The Nintendo Wii’s successor has been panned by a games industry analyst who argues that the new device just “isn’t going to work.”
The criticisms from Michael Pachter, of Wedbush Securities, centre on the idea that the Wii U isn’t actually addressing a gap in the market.
“I don’t get it,” he said. “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.”
Will the Wii U work?
Although Pachter argues that any product launched by Nintendo will always have a following of hardcore gamers who have been loyal to the brand, time could be running out for the Japanese games giant.
According to Pachter, the Wii U controller was only created to appease Activision who were said to have demanded a more conventional controller in order to launch games such as Call of Duty on the device.
The Call of Duty franchise currently doesn’t have much of a notable presence on the Wii, and Nintendo may have sought to redress this with design changes to their forthcoming model.
Nintendo Wii U features
According to Nintendo, the Wii U GamePad controller “removes the traditional barriers between games, players and the TV by creating a second window into the video game world”.
To achieve this it combines a 6.2-inch, 16:9 aspect ratio LCD touch screen with traditional button controls and two analogue sticks.
The GamePad also makes its mark by offering motion control, a front-facing camera, microphone, stereo speakers, rumble features, a sensor bar, an included stylus and support for NFC.
With all this and number of other non-gaming features, the Wii U may still silence its critics when it’s released later this year. So watch this space!
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