Nintendo should have released its Wii 2 since last year says analyst Michael Pachter, adding it’s now too late for the company to make a decent dent in the HD console market, seeing that Sony and Microsoft have the hardcore and online play on lock down.
That’s what he told Industry Gamers recently, eluding to Mercedes Benz, and how the company never stops releasing its C-Class just because there are C-Classes on market already.
“With as much respect for Nintendo management as I can muster, I think Nintendo’s completely blown it with their second generation Wii strategy,” he told the site.
“I think they have the mentality that to launch a new [console] they have to retire the old, and I think that’s wrong. I think the right strategy would have been to get a second generation Wii out and keep the old Wii at the same time, and have the second generation be the natural progression upgrade model.”
“You don’t see Mercedes stopping production of the E-Class because they have a C-Class… So they should let people start with the Wii and graduate to the Wii 2, and have online functionality and Call of Duty multiplayer on there and compete with the 360.
“Instead, they’re actually conceding that multiplayer market to Xbox 360 and PS3. They’ve always conceded it, but now with Kinect and Move, it’s a lot easier for people to make 360 or PS3 their starter console.”
Pachter’s saying all this now because early last year he predicted Nintendo would announce the Wii 2 at E3 but that never happened, instead the legendary company unveiled its Nintendo 3DS, a device it’ll release next month in Japan, and on March 27th in the U.S.