David Jaffe, creator of the God of War and Twisted Metal franchises, predicts the Wii U will be "50% less successful" when compared to the Wii. Speaking with us during E3, Jaffe saw a tough road ahead for Nintendo's next console, because of increased competition from the iPhone and iPad, free-to-play MMOs, traditional consoles, and more.
On the fate of the Wii U, Jaffe said: "I don't think it will do anywhere near as well as the Wii did. This is no disrespect to anybody. This is just a Jaffe scenario, me playing Michael Patcher for a moment. 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.
"Then if you look at families, 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.
"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. It doesn't mean the Wii U isn't going to work, but I think the perfect storm of interest that worked for the Wii won't happen again, because there's enough competition speaking to those interests at a cheaper cost.
"I think the Wii U is going to be less successful than the Wii, probably 50% less successful. I don't think you're going to see the Wii U at 1 in the next console generation. But I also thought the PSP was going to kick the shit out of the DS, so I don't know. I'm not trying to be mean to Nintendo. I grew up with Nintendo and I love them. That's just my guess."
For more from David Jaffe head over to our full interview, covering his career, future projects, Twisted Metal on PS3, thoughts on the creative process, predications on the fate of Nintendo's Wii U, and so much more.