Team Ninja boss defends Wii U CPU, insists console is “definitely next generation”

EDGE - Yosuke Hayashi, head of Team Ninja and director of Ninja Gaiden 3 and upcoming Wii U revision Razor’s Edge, has poured scorn on the claim last year by Metro: Last Light developer 4A that Nintendo’s new console was hamstrung by a “horrible, slow” CPU.

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Neonridr1898d ago

Well, to clarify, he insists the system is next generation when speaking of how you interact with the games. On speed and power alone however, it isn't much of a jump, and therefore he states it isn't next gen. The title of the article is a little misleading.

Regardless, I am having a blast with my Wii U, and it will serve nicely as a compliment to one of the next gen machines from Sony or MS.

Nitrowolf21898d ago

This, I liked how Sony put it, by saying that the Wii U is in a gen of its own. Sure it may not exactly be next-gen when it comes to power, but the play style and interaction is different than other consoles today.

NukaCola1898d ago

I buy Nintendo exclusives for Nintendo systems. I only need HD Nintendo games. My primary system won't be the Wii U, so I am more than happy with what the Wii U will offer in the future. But for the future of consoles, Wii U isn't what people truly wanted or really hoped for.

decrypt1898d ago

Console gamers.. Dont care about graphics.

The console def is next gen.

BitbyDeath1898d ago

@decrypt, you got it wrong, as long as devs don't sacrifice gameplay for graphics like the Crysis series then console gamers do care about graphics.

There just needs to be a balance.

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Megaton1898d ago (Edited 1898d ago )

Same as the Wii. Limbo gen. Stuck between gens in a place only Nintendo can find.

OpenGL1898d ago

@ Neonridr

How much better is Trine 2 really on the Wii U anyway? All 3 console versions run at 1280x720 with FXAA. I own Trine 2 on the PC and it looked great at 1920x1080 on the max settings but I can't imagine any 720p console version looking that much better(if any) than another side-scrolling 3D game like Little Big Planet 2.

Kevin ButIer1898d ago

I'll wait for a price drop.

Neonridr1897d ago (Edited 1897d ago )


you can see for yourself. While it's true that all 3 consoles run at 1280x720p, the PS3 and 360 use a dynamic resolution scaling technique to help maintain it's framerate (meaning that the resolution will dip below 720p at times to help keep it at its 30FPS), where as on the Wii U it is natively locked at 720p and that framerate.

The Wii U version also uses higher resolution textures and foliage assets.

Frozenbyte also went on record stating that the reason why the Goblin Menace DLC was not released for the 360 and PS3 was due to the fact that those extra levels are too demanding and they would have to make some sacrifices to have them run on those consoles.


Obviously the PC version is the definitive one, and I never said anything other than that. But console wise, the Wii U version is clearly the best.

For anyone stating that Trine 2 isn't a very demanding game, then you aren't helping your argument at all. If that was the case, then the PS3 or 360 would have no problem keeping up with the Wii U version.

Anyways, just my 2 cents.

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otherZinc1898d ago (Edited 1898d ago )


The Team Ninja Boss needs to STFU until Tomonbu Itagaki returns to Team Ninja, to make great Ninja Gaiden games again! Currently, its a POS Team Ninja!

Until then STFU, Please!

shutUpAndTakeMyMoney1898d ago (Edited 1898d ago )

"Team Ninja boss defends Wii U CPU"

Did he defend the gpu or the fact that team ninja barely even took advantage of the controller?
Maybe next gen but team ninja didn't care to try to fully take advantage of it's features.

Nintendo just putting themselves into the position of being the odd console again. Unless both MS and Sony have screen controllers wiiU will just get ported tacked on features from 3rd party devs. And the casual market not being as excited this time around doesn't help.

Those who don't push visuals say it powerful(trine 2 devs, team ninja).

Those who push technology are not impressed. (Dice, 4A).

Crytek says it's as good and somewhat better than xbox and ps3.

" Crysis series, more than functions on Wii U. It actually runs beautifully. Wii U is minimum on par with the current generation."

The best thing I like about wiiU is the ability to stream my games around the home and Nvidia made that possible today with pc quality! Turns out I could stream from pc to android to tv.

Plug and play in any room. :)

Neonridr1898d ago

As if Trine 2 doesn't push visuals. If that was the case, then the 360 and PS3 would have no problem running the game as fluidly as the Wii U. Trine 2 has gorgeous graphics and high resolution art assets. The lighting and particle effects are top notch. Sure it's not a FPS, but that doesn't mean it isn't system intensive. Again, if it didn't hog resources and the 360 and PS3 were supposedly more powerful than the Wii U, they would have no problem keeping up. Instead, the Wii U version is the best looking console experience and shares many of the features only found in the PC version (minus native 1080p resolution - the Wii U is only native 720p).

It's funny how people here claim that Trine 2 is such a weak game, but yet the 360 and PS3 have trouble keeping up.

DaPrintz1898d ago

Neonridr, the reason why Trine2 is better on WiiU is because they had over a year to refine it. All of us played it last year.

Megaton1898d ago

Itagaki is a hack. Couldn't make a good camera angle to save his life.

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metroid321898d ago

The 720 is almost confirmed to be equal in power to wiiu,ps4 is meant to be the most powerful.

Plus power isnt referred to the graphics just the over all ghz ect architecture is what's important.

POWER POWER POWER POWER POWER means zero if the console can't be maxed out consoles need balanced hardware adding tons of power just makes your electricity bill higher and ends up with more problems like over heating burning components ect basically the more power the more unreliable END OF,Power doesnt mean graphics just numbers.

deafdani1898d ago (Edited 1898d ago )

"The 720 is almost confirmed to be equal in power to wiiu,ps4 is meant to be the most powerful."

I assume you're saying this matter-of-factly based on some rumors you read in some shady websites? I'll let you know: I read some rumors somewhere that the PS4 would be closer in power to the Wii U, and the 720 would be the most powerful. Weird, uh?

There's a lesson to learn here: rumors aren't worth shit.

SolidSystem1898d ago

PS4 and 720 are almost identical.

riverstars861898d ago

Someone needs to contact the authorities, metroid32 is on drugs and not the good kind! Lol

MasterCornholio1897d ago (Edited 1897d ago )

Wow look what we have here. A nintendo fanboy whos terrified of the Wii U being the weakest next gen system.

-face palm-

What kind of Nintendo fan do you think you are? The only thing you do is defend the graphical capabilities of the Wii U. You dont even mention on how the controller can add to the gameplay. Miyamoto would be ashamed of you for placing graphics over gameplay.

So what if the Wii U is a little bit more powerful than the 360. Isn´t the most important aspect of games gameplay and not graphics? Which is why you should be bragging about the controller instead of the Wii U graphics capabilities.

If all you care about are graphics then buy yourself a gaming PC.


It will probably be a repeat of last gen. Basically the Wii U will have the most innovative control scheme but it will be so underpowered that most games for the 720 and PS4 wont run on it(this is what most Wii U purchasers fear like Metroid32). The 720 and the PS4 will be about the same with Microsoft concentrating on Kinect and services while Sony will focus on the core.

nirwanda1897d ago

I think the 720 will be the most powerful next gen console but i'm worried MS are goin to bung it up with too much blotware thats going to slow it down like windows.

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specsmatter1898d ago

I often dont agree with some of your comments but this one i agree 100% as long as you enjoy your system thats all that matters!!!!!

Mutant-Spud1897d ago

Some people also really like games such as Little King's Story, Animal Crossing, Drawn To Life,Harvest Moon etc, not really my cup of tea but my wife and daughters played the hell out of those games on the WII.

Gamer19821897d ago

No the problem is these devs have now invested million in the console and the public are bot buying it so they are coming out and supporting it in voice so people will buy it hopefully so then they will buy there games. Your not gonna slate a console your developing for are you?

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Y_51501898d ago

I'm getting a Wii U when it has an established library of games . Right now there aren't many games for me to jump on after getting a Wii U. It's next gen people, it's a brand new generation for Nintendo and I cannot wait for what it'll bring this time around.

metroid321898d ago

Nintendo no how to max a console better than anyone Mario Galaxy 1/2/Zelda SS are incredible for wii hardware imagine what they can do with wiiu ???? plus the gameplay and frame rates are always top notch along with graphics something only a few developers can achieve.

specsmatter1898d ago

I know hundreds who disagree lol maybe thousands and millions. No one maxes out consoles better than ps3 devs no oneeeeeeeeeeeee Guerilla games, ND, and a few others so stop it!!!!! Games made by these devs are twenty times more complex and technologically sophisticated than any on any other console. So much so that Uc2 and KZ are still graphical benchmarks for any system and Uc2 won tons of awards for graphics alone!!!!!!

Y_51501898d ago (Edited 1898d ago )

Why go against each other? Sony, Nintendo , and even Microsoft has first party studios that "max" their own respected console. Super Mario Galaxy and Skyward sword (A couple others that I like but aren't as popular)for Nintendo. Uncharted and God of War 3 (couple others that aren't as popular but I'm just naming two) for Sony. Gears of War and Halo for Microsoft. All great games that pushes the hardware, all those gams I mentioned above in some way looks stunning but the Wii having such beautiful games is impressive to me because it had more limits than the PS3 and 360.

BenRage31898d ago

I'll get one eventually. I always buy Nintendo consoles. But, I've only bought a console when it first came out once in my life. I usually wait for an established library and for the more modern version. I want a larger hard drive, and a longer lasting controller battery, before I get a Wii U.

mamotte1898d ago


I'll do the same with the PS4... in fact, I just bought my PS3 the last black friday.

Walker1898d ago (Edited 1898d ago )

Nintendo has given money to him, definitely . :-D

Ezz20131898d ago

well, he did make a game for wiiu so i guess you are right they paid him for making that game

corrus1898d ago

I have the same thoughts

megamanX21898d ago (Edited 1898d ago )

lol how can it be next gen when its already released? that would make it current gen retards.

"Nintendo has given money to him, definitely . :-D" are u dumb?

mamotte1898d ago

Yes, just like the 360 was the same generation as the PS2, having a one year launch advantage -rolls his eyes-

ZombieNinjaPanda1898d ago

Generation starts when the next iteration of consoles are released. The Wii U has begun next gen. The competitors just haven't released their consoles yet.

Walker1897d ago

Without the power of the feeling .

Yodagamer1898d ago

It's not a next gen jump, but it's a jump nonetheless, but i don't think we will see a jump like we did in the ps2 to ps3 jump. Unless microsoft/sony wait to release a new console, even then nintendo will already be ahead if the wii u sells well.