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Pachter suggests the Wii U may be Nintendo's Dreamcast

11:00 AM on 03.13.2012 // Jim Sterling
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It's been a while since we've had a quote from Michael "Stink Pouch" Pachter to infuriate the masses, so here's one of him being cynical towards a Nintendo product again. In fact, he thinks Nintendo is going to "Dreamcast" itself with the Wii U. You love it.

"I think that if in fact it’s a lot like an Xbox 360 in terms of graphics, frame rate and control scheme, then it’s probably not going to sell well unless it’s priced a lot cheaper, and I don’t think they’re launching the console at $150," stated the legendary analyst on Pach-Attack. "So, yeah I think they are about to Dreamcast themselves. I don’t think Wii U is going to be as popular as probably Nintendo thinks it’s going to be.

"Question is, what does Nintendo do next, and I don’t know the answer yet. Let’s see how Wii U sells, and I’m not going to predict this demise until I know pricing and features. When I know more about it, I’ll offer a better opinion."

Ouch. Still, there's no denying that the Wii U carries some shades of the Dreamcast with it, what with its poorly timed arrival and all. I hope it does well, as I do with any system, but it's such a weird console that there's no telling what'll happen when it comes to market. Win or lose, it's going to be one of the most intriguing launches in game history, I reckon.

Pachter: Wii U won’t be “as popular as probably Nintendo thinks” [VG247]



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