Wedbush Morgan Securities analyst Michael Pachter says Nintendo has "blown it" when it comes to their Wii 2 strategy.
Nintendo has previously stated that they will launch the Wii 2 after 45 million Wii consoles have been sold in the US. According to Digital Digest's own analysis, Nintendo has only sold around 34 million Wii consoles in the US by the end of 2010, and it's unlikely to break the magic 45 million barrier until this time next year, at the soonest.
With both the Sony PS3 and Microsoft Xbox 360 catering to casual gamers via their motion control add-ons, Move and Kinect respectively, and also with falling Wii sales throughout 2010, many believed that the Wii 2 is essential for Nintendo. Microsoft recently revealed that 8 million Kinect accessories had been shipped to retailers in the first 60 days of release.
Michael Pachter was one of the more vocal in calling for the Wii 2 to be released as soon as possible, and he says that Nintendo's plans to retire the Wii before launching the Wii 2 is flawed.
“With as much respect for Nintendo management as I can muster, I think Nintendo’s completely blown it with their second generation Wii strategy. I think they have the mentality that to launch a new they have to retire the old, and I think that’s wrong,” Pachter told IndustryGamer.
Patcher also called on Nintendo to improve their online gaming experience, as well as add support for 'hardcore' games to compete directly with the PS3 and Xbox 360.
"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," Pachter added.
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