Do us a favor, Nintendo? Release some damn Wii U in-game footage to put us all at ease. No-one quite seems to know just how powerful the Wii U is, whether it can out-process a 360 or not. EA appear to be in the loop, however, as they've today declared the Wii U is more than capable of matching the Xbox 360 or PS3, but admits it's far too early to make a conclusive judgement on the console's power.
"The short answer is yes [we have a better idea of Wii U's power]; the longer answer is not quite," reveals EA's vice president, Andrew Wilson. The latest Wii U dev kits have been dispatched to developers worldwide, and with the technical innards of the console coalescing into a more coherent make-up, EA seem pretty confident of the machine's power. "I think we'll be able to do anything that we can do on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 on the Wii U," Wilson adds.
However, the Wii U's technical prowess is hamstrung somewhat by its unique controller, which has been likened to a beefed-up Game Boy. EA admit the reality of rendering on two screens is difficult, but they're more than up to the challenge. Wilson adds that, just as the Xbox 360 and PS3 have enjoyed a long and prosperous lifetime, the Wii U, too, can continue to iterate and improve.
Wilson weighed in on the Nintendo's nebulous online plans with the Wii U. The company has expressed an interest in corresponding with developers to ensure the Wii U's online can empower rather than limit their partners, and Wilson confirms Nintendo's new-found "openness and willingness" to listen. [Eurogamer]