Analyst Pachter Offers Doubts about Wii U Strategy
A post on CVG reveals some insights from industry analyst Michael Pachter, who says that unless Nintendo can price its forthcoming Wii U console at or below $300, it will probably not be too good for business.
“The console must be priced below $300 to succeed, in my opinion, and best at $249 or less,” he’s quoted as saying, adding that the company has adopted “a rear-view mirror strategy” for the Wii U.
“Nintendo is intent upon repeating their success with the Wii.
While I agree that the Wii U controller is sufficiently novel and different from traditional controllers, I am not sure that there is a killer app that will drive Wii U adoption the way Wii Sports did for the Wii.
At E3 I was not particularly impressed with many of the games, and in particular found Sing baffling. I don’t understand why I need a tablet to read Karaoke words rather than reading the words on the TV screen instead.”
While Pachter has made his distaste for Nintendo’s new console apparent over the last several months, the fact remains that many other gamers have shared similar sentiments after Nintendo’s underwhelming E3 press conference. There were very few Wii U-exclusive titles, and plenty of announcements of older games that most people have already played through (Batman Arkham City and Mass Effect 3, for example). Without a price that feels like a bargain, the system’s going to have a tough time finding an audience.