Analyst: “No Activision support for Wii U”, Nintendo stock downgraded
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Analyst: “No Activision support for Wii U”, Nintendo stock downgraded

Looks like Activision may not support the Wii U, according to an analyst in Japan with Macquarie Capital Securities, David Gibson. I don’t know how that is even possible, but there’s more. Apparently, Nintendo’s stock has been downgraded on reports of a weaker system and “increasingly problematic structural problems for the company” was citied.

Releasing games for the iOS/Android was advisable and the analyst noted that: ”if Nintendo went iOS/Android with games we think the stock could be worth ¥20,000+, but in our view that’s not going to happen.”

There were three major issues that Nintendo needed to address according to Gibson.

1. Wii U GPU is less powerful than Xbox360/PS3 according to developers, which means it has no edge besides the tablet interface to attract core users. Initial third-party titles are likely to be only ports from Xbox360/PS3 titles. A bundled WiiSports/Mario title may help initial sales beat Wii launch, but Wii was severely production-constrained and the surprise factor from Wii U is less.

2. iPad with its retina display shows where Apple is taking its 4 screen infrastructure, leaving Wii U less connected and less relevant. The GPU processing power for handsets is reaching consoles such that we think core gamers have no interest in buying into the Wii U. Apple might add in a controller to its line-up to be more attractive to core users. MocoSpace survey shows that 96% of gamers like to play their games at home, and with a better infrastructure we think iOS will be able to deliver a single game experience across four screens that Nintendo cannot.

3. Wii U will have 1-year window to gain installed base before PS4 (Orbis) and then Xbox Durango launch in late 2013. At that point, the core gamer that Nintendo is after for the first time will have no interest in Wii U. We understand that Activision has no plans to support Wii U, which means the biggest selling title of Call of Duty will be missing; Konami is also planning minimal support.

Tell us what you think in the comments section below.

Thanks, GI.Biz.


Contributor:   Posted: Apr 6, 2012 at 1:17am
Gaming Category: Gaming News


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  • Anonymous

    this is clearly all horse hockey.

  • webmaster

    Activision has already several times confirmed Wii U support, even the Wii got Call of Duty and Modern Warfare. This analyst is a fake at all, or misinformed or only want to bash nintendo.

  • epicPOTATOE55

    no wrong, the wii had call of duty and this system is more powerful and nintendo has some time to change

  • Jako

    So the WiiU has less power than the Wii?

  • ICYoyo

    i think wiiu will hold up if not nintendo gamers like my self will have to deal with bashing again but what ever

  • MrSwfan778

    Fuck out They have to We all have to quit then…

  • fail duud

    fail wii u has power7 cpu which is 10 times better than xbox 360/ps3 cpu

  • Pepeesplmfao

    like si vienes por thedarthboss XD

  • YourCreepyUncle

    this is coming from a proud owner of an xbox 360 but…. this is complete bullshit.