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.

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Last Updated: July 5, 2013

Geoffrey Tim

Editor. I’m old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time – they were capable of being masterpieces. I’m here now, looking for more of those masterpieces.

  • ElimiNathan

    Ye sad, wanted it to be and do allot better

  • Airborne

    WOW! Such insight!!!

  • Hammersteyn

    I never thought Sega would bite the dust on the console front. Even Atari for that matter. Goes to show nothing lasts forever.

    • ALKi1234

      Coming from that Wii “high”…

      • Hammersteyn

        Like life, it’s so sad too bad

  • DieJason

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

  • Umar Kiiroi Senk?

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

  • Tarisma

    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


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