Ah, Pachter, you’re an amusing fellow. Here’s what everyone’s favourite industry analyst said in recent days:
I think they’ve completely blown the Wii U by not telling people what the price is going to be. It’s going to launch at $249 because it has to. I think they’re dead anyway because Xbox with Kinect will be priced below that by the time they launch. Wii was a bubble and that the Wii bubble has burst. Nintendo Wii fans are now playing Farmville. The Wii was a bubble. The Wii bubble has burst.
There’s no doubt that many casual gamers have moved to the super-casual platforms like Facebook, but to say that Nintendo has “completely blown” the Wii U? I know it’s an analysts job to predict the future, but every prediction these folks seem to make seem to be based on a ridiculously small amount of information.
As such, I predict that Pachter will be wrong. Who knows, if I’m right, maybe I’ll get paid to make guesses about the industry?