Wii U a glorified Xbox 360 port machine

By Posted 4 Jul 2012, 04:59

A lot has been said on the graphics capabilities of the Wii U, particularly since Nintendo are still opting to remain silent on the exact GPU and CPU that is being used to power their next console.

This has led many to believe that Nintendo aren’t placing an emphasis on having the very best graphics out of the three next generation consoles, and some recent comments by a Microsoft exec seems to reflect this.

When speaking in an interview with GamesIndustry, Microsoft Studios boss Phil Spencer has been quoted as saying that the Nintendo Wii U is ‘effectively an Xbox 360 when you think of graphical capability’.

He said that Nintendo are basically pushing right now to make a ‘back catalogue’ of games that are already available on the Xbox 360 and that the new hardware combined with the Wii U Pro Controller make this an easy task for Nintendo. He also took the time out to single out praise for the innovative ZombieU game, but couldn’t hide his disappointment at the fact that we didn’t see a new Metroid or Zelda game at E3.

Is it true though what Phil Spencer is saying? The Wii U may be bringing out versions of games that current consoles already have, but there’s also the argument that they are the best versions as well. Batman Arkham City: Armored Edition includes all new functionality with the GamePad as a Bat Computer, while many believe that the Wii U version of Assassin’s Creed 3 looks better than the PS3 and Xbox 360 versions as well.

Should we perhaps stop comparing the Wii U to the PS4 and Xbox 720 and embrace the system for what it is? It is certainly a major improvement from the Wii and just like Miyamoto recently said – the Wii U is all about the fun loving games in our books. Let us know your thoughts on Phil Spencer’s comments about the Wii U essentially being an Xbox 360 port machine.

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  • Roy

    …What a B*tch.
    I can’t believe he’s sabotaging a system that’s not even released yet. All that read this, please realize that the Wii U is, and has been confirmed to be a far superior system as far as power and graphics go.

    • Deadlyredly

       Nothing about the Wii U has been ‘confirmed’, Nintendo hasn’t given any details at all!

  • http://www.binaryexistence.co.uk/ Zenettii

    Who cares, look at the WII console game list, and you know the WII U won’t be much different. WII series are “party box” and nothing more, you pull the wii out of the cupboard when you hosting friends for the evening, then you hide it away again because it’s go rubbish games compared to the Xbox or even that hacked PS3.

    • http://twitter.com/AntaImataSafo Anta Imata Safo

      Mario, Zelda, Metriod, Smash Bros. Donkey Kong, Kirby. If you’re gonna call those “rubbish games” you shouldn’t call yourself a gamer.

      • dgolightly519

        He must have missed where developers are saying it is at minimum as powerful as the Xbox360 and he really must have missed that this console is going to be included in most 3rd party releases now……. whoops…

        And that’s leaving alone that it is pushing all of that beauty to a second and third screen (two tablets) or that the console doesn’t have to push to tablets at all…. meaning it can use ALL of that power if developers would like.

  • http://www.facebook.com/mrleelongi.jenson Mrleelongi Jenson

    Yeah, cause the Microsoft guy knows the Wii U’s specs… This reminds me of when the Trenton guy from Sony said that the DS was just a kiddy handheld and no adult would be caught in public with on and that if you were a “real” gamer then you should go out an buy a PSP because it’s not a kiddy handheld. *Facepalm* Didn’t stop DS to go on and essentially do as well as, if not  better than, the PS2 in terms of unit sells. Anyways what this Microsoft guy just screams stupid.

  • The_Last_Metroid

    You guys remember how the graphics were when the 360 came out, and how much better they are now? If the wii u is putting out maximum 360 graphics, imagine how much better it will be in 4 or 5 years from now!

  • The_Last_Metroid

    You guys remember how the graphics were when the 360 came out, and how much better they are now? If the wii u is putting out maximum 360 graphics, imagine how much better it will be in 4 or 5 years from now!

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