Ex Darksiders 2 Developer Says Wii U Is A ‘$400 Xbox 360 Seven Years Late’

Ex Darksiders 2 Senior UI Designer, Xander Davis, has spoken to Not Enough Shaders about working with THQ on Darksiders 2, and what he thinks of Nintendo’s forthcoming console Wii U. Here’s Davis’ unedited thoughts about the system.

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richierich1833d ago

Personally I dont agree what do you guys think

Morrigan-Aensland1833d ago (Edited 1833d ago )

"From what I’m hearing from people who have actually played a Wii U as recently as a month ago, the games pretty much suck and the tablet is pretty much a complete gimmick." - ex -dev

Well fans are quick to cite quotes from darksiders 2 devs to prove the Wii u is powerful so I guess the word from an ex-dev is good enough. I can't wait til the spin doctors who aren't devs to discredit what this matey said.
E3 and gamescom are telling about Nintendo and Wii u. There still aren't any info on the price and release date on Wii u.

samtheseed1833d ago (Edited 1833d ago )

Bitter ex *user interface* developer, that's, User Interface developer, who hated the Wii U from day one, admits he's never even been near one, calls Wii U a 360. I believe him. Yes. I believe him.

victoryscreeeeeech1833d ago (Edited 1833d ago )

Some say the Wii u good, others say its bad. I really do not know who his people are because from what I'm hearings the WII U is pretty good. In all honesty we really wont know until we got more confirmed info. Or you or I can actually play it.

user54670071833d ago


Have you noticed though that the ones that say it's good have games coming up on the Wii U. I mean to me that just makes me think they are only saying that so it dosen't hurt sales.

...think about it

nintendojunkie281833d ago

Read the article.He's never even worked on the Wii U.Everything this blabbermouth said was pure speculation from a bitter ex UI designer.It's quite obvious that he hates the concept of the Wii U (He can't rap his little mind around it) and probably any concept or innovation ninty has to offer.He just gave his 2 cents,which once again I'll reiterate,means absolutely nothing because he's (by his own admission) never touched the damn thing.

ABizzel11832d ago

And here you are again.

From the rumored specs. this dev is exactly right. The CPU and the GPU are very similar, albeit, more powerful versions of those in the Xbox 360.

My question is, is there anything wrong with that?

IMO no, and honestly it's what I expected out of Nintendo's next console. I'm excited for the potential of the Wii-U, but Nintendo has failed to prove anything to me, beside Zombe-U. I need to see more / better 3rd party support, a better launch line-up, more trailers / demos of 1st party games, and what the future holds for the Wii-U.

sikbeta1832d ago

Just WOW! what's going on here? lol

Brosy1832d ago

Who knows if this guy is right or wrong? F**king Nintendo wont release the specs.One side you have a guy that hasnt touched the Wii U being critical of it. On the other hand you have devs that have their hands on a Wii U talking it up. Which one do you believe? One is talking out of his ass, and the other has it in their best financial interest to not slam the Wii U.

Its past time for Nintendo to step up and start getting people excited about the Wii U. They havent released the specs for whatever reason. And Wii U software videos are almost non-existant. Give us some Wii U Mario and Zelda footage to get us excited already.

PoSTedUP1832d ago (Edited 1832d ago )

i will only get the WiiU if they make a Super Mario Sunshine 2 for it, omg SO worth the $400 (seriousness, Not sarcasm)

OT: yes, the WiiU will probably be a $400 360.

just deliver the games Nintendo, no more shovel ware. lets bring this bad boy back to the golden era.

gaffyh1832d ago

If it actually does cost anywhere near $400, EPIC FAIL from Nintendo. Sony will be able to offer a PS Vita and PS3 bundle for less than that soon, and Xbox 360 is already less than half that price.

showtimefolks1832d ago

How many different developers have said the same thing that wii u is as powerful as current consoles but no be wants to hear it. Look I didnt expect Nintendo to make a powerful system I am just happy it's a HD console and I get to lay Zelda in HD.

And they have a regular controller which is just like a xbox360 controller.

Ont thing I don't get why are the 2 analog sticks on top and buttons on bottom right on the controller? Wouldn't that be hard to control the camera and try to press buttons?

What if both MS and Sony drop the price on day of wii u launch a full $100? Families would much rather get s3 or xbox360 which has more games than a $400 machine. Nintendo fanboys will buy it since they buy everything Nintendo just like ms and Sony fanboys.

Nintendo have yet to announce a price or a release date and we abut to hit September what are they waiting for?

PshycoNinja1832d ago

This is pretty accurate actually.

I played the Wii-U at E3. I was totally underwhelmed. Most people there were actually. As a matter of fact Batman: AC and AC3 looked WORSE on Wii-U than on the PS3 or 360. The controller was uncomfortable after about 20 minutes. All in all most people were disappointed with it. Just because devs are paid to say nice things about Wii-U compared to people who have worked on it and have gone on record saying its not that impressive.

Who has more to lose? I trust the person who has nothing to lose than the developer who has everything to lose. That and I actually played the darn thing, so...

quantae061832d ago

Nintendo needs to just say F it & release those specs so people can STFU & stop speculating already. This developer has never even worked on a Wii U console, & it just doesn't like the idea of the Wii U. But he doesn't know crap without any hands on experience. He sounds like a freaking fanboy.

Awesome_Gamer1832d ago

He is just a bitter dev that got sacked for being shit.

P.S: I'm a Playstation fan, but this guy is just a liar

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Shadonic1833d ago

idk i mean if the specs are similar and the wii u is doing something the 360 and ps3 can alread do today with say smartglass on your phone then he may have some truth to what hes saying but should he say such things like this NOPE! caue hes going to gethimself in trouble. It all depends on wat nitendo does and hw innovative they are with the wiiu.

R_A_LEE201833d ago

What are you talking about? Wii U came before Smartglass not the other way round.

Lvl_up_gamer1833d ago

@ r_a_lee20

Announcement wise yes, but we don't know how long each company has been working on their product.

Wii u uses a tablet as part of their gaming where tablets are now old news as well as the tech in the console is said to be on par as a 360 which is 8+ year old tech so not much complex designing there.

However smart glass is just a program. How hard or long does it take to write some code?

Both the wii u and smart glass aren't exactly treading new ground complexity wise. So it's hard to say what was in developement longer.

All we can go by is announcement to customers.

DarkHeroZX1832d ago (Edited 1832d ago )

Did you see the Vit/ps3 LBP2 gamescom play through? It was like Sony wiped out a smelly 18 incher and shoved the whole mess up Nintendo's bum. If the wii U cost that much the ps3/vita combo will make the Wii U irrelevant day 1. All ps3 buyers have to do is grab a vita. While many people who don't own sited may get both. I mean for $100 more you get a controller you can play games on anywhere. Have to leave the Wii U tablet at home....

dc70701833d ago (Edited 1833d ago )

How can you disagree with something that I'm going to assume you haven't even played hands on.

On the other hand this is from a developer who most likely has worked on it and has had some hands on with the Wii U. Ultimately we will see when it comes out and the specs are revealed.

Puddlejumper751833d ago

"From what I’m hearing from people who have actually played a Wii U as recently as a month ago, the games pretty much suck and the tablet is pretty much a complete gimmick." - ex -dev

He admits he never played it. "From what I am hearing" being a big clue. Had he actually touched it would be "From my experience"

Sad part is people wont care that he has never touched it because he is saying what the haters want to hear.
Flip it around and this article would be empty if it said Wii u made last gen console look bad

DarkHeroZX1832d ago

Well if other Devs or people ahe knows are actually making that statement.......

Incipio1832d ago

"From what I’m hearing from people who have actually played a Wii U as recently as a month ago"

What you're supposed to read into is: "played a Wii U as recently as a month ago", not "actually played a Wii U". You can't ignore the other part of the quote.

He's saying that he's played a Wii U, but the implication is not recently, yet others have played games further along in development and more recently than him.

A developer wouldn't trash something unless he's had it in his hands and played it at some point. This is a poor quote and is taken out of context.

Oh_Yeah1832d ago (Edited 1832d ago )

didnt crytek say the wii u is good enough for them to work with? thats a team that focuses on graphical power houses. their word counts more than a lot of other devs.

either way, what i think is... 3rd party support will be good for the wii u in the beginning, but once ps4 and 720 get rolling, that support will slowly trickle off.

Incipio1832d ago

Crytek dumbed down their sequel to the PC-only Crysis/Crysis Warhead games so it would work on consoles.

When they say "good enough", I'm sure they mean it would end up a scrunched-down version of the full glory of the original Crysis/Crysis Warhead.

Oh_Yeah1832d ago (Edited 1832d ago )

@Incipio your right, but the crysis games looked great to me on the current consoles. i like nice graphics and all but by no means am i a graphics whore. i started out on the nes/snes and had a blast as a kid, so for me to say oh i cant play this game because its not pretty enough would make me some type of spoiled, hypocritical gamer. which ill never be, ultimately its gameplay > graphics. if the graphics are twice as good as the current consoles on the wii u, i wont have a problem playing it at all. anyway most of us wont be getting one for 3rd party games. its about the exclusives, which nintendo always has a quantity of. so im fine with "good enough graphics" as long as great gameplay is there.

Amphion1832d ago

I don t see why this is making the news, I thought we already knew that.

Blasphemy1832d ago (Edited 1832d ago )

My Friend once told me during the PS2 era that Nintendo is always a generation behind, I guess he was right.

quantae061832d ago

You realize Gamecube had better graphics then the PS2 right?

mike1up1832d ago

Did your friend happen to mention that the PS2 was the weakest console of that era?

Spydiggity1832d ago

personally, i don't see how somebody who isn't a developer (you) should be expressing an opinion about hardware he's probably never (or hardly) been exposed to.

ConstipatedGorilla1832d ago

Everyone is quick to hate on this thing without having played it, including this ex-dev.

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Jadedz1833d ago (Edited 1833d ago )

In the end - It's the consumers who decide whether a product will succeed, or not.

Godmars2901833d ago

Except in the case of a game console, the Wii being the perfect example, hardware and software are two halves of the same whole. And while Wii sold well, at the beginning at least, most games for it didn't.

You may indeed call the Wii a success, but the arguable fact remains that Nintendo abandoned it almost before the WiiU was announced. 3rd party devs well before then.

The WiiU might sell solely on Nintendo's name, but it does not speak well of the system that one of its premiere titles will be years old at its release.