Wii U not good enough for Metro Last Light release

By Posted 21 Nov 2012, 05:25

The Nintendo Wii U hardware has been praised in many corners, with many critics saying that Nintendo has done a good job in bridging the gap between current gen console games, compared to their original Wii which was clearly below par. However, not everyone is happy about Nintendo’s new console and we’ve just heard some pretty bold criticism on how the CPU fitted inside the new system is ‘horrible and slow’.

As Nintendo prepare to publicly unveil just how well the Wii U has performed in its first week on sale, they definitely won’t enjoy enjoy reading the thoughts of one industry developer who hasn’t held back on what he actually thinks of Nintendo’s new console. Oles Shishkovtsov is the Chief technical officer at 4A Games, whose company is responsible for the Metro: Last Light game, an action horror shooter which is scheduled to release on Xbox 360, PS3 and PC in the first quarter of 2013.

Metro: Last Light is the sequel to the very well received Metro 2033 game and after initially being scheduled for a release on Wii U, it now looks like this isn’t going to happen, which is going to be a major disappointment to new Wii U owners who had played the first game. When speaking to Nowgamer recently, Shishkobtsov had this bold statement to make:

“Wii U has a horrible, slow CPU”.

Huw Beynon from THQ who are publishing the game, added that the team had studied the idea of including the Wii U in the list of platforms, but ultimately decided against the idea – obviously trying to be as less harsh as possible than what Mr Shishkobtsov from 4A Games had to say.

Is this a warning to sign to both Nintendo and consumers that third party developers are yet to fully embrace the new system? We told you just a few days ago that we thought the Wii U version of Black Ops 2 looked great, arguably even being the better version compared to Xbox 360 and PS3.

It’s a shame that Metro: Last Light now looks certain to miss out on a Wii U release, as the console could do with as much third-party support as possible. It also brings to light the recent launch problems that consumers have been experiencing, with many games and menu tasks slowing up, resulting in crashes that require hard resets to the console.

What are your thoughts the CPU being labelled ‘horrible and slow’? Do you have some sympathy with Nintendo here, or are you starting to get a little worried too?

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  • Jive

    My first thoughts are, they cant be bothered to put the effort in and that the OS itself, which enables other applications such as the web browser or net flix to be run on the opposie screen to the game during game play, requires the console to reserve some of its resources for multi tasking rather than dedicating 100% of its capicity to 1 game/application. The may also be a tad touchy because Nintendo overlooked them when reaching out to the more important third parties for launch support.

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