An analyst has predicted a price drop for the Wii-U to combat the market share loss. Colin Sebastian of Baird Securities has predicted a potentially grim future for Nintendo's latest console in a new report. In the report Sebastian wrote:
"Following a somewhat lackluster launch and holiday season, Nintendo will need to bring to market major first-party releases (e.g. Zelda) and retain the support of key third-party developers to reduce market share losses. In a negative scenario, Nintendo will be forced to prematurely lower the Wii-U price, and over the course of this cycle, we expect consideration to be given to extending first-party franchises to other platforms."
The sales of the console itself have been pretty good with the Wii-U close to 1 million sales in the US alone, the console failed to beat its predecessor's launch figures and the software sales are painting a very different picture. In his report it was said that just over one game was sold per console. NPD have placed these sales well below what the Wii and GameCube were able to muster. DFC Intelligence's David Cole said that Nintendo going the software only route is a bad idea. "Going the way of SEGA and only doing software is simply not the best route. Nintendo's performance last year was a disaster. It was almost like they rolled over and played dead with less than zero marketing for both the Wii U and 3DSXL"
But this isn't the time to count Nintendo out of the console wars this year! With epic titles such as New Super Mario Bros. U already out and future releases like Scribblenauts Unlimited, Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate, Aliens: Colonial Marines and Disney Infinity there is easily time for the console to pull sales back. Sebastian said "I think the pressure is on Nintendo to deliver better momentum to customers in the next 9 months" and with these confirmed titles Nintendo seems keen on doing just that. It may seem like it's been a bad start so far, but it's only the start of 2013 - there's a lot of time for the console and Nintendo to pull it back.
So could this mean we will one day see Zelda on the Xbox 360? Even saying that sounds strange, but one thing is for sure: if the price cuts do happen then it's probably a good time to pick one of them up. What do you guys think? Is it about time Nintendo stopped concentrating as much on software and went back to hardware as well? Let us know in the comments.