Michael Pachter Suggests That Wii U Could Struggle
On his regular GameTrailers show, Pachter answered a question about whether Wii U would face a similar fate to Dreamcast, an excellent console from SEGA that ultimately failed to achieve sales success. Part of his response was as follows:
We'd suggest that before criticism is levelled at this viewpoint, it should be acknowledged that Pachter does admit that he needs more details to offer a more solid opinion. He also reiterated his belief in this show that Wii U should have been released sooner, perhaps as early as 2009: there's the argument that this console will inevitably be outgunned, in terms of graphical technology at least, within a couple of years of release.
I think that if in fact itís a lot like an Xbox 360 in terms of graphics, frame rate and control scheme, then itís probably not going to sell well unless itís priced a lot cheaper, and I donít think theyíre launching the console at $150. So, yeah I think they are about to Dreamcast themselves. I donít think Wii U is going to be as popular as probably Nintendo thinks itís going to be.
Question is, what does Nintendo do next, and I donít know the answer yet. Letís see how Wii U sells, and Iím not going to predict this demise until I know pricing and features. When I know more about it, Iíll offer a better opinion.
The Wii succeeded with limited hardware but an innovative concept, so do you think Wii U will have to do the same, and if it does will it be able to do so? It's all speculation until full details of the console's capabilities are known, but with two prominent figures in the industry having such different views, its an interesting debate.