Pachter: Without Third Party Support Nintendo Fans May End Up Buying A Second Console
Posted by Andy Green
If Ubisoft drops support "you can stick a fork in Wii U"
Nintendo is currently struggling to gain third party support for Wii U, due to the console's relatively low install base. Electronic Arts is the most high profile publisher to announce it is pulling support and at this moment in time has no games in the works for Wii U.
In order to rectify the problem, Nintendo is creating more first party games to increase sales. The theory is once more consoles are out there in people's living rooms, the more opportunity there will be for third parties to make money on their investments.
Of course, it wouldn't be E3 without a certain Michael Pachter weighing in on the situation the Wii U is currently in and in an interview with Game Trailers, he gave his thoughts on the current problem Nintendo is facing with its latest home console.
I think what the Wii U is going to end up being is the console of choice for people who want to play Nintendo first party titles. That's great but I would say about 90% of those people would like to occasionally play FIFA or Call of Duty and so I don't think those games are ever going to be on Wii U again and I think they're going to end up buying one of the other consoles as well.
When asked if Nintendo should cut the price of Wii U, Pachter said it was something that definitely needed to happen:
I think the [Wii U] is close to [being] on life support. It's going to sell 30 million units eventually at some price because there's that many Nintendo fans but I don't think it's going to sell more than 30 million without third party support so I think they've got a serious problem.
If Ubisoft abandons it after this holiday I think that you can stick a fork in Wii U.
Ubisoft has several Wii U titles on the horizon, including Rayman Legends, Watch_Dogs and Assassin's Creed IV Black Flag. Meanwhile, EA has said it will continue to monitor the Wii U and will return to making games for the system once it becomes a "viable platform".
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