Wii U console and controller Atari founder doubts success of Wii U

The founder of Atari has gone on record stating that he believes the Wii U, Nintendo's recently-released next-generation gaming console, will not be a success.

The founder of Atari has gone on record stating that he believes the Wii U, Nintendo's recently-released next-generation gaming console, will not be a success.

 
“I actually am baffled by it,” Nolan Bushnell, founder of Atari, told the New York Times. “I don't think it's going to be a big success.”
 
He suggested that only hardcore gamers would be interested in getting the new machine, stating that the current generation of consoles still have a lot of life left in them. He said it feels like “the end of an era,” speaking of the race between rivals to get out next-gen consoles every few years.
 
Of course, the Wii targeted a much wider audience than hardcore gamers, and the Wii U is more of the same, but it might be this similarity that stops the Wii U from having the same resounding success as its predecessor, which revolutionised the industry with motion capture gaming.
 
Wii U console and controller Atari founder doubts success of Wii U
 
That said, the wider industry was as equally baffled by the Wii as Bushnell is by the Wii U, and many doubted Nintendo's ability to succeed then, so there might be a few surprises in store.
 
Meanwhile Robbie Back, former president of entertainment and devices at Microsoft, suggested that putting Mario on the iPhone might have been a smarter move. However, he added “I've learned not to count the Nintendo guys out.”
 
While the Wii U might not boast the kind of sales that the original Wii had, Reggie Fils-Aime, president of Nintendo of America, said that the company only needs one game sale per console to make a profit, and given that customers are likely to buy at least two games, and often considerably more, it might just be enough to help put Nintendo back in the black.
 
Source: GamesIndustry