore be “very, very cautious” about supporting NX unless it treads a path similar to Sony’s PlayStation 4 and Microsoft’s Xbox One.

He continued, “I think the publishers are leery of Nintendo, the third-party publishers. I think they got burned by the Wii, they were never good on the Wii, they got burned by the Wii U – especially Ubisoft. So, I think they are going to be very, very cautious.

“The more this thing looks like a PS4 or Xbox One I think the better it does, and, ultimately, the only people who are going to buy it are people that don’t have a PS4 or Xbox One. Or, people who have a PS4 or Xbox One, and want to play Nintendo games.

“There are a lot of the latter and by the time NX comes out – assuming it comes out in 2016 – the PS4 and Xbox One will be barely halfway through saturating their potential install base. So, perhaps the NX will capture a third of that remaining market, because if you don’t have either a PS4 or Xbox One and you can play everything on PS4 or Xbox One except first-party titles, what are you giving up? You get all Nintendo first-party, and you’re giving up a handful of Microsoft and Sony first-party. So, it’s going to be back to close to a level playing field, but it really depends on third-party support.

“Don’t know what they are going to do, don’t know when the NX will come, [don’t] really know what Nintendo’s got planned – we don’t know many details. I am sure we are going to see something on the NX next year, [but] I’m not sure when it’s launching. When I hear more, I reserve the right to change my mind about exactly what things are going to do and how well they’ll sell.”

Nintendo has repeatedly stated that they won’t share any information about what NX entails until 2016, so we will have to hold out until then to see what awaits!

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After starting out with a Yellow Game Boy and a copy of Donkey Kong Land, Alex once hid in his room to play The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time one Christmas. Now he shares his thoughts on Nintendo Insider, keeping track of everything to do with Nintendo.

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