Nintendo Co.’s Wii U demonstrated the ability to handle current ports of titles released for Sony Corp.’s Playstation 3 and Microsoft Corp.’s Xbox 360 with ease in preview builds at the Electronic Entertainment Expo.
Yeah because I really want to buy a new console to re-play Red Dead Redemption and Skyrim -_-
If they included new content or improved graphics, i would consider buying it when it came down in price and it would be nice for people who only had wii.
Not everybody owns a PS3 or Xbox 360. You would be surprised at how many people out there owns a Wii but not a PS3/Xbox 360...
Most of those people who own wii's don't play them anymore. 360 and ps3 will be cheaper than wiiu so i don't see how someone will get wiiu over ps3/360 for those games.
Most of those people only cared about Wii Sports and Wii Fit and that's why they only own a Wii. I don't think there's someone that is interested in video games that would prefer to have only a Wii. Maybe kids that can't afford a 360/PS3 and were only given a Wii but that's it.
@erasure, You mean not everybody who owns a 360/ PS3 but not a Wii. I will buy WiiU just because Zelda is finally in HD!
Very true. My brother only really cares about nintendo consoles. He has a wii and plays it plenty but doesnt care about the 360/ps3. He mainly plays the classics like zelda, mario, metroid, donkey kong, and the like. He's watched me game out on mass effect, half life 2, uncharted, lost odyssey and liked them all but doesnt game enough to spend money and time on anything other than nintendo. He will buy a wii-u and might wind up enjoying games like assassins creed, batman, and mass effect 3. Theres alot of people who only go with nintendo consoles. I did get him to buy a vita (both love handhelds). He does like it alot but still sticks to the 3ds or games like wipeout (which remind him of f-zero lol). He didnt get further than 30 minutes in uncharted. I TRIED.
IKR! Also even though they are finally getting 3rd party games, when PS4 and Xbox720 are released, Nintendo will be left coughing in the dust once again as far as the majority of 3rd party games go.
Its easy to say that Nintendo will be left behind but there is one factor; pricing for the next gen consoles (PS4 and 720). Will they be reasonably priced? Or are we looking at, well you, $599! Also, we have not really heard any concrete details about either of Sony or Microsoft's next big thing. So its down to will either of them do the no used game feature.
Shortsightedness anyway. This console is planned to last 5 years or more right? Which means for most of its lifespan, it'll be competing against the NEXT generation Sony and Microsoft consoles. Handling ports of PS3 and 360 games is nothing to trumpet about then. These games are already old anyway by the time Wii U launches. Because PS3 and 360 are nearly finished, once they move out of the limelight to make way for newer hardware, then will Wii U handle THOSE multiplatform titles? You know that won't happen.
i don't mind playing RDR and Skyrim again but i see what you mean.... WII U NEEDS ITS OWN GAMES. and by games i mean Gamers games not casual crap >:(
Well I was waiting for the GotY skyrim, hmmmm
well it better handle games from systems that came out 5-6 years ago.
Why then only talking show us
Wow a next console that can handle current gen games. You deserve a big pat on the back nintendo. Wait didn't the wii also handle ps2 games with ease?
Shouldn't the question be how will it handle next gen 3rd party titles? How game on the Nextbox/PS4 plays on the WiiU. If it'll play.
Exactly this and other evidence only shows that the Wii U will just be a tad more powerful than the 360 and PS3 - which was probably Nintedos plans from the get go to have the current Wii owners who have gotten a little older to buy a Wii U with HD graphics this xmas. If this is true I cam see the Wii U being priced at $299 - not much new technology can be out into a launch console at that price.
The Wii U is about 6 or 7 years late for the current gen, because it certainly isn't a next gen console.
HAHAHAHAHA this was joke right WII U to run neg games that console can't run even this gen games very good
And so it should 6 years down the line !!
THE REAL question is: When do we get a port of "Wondebook - Book of Spells"
Lol at trolls latching onto Wonderbook all of a sudden. Is that really the best you can do?
You know full well that trolls from another camp would latch on to it if it been shown at another certain companies show. I'm not defending the trolling, but you know it would happen.
Hell yeah!, Wonderbook day 1!!!!!!!!!!! LMFAO
When are you young whippersnappers going to wake up and realize that power does not equal success. That is why the PS2 won its generation, the Gameboy won its generation and the 3DS is winning its generation. It is all about the games sonny boy!
If only it was that easy. Combinations of release timing, price and reputation along with games equal success. Dreamcast had a raft of quality games, but it was buried by the anticipation and hype of PS2 (which WAS a more powerful machine don't forget and Sony played on that as well as all the mags and press), which itself was out well over a year before Gamecube and xbox and had a major jump on them. It finally got its killer apps as they arrived. Gameboy had no real competition, especially not at its pricepoint. It was vastly cheaper than its rivals, and that is also a big reason why Wii and Xbox 360 have managed to stay ahead of PS3 this generation, along with the launch date of 360 which turned out to be mostly a match for PS3 power wise. 3DS has had nearly a year headstart in most territories, and again is far cheaper than Vita. It is still too early to really tell if it'll win overall, but it will be helped by the legacy of the DS, its price, and how much earlier it arrived when PSP and DS were fading. WiiU could easily fall into the trap of Dreamcast here. Out TOO early. TOO slow. Against still strong rivals with big titles still arriving. It'll be much more expensive against its rivals, who have a strong back catalogue and still going pretty strong. Once people see that it does not advance games as much as they might thought standing against PS3 and 360, they could look towards their next gen machines and bypass Nintendo altogether.
Yet the Wii mostly has casual crap 'sonny boy' and the Wii U is looking to do the same cos I seriously doubt most 3rd part devs will develop for Wii U anymore when the other two are much more powerful than it
I cant work out whether this is a serious article or not?? There trying to claim that its a good thing that a 'next gen' system that is not even released yet can play old games only just at the same resolution with no improvement over 6-7 year old consoles... Am I completely missing something here, or am I just completely missing the humor in this article??
Why these sort of articles keep appearing I have no idea. Emphasising how well the Wii U can play games from the previous generation isn't a good thing.
I don't get this. When did this become a selling point? I would be furious if Next box/PS4 came out in 2013 or 14 and could port Halo 4 or God of War Ascension with ease and that's a surprise. Or praise for that matter. I'm surprised that people are okay with this. There are people saying that ports make up a small part of the launch which is true. The sad part of that is the ports aren't current releases lol. If it takes little to no time to port then why are we talking about Batman, Mass Effect, Ninja Gaiden, etc. Where is Resident Evil, Crysis, Call of Duty, Medal of Honor, Bioshock, etc? No news of Nintendo's network either. There are many who have said there hardware may not be final or ports may not be final versions. I thought this machine was releasing in 4 to 6 months tops. This thing needs time to hit the line and be built ffs. If its not finalized, it will miss the holiday launch and run right into Next box/PS4 hype train
You know absolutely nothing about business... 3rd party developers are releasing games like Batman, Mass Effect 3 and Ninja Gaiden because they are already finished, and its cheaper to do this from a business standpoint, especially at a launch. The development is cheaper because the code is already finished and just needs to be ported. These companies are sinking a ton of money into development of these newer games for systems that have established bases... The 360 and PS3 each have respectably around 65 million systems sold worldwide while the Will U will just be launched. It is easier to port old stuff at launch from a business standpoint. Companies are not going to put out extra $$$ to have these current games in development slowed down by adding additional help for a 3rd console that has yet to sell a single console. That is why you pretty much have ports these days. It is nothing new. Some companies take risks (like Ubisoft) and develop non-port fresh new games... It is a gamble but some companies take that risk. If the new console bombs and the game bombs they can always port it to other systems to get back the development costs...
So the code for CoD, MoH, RE6,etc won't be ready for holiday 2012? Why on earth would possible buyer of this system care about the business aspect of 3rd parties? You side stepped the whole argument. How can it possibly compete this holiday with higher priced hardware and old 3rd party games with a less then stellar 1st party lineup? Hell, CoD alone would've at least helped. Why talk about 3rd party support at all then? Your argument would be fine if you were talking about timed exclusivety of a 3rd party game getting ported. When was the last time you bought a next Gen system that had ports of old current Gen 3rd party games?
To be fair it's no different than the 360 having King Kong & Gun when it first came out and they look like a HD version of the original xbox counterparts. WiiU will have it's own games at launch these are just fillers.
if i buy it it will not be for the ports but for the nintendo exclusives.
I only own consoles for any games I can't get on pc. Any multiplats available on pc don't get a look in on my consoles.
Why spend money on a new console that can't do anything really that my XBOX or Ps3 can't already do. Playing and games for any length of time looks like it would be no fun with the new lame pad/controller ....
A console which is going to be released at the end of 2012 and is going to be the first next-generation console brag that can run games from consoles released 6-7 years ago o.O I wonder if Nintendo plan to survive the next generation by porting all the pre-historic games Wii-only owners couldn't play till now, so what they plan to do when the "real" next generation consoles launch? ~.~ Let's w8 to see if Wii U can run in the future games created with the new game engines for PS4/nextbox, something tell me that what happen with the inferior port of FFXIII to xbox will be even more noticeable in the future between PS4 & Wii U. I hope game journalists will make different reviews for multiplatform games and be honest about which is the superior & which the inferior version of a game, not this biased crap we get now with journalists giving same scores to both PS3 & xbox version of a game, I am disgusted with game journalism when I see sh1ts like that happen.
The way you play games on the Wii U makes it next gen. Its first gaming console to use a pad. Same as when the wii came out, although it was weaker graphically than the comp, it introduced a new way of playing games = new experiences. Same with the vita, yes the vita is a powerhouse,but it also has the touch screen = new gameplay mechanics over the psp. So be careful when u say a system is not next gen.
It's not next generation. The term you're looking for is called a gimmick. I do own a Vita, but I did not buy it for the touch screens. I bought it because it is one hell of a handheld!
How can you call the Wii U next gen when the tech has only allowed it to catch up to the PS3 and Xbox 360? It will never match the PS4/Nextbox tech , with or with out a touch screan. I can't see the Wii U controller ever fitting comfortably in anyones hands, especially kids, that thing is huge.
So pay $60 for a game released a year ago while you can get it for PS360 for a only $20. No thanks, Nintendont.
The last 2 console generations have had A LOT of ports in the first year of each new console. Look and the 360 and see how many ports it had in it's first 6 months of release.
nintendo isnt really known for its hardcore games and gamers.why on earth would it port ps3 games ect.id be embrissed to own a wii u tbo. people would be like aww bless that man he has a wii u. mario n e 1? no thanks. stick ya mario hd up ya arse and ya current gen ports. wouldnt make scence to own one.
Although I agree that Wii was mostly a console for little kids with it's PS2 archaic graphics & moms that want to use it as a gym/fitness tool and it was not for hardcore gamers in any way, and Mario & Zelda is not my thing (I used to play Mario once upon a time on SNES as all of us but as we grow up we move on from platforms) I still believe that Wii U will be necessary sooner or later for hardcore JRPG fans. Nintendo owns Monolith Soft the company who create the most amazing JRPG of the last decade Xenoblade Chronicles, & as a hardcore JRPG fan I would like to be able to play their next game & other than that Nintendo also own the Fire Emblem franchise and they even funded Sagakuchi's (the father of Final Fantasy) new game The Last Story, Nintendo invest on JRPGs although more on handhelds and much less on consoles but still the best JRPG of this generation was on Wii and that tells a lot for me. Personally I find it very sad as the previous 2 generations all the TOP JRPG titles with just a few exceptions was on PS1 & PS2, PlayStation was the console to get if u were interesting to play triple-A JRPG titles, 6 years after PS3 release and I can definitely say that PS3 is the worst console for a JRPG fan, when xbox have games like Lost Odyssey & Tales of Vesperia & Wii Xenoblade Chronicles & The Last Story, PS get Hyperdimension Neptunia ~.~ and that's completely disgraceful for the once dominant console of this genre, Ni No Kuni is gonna change the bad image a lot thought in a few months, and that's the only good thing I can find to say regarding JRPGs on PS3.
I'm sure it Can handle current games, but then they're gonna charge Full price on those games too. By this holiday when the WiiU releases I guarantee you'll find [email protected] $20 or less for 360 & PS3, how much do you think it will be on the WiiU?
If the Wii U Batman demo is anything to go by, then the Wii U is in trouble when PS4/720 enter the scene. It didn't even look up to snuff with the PS3/360 versions.
Really? It looked identical to the 360 version from what I seen.
I just think its more "current gen". I don't see how it can compete with the next wave of consoles. Time will tell though once we see some legitimate first party software a year or two into its life.
I have been waiting for seven years for a last gen console to buy. You know, it is pretty disappointing that these guys take such a cheap route with everything except the tablet. Tablet looks like more awkward gaming.
"Wii U handles PS3, Xbox 360 ports with ease" So, the Wii U will have a bug free port then?
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