If Nintendo Wii U is not next-gen, consider sales battle lost already

 

By Posted 14 Jun 2011, 05:05

Just moments after we informed you that Square-Enix may be planning to bring a Final Fantasy title to the Nintendo Wii U, we have news on the other side of the spectrum now, as Ubisoft has stated in a recent interview that they don’t believe the graphics on the new console are truly ‘next gen’.

This interesting admission was made in a recent interview with Videogamer, in which Rayman creator Michael Ancel instead prefers to call the Nintendo Wii U controller ‘next-gen’ rather than the console and presumably the graphics as well.

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When asked a direct question whether the Wii U was next-gen or not, here is what he replied:

”Not really. I think Wii U is next-gen in terms of interface.”

Are you a bit surprised about his comments, because they are certainly going to spark debate amongst the gaming industry. The Nintendo Wii U has come six years after the original Wii debuted, and if the console cannot be labeled as next-gen in that period of time, then Nintendo may have a big problem on their hands. Of course, they will be adamant themselves that the Wii U is a ‘next-gen’ console, but if word quickly spreads round that it’s not, it’s going to create a negative perception in gamer’s minds and that can only hurt Nintendo in terms of hardware sales.

Nintendo has probably realised now that they made a huge mistake at E3 by not showing off the console at the event, more specifically the exact technical capabilities that the system can handle. Instead they preferred to demonstrate the touchscreen controller for the majority of the event, and it left gamer’s with a somewhat sour taste in the mouth.

Has Ubisoft just confirmed gamer’s fears that the Wii U isn’t going to cut the mustard in future console battles with the Sony PS4 and Microsoft Xbox successor? It’s probably too early to tell, especially since Nintendo has yet to show off some proper footage of Wii U gameplay. This latest admission from Ubisoft hasn’t exactly come at a good time for Nintendo though, especially with gamers still skeptical.

Do you believe that the Nintendo Wii U is truly ‘next-gen’ or not?

  • http://www.facebook.com/rodgil Rodrigo Alexander Gil

    This article is somewhat biased as it doesn’t provide the quote that Ancel’s co-worker said about the kits they have not being final and that comparing them right now wouldn’t be fair. Way to instigate something.

  • Nick Jones

    Considering nothing is “next” gen, the Wii U should match or surpass all current other consoles.  Sony and Microsoft don’t have anything up their sleeves pre 2014 so I think Nintendo will do well.  They are basing most of the console on architecture just one step above the other five year old consoles.  This makes them HD ready and it keeps the price down.  Considering they are building a console on several year old tech, it shouldn’t cost significantly more then the PS3 or 360.  The only thing that could drive up the price is the new controller it includes.  Nintendo will keep the final price unknown for several months until probably October or January when they finalize all the tricks up their sleeve and nail down a price point.  Tech only gets cheaper as time goes by.  Nintendo’s goal isn’t to trump their competition, but to take the technology they have and use it in a completely different way.  Remember the Wii…

  • Nick Jones

    Considering nothing is “next” gen, the Wii U should match or surpass all current other consoles.  Sony and Microsoft don’t have anything up their sleeves pre 2014 so I think Nintendo will do well.  They are basing most of the console on architecture just one step above the other five year old consoles.  This makes them HD ready and it keeps the price down.  Considering they are building a console on several year old tech, it shouldn’t cost significantly more then the PS3 or 360.  The only thing that could drive up the price is the new controller it includes.  Nintendo will keep the final price unknown for several months until probably October or January when they finalize all the tricks up their sleeve and nail down a price point.  Tech only gets cheaper as time goes by.  Nintendo’s goal isn’t to trump their competition, but to take the technology they have and use it in a completely different way.  Remember the Wii…

  • Nick Jones

    Considering nothing is “next” gen, the Wii U should match or surpass all current other consoles.  Sony and Microsoft don’t have anything up their sleeves pre 2014 so I think Nintendo will do well.  They are basing most of the console on architecture just one step above the other five year old consoles.  This makes them HD ready and it keeps the price down.  Considering they are building a console on several year old tech, it shouldn’t cost significantly more then the PS3 or 360.  The only thing that could drive up the price is the new controller it includes.  Nintendo will keep the final price unknown for several months until probably October or January when they finalize all the tricks up their sleeve and nail down a price point.  Tech only gets cheaper as time goes by.  Nintendo’s goal isn’t to trump their competition, but to take the technology they have and use it in a completely different way.  Remember the Wii…

  • Nick Jones

    Considering nothing is “next” gen, the Wii U should match or surpass all current other consoles.  Sony and Microsoft don’t have anything up their sleeves pre 2014 so I think Nintendo will do well.  They are basing most of the console on architecture just one step above the other five year old consoles.  This makes them HD ready and it keeps the price down.  Considering they are building a console on several year old tech, it shouldn’t cost significantly more then the PS3 or 360.  The only thing that could drive up the price is the new controller it includes.  Nintendo will keep the final price unknown for several months until probably October or January when they finalize all the tricks up their sleeve and nail down a price point.  Tech only gets cheaper as time goes by.  Nintendo’s goal isn’t to trump their competition, but to take the technology they have and use it in a completely different way.  Remember the Wii…

  • http://twitter.com/elcosaseria El Cosa Seria

    It provides a new interface and 50% more power (rumors around the web) and I bet a bag of doritos that MS and Sony will be copying this in their next console I would definitely call it next-gen.

  • jswalker95

    looks like a biger version of the ds with current gen graphics right now.2 screens, one is touch. porbably wont pick this up unless better games come out for it then the current line up

  • Anonymous

    The fact is that the Wii U dev kits are running under-clocked and currently have no problem surpassing the output of the Xbox and PS3, don’t forget it outputs 1080p right now, so the final configuration will have even more processing power.

    Nextgen? What exactly is that? As far as graphics go, which is the most
    obvious measure of a consoles power, the resolution is not going to get
    higher than the Wii U’s 1080p output any time soon, and in any case most
    “gamers” didn’t even know that the majority of the games they are
    playing are run at 720p. So just how big a leap in tech is going to be
    needed to put a ‘Wow!’ factor into the “nextgen” graphics?

    Yes, if sony and MS keep on the road of leap-frogging power, they might well try to up the game, but at what cost and for what return? Will most gamers care if one console has slightly better shaders or “richer” textures than another? Devs always want more processing power, but often that translates to less optimisation/work for them and more profit, not necessarily better games.

  • Nigroes

    50% more powerful O__O.. it’s like.. like.. 1.5 times better =D…. I’ll wait for the PS4 stimated at 10 times more powerful n___n. Wii U Sux