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Analyst says Wii U is ‘not a next-generation’ console

Calling the Wii U “ambitious” but “not quite next generation,” Wedbush tech analyst Michael Pachter added yet another hurdle for Nintendo’s next console to overcome — bad press.

Pachter, an influential gaming analyst, made his comments in an interview with IndustryGamers. Nintendo showed off the Wii U at E3 this past summer, unveiling a whole new design for its popular console. The new Wii comes with a tablet controller with a 6.2-inch touchscreen that can act as a pull-out menu, viewfinder or standalone gaming/Web surfing portal. When the company showed off the new hardware, its stock took a nosedive, falling over 5 percent. The company needs a win with the Wii U as it struggles to sell more of its 3DS handheld gaming devices and fend off console competition from the Xbox and the PlayStation 3.

In the interview, Pachter also pointed out some other issues that face the next version of the Wii, such as the likelihood that developers will have a hard time figuring out how to make games that take advantage of the new controller. He also pointed to the absence of announced “exclusive” titles with third-party developers. He said that the Wii U needs “three things: a competitive price, compelling first party launch titles, and compelling third party launch titles,” to be successful. So far, Pachter said, the device has none of those.

The console is expected to have specs that compete with the Xbox 360 and PS3, but Nintendo has yet to release more information about the console’s hardware.

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Hayley Tsukayama covers consumer technology for The Washington Post.



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