Pachter: Nintendo “made a costly mistake” with Wii U


Wedbush Securities analyst Michael Pachter has stood on his soapbox once more, proclaiming that Nintendo has “made a mistake” with Wii U.

He believes that it doesn’t provide enough differentiation to competitor consoles on the market, and that the company “probably can’t recover” from such error.

“I think they misfired on the Wii U,” Pachter told GamesBeat. “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.”

Whilst Nintendo recently presented a slew of games, including a 3D Mario, Mario Kart Wii U, The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD, Yarn Yoshi, and Monolith Soft’s Project X.

Yet this isn’t enough to save Nintendo, according to Pachter: “I think they have made a costly mistake [with the Wii U]. And their handheld business can’t save them in the face of cannibalisation from smartphones and tablets.”

Alex Seedhouse
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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