Submitted by SoundGamer 483d ago | article

Is The Wii U Next Gen or Not?

GXC: "The debate has been raging on for a while now, is Nintendo’s new console, the Wii U, a next-gen system or not? Visit any gaming site where the community is active and you’ll find arguments supporting both sides – one saying it is, the other saying it isn’t. Well, a very specific question needs to be answered in order to reach a conclusion on the matter: What constitutes a next-generation system?" (Wii U)

ThatMiamiGuy  +   483d ago
It was the next Nintendo console, so it was Nintendo's next generation system.

Now it's its current system. Soooo... Yeah.
Bumpmapping  +   483d ago
NO its a current gen console little more ram and gimmicky controller.
sloth3395  +   483d ago
then the 360 would be last gen since it uses DVD
1upgamer99  +   483d ago
It has 3X the ram for games compared to PS360. It may not be PS4, but common "a little more ram" Sheesh. You may not like the controller, but I for one do it makes games more realistic and I have to pause action games much less. Maybe you have not spent any real time with Wii U and are judging it unjustly.
7uff1  +   483d ago
PS4/X720 is also current gen, just like the Wii U. The PS3 and the X360 are last gen.
StraightedgeSES  +   483d ago
dualshock 4 is also a gimmick.
bullymangLer  +   483d ago
hua haa . wiiU this, wiiU that, geeeez let it breathe people ha haa
darthv72  +   483d ago
the "debate" is really nothing
Wii-u is nintendo's next gen system. If people were to look at it as Wii-u is to wii what SNES was to NES then the debate will be over.

The transition from one console generation to another is an evolutionary one. You have to look at the ladder of platforms from within a given company. NES, SNES, N64, GC, Wii, Wii-U. Each one built on strengths not available in the previous release.

The comparatives to the competition may paint a different picture but it does not mean that all artists must paint the same way.
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kirbyu  +   483d ago
About freakin time someone other than me realized that.
dungeonboss  +   483d ago
Well, like it or not, this is the "next-gen" for Nintendo. This is going to be Nintendo's system for the next 5-6 years, so if publishers don't like it, they can just skip Nintendo fans for the next 5-6 years.

Big publishers seem to be doing just fine after skipping the original Wii, and Nintendo seems to be doing just fine after 5-6 years with minimal support from big publishers.

As much as it sucks for people that wish every single multiplatform game would also come to the Wii U, it's sorta become a given fact that everyone just assumes that third-party games will skip the Nintendo console.

At the same time, Nintendo has the exclusives that everyone wants. Mario, Zelda, Metroid, etc... Ever since the GameCube, it's kinda been a given fact that you buy Nintendo consoles for Nintendo games, and you buy the other thing (Sony/MS) for those other games.

Nintendo isn't going anywhere, they'll always be around doing their own thing, nearly oblivious to what's going on in the world around them.

As for me, I'm playing Lego City, NFSMWU, and MH3U this week, so I have pretty much zero complaints.
AKR  +   483d ago

I - Really - Don't - Care - About - It's - Specs.

SPECS ~ have NEVER defined a console of being "last-gen", "current-gen" or "next-gen", so that excuse holds no water. And even if it did - the Wii U would still be "next-gen". The fact that it's able to handle way more than the 360/PS3, proves that. Look at "Need for Speed Most Wanted: U" - that game uses the PC textures, something that couldn't be done on the 360/PS3. Look at Rayman Legends - full native 1080p (NOT-upscaled) at 60fps ~ also something that couldn't be done on the 360/PS3. And this is just the beginning of the consoles lifetime. Imagine 2-3 years down the line, when devs have even more knowledge of the Wii U's tech and are able to harness it's strengths?

Anyway, I truly believe it doesn't matter what "gen" it's considered to be. It's Nintendo's newest home console, therefore making it 8th-generation. Even if it's specs don't match what the PS4 and 720 have, it's still better than what we saw from the PS3 and 360. Both those consoles have some BEAUTIFUL games running on them, so imagine what the Wii U can do, seeing that it's more powerful?

It's a great console. The Gamepad opens up a whole new world of innovation, and it's affordable, and has full BC with everything Wii. It has a great online system to boot, and currently has a lot of fun games to play - with many more to come.
pixelsword  +   483d ago
Who cares as long as the fans are happy.
animegamingnerd  +   483d ago
if specs are that important to you why not just get a PC
BATRA  +   483d ago
yes it is a next gen console wii u can do more then ps3 and xbox 360 just wait and see good rts games will make games better to play on consoles
Brucis  +   483d ago
More powerful than current consoles and released in a later timeframe. So yeah.
Trago1337  +   483d ago
Well, considering it's a console that does tings the previous one couldn't, than yes it's next gen.
LOL_WUT  +   483d ago
No if so, then Nintendo could've done a whole lot more to it ;)
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axisofweevils  +   482d ago
Last gen: PS3, 360, Wii
Current gen: PS4, 720, Wii U
Next gen: PS5, 1440, Wii 3
Schawk  +   482d ago
Dualshock 4 with a superduper "wait for it" ------------------------------ ----------------------------&g t; SWIPE PAD

holy shit WOW swipe pad this is next gen stuff, i will take the wii u gamepad any day
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Slysi  +   482d ago
I love my wii u and the gamepad is great,I'm playing lego city undercover at the moment,superb game and brilliant use of the gamepad.
Hicken  +   482d ago
Chronologically, yes.

But that's not all there is. Technological advances are also separated by generations that are NOT defined by timeframe, but by performance instead. It's why the Wii is viewed as not really being of the same generation as the PS3 and 360.

There are still phones with buttons being made. Phones that are no discernible leap over phones from five, ten years ago. Yet are they in the same generation as the newest iPhone or Galaxy S? Even if they ARE made in the same time?

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