With Nintendo leaning on the Wii U's Zelda remake, "Wind Waker HD," it's easy to imagine the home console experiencing a revival in fortunes, just as the portable Nintendo 3DS did back in 2011.
"Unfortunately, I do not think 'The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker HD' combined with a Wii U price drop will have anywhere near the level of effect that 'The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D' and an accompanying price drop had on the 3DS," Euromonitor's Hudak told Relaxnews, expanding on his earlier report.
"'Ocarina of Time' had a much larger fan base, the Wii U faces a much harsher environment with very popular consoles coming out in November, and the 3DS had a fair number of titles coming out before the end of the year."
The Nintendo 3DS's 2011 revival saw "Star Fox 64 3D," "Super Mario 3D Land," and "Mario Kart 7" released after "Ocarina of Time 3D" kickstarted sales in June and an August price-cut made the handheld far more affordable.
But despite having "Pikmin 3" and "New Super Mario Bros. U" already available, and even the likes of "Wii Fit U" and "Mario & Sonic at Soichi 2014" on the way, the Wii U doesn't get its "Mario Kart" or "Super Smash Bros." until 2014.
"It's critical to win during the holiday season, where a huge amount of video game shopping is done," Hudak said. That would make the two games much less effective should they both emerge early in 2014.
"'Super Mario 3D World' will definitely help push sales, it's a major title. My only issue is that it's the only system mover coming out this year. It really would help Nintendo far more to have 3 or 4 more coming out much sooner to help consumers justify a Wii U purchase over an Xbox One or PS4."
Microsoft, too, may have to weather a storm this season, though bundling it with soccer sim "FIFA 14" in Europe was a smart decision.
"That makes the Xbox One appear $60 cheaper in the eyes of many consumers who were going to get that game no matter what," he said. "I thought it was a brilliant move."
"However, once Microsoft clarified it would be for a limited number of 'Day One' orders, I was slightly less enthused."
"It's still going to have a positive effect -- they are adding on an extra game that many people want. But they are diminishing what could have made them far more competitive in Europe."
And there's another factor which, while strengthening the Xbox One in North America, could cause problems elsewhere.
"I would agree that the US-centric focus for TV and media streaming is not going to help their case in many other regions," he noted, though it still wouldn't be as much of an issue as its relatively high asking price.
That, he said, will be the Xbox One's "biggest obstacle" when compared with the less expensive PlayStation 4 and Wii U.
"Overall, I think it would take an incredibly effective marketing campaign to fully overcome these hurdles."
So look out for Xbox One branding at sporting events, on billboards, and surrounding big-name TV series as the Nov. 22 launch date approaches.