Electronics analyst Michael Pachter predicts that the Wii U will have a hard time keeping up with its high definition powerhouse competitors, the PS4 and Xbox One, reports Digital Spy.
"I think by the time they launch a console which stacks up really well, the other two guys [Sony and Microsoft] passed them by, and I think they’re in a world of trouble right now."
Pachter believes that Wii U’s lack of high definition games may prove to be their demise. High def games like Call of Duty, Grand Theft Auto and FIFA can only be found on PS4 and Xbox One.
It is true that the Wii U’s hardware specs are lagging quite a bit behind the other two consoles, according to this comparison chart on IGN. Just because a game looks nice, however, does not necessarily mean that it is a good game.
During an interview between IGN and Reggie Fils-Aime, Nintendo’s Chief Operating Officer, he had this to say: “Fundamentally, this is the entertainment business. If we entertain people, if we put smiles on their faces, they’re going to buy our products – hardware and software. They’re going to support our brands. We will continue to be effective and a very, dare I say, successful company. It’s about the content.”
Make no mistake, the Wii U may not have the most powerful specs, but it is by no means a weak console. Watch Dogs, a particularly great looking, high definition game, is being developed for the Wii U. Of course there are exclusives like Bayonetta 2 and Super Smash Bros. Wii U (also being developed for the Nintendo 3DS) to fall back on.
Nintendo indeed seems to focus on innovation and fun factor over graphics. Nintendo started the Wii motion controller craze back in 2006. It was soon followed by Microsoft and Sony’s Kinect and Move, respectively. They have their portable handheld touchscreen Nintendo 3DS. They are following it up with the Wii U gamepad touchscreen/secondary screen.
Nintendo may be trailing behind along the great consoles race right now, but they may surprise us.
They have done so many times before.