No we aren’t talking about the 3DS, we’re talking about the Wii’s probable descendant, the “Wii 2” if you will. Game Analyst Michael Pachter, the man who predicted the Wii HD console (didn’t happen), has stated that he believes that Nintendo’s next console, the “Wii 2”, will fail. He believes that the console doesn’t have any actual support from a third party. He also believes that Microsoft and Sony have a giant advantage in the gaming industry.
“Nintendo can’t let Microsoft have a 20 million install base of next-gen consoles and they’re still in the last generation,” said Pachter on Bonus Round. “I’ve been vilified during the last couple of weeks for saying that. I said in ’08 [the Wii HD] was coming, because I really thought the time was right […] 2010, I think, was the absolute last Christmas they could afford to wait. They had to do it and they didn’t. Now, I think it’s too late.”
“Clearly, any of the three console manufacturers can advance the technology to the next level and have facial recognition, have Milo that actually works, that kind of stuff. I mean, they could do it, but do you think any of the third parties are gonna support that?”
“I don’t see EA, who’s barely profitable, saying: ‘We had such a great experience with the Wii last time, we’re gonna dedicate $500 million of R&D to make facial recognition stuff.’ It ain’t gonna happen.”
“So without third-party support, I think the Wii 2, if it’s truly a revolutionary device, will fail,” Pachter said. “I think they boxed themselves in. No matter what they do, it won’t be as successful as the Wii.”
– Michael Pachter
If this does come to pass then I’ll truly be sad. Personally I don’t believe that Nintendo’s next console will fail at all, the company has too strong of a fan base.