Wii U’s slow start and low sales figures are well documented, and there’s probably no bigger critic of Nintendo’s newest hardware than Wedbush Securities analyst Michael Pachter. The longtime video game industry analyst is famous (or perhaps infamous, depending on who you ask) for his bold predictions and his predictions of a bleak future for handheld gaming and Nintendo hardware.

Speaking at the Cloud Gaming USA conference, Pachter shared his thoughts on everything from Candy Crush to the next generation of consoles (he says there won’t be one), and states that Nintendo will have no choice but to go third-party in the future.

According to Pachter, cloud gaming services will overtake hardware within a generation’s time, and this will spell the end of Nintendo as a first-party company. Nintendo, he asserts, is too far behind in terms of cloud technology, and they won’t be able to keep creating hardware.

“They are more than a decade behind the curve, and they are so insular that there is no desire internally to learn from others. Nintendo hardware goes away. There is a place for their content. There is no place for Nintendo hardware. Nobody cares. They will have to abandon hardware.” — Michael Pachter

Pachter has been calling for Nintendo to go third-party for quite some time, but now he seems more certain that it will happen in the future. Whether they should or not is a different debate for a different day, but with $4.7 billion in the bank, do you think it’s likely that Nintendo will stop making hardware if it continues to prove unprofitable over the remainder of this generation? Sound off in the comments.

Source: Venture Beat

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