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Submitted by GoldenElf 610d ago | interview

Nnooo: Does Wii U’s Power Really Matter?

Tynan Muddle at Aussie-Gamer.com writes: Nestled in the heart of Sydney Australia, indie developers Nnooo tirelessly work hard on ther new game that will give Pokémon a run for its money.

The game is Spirit Hunters Inc. and in the lead up to its November 22nd release, Creative Director Nic Watt, flanked by wingman and Business Director Bruce Thomson spoke with Aussie-Gamer in-depth about their studio, the gaming industry and for the first time to any publication, Nintendo Wii U. (Nnooo, Wii U)

eagle21  +   610d ago
Wii U games already look good and they will keep getting better and better as developers master the hardware.
darthv72  +   610d ago
lets be honest here
are we really only after "THE POWER" or are we after the entertainment?

Some of the funnest games i have played have been from the simplest of things. I like my share of tech but in the end all that matters (to me anyway) is whether or not I will have fun with it.

I know some try to equate technical power as a way to justify a purchase....im not that petty.

Game on!
Akuma-  +   610d ago
it matters to core gamers but the nintendo fans will be ok with it.
darthv72  +   610d ago
@akuma
Im glad you do not represent the majority of 'core' gamers.

the 'core' (or hardcore as it was known in my day) was into playing games not specs. Specs became the bragging rights of the wannabe 'core' gamer.

They have fooled themselves into thinking its the power. Just look at the core of "Video Games & Entertainment"...its "Games"

@gravelord, 'best' is a subjective term. Everyone has their own idea of what fits that description. While i like Gears and Killzone that doesnt take away from my enjoyment of Mario Kart or Galaxy.

so in that respect, you could say the same about all systems if we were to use a generalized term like 'best'. i guess the only way to deal with that conundrum would be...play them all.
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GraveLord  +   610d ago
The more powerful the hardware, the better the games can be.

Just look at the Wii. That console was so weak that it missed out on some of the best games of this gen.
pixelsword  +   610d ago
As long as

1. The 360 and PS3 still are relevant

2. the next consoles from Microsoft and Sony don't have a profound technological leap.

3. The PS4/360 are not backwards compatible; If the next gen is b/c, then the previous gen can still be played... and purchased, which will give motivation for Wii U developers to invest deeply in the Wii U and possibly make some games cross-compatible.
Qrphe  +   610d ago
It does matter. The more power it has the more likely it will be to receive support for years.

Please don't say that graphical leaps will become smaller because they will not.
WiiUalpha  +   609d ago
Actually they will dude. I'm not really sure how to explain it though. I'll try though. Go grab a pen and paper and using 6 lines draw a person. Now draw another using double the lines. Just keep going and each time double the amount of lines you use. Now at first you are very limited but as you go on you at some point will have something that is easy to see is a person.However if you keep going you will find that the increase in detail becomes less and less apparent.

The graphical difference in story 1 and Toy Story 2 is amazing and would be considered by many to be a next gen leap but the average person couldnt tell the difference because so much detail was in the first one that the added graphical power used to make the second isnt as noticable.

It's easy to see the difference in a person made of 10,000 polygons vs 1,000,000 then it is to see the difference in a 1,000,000 vs 2,000,000 even though there are more polygons used in the second example
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Qrphe  +   608d ago
But the thing is, the graphical leaps have already been made. I'm sure you've seen the tech demos of the UE4 and Luminous Engine done one GTX 680 (which are very feasible choices for the other next-gen consoles) which no Wii U demo or launch game has able to match at all.

I know of what you speak of. This was thrown around the times the PS2 and 360 came out when people would say the same things about hitting graphical walls.
The reality is, games aren't JUST pushing for graphical fidelity, they are pushing for super realism. Resolution will also keep on going up (since 1080p already is holding back the level of detail we can see anyway).
Treian  +   610d ago
I just want a next gen system that uses a standard controller with good games. I don't want last gen graphics, motion controls, and tablets. The Pro controller isn't standard so not all games will support it sadly. Nintendo has had a drop in quality ever since the Wii launched. Haters gonna thumbs down this, of course. Just waiting for the PS4.
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MasterCratosKong66  +   609d ago
That's cool you are welcome to your opinion. I will buy a Wii U and a PS4 and will play both. I'm assuming we will both go on to live happy lives.
WiiUalpha  +   609d ago
The Wii U gamepad has all the buttons of a normal controller the ONLY difference is the added screen. I'm not sure why someone like you would think one is great when you never used it and the other is complete crap when you never used it even though both offer the exact same type of control options the only difference is the screen.

Please explain to me if you do not mind why it is such an issue for you and deal breaker(even though I already know the real issue is it doesnt carry the Sony name) on why the gamepad is inferior to the pro controller when the pro controller does nothing the gamepad cant...
Treian  +   609d ago
Because I hate tablets in general. I don't need touch screen garbage.
yavorsv  +   609d ago
U are the hater here... ;)
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s8anicslayer  +   610d ago
Did the Wii's power matter to sell a trillion units? Of course not..it's the integration of cutting edge features and content as opposed to raw power! Just ask Sony.
Messor  +   610d ago
"cutting edge features"
LOL, good one.
The majority of Wii owners weren't even gamers and the gamers that did buy it, that weren't Nintendo fanboys, stuck it in the cupboard.
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s8anicslayer  +   610d ago
Motion control was cutting edge at the time and everyone followed suit...and I'm far from a Wii fanboy
leavyreverend   610d ago | Spam
it's nintendo so no.
cleft5  +   610d ago
Next gen consoles just wont be a major leap in graphics. They will look much better, but it will be like comparing a console game to a high quality pc game. Yes the PC game looks better, but the console game still looks damn good.

Fact is that the WiiU is fairly more powerful than the ps3/360, we know that. This much has been confirmed and right now first gen WiiU games look as good as the current ps3/360 games being released, that is a really big deal.

The WiiU is plenty powerful and the unique features of the gamepad is going to take people by surprise. The idea of having a video phone call with someone seems really cool and it is a reality with the WiiU. The fun you can have there is limited only by the people making the calls.

The WiiU is the real deal and no matter what Sony and Microsoft does, they aren't going to be able to make a great enough leap to leave behind the WiiU. I never brought a Wii because it was a weak console that didn't appeal to me. I will definitely be buying a WiiU when I can get one. Nintendo has finally done a great console and I am eager to play and use the features supported by the WiiU.
ZeekQuattro  +   610d ago
Nintendo has finally done a great console? Did I read that correctly? Rofl
YoungPlex  +   610d ago
It matters to a point!

"Nic: I’m not intimately knowledgeable about the hardware specs of all these platforms and they’re all quite assertoric and different anyway. But it seems very capable – I mean, it’s capable of outputting 1080p and everything that we’ve looked at seems really good.

I think that we’re getting to that point where we have to ask, does it really matter? How many people of the world have 1080p TV’s? Probably a lot of people are moving there or are there, so that’s going to be the benchmark for resolution for quite a while."

Obviously there is some truth to the fact that, 1080p will be the benchmark for the next five to ten years. People are barley upgrading or are upgrading now, and anything that releases after will sit on shelves until the price is affordable. Nintendo is obviously aware of this and made the Wii U powerful enough to handle 1080p, this should suffice for the next five to seven years. The Wii U's architecture should be solid enough, so that developers are able to deliver some amazing visuals and performance for the next 3-5 years. Like every system before the Wii U, there will be a time where every single ounce of power is squeezed out of the system, it's just a matter of time and resources but I don't see that happening for quite some time.

Bottom line, the Wii U will have just enough jaw-dropping power to wow us all for quite some time, even after PS4 and the next Xbox come out. Developers will most likely focus a lot of their next-gen engines on scalable tech and regardless of what console you buy a game on, it will end up being optimized on that console; the only differences will be polygon count, particle effect, lighting, etc... but ultimately the same game. So if graphics are your main thing then wait, but if not then get a Wii U simple as that. If graphics are you thing, then I have NO clue as to why anyone is a console gamer, because PC will always have an edge on graphics that already have (and been had), higher resolution than 1080p.
ZeekQuattro  +   610d ago
Could not agree more. There are lots of gamers who don't have access to 1080p TV sets even to this day. Not to mention most games don't give you the option to do so anyway. That being said Nintendo took that into account and will allow it in the near future. Despite a earlier comment Nintendo has always made great systems in my eyes. I liked each one for different reasons but they all had fun games. Even the eccentric Wii. Here's hoping for SMG III on Wii U.
metroidfusion2  +   610d ago
ITS SO NICE TO DO RESEARCH ON THE WII U WHICH II HAVE BEEN DOING FOR SEVERAL MONTHS NOW AND I CHECK SEVERAL SITES 2 TIMES A DAY AND LIKE SOMEONE SAID THE WII U IS LAUNCHING WITH GAMES THAT ARE COMING OUT NOW AND MOST OF THEM WITH ADDED CONTENT AND EXCLUSIVE CONTENT AND FROM MY MANY MONTHS OF RESEARCH THE WII U AS OF NOW HAS 9 NATIVE 1080P AND 60FPS GAMES AND NOW MY LIST CAN CHANGE WHICH IM SURE IT WILL THROUGHOUT THE CONSOLES LIFE AND IM SURE MANY MORE NATIVE 1080P AND 60FPS GAMES ARE COMING AND THE WII U SHITS ON THIS GEN AND IT WILL SHIT ON THE PS4 AND 720 THIS IS THE BEGINNING AND ITS LOOKING GOOD BUT I GUESS EVERYONE WILL HAVE TO WAIT AND SEE

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