If you aren’t aware of Michael Pachter then stop reading now and save yourself from ever becoming conscious of his ramblings on the games industry. In a nutshell he’s a one-man opinion machine, spouting his crystal-ball prediction under the guise of “industry analyst.”
Pachter’s latest diatribe is aimed in the direction of the Wii U. According to Edge, he delivered his verdict on Nintendo’s latest home console during the Develop Conference held last week, opining:
“I don’t get it. I think that essentially this is a solution in search of a problem. I mean, somebody had an idea – ‘let’s make the controller a tablet’ – and there aren’t many games that are going to take advantage of that.
“[The Wii was] gimmicky. It worked, they got lucky. I don’t think they’re getting lucky with Wii U. I don’t think [Nintendo] suck – I just think that they really believe that, ‘If we’re still novel, everything we do will work’. This isn’t going to work.
“Hardcore gamers will buy them; hardcore Nintendo fanboys will buy it. They could put out a piece of cardboard and say that it’ll play Mario and they’ll buy it.”
I’m not saying Pachter is wrong on this one. The Wii U may fail spectacularly, undoing all the good work Nintendo did with the original Wii. But we just don’t know that yet, and no one, no matter how lucid their thoughts on the subject are, can categorically state anything one way or the other.
Pachter continually comes out with these remarks with very little in the way of evidence or acknowledgments that he may turn out to be proved wrong. I guess it’s admirable to not sit on the fence, but still.