Nintendo is being very cagey over the Wii U's technical specifications, such as what processor or graphics unit they've opted to include. Prior to E3, rumors ran wild that Project Cafe would rival, if not exceed, the power of the 360 and PS3, but Nintendo's reluctance to reveal empirical evidence suggests that might not be the case. However, Crytek seem to be expecting some hefty power, as they're standing behind the Wii U with full CryEngine 3 support.
"Crytek's support for Wii U is definitely going to happen," reveals CEO Cervat Yerli. Nintendo has promised partnerships with all key third-party publishers, and considering their link-up with EA - who had a big showing at Nintendo's E3 conference - it's not surprising they've pledged support to the company's newfangled console.
"We aren't showing it but we are pretty much running it already," Yerli explained. While I'm happy to hear Crytek are on-board with Wii U, it's still very odd how no actual titles or real gameplay is being shown as of yet. Maybe Nintendo is waiting for next year's E3 to truly whisk off the covers; or have publishers only recently got involved with their new consoles, which would explain their curious no-show.
That said, any reservations over the Wii U's ability to graphically compete with the current crop of consoles should be laid to rest now. With Unreal Engine 3 already confirmed, the addition of CryEngine 3 - which is arguably more taxing, if not as developer-friendly - the Wii U must be packing some serious firepower. [Eurogamer]