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Nintendo may be unable to recover from its Wii U mistake, Wedbush analyst Michael Pachter has told GamesBeat.

"I think they misfired on the Wii U," said Pachter. "It'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."

Wii U sold only 55,000 units in January across the US, whilst Xbox 360 shifted 280,000 units.

According to Pachter even Nintendo's handheld business will struggle in the face of phones and tablets.

"I think they have made a costly mistake [with the Wii U]," said Pacther. "And their handheld business can't save them in the face of cannibalization from smartphones and tablets."

However, not all experts are so down on Nintendo's chances of recovering.

"Great games, unique to the platform, would be a very good start," Baird analyst Colin Sebastian told GamesBeat.

"Games, games, and more games," IDC research manager Lewis Ward told GamesBeat. "The relationship between key releases - primarily first-party titles - and hardware sales is especially clear in Nintendo's case. The sooner they get titles like Pikmin 3 and Wii Fit U on the console side and Pokémon games and titles like Animal Crossing: New Leaf on the 3DS side on store shelves, the better."

Wii U certainly faces an uphill battle, especially with much more powerful next generation systems from Sony and Microsoft expected to hit stores this year. Sony will announce its PlayStation 4 on Wednesday.

Source: GamesBeat

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pblive@ Karlius

I knew I shouldn't have used my fingers to count it...
Posted 15:19 on 20 February 2013
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Karlius@ pblive

And you mean NES lol :)
Posted 15:07 on 20 February 2013

pblive@ robhillman

I think you're getting it mixed up with the 30th Anniversary of the N64.
Posted 14:57 on 20 February 2013
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Karlius@ robhillman

Wikipedia tells me was founded on September 23, 1889 and I know it's been in gaming since 1974 as it was in a quiz I took.
Posted 13:51 on 20 February 2013
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How long then wen there have a 30 year anavery this year
Posted 13:43 on 20 February 2013
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rbevanx@ robhillman

Been around way longer than that!
Posted 11:07 on 20 February 2013
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Nintendo will find a way as there been around for 30th years so there will fix it for the wii u the big proml is there will not put a dvd or Blu-ray player in it
Posted 01:19 on 20 February 2013
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I agree with this statement. Granted he is only reacting to numbers but the numbers don't lie. As a new console the take up should be far greater.

By getting to the market first Nintendo had a massive opportunity this past Christmas. It failed. Now talk of new consoles with no doubt more robust family experiences that will be advertised to the max are on the fringe which will undoubtedly effect sales further.

It doesn't take an analyst to see that this spells out problems for Nintendo no matter how you want to sugar coat things.
Posted 13:27 on 19 February 2013
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I agree with him. I think they came too soon.
Posted 13:14 on 19 February 2013
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Only time will tell. There is no denying that the WiiU start was not good, compared to other consoles not only your brand but others. Time wiil tell...
Posted 22:09 on 18 February 2013
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I don't know
Posted 18:43 on 18 February 2013


This makes me feel better, if Pacther says something it usually turns out to be the opposite of the truth.
Posted 18:38 on 18 February 2013
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Pitcher would you kindly go away now.

The guy does my head in and hasn't got a clue on the industry. Why do so many *****ing listen to him.
Posted 17:30 on 18 February 2013
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You know what I'm pissed, IT'S BEEN 3 MONTHS MICHAEL-TRASH-COM-PACTHER!!! Have flipping Patience!! (So angry we share a name...)

I'm guessing he's short minded, he completely forget how badly the 3DS was doing, even though it's seemingly recovered, via great games!

Or how the N64 and GameCube weren't exactly big hits for Nintendo, but they managed through that!
Posted 17:28 on 18 February 2013
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