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Analyst Says Wii U Could End Up Being Nintendo’s Dreamcast

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Posted on March 13, 2012 AT 03:26pm

THE BUZZ: Unfortunately for Sega, one of the best consoles they ever released—the Dreamcast—also ended up being the last console they ever released. Could Nintendo’s next console suffer a similar fate?

EGM’s TAKE: On the latest episode of Pach Attack, Wedbush Morgan Securities analyst Michael Pachter is asked if the Wii U could end up suffering the same fate as Sega’s Dreamcast.

“I don’t think that this is a premature console”, Pachter says. “I think that this is a really late-term console, that should have been born two or three years ago.

“I invite you guys to do a quick Google search on ‘Wii 2′ and ‘Pachter’. I was calling for it in 2009, and then that didn’t happen. So, I was calling for it in 2010, and that didn’t happen. So now we’re looking at 2012. Wow, two or three years late, not premature. Bad call there.”

Okay, sure, it may be a few years late according to Pachter—but does that really mean the Wii U could face similar problems to the Dreamcast?

“So, yeah I think they are about to Dreamcast themselves. I don’t think the 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 the 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.”

Personally, I’ve learned at this point not to try to make any predictions about Nintendo when it comes to the success or failure of their hardware, because I’ve been wrong when doing so many times. I do know, however, that saying something could end up being “like the Dreamcast” sounds great to me—I loved the Dreamcast and its amazing library of titles!

What do you think—could the Wii U actually be the next Dreamcast, or do people keep counting Nintendo out too quickly?

Source: Nintendo Universe

Eric L. Patterson, Executive Editor
Eric L. Patterson got his start via self-publishing game-related fanzines in junior high, and now has one goal in life: making sure EGM has as much coverage of niche Japanese games as he can convince them to fit in. Eric’s also active in the gaming community on a personal level, being an outspoken voice on topics such as equality in gaming and consumer rights. Stalk him on Twitter: @pikoeri. Meet the rest of the crew.

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