Pachter: Third parties unlikely to succeed on Wii U

Thursday, 11th October 2012 06:55 GMT By Brenna Hillier

The Wii U won’t be friendly to third-party publishers, industry analyst Michael Pachter has warned.

Speaking to [a]list, the Wedbush Morgan analyst said he doesn’t really see the point of the Game Pad’s second screen, which he called a “disaggregated” DS which is “not natural” to watch while using a TV. Developers and publishers won’t know what to make of it, he added.

“I’m afraid we’re going to have a repeat of the Wii cycle from the publishers’ perspective and the developers’ perspective, where very few people will support it,” he said.

“Then if it’s successful they’ll come in, and they’ll fail. When they fail, they’ll go away again. The reason I think they’ll fail is, I can’t think of a third-party publisher that did well on the DS. I mean, Scribblenauts, so there are a handful games and you can count them. Nobody did very well on the DS, and I don’t think anybody’s going to do very well on the Wii U.”

Pachter predicted that the Wii U will sell strongly to hardcore Nintendo fans, but won’t gain traction beyond that because it’s more expensive than the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.

The Wii U launches in the west in November; get all the launch details from our information hub.

Thanks, GamesIndustry.



  1. UGA Death Punch

    Thank you Captain Obvious.

    #1 2 years ago
  2. Telepathic.Geometry

    Does Pachter tend to more right than wrong these days does anyone know?

    #2 2 years ago
  3. Showmeyomoves!

    When it comes to Nintendo, Pachter is almost always horribly, horribly wrong. He even admits as much whenever someone asks him a question about Nintendo on Pach Attack. Besides, two of my most anticipated Wii U games are Ubisoft titles, so I’d almost go so far as to say he’s already been proven wrong.

    #3 2 years ago
  4. Sini

    He is always wrong unless he states the obvious, as is this time.

    #4 2 years ago
  5. ManuOtaku

    I like how bold his predictions are, having said that i think this time he will be wrong as usual.

    #5 2 years ago

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