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Nintendo will become a “distant third”

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Regularly seen as being a bit of a Nintendo hater, Michal Pachter has once again heralded the company’s impending doom, saying that the house of Mario is in a “world of trouble.”

“Nintendo’s in trouble right now,” the prodigious prognosticator presaged. “Nintendo, I think, waited two years too long to launch a competitive, high definition console…I think by the time they did launch a console which stacks up really well, the other two guys [Sony and Microsoft] passed them by, and I think they’re in a world of trouble right now.”

One problem, as you already know, is that Nintendo’s little machine lacks third party developer support; a problem its competitors don’t seem to have.

“The publishers are pretty excited to support the Xbox One and the PS4 – they really didn’t say anything about the Wii U. And we know EA has no games in development for Wii U.

“If Activision pulls support; if you see Ubisoft, you see Take-Two pull support, the Wii U is a Nintendo-only gaming device which is they way they were back with the Nintendo Entertainment System in 1985. They’re not going to sell a lot of consoles if they don’t have games like FIFA and Battlefield and Call of Duty and Grand Theft Auto.”

He expects Nintendo to come in a distant third when the next-gen race is over because most gamers will buy Sony or Microsoft machines, and only those who have to play Nintendo games will get a Wii U – as their secondary machines.

“I think they are at the bottom of a huge mountain with a huge uphill climb, I don’t think they’re going to get that mojo back, I think these two guys [Sony and Microsoft] are passing them by. There’s PS4 priced fifty bucks more than a Wii U. I mean, why would anyone buy a Wii U, unless they just have to play Nintendo games?

“I think the way it shakes out is, anyone who buys a Wii U who really is a hardcore gamer is going to buy a PS4 or an Xbox One in addition so they can play those third party titles that they love, so I think Nintendo becomes a distant third in this console race.”

While you should never count the big N out, I think he could be right. The Wii U is a great console, but it was probably too little, too late.

Last Updated: July 5, 2013


  1. ElimiNathan

    July 5, 2013 at 15:39

    Ye sad, wanted it to be and do allot better


  2. Airborne

    July 5, 2013 at 15:39

    WOW! Such insight!!!


  3. DieJason

    July 5, 2013 at 15:41

    Still looking for a Wii U on the cheap, would love to play some Ninty titles


  4. Umar Kiiroi Senk?

    July 5, 2013 at 15:45

    Nintendo will never go down but it is sad to see the state that they are in


  5. Tarisma

    July 5, 2013 at 15:58

    Just cuz of these comments I’m buying one. Just so when a good game does come out. I can run it in everyone else’s faces that I can play it. Also I’m pretty sure the Wiiiiiiiuuuuuuu will get some sweet JRPG’s.


    • Skyblue

      July 5, 2013 at 22:50



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