Pachter: Wii U Will Sell Between 30 to 50 Million Units During Its Lifetime

Will "Probably" Be Nintendo's Final Home Console

Industry analyst Michael Pachter has been speaking at the ongoing SXSW Interactive 2013 festival in Austin, and has delivered some dismal predictions for Nintendo's Wii U console.

During his presentation, Pachter addressed the future of home consoles, and gave some proposed figures for the big three. The Wii U would sell "30-50 million units" — much lower than the 99 million Wii consoles sold to date — and was branded as "underwhelming", "essentially a DS split into two parts" and "not innovative enough to drive huge interest". However, he did add that new titles could give the system's sales a boost.

Pachter's presentation — delivered on behalf of his company, Wedbush — was more positive about the Sony PlayStation 4 and Microsoft's as-yet-unannounced "Durango". Sales projections for both systems are between 85-95 million units.