The well known gaming analyst, Michael Pachter does not seem to be confident in Nintendo’s forthcoming Wii U console.
Edge report that Patchet claimed at the recent Develop Conference that the Wii U simply “isn’t going to work.”
“I don’t get it,” he said.
“I think that essentially this is a solution in search of a problem. I mean, somebody had an idea–‘let’s make the controller a tablet’–and there aren’t many games that are going to take advantage of that.”
Pachter says Nintendo were pressured into developing a more traditional controller by Activision and other publishers, resulting in the Wii U Pro Controller is the result.
“Activision never said anything to me,” he explained, “but I know that [for] big games like Call Of Duty they said, ‘No, we’re not putting it on there if you don’t give us a conventional controller’. So they gave in.”
Pachter was famously skeptical about the Wii before its launch in 2006, branding the system as “gimmicky.” Pachter admitted that the Wii has been a success but does not believe Nintendo will get “lucky” again.
“[The Wii] worked, they got lucky, [but] I don’t think they’re getting lucky with Wii U,” he said.
“I don’t think they suck. I just think that they really believe that, ‘If we’re still novel, everything we do will work’. This isn’t going to work. Hardcore gamers will buy them; hardcore Nintendo fanboys will buy it. They could put out a piece of cardboard and say that it’ll play Mario and they’ll buy it.”