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Pachter: Super Mario Galaxy 2 och Metroid: Other M är inte systemsäljare

Super Mario Galaxy 2

Michael Pachter, analytiker hos Wedbush Morgan, tror inte att de kommande släppen av Super Mario Galaxy 2 och Metroid: Other M kommer att hindra Nintendo Wii-försäljningen från att fortsätta sjunka. Om Nintendo vill få fart på försäljningen igen har de inget annat val än att sänka priserna, menar han.

”I still think that the Wii as a hardware SKU lacks catalysts. I can’t imagine Super Mario Galaxy 2 or Metroid Other M as system-sellers, any more than I would expect Halo Reach or SOCOM to be. The hardcore Wii audience already has a Wii console, so these game launches aren’t likely to be catalysts. This far into the cycle, the only thing that really gets consoles moving is price cuts, and Nintendo was reluctant to cut price last year. In fact, the company waited until late September to cut price, even though year-over-year U.S. sales from April on were down 47%.”

”Over the first two months of this year, Wii sales in the U.S. are down 39%, but some of that could be due to inexplicable supply shortages (one would think that Nintendo could manage the supply chain better 3 1/2 years after launch), so I’ll give them the benefit of the doubt. However, we saw declines in sales of Wii Fit Plus with Balance Board and Wii Play, suggesting that demand for the Wii and its products is on the decline. So as far as I can see, unless Nintendo decides to cut price, there is not much of a catalyst coming. I don’t see the Wii Vitality Sensor driving sales, but I suppose I could be wrong. I often am…”

Super Mario Galaxy 2 och Metroid: Other M släpps den 11 juni respektive den 24 september. Detaljerna om Wii Vitality Sensor – en sensor som kopplas till spelarens finger och bland annat avläser puls – är få i dagsläget, men mer information om hur den fungerar och vad den kan användas till kommer att offentliggöras på E3 2010 i juni, lovar Reggie.

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