Famed Wedbush Morgan industry analyst Michael Pachter has taken to his podium in the latest episode of Pach Attack to discuss Wii U pricing and online play. Pachter wouldn’t be drawn into what services Nintendo will provide, but he did state that the online service will be absolutely integral to the format success.
Nintendo “have a serious problem” if the Wii U hits retail for any more than $299, and that Nintendo Network will be “absolutely essential” if it is to stand a chance of competing.
“My guess is $299, and I think that if they do charge that then the Xbox 360 is going to instantly get cut to $249. Possibly even cheaper, and the PS3 will also be priced cheaper.“If they charge $249 they have a shot, if they charge more than $299 then I think they have a serious problem”.
“Will Nintendo improve their online service? Well, they’re starting from scratch so any online service at all is an improvement. So that one’s an obvious one to me, they have to”, he begins.
“We have migrated from the days of single player gaming to the days of multiplayer gaming. It is absolutely essential if Nintendo wants to compete with the Wii U that they improve online service. I think Nintendo is focused on it, I just think this is a new thing for them.
“It has not been important to them in the past generation, it better be important to them in the next one. I think in order to compete they have to do it, so they will do”.