The man who helped pioneer arcade video games in the early 70s, Nolan Bushnell, recently commented on the Nintendo Wii U, Nolan Bushnell, recently commented on the Wii U.
Bushnell founded Atari Inc with Ted Dabney in 1972, bringing together the early foundations for video gaming in arcades and in the home. He was recently interviewed by the New York Times in a feature that contrasts newer video game mediums like mobile phones to the more traditional outlet like Nintendo.
The dual-screen approach has let Bushnell "baffled". He feels that most hard core players might shy away from paying even more money for the latest tech, with the same thought process applying to the Wii U, "I really don't think they'll be of major import ever again. It feels like the end of an era to me."
"I don't think it's going to be a big success."
Nintendo is one of the very few studios that has endured the changing shape of the industry, with its one rivals - including SEGA and Bushnell's own Atari - ending up producing software and dissolving into smaller studios.
With the Wii U just touching down in the public domain and still due out in Europe, Japan and Australia, it's still very much early days for Nintendo's future.