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Analyst believes Nintendo will eventually have to abandon hardware

by William Schwartz


Industry analyst Michael Pachter has made a bold claim about the future of Nintendo consoles. Speaking recently at a technology conference where the analyst touched on many facets of a changing games industry, Pachter lambasted Nintendo’s current ideology in creating new hardware.

“There is no place for Nintendo hardware… nobody cares”

Pachter believes that one of the casualties in the ever-changing marketplace will be Nintendo. “They are more than a decade behind the curve,” says Pachter. “They are so insular that there is no desire internally to learn from others.”

“Nintendo hardware goes away,” according to the analyst. “There is place for their content. There is no place for Nintendo Hardware. Nobody cares. They will have to abandon hardware.”

Pachter has been a critic of Nintendo for quite some time. He called for the death of the Wii U before it launched, and was right about the console not catching on, or duplicating the success of the original Wii. While the Wii may have been an anomaly when it comes to sales, many would argue that the Wii U is just now hitting its stride, with games like Mario Kart 8, Hyrule Warriors, and Super Smash Bros to headline a big year for the console.

Will Pachter’s predictions come true? Only time will tell.

- This article was updated on:September 6th, 2014

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