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Pachter says NX would be 'dead in the water' if it was a handheld priced at $399

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Pachter - Nintendo always produces great content, NX might see low third-party support

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Pachter believes 2017 launch is more likely for NX

The following comes from analyst Michael Pachter...

“I can talk about Nintendo’s past practice, and use that as a predictor of the future. But, I don’t know. Nintendo’s past practice has been to announce their next generation consoles at E3, and to release them 18 months later. And they typically will have a prototype and a couple of game markups… where you can play something.

But they take about 18 months, and last I checked we don’t have 18 months until the end of 2016. So, it is less likely that something is coming out in 2016. But, the rumours are that there are NX dev kits out there. We don’t know how long they have been out there, but if the rumour has leaked they have probably been out a couple of months. It is really slightly possible that developers can make something for NX console launch in fall 2016, and do a quality product in 13 – 15 months. Slightly possible.

The more the NX looks like a PS4 or Xbox One, the more likely it is that it’s coming out in 2016. The less it looks like a PS4 or Xbox One, the less likely. If it’s a different language, it requires developers to tweak a lot of things from Madden, FIFA, Call of Duty or Grand Theft Auto in order to get it ready for NX, 13 months is probably not enough time and it’s probably a 2017 launch.

So again, not knowing what the NX is, I don’t know when it’s coming out. I’d say 20 percent chance it comes out in 2016 in the US, 80 percent chance it comes out in 2017. If you don’t see it before E3, there’s a zero percent chance it’s coming out in 2016.”

Pachter says NX sales could hit 30 million, Nintendo not getting out of hardware business

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Pachter says third party support is key to NX success

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Pachter predicts NX will cost $300

Michael Pachter is in the prediction game and his latest prediction involves the NX. While he says he doesn't have any true idea what the NX will cost, he thinks it has to hit the $300 mark. He feels that any higher will make for a rough sales pitch, especially considering what's going on with PS4 and Xbox One.

Pachter could see a future where Nintendo kills Wii U before 2016

Michael Pachter hasn't said that he thinks Nintendo will kill off the Wii U by 2016. He's just entertaining that as a potential move the Big N could make. Apparently, Mr. Pachter says that a move like that is 'within the realm of possibility'. I'm sure Nintendo would beg to differ.

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Pachter says PS4 likely to outsell Wii U install base by April/May

Coming from Michael Pachter...

“I am pretty sure the Wii U will still be ahead in March, but PS4 is going to pass it in 2014 at some point. PS4 will only be at 5-5.5 million by March, Wii U should be a hair ahead of that. Probably April or May.”

I wouldn't be surprised to see this happen, but it would be nice to see success for all platforms across the board.

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GoNintendo 'End of Day' thought - Week of Nintendo Love with Michael Pachter!



I bet you guys weren't expecting this one! Very happy to bring it to you. Who knows, maybe it'll change a few opinions on Pachter! See you in a few, short hours.


I told you guys I was going all-out this week! It's absolutely insane that I got to kick off this week with Zelda Williams. Once again, this was only possible because of your support. Now the week rolls on with a voice you may not have expected to hear from in this feature!

Michael Pachter is hated by many a Nintendo fan. I know that some of his words seem to be quite harsh. I also know that sometimes it seems like Mr. Pachter says things to rile up fans. That's why I worked with him awhile back on an interview to see what really made him tick. That seemed to go over quite well, but since then we've seen more than a fair share of Pachter complaints.

I figured this week would be perfect to see what Pachter has to say about Nintendo when coming from a positive mindset. I wasn't looking for analysis or commentary. I just wanted to see what it was about Nintendo that Pachter does enjoy. Even though sometimes it seems like he wants nothing to do with the Big N, he also had some very positive opinions about Nintendo during the early/mid days of Wii and DS.

So what does Pachter have to offer for our week of Nintendo love? I'll let him do the honors. HUGE thanks to Pachter for jumping in on this.


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The following comes from Michael Pachter.


I think my “fondest” memory of Nintendo came during Super Mario Galaxy 1. I had played Nintendo games for over 20 years (including Donkey Kong in arcades), and although there were many Nintendo games I didn’t finish, the reason was largely frustration or boredom if I didn’t finish. The ones I did finish were fun, but until Super Mario Galaxy, I don’t think I ever felt compelled to not only finish the game, but to capture all of the big trophies in the game; in this case, it was the green stars. I remember getting to the end of the game, and having only two green stars. That caused me to go back to every level with a question mark and replay the level, and even then, although I knew which level contained the elusive star (I think it was the second star), I couldn’t complete the level without actually resorting to a walk-through guide.

It was that day that I realized the phenomenal level of detail Nintendo puts into its games, while keeping all of them approachable for a large audience. I had finished several before, but had never felt compelled to “cheat”, and although I had “cheated” before by using a walk through for games like GTA, I had never done so with a Nintendo game.

I write and speak a lot about Nintendo. Although I have been consistently critical of their hardware strategy, I have never criticized their games, and I don’t think I ever will.