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Gearbox: Wii U Is A "Stop-Gap" Between Console Generations

Jonathan Lester
Aliens: Colonial Marines, Gearbox, Nintendo, Wii U
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Tablet Controller May Provide a "HUD-less Environment"

Gearbox: Wii U Is A "Stop-Gap" Between Console Generations

Nintendo is desperate to assure us that the Wii U will be a truly next-gen console, but a number of developers and gamers still aren't entirely sold. Gearbox are currently developing a Wii U version of Aliens: Colonial Marines, and though they're excited about the platform, they've spoken out to suggest that it's a halfway point between this console generation and the next.

Speaking to IGN AU, Gearbox co-founder Brian Martel has labelled the Wii U as a "stop-gap" before the next true generation of home consoles - but rather than being a weakness, it may well be a masterstroke on Nintendo's part.

Right now we’re still finding out what kind of final tech specs the Wii U is going to have.

But we like the system a lot; we think it’s going to be a really cool stop-gap in between this generation and the next generation. We think it’s really smart of Nintendo, and the fact that as a platform it’s a lot more capable for hardcore first-person shooter-style gaming – for us that’s fantastic.

Martel continued to praise the tablet controller; suggesting that it provides a radical new way of relaying information to the player.

So the obvious thing for us is that we can do the motion tracker [on the controller screen], or the sentry gun information – all that kind of stuff. That stuff is really sexy for us. Getting the information off the screen and onto this device is a fantastic idea, right? So can we have a HUD-less environment? Yeah, probably. That would be fantastic, right?

Yeah, it would actually. But we have yet to see whether the idea of a "stop-gap" console will fly with gamers in the two-horse marketplace, and Nintendo certainly have their work cut out. Let us know what you make of the Wii U in the comments!

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