Pachter Believes The Wii U To Be Non-Friendly For Third-Parties
Industry analyst Michael Pachter believes the Wii U to be a non-friendly console for third-party publishers.
Speaking to [a]list he expressed his views on the Game Pad’s second screen, calling it a “disaggregated” DS. He added that there really is no point in having a second screen and that developers/publishers won’t know to make of it.
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.
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 also predicted that the Wii U sales will be focused on the hardcore Nintendo fans only. The console being more expensive than the PS3 and Xbox 360 is not a good sign for Nintendo.