Wedbush Securities analyst Michael Pachter is well-known for his frequent criticisms of Nintendo in recent years, but after this year’s E3 he had some positive things to say about the company. Nintendo only brought one game to the show floor, but it was a smash hit. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild was the most talked about, most searched, and most popular game of E3. We’ve only seen the Wii U version of the game so far, but it’s also coming to their upcoming console, NX. Speaking on the Gamertag Radio podcast, Pachter projected that Breath of the Wild will be a huge system seller, helping NX quickly reach 10 million sales.
“Zelda looks amazing. Something I missed… I actually did not realize that Zelda was launching on NX when NX launches. That makes me think NX is much more higher powered than I expected, that NX is an iteration probably closer to PS4 than I thought it would be, and it’s going to have a big title to support it. I think probably only Wii U owners will buy Zelda, but I think everybody who buys an NX will absolutely buy it, and I think it will sell them 10 million consoles pretty quickly. Zelda looked great. I mean, it really looks like a good game.”
— Michael Pachter
Pachter went on to say that
Breath of the Wild makes NX a console that people will want to own.
“It’s sad that it took them so many years after the Wii U launched to get it out, but the silver lining in that cloud is that it’s going to launch on the NX, so the NX is going to be something you will want to own.”
— Michael Pachter
You may be surprised to see such positive predictions about Nintendo sales from Pachter, but he also predicted that
Skyward Sword would sell 10 million copies prior to its launch. Unfortunately, it fell well short of that projection, selling just over 3 million copies.