Wii U doesn’t need upgrade ahead of PS4, Xbox 720 onslaught

By Posted 31 Jan 2012, 07:20

We have some more Wii U snippets to tell you about now. After sharing with you some excellent Battlefield 3 concept images, we now have some interesting words from Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata regarding the Wii U and its inevitable competitors from Sony and Microsoft.

While we still dont know officially if Sony and Microsoft will show new consoles this year, it is highly likely that we will only see the Nintendo Wii U emerge as the first next generation console, when it releases towards the end of the year.

There’s a lot of talk on how the Wii U will not be powerful enough when Sony and Microsoft finally announce their next consoles, but according to Nintendo, they believe that their console is suitably equipped to handle any new rival console and does not need any hardware upgrades of any sort.

Iwata has been speaking about this in his recent investor call and here is a interesting segment of his statement, as reported from VG247:

“As we will showcase the Wii U at E3 in June this year, the detailed announcements must wait until then, but we are aiming to make a system which shall not be forced into competing with the others where the contenders can fight only with massive developer resources and long development times as their weapons”

Is that a slight dig we detect there at Sony and Microsoft in relation that games sometimes take forever to come out? – we think it just might be. Iwata also added that sometimes it isn’t necessary to develop graphic-intensive games all the time, but rather deliver a game which is appealing to the fans – a strategy that we may see implemented on the Wii U.

Another important factor that Iwata commented on in his call is the fact that Nintendo plan to work with a lot more third-party developers for Wii U software, as opposed to the Wii which featured first-party titles from Nintendo primarily.

Given that we haven’t seen any concrete gameplay for the Wii U, we remain skeptical on whether the Wii U will be able to go on to be a huge success or not. There’s no doubt that there’s huge potential in that touchscreen controller, but gamers are very demanding these days and they will still want the Wii U to be able to deliver AAA games at least on par with the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.

What are your thoughts on his comments – do you think the Wii U is sufficient enough to withstand an potential onslaught from a PS4 and Xbox 720 in 2013?

  • http://www.pc-friendly.net/ Darren Hill

    Taking the lead in a three way war will be a huge advantage for Nintendo in my opinion, assuming they lead with a stable system.

  • rawr

    All I want for this console is to have graphics that AT LEAST equals those of the ps3. I’ve heard they’re actually better but… Is that true?