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Wii U impact on Xbox 720 and PS4

We are just days away from the European release of the Nintendo Wii U console. Almost two weeks after the US launch, Nintendo will hope that EU gamers show the same amount of interest as US buyers, with Nintendo’s Reggie Fils-Aime speaking in many interviews in order to further hype up the capabilities of the system. This week, he has been speaking about how the Wii U relates to future consoles from Sony and Microsoft, with regards to potential PS4 and Xbox 720 systems respectively.

Reggie certainly raised one or two eyebrows when he recently conceded that all third-party games will look better on the Wii U, with Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 used as a specific example. Now he has spoken again on the threat that next-gen consoles pose to the Wii U, or lack of threat as Reggie clarified to say, insisting that it is actually up to Microsoft and Sony to react to their console this time, not the other way around.

Reggie told CNET in a recent interview that Sony and Microsoft will both need to look at the Wii U and ‘decide what their innovation is going to be’. He also added that fancy hardware such as faster processors and ‘pretty pictures’ that respective next-gen interfaces will produce, ‘will not be enough any more’.

The funny thing to note here is that both the PS4 and next Xbox console are going to have fancy new interfaces and much faster processors than their predecessors. The Wii U is obviously selling very well in the US at the moment as expected, but will interest ultimately die out as soon as we see those new Sony and Microsoft consoles up on stage?

Reggie also said that Nintendo are going to ‘keep innovating’ with the Wii U, which we’re guessing will lead to other games in the same mold as ZombiU, which many are touting as one of the best games to showcase the new GamePad controller. Sony and Microsoft will obviously be bringing their own innovative features to the table as well though with their respective consoles – Sony’s Gaikai partnership could be one example, while the possibilities of Kinect 2.0 with augmented reality is already starting to get fans excited.

What are your thoughts on Reggie’s latest comments which send out a challenge to Sony and Microsoft? Do you think the Wii U is the real deal and will stay healthy while the PS4 and Xbox 720 are out, or is it only a matter of time before interest fades out fast?

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