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Nintendo Responds To Underpowered Wii U Report, Denies Nothing

Jonathan Lester
Nintendo, Wii U

Nintendo Responds To Underpowered Wii U Report, Denies Nothing

"Playing Will Always Be More Important Than Raw Numbers"

Recent reports strongly suggest that Nintendo's next home console, the Wii U, will not be more powerful than the PS3 or Xbox 360 in terms of raw graphics potential - let alone their next-gen successors. Nintendo has now spoken out to discuss the issue... and may have tacitly confirmed it.

“We do not focus on technology specs,” Nintendo told Digital Trends in a small statement. “We understand that people like to dissect graphics and processing power, but the experience of playing will always be more important than raw numbers.”

I can't help but notice that this statement isn't a denial - if anything, it's a tacit acknowledgement that the Wii U's specs won't be particularly powerful (though where they are in relation to the Xbox 360 and PS3 remains to be seen). Here's hoping that Nintendo's eye for enjoyable game design, stylish art direction and the new tablet controller will help to enhance "the experience of playing." The Wii did much the same at launch, and it worked well for the enormous casual fanbase that flocked to Nintendo in droves while alienating many core gamers in the process. Will the Wii U take the same tack?

Tuesday's rumours stated that the Wii U "is not up to the same level as the PS3 or the 360," citing a number of development sources in the process.

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Jas10  Apr. 5, 2012 at 10:43

Damn :( Really hope this is not true, so frustrating if it is.

phil16  Apr. 5, 2012 at 11:05

I sort of understand this but a PC GPUs that can blow a PS3/Xbox out the water has been available for several years. You could probably get one for sub £50 (They would pay a lot less) with a lot more power nowadays so why limit yourself so much...

DivideByZero  Apr. 5, 2012 at 14:23

Nintendo... we don't sell to gamers anymore, we sell to Mums wanting to play Zumba.

It's very true that you don't need amazing graphics for a game to work (Super Meat Boy, Journey, etc.) BUT by limiting yourself so your graphics can ONLY be rubbish and so far behind the curve is a bit daft.


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