Jaffe: Wii U won’t do “anywhere near as well as the Wii did”

David Jaffe, creator of the Twisted Metal and God of War series, is back in the news, and this time it’s to tell everybody he doesn’t think much of the Wii U.

“I don’t think it will do anywhere near as well as the Wii did,” he tells GamingUnion. “I think there’s a large enough percentage of people who bought the Wii as something other than a gaming device, and turned it into the fad that it was.

“Most of that percentage is going to go away now. I don’t think enough of them have become ‘gamers’. They tried [the Wii], now they’re onto something like free-to-play MMOs and then they’ll move onto something else. How many of them got converted into actual gamers? I don’t think a large portion.”
And besides, iStuff is all the rage now.

“A lot of kids want iPads, iPhones and iPods now. And a large portion of the people who would’ve been interested in traditional Nintendo stuff, beyond core gamers, are just as happy playing Storm in a Teacup on iPad versus a new 3D Mario,” he says.

“Between those two audiences going away and the number of choices core gamers already have on the other systems – which, let’s be honest, a lot of them like super-amazing graphics on their 3D TVs and stuff like that – a lot of people are going to be better served going to the competition.

“I think the Wii U is going to be less successful than the Wii, probably 50% less successful,” he concludes. “I don’t think you’re going to see the Wii U at number one in the next console generation.”

According to VGChartz, the Wii is still winning this generation, with 86.7 million sales, way ahead of the Xbox and PS3 at 54 and 50.6 million respectively.

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Jaffe: Wii U won’t do “anywhere near as well as the Wii did”