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Pachter: Nintendo may not recover from Wii U mistake photo
Pachter: Nintendo may not recover from Wii U mistake
by Jim Sterling

Industry analyst Michael "Chewy Homunculus" Pachter has been saying for years that Nintendo missed the boat on an HD Wii followup, and now he believes his predictions have yielded fruit. Framing the Wii U launch as a disaster from which Nintendo may not recover, his feelings on the matter are quite clear. 

"I think they misfired on the Wii U," offered the silver fox, in GamesBeatIt’s just not that different from the other two [existing] consoles, and the gameplay isn't as unique as the Wii. They made a mistake, it’s something they probably can’t recover from.

"... I think they have made a costly mistake. And their handheld business can’t save them in the face of cannibalization from smartphones and tablets."

While Pachter's comments were the most damning, he was far from the only negative voice. Fellow analyst Roger Kay said, "The Wii U sales do look pretty bad," and stated the Xbox 360 has better momentum than Nintendo's device.

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7:15 PM on 02.15.2013

Pachter predicts PS3 price plummet

Wedbush Morgan Securities' Michael Pachter seems to think that a price drop is imminent for the PlayStation 3. GamesIndustry is reporting that the analyst expects the console to have its MSRP reduced to $199 on February 21st,...

Conrad Zimmerman

3:45 PM on 02.11.2013

Pachter: UK retail scene is a joke

Industry analyst Michael "Glowing Tooth" Pachter has criticized UK retailers for their constant attempts to undermine each other in videogame price cuts. The situation is nothing more than a joke at this point, according to t...

Jim Sterling





8:30 PM on 01.16.2013

Office Chat: Infinite horizons and limited vision

Now arriving with an alarming consistency, I bring you the latest installment of Office Chat. In this episode, I'm joined again by Jordan Devore and Brett Zeidler as we address the controversy surrounding Star Wars: The...

Conrad Zimmerman

9:30 AM on 12.10.2012

Analyst: Wii U software attach rate is 1.2 in US

Analyst James Hardiman claims the software attach rate for the Wii U since its November US launch is 1.2, with only one in five buyers considered to have bought a new game on top of packed-in software. Hardiman offers tw...

Jim Sterling

2:30 PM on 12.07.2012

Pachter: Activision should charge for Call of Duty online

Michael "Thigh Majesty" Pachter is a man of business, which doesn't always make him a friend to consumers. His latest suggestion, that Activision should charge a fee for Call of Duty, isn't a new notion, but it never wins him...

Jim Sterling

11:30 AM on 12.04.2012

Yahoo: Microsoft can't afford to keep Xbox brand going

Financial writer Jay Yarow of Yahoo paints a dismal picture of The 'Soft -- one that suggests it cannot stay in the game console business. In an editorial titled, "Steve Ballmer's Nightmare is Coming True," things are made to...

Jim Sterling



Analyst: PS Vita must cut its price in order to succeed photo
Analyst: PS Vita must cut its price in order to succeed
by Jim Sterling

Inside Network analyst and awesome-name-haver Billy Pidgeon has declared that Sony must follow Nintendo's lead and cut the PS Vita's price if it wants the ailing handheld to succeed. In addition, he has called for more and better games -- certainly a boon to any gaming device!

"Although the hardware is high quality, Sony may need to follow Nintendo's lead and cut price drastically next year if the installed base remains below five million or the platform will not be viable for publishers," he told NowGamer. "Also the proprietary memory cards for PS Vita are prohibitively expensive.

"There should be more downloadable software, including inexpensive or free games, and these must be higher quality than popular iOS and Android games. It would in fact be helpful if the best and most popular smartphone and tablet games were also available for download to PS Vita." 

He was quick to point out that the Vita's not been all bad, taking note of hot titles like Assassin's Creed III: Liberation and Persona 4 Golden. However, despite an improvement to sales, he believes the system could be much stronger than it currently is, and I don't think anybody could argue that.

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2:30 PM on 11.12.2012

Wii U predicted to start strong and then falter

With the imminent launch of the Wii U so close to the holiday season, Nintendo are anticipating some monster sales. According to a report from IHS Screen Digest, the new console is predicted to sell 3.5 million units from its...

Fraser Brown

9:15 AM on 09.09.2012

Darksiders II sells 247,000 in North America at launch

Darksiders II managed to sell 247,000 copies in North America during its launch week, despite being pretty decently marketed and damn fantastic. Analyst Michael Pachter has estimated global sales at around a million.  Th...

Jim Sterling

6:00 PM on 08.13.2012

Pachter upsets Nintendo fans, says they'll buy anything

Industry analyst Michael "Elder Foot" Pachter recently joked that Nintendo fans will buy anything related to Nintendo. Ironically, Nintendo fans totally bought it, and are raging hard at the silver-haired love machine.  ...

Jim Sterling

11:30 AM on 07.31.2012

Analyst: Medal of Honor: Warfighter sales will suffer

Analyst Doug Creutz has warned investors that EA's annual attempt to start a fight with Activision won't do too well this year. He believes Medal of Honor: Warfighter will lose sales due to the poor quality of the last M...

Jim Sterling

12:00 PM on 07.27.2012

Pachter: 3DS XL not compelling, PS Vita too expensive

Michael "Sinewy Eyes" Pachter has aimed his bolt of judgement at the handheld gaming space, not only criticizing Nintendo's latest portable efforts, but roping in Sony for a bit of a lashing too. According to the mightiest of...

Jim Sterling

11:00 AM on 07.16.2012

Pachter: Wii U is not going to work

Industry analyst Michael "Pink Toothbrush" Pachter has stated that the Wii U will not succeed as intended, and criticized Nintendo for believing that it can do something novel and come out on top.  "I don’t think t...

Jim Sterling





11:00 AM on 05.28.2012

Pachter: on-disc DLC is 'just plain greed'

Industry analyst Michael "horse sponge" Pachter has chimed in on the controversial practice of shipping games with "downloadable" content locked on the disc. While he said that he didn't think the delivery method mattered in ...

Jim Sterling

12:00 PM on 04.16.2012

Analysts: Sony could strip down free PSN features

While I have no problem with analysts in theory, I really hate some of the bad ideas they try to give publishers. Take, for example, today's cavalcade of opinions that suggest Sony could strip down its free PlayStation Networ...

Jim Sterling