Sterne Agee analyst Arvind Bhatia is confident that Nintendo still has the ability to surprise everyone with Wii U. Bhatia said these comments despite claiming that third-party support for Nintendo’s next home console seems lukewarm.
“Most of the third party publishers we spoke to appeared relatively lukewarm about the Wii U console. We didn’t get the sense that third party publishers (with the exception of Ubisoft) are aggressively developing games for the Wii U yet. That said, Nintendo has always had the ability to surprise everyone and of course, Nintendo has the brands to carry its console (Mario, Zelda, Pikmin etc.). With Nintendo’s hand-held market already under pressure due to competition from tablets, smartphones etc., it is obvious Nintendo needs to come up with a big surprise more than ever.”