Outspoken Wedbush Securities analyst Michael Pachter doesn't think the Wii U will succeed.
Among the problems he sees is the controller. Yes, even though that is arguably the biggest selling point of the new console, Pachter doesn't think it will be all it's cracked up to be.
"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," Pachter was quoted by Edge as saying.
He claims that Activision almost single-handedly forced Nintendo to create an alternative means of gameplay, resulting in a Wii U Pro controller that looks and feels much more like a traditional video game peripheral.
"Activision never said anything to me, but I know that [for] big games like Call Of Duty they said, ‘No, we’re not putting it on there if you don’t give us a conventional controller’. So [Nintendo] gave in," Pachter said.
The thing is that the GamePad is a neat idea. Giving each player a different perspective in a multiplayer title is cool, but what about the hardcore, single-player experiences?
This is exactly the problem that the Wii faced, and it looks like Nintendo still hasn't fully realized that.