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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.

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