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?"

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ThatMiamiGuy1880d ago

It was the next Nintendo console, so it was Nintendo's next generation system.

Now it's its current system. Soooo... Yeah.

Bumpmapping1880d ago

NO its a current gen console little more ram and gimmicky controller.

sloth33951880d ago

then the 360 would be last gen since it uses DVD

1upgamer991880d 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.

7uff11880d ago

PS4/X720 is also current gen, just like the Wii U. The PS3 and the X360 are last gen.

StraightedgeSES1880d ago

dualshock 4 is also a gimmick.

BullyMangler1880d ago

hua haa . wiiU this, wiiU that, geeeez let it breathe people ha haa

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darthv721880d ago (Edited 1880d ago )

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.

kirbyu1880d ago

About freakin time someone other than me realized that.

dungeonboss1880d 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.

AKR1880d 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.

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