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Submitted by Gran Canaria 1267d ago | news

Wii U specs are surprisingly good, says Sonic developer

The executive producer of Sonic And All-Stars Racing Transformed has told Official Nintendo Magazine that he was surprised by the Wii U specs, specifically the GPU and memory which are better than the Sumo developers expected. (Sonic And All-Stars Racing Transformed, Wii U)

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Wizziokid  +   1267d ago
"Wii U specs are surprisingly good"
"Wii U specs are surprisingly Bad"
"Wii U specs are Last Gen"
"Wii U specs are Next Gen"
"Wii U specs are as good as 360"
"Wii U specs are better than ps3"

etc.. etc.. etc.
bicfitness  +   1267d ago | Well said
"Wii U specs are currently unknown in any detail"

Is the only title that bears any weight.
iamnsuperman  +   1267d ago
I agree we hear some many contradicting statements from different developers (big and small)
miyamoto  +   1267d ago
Wii U specs are decent enough to make exclusives & PS360 ports decent.
Whether Nintendo makes Wii U specs public sooner or later, whether its less or more powerful than PS3 &360 it will still be the same game plan from Sony & M$.
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LOL_WUT  +   1267d ago
Guess well just have to wait and see ;) Nintendo is only hurting themselves by not releasing the specs.
Shok  +   1267d ago
Except all the times the Wii U specs were supposedly bad came from anonymous devs, or were quotes taken out of context (Eurogamer incident, for instance.)While the positive reports have came from named, on-record developers.
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iamnsuperman  +   1267d ago
I disagree with that. Both sides (good and bad) have had well known developers (also ignoring the Eurogamer incident) spouting stuff that contradicts each other. Some even dodge the question like EA which has shown in interviews to dodge the question about power and instead raved about its controller. Like bicfitness said "Wii U specs are currently unknown in any detail" is really the only thing we can get out of this because there is so much contradiction
mike1up  +   1267d ago
Bubble + Well said.

The ONLY exception would be when Harada of Namco-Bandai stated that there may be CPU issues. And even Harada said later that that quote was taken way out of context.
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Moncole  +   1267d ago
And you forgot that when it come from an anonymous dev people take like its true.
Silver-Hawk  +   1267d ago
Do they have any game currently in development for Wii u? Nintendo should release the specs if the system because its the most asked question when it comes to the Wii u.
mike1up  +   1267d ago
You must be psychic. I am psychic too...

The next positive announcement about WiiU specs will come from an actual developer.

The next negative announcement about WiiU specs will come from an anonymous source.

etc... etc... etc..
user5467007  +   1267d ago
and whatever announcment it may be, you will be there bashing anyones opinion that comes off just a little bit negative with your sarcastic, immature comments.
mike1up  +   1267d ago
@ MikeCosgrove


You sure told me Mike! /S
My dad can beat up your dad!

Omg... you must be psychic too.
Shok  +   1267d ago
Well you gotta have a pretty nice GPU to pull off what the Wii U does (Rendering 3 screens at once with only a FPS drop.) Doesn't really come off as a surprise to me.

Memory isn't surprising either. I think it's safe to assume that all next-gen console will have 2 Gigs MINIMUM, which is 4x the amount that the current gen has.
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linkratos  +   1267d ago
...But are there enough graphics to have fun?
shutUpAndTakeMyMoney  +   1267d ago
How dare he say that on NG4? Treason!!
from the beach  +   1267d ago
Hope so since this is the version I'll be playing.
bothebo  +   1267d ago
I thought specs didn't matter and it was just gameplay? LOL
Jadedz  +   1267d ago
It doesn't (at least to me, anyway)
What people have a problem with though, is the misinformation random people have been stating about the Wii U hardware specs.

I just can't stand people falsifying information about the Wii U's hardware, is all.
yabhero  +   1267d ago
Specs matter because they allow for more complex games and more advanced gameplay methods. I'm a huge Nintendo fan but specs do matter somewhat. Wii had some great games. However PART of the reason was because its didn't have enough power. So the specs are important for even better games, IMO
DarthJay  +   1267d ago
What else would he say? "The platform we are developing on is going to suck." Yeah, I don't see the benefit there.
Sono421  +   1266d ago
And it is also their choice to develop for it... no one is forcing them, so they are choosing to develop for it for a reason. If they thought the console was garbage with weak specs they wouldn't develop for it. Also the specs will be found out sooner or later, so whether they are lying or not will be found out, why lie and tarnish your word and peoples trust in you for one game? And the game is sonic and sega all stars racing transformed at that, a game that looked meh from the begining. It wouldn't make sense but people on here can keep trying to spin positive Wii U news to bad all you want but in the end the people who aren't fanboys and just play games will be the ones having fun.
JBSleek  +   1267d ago
I having feeling though Nintendo doesn't release the exact specs to us anyway.
Ambivalent_  +   1267d ago
"The Wii U looks as good as any of the HD platforms..."

Quote from the article that pretty much confirms Wii U is a beefed up 360/PS3.
yabhero  +   1267d ago
How? It's aimed at the people who thought WiiU was weaker.
Xperia_ion  +   1267d ago
Nintendo has a good track record and they love price cuts. I will wait for a price drop and games that suit my taste.

P-100 looks good, but wanna wait for reviews on that one.
MasterCornholio  +   1267d ago
That's true, after Nintendo dropped the price of the 3DS shortly after launch I don't trust them anymore. Which is why I wont be buying one at launch because knowing Nintendo they could drop the price shortly after launch just like Sony with the PS3.

FlairSomewhere  +   1267d ago
Iwata has gone on record saying they learned their lesson from the 3DS launch, in terms of launch titles and pricing, and will have a price point that represents a great value to the customers. They want to keep it at at high value price for a longer period of time, as it represents quality and promotes its appeal.
Paballo  +   1267d ago
lol what are the specs exactly?
stuntman_mike  +   1266d ago
them round (sometimes square or different shapes and sizes) glass thing's, that go over your eyes with the little arms that go round your ear's to keep them on help people see a bit better...

There goes mister sarcasm lol.
Axonometri  +   1267d ago
Keeping the specs under wraps this long is what is impressive. All these spec theories and articles are giving me a headache.
Sono421  +   1266d ago
Nintendo is actually pretty good about leaks in general, I don't even remember the last time anything was really leaked from them..
Bathyj  +   1267d ago
Is no one else concerned the specs, and eveything else for that matter are unknown when its allegedly out in a couple months?
Knushwood Butt  +   1267d ago
Clearly some people aren't...
Freakazoid2012  +   1267d ago
I have a PC for specs. Specs wont make the games more enjoyable and some of us have been gaming for more than one gen and we already know from history that Nintendo has never released specs. Once you kids have been gaming for more than 7 years and have some actual experience with this matter you too will know what to expect every time Nintendo releases a new console.


It is humorous that most of the people worried about specs are playing on outdated hardware yet it doesnt seem to bother them at all but when its another company the specs must be top of the line or you cant enjoy the games at all.
yabhero  +   1267d ago
Specs+ other things= better games
-Omega  +   1267d ago
They should be...this is the start of a new gen, this is supposed to be an exciting time for us, hell we should of been pumped up for this after 2011s E3 but they failed then and again this year.

I don't understand how it some Nintendo fans eyes it's negative to criticize Nintendo at this point when as you've even said, it's out in a couple of months...lets not forget they are focusing way too much on the controler then the actual console it's self.
linkratos  +   1267d ago
Nintendo. Never. Releases. Specs. Listing off some numbers has never been a selling point for them.
The_Infected  +   1267d ago
When is Nintendo going to officially announce the damn specs and release date? They shouldn't even shown it off at E3 if they didn't have the price and official specs ready to release. All this is doing is causing a huge non stop guessing game.
Cryptcuzz  +   1267d ago
I am guessing most of the details (not holding breath for the full specs though) will be announced at Tokyo Game Show or their own Press Conference soon in a month or two.
XenoUltra  +   1267d ago
As Long as the Wii U got Good Quality Games and that Mii Verse. im good
SlavisH2  +   1267d ago
they said the same about the Wii lmao, if they are "good" then tell us! oh, you can't? then back in your hole!
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XenoUltra  +   1267d ago
why you so upset dude? not that serious :/
Studio-YaMi  +   1267d ago
no I actually agree with him,I mean seriously it's been how many months now that the WiiU was announced ? and it's almost 2 to 3 months away from releasing (since they said that it will release this year and not next year) so when are they going to actually release a FULL-SPECS sheet !? so I agree,either they tell us what the specs are or just shut up about how (good) or how (powerful) it is !
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Freakazoid2012  +   1267d ago | Intelligent
It's sad and amusing that anyone leaving a negative comment here is a Sony supporter. Just look into their post history. It's really pathetic tbqh. As a supporter of both companies I do not understand why some of you are trying to hate on Nintendo. Sure PS3 will not be the most powerful console any more but that doesnt change the quality of the games. I know I will still enjoy them just as much after the Wii U launch as I did before.

I do not understand why you need to try to belittle a piece of plastic or why you feel threatened by it.

Is "The Last Us" now suddenly a bad game because it was made on inferior hardware to the Wii U and PC? Hell no.Yet some of you act like specs matter more than the actual games.
nerdkiller  +   1267d ago
that sounds better but what about the hardcore games when do we hear those rumors
XenoUltra  +   1267d ago
This is Nintendo were talking about. very secretive. they're not going to tell us til the last minute. September, We get to find out. So i dont know why we still complaining XD
josephayal  +   1267d ago
The WII U is a POWERFUL Machine....(5 sec) A Powerful machine
jboy  +   1267d ago
Wii U will do just fine and seems to be more powerfull than current gen, thats all that matters

"Eat it Fanboys"
Thepcz  +   1267d ago
wiiu graphics will make ps3s look like a nes/famicom
Axonometri  +   1266d ago
Wha? (facial disbelief and confusion"
mochachino  +   1267d ago
Basically I see it this way, when PS4 and NeXbox arrive 3rd parties won't make multiplats on Wii U but the Nintendo made games will probably look marginally better what we have now.
DivineAssault  +   1266d ago
yup! wii u cant even make current gen games btr so how do ppl think it will hang with ps4? smh some ppl are blind.. Look at E3 & Gamescom & see whats on the horizon.. Even 3ds despite its freakish success has little to nothing in sight this yr or next from 3rd party

& if they thing TGS will redeem the eff ups, theyre very wrong.. Only PS localizes alot of 3rd party.. 3rd party eastern for nintendo rarely get released.. Look at how much needed to be done for xenoblade & last story.. Look at Namco X Sega X capcom.. Not westbound
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3-4-5  +   1267d ago
I'm guessing that some Dev's aren't smart enough to figure out how to use the Wii U properly yet, and the ones who are happy with it, are the ones who have figured it out more.

You will find more positives once they figure the system out.

Usually by the 2nd/3rd year people have started to figure out more and we get better looking and better quality games.
Braid  +   1267d ago
Sonic Dev: "Wii U specs are surprisingly good!"
Bane: "For you."
TruthbeTold  +   1267d ago

"The Wii U has way more memory, so we can take advantage of that with less compression on elements and textures, so it will look all lovely and shiny."

So regardless of whether or not it's more powerful or similarly powered, the RAM will make a big difference. None of us know. But I think that anyone who bets (in a raw capability sense) that the Wii U is anything less than a PS360 x 1.5 + quadruple RAM would be setting themselves up for a loss of money.

Specs like that easily set Nintento up to have the equivalent console to the PS2 end of that era's spec-sheet. And most likely only PS4 and Xbox 720's respective first party exclusives will make Wii U games look like 'crap'. If anything.
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ChunkyLover53  +   1267d ago
This is the thing, if they can put out games on the Wii U right now that run 1080p and 60fps, its obviously more powerful than what is on the market right now. We also have to keep in mind that the first batch of Wii U games will be vastly inferior to what we'll see a couple of years down the road. It was the same way with the Xbox 360 and PS3, some late original Xbox titles looked better than launch Xbox 360 games. Doom 3 being just one that I can think of from the top of my head.
Gr81  +   1267d ago
Why don't more folks realize this?
Teflon02  +   1266d ago
I agree with your point but from what i know I haven't heard of any actual 1080p games running 60fps on Wii U. If there is please name em, I'll play those games when Wii U releases because besides WipEout HD I don't think I heard of any that's not upscaled and even wipeout may be.. Well actually HD Ratchet collection I think is but doesn't count. Point is I want to no the games with that as standard res cuz otherwise CoD on PS3 & 360 run in 1080p off the engines upscaler in 60fps no prob
Axonometri  +   1266d ago
True, except that a number of Dev's are saying that the tech is very similar to what they have been working with, which cuts down on that learning curve. Maybe a lot.
megamanX2  +   1267d ago
"Wii U specs are surprisingly good"

well of course they are why wouldn't they be?
WeskerChildReborned  +   1267d ago
That's good to hear.
DivineAssault  +   1266d ago
Its just a nintendo with current home console power... Maybe a tad more in some areas & less in others.. Oh n a tablet control.. As long as i get a sexy new zelda game, ill buy the console just for that.. Not at launch though cuz i fear it will be buggy & somethings will be worse than buying on my ps3/360... Plus if u know nintendo, u know theyll eventually drop a new tablet with motion plus plus adding more battery life
Teflon02  +   1266d ago
Everyone so quick to defend saying anonymous source this but actual people that.
When shown a Console or anything you speaking negative or to much bout it gets you in trouble. So people can't say hi im jimmy logan, I saw wii u and it was aweful tech. (tho I'm sure that would be BS). Point is, I got to hear real info. The Wii is weak but decent really if if can have games look like MG. But looks like Wii U is the same approach so don't be surprised. Personally as long as i don't have to use Wiimote for Zelda Wii U and it's 1080p I'm fine. But even so Nintendo consoles at this point should always have company from either a sony or MS console. So you got the power and multiplat and precious Nintendo First-Party
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