Nintendo Switch faces an uphill battle because of its "problematic" $299 price point and an "underwhelming" slate of launch titles, Wedbush video games analyst Michael Pachter has said.
Just restating what everyone else has already said. Way to go Pachter *Golf clap*
Agreed but maybe Nintendo will pay a bit more attention to influencial business analysts (he kinda is to be honest) than it does us. Edit @megagirl No I did not and yes Pachter is influencial to company suits no matter what we think of him. @moldy I know, thats exactly why I wrote the above comment.
Influencial business analysts... I think you fell for it
nintendo doesn't pay attention to anyone and that is where the problem lies.
there are 1-2 games that will bring millions of sales for Switch ...these are Monster Hunter, Pokemon and maybe Yokai in its home country ....though im wondering is really Nintendo targets only Japan and ignores the rest of the world ?...it seems like some sort of a strategy that could be profitable for them ....also the more i look Switch the more i understand is not for 25-30+ ages which many of us are whining for a normal powerful TV console ...this thing was made with the new generation of kids in mind which mobile gadgettry is integrated to their daily life ....at start i was sure that this will be flop ala Wii+U but now i start to see it differently and angers me because i m not included in their target group :P
Thanks to ArsTechnia, I have been trying to find what Mr. Pachter had to say about the original DS: ""If it launches with 12 games, it will look a lot like the N-Gage," said the industry's "favourite" analyst Michael Pachter before the launch of the DS in 2004. "I can't understand why two screens are required rather than a split screen." The DS went on to sell 154 million units, making it the second most popular console of all time behind Sony's PlayStation 2." So Switch is about to be HUGE...lol
Ds is not a console. And he just said he couldn't understand why it needed 2 screens. Didn't say it will not sell. Good try tho.
It doesn't seem to be a must buy in the first year. The wii u is the only Nintendo game system I haven't bought and this launch gives me very little reason to buy a switch as I have a ps4 pro, a vita, a smart phone and a tablet. I get it that people love Zelda and Mario. I do too. But not enough to be a convert before the system has even been released.
The verdict is in. We can all go home now /s
Behold! Pachter has spoken!
My verdict is... Nintendo is the Pug of video game consoles.
Console gaming in America is dying. This is why Microsoft and Nintendo have been struggling because America was a market they relied upon. Nintendo knows this that's why they've been shifting more focus toward Japan and have abandoned E3. Sony's main focus is in Europe now. Microsoft is left reeling, not sure what to do.
I don't no where you get your lunacy. But, console gaming is not dying. What is dying is the need for casual gaming device that Nintendo has created for so many iterations. This is even more a case for not needing a portable gaming device like the Switch. That casual gaming device is no longer relevant for most general consumes that bought Nintendo in the past. They have moved on to other devices. And this is why I fear the Switch will ultimately fail beyond the initial group of purchases. After that it will not carry over to a continuous stream of monthly purchases. It is not that the Switch won't sell millions. It will. But, nowhere in the neighborhood to be considered a success. In the last 6+ years casual gaming Mario loving crowd has predominantly moved on to other devices for their mostly simple gaming needs. And those that might have never bought a Nintendo will not do it now because they have a device that will provide most of the style of gaming that the Switch provides (minus the gimmick devices). Phones, tablets now are go to devices for those that would have bought this device in the past for kids and yes casual gaming adults. And most everyone has one or both of those devices (often more than one). Will these devices provide the same level of dedicated casual gaming? Simple answer, No. But, for most that would have bought the Switch device if the phone/tablet never existed their current portable devices work more than well enough for their gaming needs and provide many more additional benefits. This is especially true in Japan with phones and casual gaming. Now, I don't know what you think is replacing consoles that act as a living room device that can be a fairly competent at playing more hardcore games. Because if there is one industry that has seen a dramatic decline in purchases over that same 6 years it has been the desktop/laptop computers. So, I hope you don't think PC's are replacing anything either. And although, I mentioned tablets and phones as the device that has become the casual gamer replacement device their yearly sales have declined (more dramatically than PC's in double digit percentages) for several years now. That market has become saturated. The need to replace a device has been moved from a yearly need and has become "it just works, why replace" for the average user. So markets for all devices are on the decline. One caveat 2 n 1 devices, like the Surface, are actually the only area in computing devices that is seeing positive growth - but, not many buy those devices to game (not even casual style.) But to your point on decline that is definitely not true with the console. There may not be this explosive growth like the last couple of console generations. But, the consoles this generation on are on par with the previous generation for sales (actually better with the PS4) . So unless they were dying last generation too, then the numbers don't bear out to what you are saying.
So, we need him to state what everyone else has already said. But since Pachter says it, it's validated. Really?
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