Industry analyst voices concern over Wii U momentum with Xbox 720 and PS4 “arriving in 2013”

By Stephany Nunneley, Thursday, 30 August 2012 16:09 GMT

Industry analyst Colin Sebastian has voiced concern over whether Wii U will have enough momentum at retail with a new Xbox and PS4 “arriving in 2013.”

According to his industry note, the Robert W. Baird & Co. analyst believes Nintendo is “missing an opportunity,” to build greater mindshare “ahead of the Wii-U launch on November 18.”

“While initial strong sales are likely given the Nintendo fan base, we believe there may be a narrow window of opportunity to generate broad consumer interest before next-gen Microsoft and Sony platforms are announced in 1H-2013 and launch in Q4 2013,” said Sebastian. “We expect Nintendo to announce Wii-U pricing on September 13, likely in the $249-$299 range.

“We note that next-gen platforms are expected to support physical disks and used game sales.”

As far as key title releases are concerned, Sebastian feels the slate is “shaping up well,” with key holiday video games such as Black Ops 2, Assassin’s Creed 3 and Borderlands 2 “on track,” and feels several titles “could be sleeper hits” with consumers such as Hitman: Absolution and Dishonored.

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