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Wii U "in world of trouble", says analyst Michael Pachter

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The Nintendo Wii U "is in a world of trouble", according to Wedbush analyst Michael Pachter.

Pachter believes that Nintendo took too long to adopt HD, and that they won't sell consoles without franchises such as Battlefield, Call of Duty and Grand Theft Auto.

Black Nintendo Wii U

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Nintendo Wii U Gamepad



"Nintendo's in trouble right now," Pachter told ABC News 10 (via VG247). "Nintendo, I think, waited two years too long to launch a competitive, high definition console.

"I think by the time they did 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.

"If Activision pulls support; if you see Ubisoft, you see Take-Two pull support, the Wii U is a Nintendo-only gaming device which is the way they were back with the Nintendo Entertainment System in 1985.

"They're not going to sell a lot of consoles if they don't have games like FIFA and Battlefield and Call of Duty and Grand Theft Auto."

Pachter said that Nintendo is at the bottom of a huge mountain which they will struggle to climb, especially given the price of the PS4.

'Super Mario 3D World' screenshot

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Upcoming Wii U exclusives include Super Mario 3D World



"I think the way it shakes out is, anyone who buys a Wii U who really is a hardcore gamer is going to buy a PS4 or an Xbox One in addition so they can play those third party titles that they love, so I think Nintendo becomes a distant third in this console race."

Pachter previously said that Nintendo has missed several hardware opportunities, alienated publishers and is not a good investment.

Upcoming Wii U games include Super Mario 3D World, Mario Kart 8 and Super Smash Bros.

Pikmin 3, meanwhile, will be released on July 26 in Europe and August 4 in North America.

Watch a trailer for Pikmin 3 below:

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