Pachter : Wii U isn’t Next Gen

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Speaking to Industry Gamers Michael Pachter, the videogame industry analyst everybody loves to hate has said that Nintendo’s new console – the ambitious and possibly troubled Wii U isn’t quite next-gen, and is unlikely to see a wealth of third party games and exclusives that aren’t just ports of Xbox 360 and PS3 games – something that likely won’t aid  sales of the new console.

“The Wii U is a pretty ambitious undertaking,” Pachter told Industry Gamers. “It’s a new console, with new controls and architecture, but it’s not quite ‘next’ generation. Developers have to contend with differences between the Wii U and current generation consoles, then have to figure out what to do with the controls.”

He doesn’t expect the launch to be especially successful, unless certain criteria are met. “In order for the launch to be hugely successful, the console will need three things: a competitive price, compelling first party launch titles, and compelling third party launch titles. We don’t know if the Wii U will have any of these, so it’s quite difficult to predict a hugely successful launch.”

We all know how well the 3DS – which checked of exactly none of those criteria – was received receiving a 40% price cut within the first 6 months of its sale in order to boost flagging sales.

Last Updated: October 17, 2011

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.

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