Wii U Will Fail Because It Lacks Support, Says Michael Pachter

The Nintendo device will perform badly during 2013

By on December 7th, 2012 13:35 GMT

Michael Pachter, the analyst who is watching the video game industry for Wedbush Securities, believes that the new Wii U home console from Nintendo will fail to perform well in the future, mainly because it won’t get the necessary support from third-party game developers.

Speaking at the Digital Game Monetization Summit in San Francisco, the analyst, quoted by GamesIndustry.biz, said that, “I think you're going to see now with the Wii U, notwithstanding its early launch support, nobody's going to support it.”

He added, “I don't think we're going to see every game on the Wii U next year. I think when next-gen consoles come out they're going to be better than the Wii U. Call of Duty is amazing on the Wii U this year. The problem with playing Call of Duty online is it's a community and if there's only four people playing it on the Wii U it's no fun.”

Apparently, switching from Call of Duty on the PS3 and the Xbox 360 to the Wii U is on the same level of craziness as moving from Facebook to Google+.

The Nintendo Wii U is at the moment available in North America and Europe and Japanese gamers will get access to it tomorrow.

The company is aiming to get 5.5 million units sold before the end of March 2013.

Most analysts believe that the hardware maker will miss its mark and that it will struggle to support the console in the long term.

Satoru Iwata has recently announced that Nintendo will create both Mario and Zelda 3D titles for the Wii U, but has given no time frame for their launch.

Until now, the only hard sales numbers for the new home console are linked to the United States market, where it sold more than 400,000 units.

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