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Is the Wii U really a next-gen game console?

Bitmob - The industry has commonly referred to Nintendo's upcoming Wii U as the first of the next-generation consoles; however, this moniker is up for much speculation in light of the current console market.

Up until this point, the market has been able to accommodate three home consoles. Much like the previous generation's PlayStation 2, GameCube, and Xbox, assuming that this trend will continue in light of Sony's, Nintendo's, and Microsoft's respective past success is not a stretch.

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PopRocks3591457d ago

Jeez, ANOTHER one of these articles?

Yes it is. It's a console generation after the Wii which was released about five years ago.

AO1JMM1457d ago (Edited 1457d ago )

I agree with you. This is truly getting stupid with all this "is WiiU next gen" crap.

GribbleGrunger1457d ago

what do you expect from a largely American media? Wake up! There is a concerted effort to discredit anything that hasn't got the American label.

TruthbeTold1457d ago (Edited 1457d ago )

A concerted effort? I mean I know MS is a U.S. company, but in general, we don't even make much of anything here in America anymore unfortunately. Articles like this are written to provoke a response. Staunch agreement by those who never plan on buying a Wii U, and want their favorite company's next console to 'win', and Staunch disagreement by those who plan on buying a Wii U, or support Nintendo in general.

gamerben1457d ago

Yes, the wii was 5 years ago. And you can't judge what generation a console is in by it's power. If that was the case, then the PS1 wouldn't be in the same gen as N64.

Picture_Dancer1457d ago

PSX had better graphics than N64.

Best looking fighting game: Tekken 3 - PSX
Best looking racing game: Gran Turismo 2 - PSX
Best looking RPG - FFVIII/FFIX - PSX
Best looking Platformer - Crash 3 - PSX

The only much better looking games on N64 was shooters (FPS) and 1080: TenEighty Snowboarding

PopRocks3591457d ago

The PSX had better textures from what I saw. But the actual polygon count and bits used were greater on the 64. Had Nintendo not stuck with cartridges, they probably would have had a system that looked and palyed better than the PSX in all aspects and not just how modern the tech was.

gamerben1457d ago

N64 didn't have many RPGs, besides, the graphics in the FF series on PS aren't even really all that impressive. It's hardly even true 3D

(don't get me wrong though, I love the playstation final fantasy games)

yabhero1457d ago

Yes. Its releasing after Wiihas more power tha PS3 or 360 ( probably 2-3 times). And it has new controls scheme, online interface and developer who haven't even bothered with Nintendo in ages. They sooner we all accept it, the sooner we can get to games.
If your so butthurt that WiiU is a few times more powerful than 7 year old console disagree. Just realize your disagreeing with the developing like EA, Epic, Crytek and Vigil and Level 5 who said so. Keep living in your fanboy fantasy...

ChunkyLover531457d ago

By the time the Wii U will launch it will be six years since the Wii's launch. A console generation isn't defined by the power of a console, but rather the consoles release after the previous one.

So, the Wii U is the first next gen console.

konnerbllb1457d ago

So what you mean is last gen wii was a shitty next gen and this gen wiiu will be a shitty next gen as well?

ChunkyLover531457d ago (Edited 1457d ago )

Well the Wii sold close to 100 million copies and produced some of the best games this generation. I believe Mario Galaxy 1 and 2 are two of the highest rated games this generation.

So if you consider that "shitty", I guess it was shitty.

The Wii U is probably 3 times as powerful as current consoles, the next Xbox and PlayStation are supposed to be 5 to 6 times as powerful as their current versions. Which would mean the Wii U will only be slightly less powerful than the next Microsoft and Sony consoles.

In comparison to this generation, the next generation will be less noticeable when it comes to power between the big three.

Even after all this time, people don't understand that power doesn't define what a console generation is. Also, the most powerful console HAS NEVER WON A CONSOLE GENERATION. Think about it.

nukeitall1457d ago

Wii wasn't the powerhouse, but it certainly was one of the most innovative consoles coupled with the some of the most innovative games.

It is therefore no surprise that some of the most highly rated games this generation is on the Wii. Hate it all you want, but it doesn't change facts!

DivineAssault 1457d ago

ppl just love to get the fanboys all fired up lol

live2play1457d ago

^^^
fanboys just love to call other people fanboys lol

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DivineAssault 1457d ago

i am a fanboy.. So r u & so is everyone else in here...

shutUpAndTakeMyMoney1457d ago

fanboys love to call people fanboys when they are trying to putout the flames.

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