Pachter calls for Nintendo to go third party

Nintendo needs to bring its rich slate of IP to rival platforms, US analyst Michael Pachter has said.

The call to go third party comes following today’s significant sales forecast revisions from the platform holder and the insistence from president Saturo Iwata that he will not resign.

The Wii U has clearly not resonated with consumers,” he said on Twitter. 3DS selling ‘fine’, but is down around 50 per cent from average DS levels last decade.

Nintendo software is still great and will continue to be. However, if software remains proprietary, sales are limited when they sell fewer hardware units. The first step to recovery is to acknowledge the problem. I have not seen anything from Mr Iwata that acknowledges that there is a problem.”

Pachter has for many years now called for serious revisions to Nintendo’s business strategy.

Nintendo can still lay claim to some of gaming’s most cherished IP, with brands such as Super Mario, The Legend of Zelda, Pokemon (co-owned), Mario Kart, Smash Bros, Animal Crossing, Kirby, Starfox, F-Zero, Metroid, Fire Emblam, Wario Ware, Wii Sports, Brain Training, Pikmin, Nintendogs, Advance Wars and Donkey Kong to its name.

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