Pachter on Wii U Failure: “I Don’t Know Why Iwata is Still Employed”

Wedbush Securities analyst comments on the failure of the Wii U.

Posted By | On 06th, Dec. 2013 Under News


Wedbush Securities analyst Michael Pachter recently spoke at the Game Monetization USA Summit in San Francisco and talked about the failure of the Wii U, especially with regards to how the company hasn’t tried to create new fans via bringing its content to other platforms.

He especially placed the blame on Nintendo president Satoru Iwata, stating that, “I don’t know why Iwata is still employed.” He also believes lifetimes sales for the Wii U will max out at 30 million.

The analyst had more love for Sony, predicting the PlayStation platform will thrive.

As for the PlayStation 4, he stated that, “The graphics are phenomenal, and the huge RAM makes future innovation likely,” he said, also praising its CPU power.” He also believes it will get ahead of the Xbox One due to its price, though a new model for Microsoft’s console with a built in TV tuner is expected.

Nonetheless, there won’t be all that much growth in this console generation. “I don’t think you’re ever going to see 500 million consoles out there.” Do you agree? Let us know below.


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  • Truth

    Patcher has no idea ps4 xbox one all hype when all said and done wii u will shine great console not even touching surface of power devs not even coding for it yet just quick ports all three will be very close.

  • Jason Brody

    I believe PS4 will easily sell over 100 million lifetime sales this gen. Not so sure about Xbox One as they have made some bad decisions and even though the 180 improved it’s hopes, it seems they will need to do yet another 180 to close the gap. As for Nintendo he is right, Iwata should be fired. The Wii U is a great console that got off to a miserable start but at the moment is a very good console. The problem I’m seeing is that Nintendo is doing nothing to improve it’s chances. Better marketing and a price drop would work wonders for the system. I also don’t see Nintendo highlighting any of the Wii U’s strengths. The fact that you don’t need mandatory installs is huge, but unless you dig around you wouldn’t even know that. More third party support would help as well.

    • Jon

      there was a price drop…. and with these bundles, it is an even bigger price drop….. people are just too stupid and retarded to see that. They still think that the PS4 is ONLY $100 more when in the big picture, it isn’t…. it isn’t by far. Marketing has also improved greatly within the last two months. I barely watch TV (3-4 hours a week if not less) and yet I see Nintendo ads.

  • Vitor Samuel

    I’m especially placing the blame on Michael Pachter, stating that, “I don’t know why Pachter is still employed.”

  • Jon

    Since when does more RAM and better graphics mean more innovation in the future? Look at the new systems, they are the SAME as last gen only update. Xbox gets an updated specs and an updated Kinect. PS4, pecs update and…. some tiny touchpad on the controller that is nothing but a gimmick…. don’t know how that can do anything to enhance gaming. They offer nothing new to the gaming industry gameplay wise. This new system is not going to offer anything new this generation, all it will be is upgraded games of the last gen. Why? Developers are lazy and people are dumb. Take CoD and BF4 for example. They’ve been repeats and yet people still flock to them.

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