Wedbush Morgan analyst Michael Pachter has once again passed judgement on the Wii U, and has delivered perhaps his most damning assessment of Nintendo's console yet.
Speaking to ABC's News 10, Pachter questioned why anyone would even consider picking up the console, aside from the (rather significant) reason of being able to play Nintendo games.
You might want to have a relaxing sit down and think of cute puppies and adorable kittens whilst reading the following transcript:
Nintendo's in trouble right now. Nintendo, I think, waited two years too long to launch a competitive, high definition console...I think by the time they did launch a console which stacks up really well, the other two guys [Sony and Microsoft] passed them by, and I think they're in a world of trouble right now.
The publishers are pretty excited to support the Xbox One and the PS4 - they really didn't say anything about the Wii U. And we know EA has no games in development for Wii U.
If Activision pulls support; if you see Ubisoft, you see Take-Two pull support, the Wii U is a Nintendo-only gaming device which is they way they were back with the Nintendo Entertainment System in 1985. They're not going to sell a lot of consoles if they don't have games like FIFA and Battlefield and Call of Duty and Grand Theft Auto.
I think they are at the bottom of a huge mountain with a huge uphill climb, I don't think they're going to get that mojo back, I think these two guys [Sony and Microsoft] are passing them by. There's PS4 priced fifty bucks more than a Wii U. I mean, why would anyone buy a Wii U, unless they just have to play Nintendo games?
I think the way it shakes out is, anyone who buys a Wii U who really is a hardcore gamer is going to buy a PS4 or an Xbox One in addition so they can play those third party titles that they love, so I think Nintendo becomes a distant third in this console race.
Pachter isn't really saying anything new here — he's questioned the lack of third party support on Wii U in the past. However, he's not put it in such grim terms before, and his words are being aired on a popular news channel, which will surely colour the opinion of many consumers who are yet to decide their loyalty in the upcoming console war.
What are your thoughts on Pachter's comments? Do you think we'll see another "Wii60" situation, where dedicated gamers buy Nintendo's machine alongside one of the others to ensure that they get the best games possible? Can Nintendo regain the mojo Pachter claims it has lost, or is he talking rubbish in this regard?
Go on, post a comment. You know you want to.