The Wii U may be another underpowered Nintendo console

News Aaron Birch 3 Apr 2012 - 19:27
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A survey of anonymous developers reveals that the Wii U is going to be lacking in power…

Gamesindutry International has posted some unsettling information for Nintendo fans that reveals the Wii U is going to struggle to catch even the current generation PS3 or Xbox 360, let alone the next platforms on their way from Microsoft and Sony.

In an anonymous survey, Gamesindusty asked various developers who have worked with the Wii U directly about the platform's capabilities. The answers weren't exactly all roses and sunshine.

"It doesn't produce graphics as well as the PS3 or the 360" Said one source, whilst another stated "it's not up to the same level as the PS3 or the 360".

The Wii U is going to release around five years after the arrival of the PS3 or Xbox 360. That's five whole years of advancing technology Nintendo have access to, but have, instead, decided to ignore and build a console that's even more dated than the currently available competing machines.

It simply boggles the mind why Nintendo is seemingly so against giving its loyal fans a console that can make the most of modern tech. Just imagine what Nintendo classics like Mario, Zelda and Metroid would be like on a powerful system. Imagine what Nintendo's undeniably world class developers could muster with that kind of muscle. Yes, Nintendo does already have some of the best gameplay ever produced, but more powerful tech would be able to enhance this even more.

At the very least, a console more on a par with Sony and Microsoft's machines may help the unit get more third party ports, being less gimped when it comes to processing power. Of course, the bizarre control system isn't going to make that easy, and whilst I appreciate Nintendo's efforts to innovate, this aspect of the Wii U, and the Wii before it, is a big reason big name third party releases often shunned Nintendo's current system, despite the obvious profit margins due to the Wii's stellar sales figures.

Quite how much truth there is to these claims, and just how dated the performance of the console is remains to be seen, and with so many rumours flying around regarding the next generation of consoles, it's still wise to wait for official news. But, with Nintendo's track record of underpowered systems, it's all too easy to believe that the Wii U will be another platform lagging behind the competition.

Gamesindusty International

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