THE BUZZ: What exactly will the Wii U be? How much will it cost? Will it have a place in the market? One analyst thinks things aren’t looking good for Nintendo.
EGM’s TAKE: In a keynote at the Ayzenberg A-List Summit 2012, well known gaming analyst Michael Pachter talked about the changing landscape of the video games industry—and how Nintendo’s place in that industry might be on shaky ground.
“I think Nintendo is in disarray,” Pachter said as a part of his keynote (as reported by GamerLive.tv). “I think they’ve completely blown the Wii U by not telling people what the price is going to be. It’s going to launch at $249 because it has to. I think they’re dead anyway because Xbox with Kinect will be priced below that by the time they launch.”
Pachter went on to say that while Nintendo had found extreme success with the Wii, that the market for casual gaming has now shifted to other outlets such as smartphones and tablets. Devices like these, Pachter believes, are going to be serious threats to Nintendo’s platforms.
So, what do you think? Is Nintendo in trouble? Is the Wii U a misstep? Or is it far too early to count consoles like the Wii U out?