Nintendo “Steadfastly Refuses to Consider” That Wii U Isn’t Interesting to Customers – Pachter

Wedbush Securities analyst predicts it will miss profit goals for the console.

Posted By | On 03rd, Dec. 2013 Under News

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Depending on your perspective, the Nintendo Wii U is currently in the Dark Ages. The console’s lifetime sales have already been surpassed by the PS4 and Wii U in the UK despite having been on sale for a year. In a new report by Bloomberg, both next-gen consoles along with mobile platforms are detracting interest from the Wii U and analysts are starting to predict that ¥57 billion in profits for the console. Year-end sales are estimated at 6.2 million units worldwide.

Considering how Nintendo had predicted 9 million units, that’s not good news. In an email statement (via VG247), Wedbush Securities analyst Michael Pachter stated that, “[Nintendo] steadfastly refuse to consider that the product is not interesting to consumers. They will fail to hit 9 million, and they will likely miss their profit goals.”

Even industry professionals like Former BigBig Studios dev Kenny Linder stated that Nintendo no longer knows what the market wants, commenting on Sony’s Knack outselling Super Mario 3D World in the UK on its debut. Can it bounce back in time for Christmas? We’ll find out in the coming weeks.

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  • Kaihaku

    Hey, did you know that Halo did not sell well in Japan, therefore the Xbox is clearly doomed. That’s the basic equivalent. The UK has been one of Nintendo’s weakest regional markets since Sega trounced them there generations ago. Let’s see some global sales numbers before drawing broad conclusions, eh?

    • gameboost

      We’re not talking software though. This is hardware. True enough, I suppose game sales will matter in the long run but so far I don’t see anything spectacular from Nintendo and by their current trend of making rehash after rehash of their own ip’s I doubt I will see anything revolutionary from them at all in the near future.

      Sorry Nintendo, the Wii U just plain sucks and has very little going for it. No DVD or Blu Ray playback? I mean come on I can’t even use it as a media hub. It’s also limited in potential thanks to the tablet controller which isn’t very revolutionary in the grand scheme of things and this only made the console more expensive than it had to be. Makes sense in games like ZombiU where you add realism with distraction but I can’t really see it anywhere other than party games. Lightning didn’t strike twice this time it seems. Other consoles like the PS4 on the other hand know what they are doing at the moment. The console didn’t shove the tablet controller down my throat and instead may add similar functionality as an option in the near future with the PS Vita or other device. In any case, the extra screen in the controller is completely unnecessary in my opinion and not every game can utilize it to significantly enhance the gameplay experience when compared to versions in other platforms. The way I see it, unprepared for HD gaming, an unimpressive game library, no playback for DVD/Blu Ray, washed down online gaming service, inferior hardware with a cpu that’s worse than those in last gen consoles, and the mother of all cons NO GIMMICK people will fall for this time. Nice try Nintendo but I learned my lesson last generation and I’m not falling for that cheap trick again.


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