Industry analyst Michael Pachter has weighed in on a Eurogamer article which suggests that the Wii U is seriously struggling at retail outlets throughout the world. Pachter had a few choice words about the console, which he thought would fare better than it currently is. Pachter says that the Wii U simply isn’t in high enough demand around the world, and that this is a major issue for Nintendo. He also expected that more Nintendo fans would have supported the format, but concedes that they are probably low in number.
“The performance so far is below my expectations. In fairness, [Nintendo’s] forecast of 5.5 million global consoles shipped by 31st March was the reason my expectations were higher. The stock at retail suggests that they did ship around a million to the US [in time for Christmas], but they were not sold out. By way of comparison, they sold 1,090,000 Wiis in November and December 2006 in the US and were sold out.”
“This device is simply not as highly in demand, and although I didn’t expect it to be over the long run, I did expect Nintendo fanboys to support it in bigger numbers at launch. It really is amazing that there are so few true hardcore Nintendo fanboys in the US, but they make so much noise.”