Pachter doesn’t hate Nintendo!

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But he still feels that they’re a poor investment, and will likely never return to the money-printing days of the Wii and the DS.

Asked by Nintendo Life if he hated the Mario-churning Japanese company, Pachter replied with an emphatic “No, I don’t hate Nintendo at all.” that said, he feels Nintendo’s made a number of crucial missteps – such as the timing of its Wii U release and their failure to entice third-party support – something that’s currently causing issues for the Wii U and its dearth of games.

I think that they have missed several opportunities on the hardware side, waited too long to provide multiplayer options and generally have alienated third party publishers across the board. Each of those missteps is likely to cost them in the next console generation.

I don’t think Nintendo is a good investment, as I don’t see the company returning to its past success with its current products in a more competitive environment.”

He, like many, likens the Wii U to the Gamecube; a wonderful machine that just failed to ignite public opinion, largely thanks to its lack of third party support.

“I don’t think that the Wii U can succeed without a lot of third party software support, and don’t see third parties supporting it until it grows its installed base.

“Those things are correlated: a small installed base means less third party support, and the installed base can’t grow without third party support. If Nintendo can somehow convince third parties to develop exclusives and to develop cross platform games for Wii U, it has a chance. However, with games like Battlefield and GTA coming out without Wii U versions, it doesn’t appear that the third party support will be forthcoming any time this year.

The Wii U is closer to the GameCube (23 million) than to the Wii (99 million). At its current price point, I think it will sell as well as the GameCube. If Nintendo cuts price to $199, it will probably sell better than the GameCube.

If they cut price to a point below $199, it should sell much better than the GameCube. All of this is dependent upon Microsoft and Sony pricing their new consoles above the Wii U price; if they price below, I think the Wii U is in trouble of underperforming even the GameCube.”

I’m usually quick to dismiss Pachter as little more than a professional guesser, but I have to admit that he’s probably right. The Wii U was released a little too late, and many have taken a “wait and see” approach to Nintendo’s new system. Unfortunately, many taking that stance are game developers themselves, and there’s a cyclical catch-22 situation in play; people won’t buy the Wii U until there’s rich third party support, and that support won’t come until enough people have bought the console.

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Last Updated: April 9, 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.

  • All I can say is pachter is a douche and I don’t like him. He smells poowee ….. but he was right about Ninty. WiiU needs games and WiiU needs for people to understand it so they need to get their marketing up to standard here

  • Admiral Chief Erwin

    I really hope the price of the Wii U falls so that I can gets me grubby paws on one

    • I heard someone squaking about 32GB wii U’s for R2500 at Toys R Us…

      • Admiral Chief Erwin

        Yeah? Well at this point in the month its R2493 more than I current have avaible to spend on something for myself

        • Oh! My sister sends me message: “Ur doll came hey”… sigh… Elizabeth is NOT a doll.

      • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

        I still want one… :/

  • Deon Steyn

    Atari Jaguar didn’t have proper 3rd party support either and it ended up being the last console Atari ever released. Those who don’t learn from history are doomed to repeat it.

    • AndriyP

      Good point

    • The wii survived mostly with first party games .. Ninty could manage with the wiiU but not for long. but they seem to have strong third party support though

    • Skyblue

      Valid comparison and I remember oogling AvP on that console like a mofo for years but never got my hands on it.

  • Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

    Wait… Did Pachter just deliver coherent sentences with logic behind them!?

    What is the world coming to?

  • Rincethis: Spellalicious

    Header WIN! hahahah

  • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

    As sad as it may be, I think the WiiU is rapidly emulating its grandfather, the GameCube. Awesome piece of kit, but just hitting all the wrong notes. I won’t be surprised if Nintey drops it completely (in the next year or two), and release a new console.

  • DrKiller

    Just help release Pokemon and Mario for PS3 and Xbox and we won’t hate Nintendo that much 😉

    • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

      lol, remember the first time you played Sonic on a non-SEGA console? It was surreal…

    • Deon Steyn

      They are going to do it if the WIIU tanks and they become like Atari and Sega.

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