Skyrim on Wii U: Graphics perception u-turn, instant hardware seller?

By Alan Ng - Sep 28, 2011

If you have been keeping a close eye on the developments of the upcoming Elder Scrolls V Skyrim game, you’ll know that it is one of those titles that will really stretch the capabilities of console and pc as far as graphics quality is concerned.

With this in mind, how would you feel if such a game made its way on to the elusive Nintendo Wii U console at some point next year? You may have thought this was near impossible to get an Elder Scrolls game running on a Nintendo console, but according to Bethesda, it is a ‘possibility’ and one which could happen sometime in the future.

We know that a lot of you are skeptical on the capabilities of the Nintendo Wii U, especially after a far from perfect unveiling at E3 2011 when we didn’t really see any actual proof on what graphics the console was capable of. However, a quote below from Bethesda’s Vice President Pete Hines in the latest edition of Official Nintendo Magazine may change your entire perception on the Nintendo Wii U:

“It’s definitely a possibility for the future. We’ll look at any platform that will support that games we’re trying to make, but that’s the key thing – the console has to support the game as it is designed.”

Obviously a game as demanding as Skyrim will take time, so even if it does reach the Nintendo Wii U, it may not make it out in time for a release in 2012. Nintendo promised a lot at E3, but didn’t actually deliver the performance which gave gamers the lasting message ‘I’m going to go and buy this console straight away’. This will all change though we’re sure if Skyrim comes to the Wii U, as the game alone will be responsible for a big bulk of Nintendo’s hardware sales.

As an Elder Scrolls fan, does this change everything with regards to your current opinion on the Nintendo Wii U? How impressed would you be if the console could handle a juggernaut title like Skyrim?

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  • Meanie

    Even if Nintendo manages to get Skyrim on their Wii U, the game will be overshadowed by the PC popular MODS. Think about this, by the time they release Skyrim on Wii u, the creation kit are already on the play and popular mods on PC will destroy Skyrim on Wii u.

  • heck yeah ill buy it for Wii U! cause it will probs be better than the ps3/360 version considering devs are saying that its more powerful then ps3 by far and has a lot more ram…

  • Anonymous

    The Wii U will probably get a port from the Xbox version, which, by all accounts, should be fairly easy to do. So it is perfectly possible that the Wii U will have Skyrim the same time as other platforms. Though, without specific development for that machine, graphics might not be much better than the Xbox. Then again, the Wii U architecture is aligned closely to that of a P.C., hence the ease of porting from Xbox, so perhaps it could have top-end graphics? We can only wait and see.

    The “graphics or gameplay” argument is not as straightforward as it is made to seem. Clearly gameplay is much more important, but graphics make an obvious contribution to the quality of the experience. Even so, the relative differences in graphics, even between a top-end P.C. and the Xbox, are somewhat exaggerated. Sure the difference can be impressive, but not so much as to make the Xbox version seem a crappy experience.

  • by the time the wii u get’s it (if it does) we will be looking forward to the next elder scrolls game