Outspoken industry analyst Michael Pachter has questioned why Satoru Iwata is still president of Nintendo. Pachter thinks that Nintendo and Iwata should embrace smartphone gaming and bring their fantastic range of IP’s to mobile platforms to help increase revenue. He concluded by saying that the Wii U has so far failed to catch on with consumers.
“The Wii U’s performance so far Pachter characterized as “underwhelming,” but noted it’s possible “but unlikely” that exciting new titles will reinvigorate growth. He believes that Nintendo is missing a huge opportunity to bring new gamers into their brands: Nintendo should put old GameBoy Advance content on phones and tablets for free, and charge $3 to $5 for more recent titles from the DS. ”
“I don’t know why Iwata is still employed. Given that he refuses to take advantage of this opportunity while the handheld market continues to shrink and the Wii U has failed so far to catch on in a big way.”