Thursday, May 13, 2010

Pachter: Nintendo has nothing interesting for E3

Written by pikaby

One of the most notorious gaming analysts on the Internet gave his two cents in a Eurogamer interview on how well the three big ones would perform this E3, and as usual with this guy, predicts dark days for Nintendo.

"It really depends on this 3DS and how good it is, because I don't think Nintendo has anything else. Nintendo is on the verge of - certainly not dropping into third place or anything - losing its dominance, because I really truly believe that Sony Move is the Wii HD. I really believe it. That's been my quote: I told everyone a Wii HD was coming this year, it just happens to say PS3 on the box. It is the Wii HD"

Sony Move, succeeding the Wii in terms of motion controls, this late in the game? As people move on to the next cycle of consoles, the PS4 will most probably use its own motion control scheme, making Move more of an afterthought. And then Nintendo will pull out another big idea out of their hat waiting for Sony and co. to imitate, and the cycle just repeats itself.

"If the 3DS is anything like those little 3D point-and-click cameras, because that screen technology is pretty cool and I'm sure it is that, it will really get people excited. Question is: what does it cost? If they get $189 for a DSi XL, do they think they're going to get $300 for a 3DS? I don't know. Maybe they will, but that's a tough purchase for me. The 3DS is coming along at a really good time for them. I don't think it's good for the DSi XL. If they launch the thing [the 3DS] prior to holiday, I can't imagine why anybody would buy a DSi XL this holiday.

Longer term, Nintendo does really start to look bad as Apple really starts to push the iPod Touch as a gaming device, and that's happening this holiday. Again, the gaming press hasn't figured it out. The gaming press doesn't really understand the 12-year-old customer, nor do you guys care. Who plays DS games? Them, not us. Nintendo's got problems this year but the 3DS will make them look great at E3."

DSi XL is more of a niche product, no one expects it to sell well. Obvious much? 3DS was accidentally revealed because of the information leak, it's not like Nintendo could do anything to stop it. It was supposed to be their big E3 surprise and them somebody went and ruined it. That's why Nintendo may not have much more up their sleeve this year, because everything they want to show is already out in the open.

Wait...what am I saying? Of COURSE Nintendo has something else to show. The Vitality Sensor may just be meh, but that's just because we still don't know a single thing about it. And who's forgetting Zelda Wii, Metroid Other M, and probably a surprise game? I'm pretty sure Nintendo isn't just banking on 3DS alone, though that console and its launch games will probably eclipse everything else that's on show.

And Apple's iPod Touch being a serious gaming console? Please.
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