Iwata: Wii U hardware far more capable than most think

Nintendo’s Wii U simply needs talented developers to realise its potential, Satoru Iwata proclaiming that there’s “a great deal of contradictory information” regarding the console’s internal architecture.

“As you stated, it is a fact that some software development companies assume that Wii U is not powerful enough,” Iwata’s discussed in his response to an investor.

“On the contrary, some developers say in interviews that Wii U has a different architecture from other consoles and that, when utilised in the right way, it can perform well.

“At the moment, there is a great deal of contradictory information. Nintendo is required to make more efforts to dispel such a misconception.”

Whilst defensive of the Wii U’s potential, Iwata shared his understanding that third-parties are keen to see their commitment to the console rewarded with successful sales....

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MariaHelFutura1970d ago (Edited 1970d ago )

Nintendo (IMO) should stop talking in general and get sh!t done. The last week or two it sounds like they're trying to convince us and themselves that the platform is worth while to own. Stop talking and start producing, the talking is just making it seem worse w/ no product to back it up.

-Superman-1970d ago

Wii U will be nothing when Xbox 720 and PS4 are released.
When developers makes multiplatform game for PC, Xbox 720 and PS4, then it´s easy to do, but when they are asked to port this next gen game to Wii U, then they just can´t do this because Wii U has last gen(PS3,XBOX360) spec.

For example, you make game, you port this to PC, and then port to PS4 and Xbox 720, easy, but to Wii U? Nah, Wii U is too weak for that.

blitz06231970d ago

"Wii U hardware far more capable than most think"
Sounds more like the Vita...

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chaos-lockheart1970d ago (Edited 1970d ago )

Wii U just needs a price cut, it has some great games. Also great games that's not out yet. once Wii U becomes $199 it will start to sell. I know I will get one at that price.

fairyblaster1970d ago


Something tells me Nintendo is and has been more busy than me and you?

and you (superschman)

step away from the cryptonite.

PigPen1970d ago

I have to totally disagree with that opinion. My opinion is that PS4 hype will die down a little. If I am as smart as I think I am Playstation will launch a tank of a console. You know "George Forman" grill type hardware with a bigger price then Wii U. Sony can't play the race with exclusives with Nintendo from little money.
With PS3 sales, and the games that's coming make me think a lot will hold off before upgrading to PS4. That goes for Microsoft nextbox too. And to think they will be going head to head for sales with Wii U taking market share too is risky. Nintendo has seven months to get word out to consumers before PS4/Nextbox release. They will have about 5 million hardwares sold to date, and in time for black friday to release bundles. And with the games that's like "Splinter Cell: Blacklist, Deus Ex: HRDC, Rayman: Legends, Call Of Duty: Ghost, Watch Dogs and ..." and the Wii U have a price cut would be tough. Exclusive for PS3 alone will be hard for some to upgrade. Sony fanboys are saying whatever to hold a dark cloud over Nintendo to keep pride in their favorite console. Ignorance is a bliss and can lead to regret. I am no hater/troll and will be getting one of the next gen systems too, as I don't see the need to own both. This is not me cause if you like Sony/Microsoft or Nintendo just be happy and play your game without trying to put someone down for their choice. Most live on here then playing their console/computer. It's good to get the latest news but come on.

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Blaze9291970d ago

Remember as kids we had this little thing called, "Show & Tell"?


MariaHelFutura1970d ago

Yep. It's not called "Tell and Show".

-Superman-1970d ago

Wii U will be same as Wii against PS3

rick1woller1970d ago

skarlett is just talking rubbish now

AKR1970d ago

@ -Superman-

~ If you TRULY believe the difference between that monumental, you need to sit down and think before you speak . . .

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GameSpawn1970d ago

Nintendo needs to tread carefully. They are almost in the same state as Sega; at the moment not exactly, but getting there. Sega failed because it put out too many consoles in a row that ultimately did not sell. The Dreamcast was just the straw that broke the camel's back.

The 3DS and Nintendo's last minute save of it along with the stupidly lucky success of the Wii is the only thing keeping them in the game right now. We can all agree that the WiiU is not doing very well right now and Nintendo cannot save it like they did the 3DS by simply dropping the price; they're barely breaking even on the console with a few games being bought along side each one.

If the WiiU ultimately does fail when the PS4 and Xbox land Nintendo CANNOT afford another console failure or handheld failure. They need to remember the Wii was a stroke of luck; they are not guaranteed to pull off the same success.

Gamer Muzz1970d ago

I have to disagree with that initial statement.
Nintendo is nowhere near "same state as Sega" After dominating the 7th gen in sales and profits and completely owning the handheld market last gen as well as 86.8% of the handheld market today, there is no chance that Nintendo is going to fall off any time soon. Definitely not this gen even if the Wii U doesn't preform as well as they would like.

You need to make sure you define "Fail". the Wii U will be profitable in no time at all and when that happens, they will sell them at a profit and even without winning the gen in terms of installed base, they will earn a profit and continue to operate without problems.
The Gamecube for example, was the lowest selling console of the 6th gen. yet it turned a profit for Nintendo. Meanwhile, the xbox sold 2 million more units than the cube...and cost Microsoft $5 billion in the end.
"Fail" is a term we really have to be careful with.

Side note:
As for the dreamcast. You know it was a record braking console right? It broke every hardware and software launch record set up to it's time. Ultimately failing because of piracy and nothing else.

GameSpawn1969d ago (Edited 1969d ago )

I never said they were in exactly the same state (only close) as Sega, but Sega's case proves that it doesn't take much.

Remember there are some parallels here between Nintendo and Sega.
1) Both are/were Game Console Makers and Game Publishers - First - Foremost - Only
2) Both due to their limited scope of products have run higher risk when they loose; they don't have other markets (like Sony and Microsoft) to fall back on
3) Both have had their share of questionable successes/failures with consoles (subjective on what you consider a failure - sales, profit, popularity, etc.)

I like how you bring up piracy as what killed the Dreamcast. Sega was already at risk with the Dreamcast because of how much R&D money they tanked in previous consoles (specifically the Saturn) and piracy obviously didn't help. The piracy kick started a series of events that led to loss of third party support and ultimate failure of the Dreamcast and Sega.

How 'bout them parallels... :)
Nintendo's WiiU is already having its bout with piracy...ahem...homebrew. It hasn't even been out a full year!
(I felt it easier to link the N4G entry)

The whole reason I bring this up for discussion (I love discussion) is that Nintendo is giving us one sign of weakness after another. Possible piracy with the recent "homebrew hack", no reassurance on third party support (I mean a substantial lineup of WiiU games, 1st or 3rd party), and cancellation of their E3 press event!

I'm sorry, E3 is HUGE for the gaming community and to cancel your press event SCREAMS that Nintendo has some concerns/issues. You just don't cancel E3 or Tokyo Game Show (hopefully this doesn't happen) when you are part of the "BIG Three". Did they cancel because they have no games to show either from themselves or third parties? Did they cancel because they are having issues turning the WiiU situations above around? Only Nintendo knows why Nintendo cancelled.

Am I saying Nintendo will go "Sega" on us (hee hee - I went Wreck It Ralph with that)? No, but I do think Nintendo's concern should also be our concern, because we already lost Sega and saw how things turned out for them (really Sonic has lost all substance since going multiplatform).

If there is ANYTHING that history has taught us in general it is that "history tends to repeat itself." Humans love to repeat the same mistakes of their predecessors and all we can do to prevent that is to learn from those mistakes so that we are not doomed to repeat them.

3-4-51970d ago

They are getting it done....they made the mistake of not hiring more people and instead poached from different teams for Wii U & 3DS games....

Now it will be until Dec into 2014 before we get good Wii U games....

Nintendo will hold on....and in the end will be alright....they always are.

They do need to start thinking about their next system like now this never happens again.

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DA_SHREDDER1970d ago

They have already announced a bunch of games that are coming down the pipe line more than any other first party publisher. They are gonna be all about games this E3.

Ron_Danger1970d ago

Iwata: Wii U hardware far more capable than most think

He's talking hardware, not software.

MrChow6661970d ago

they are gonna be all about FAIL

Pyro2000x1970d ago

LOL but they won't be at E3 so most people will only care about the games coming to PS4 and Xbox 720 tbh.

Joegrine201970d ago

Well there you go folks someone that doesn't read what nintendo actually said.

beafsteak1969d ago (Edited 1969d ago )

LOL they actualy will be at E3. When will you fanboys get that through your thick skulls.

LOL_WUT1970d ago

Yeah, less talk and more follow through ;)

Godmars2901970d ago

Well, pity there's little to nothing that shows it. Someone - like say the console's makers - didn't setup ahead of time some titles to show such.

Its almost as if it was released at a certain time for short term gains with no regards or consideration towards long term goals. To exploit on holiday season rather than the life of the system and the company.

MasterCornholio1970d ago (Edited 1970d ago )

"“At the moment, there is a great deal of contradictory information. Nintendo is required to make more efforts to dispel such a misconception.”""

Come on Nintendo it isnt that difficult to produce a game with great visuals. Guerrilla Games managed to do it with Killzone Shadowfall so i dont see why you cant do the same. But instead Nintendo does this.

Seriously Nintendo if the Wii U is under powered might as well come clean with your loyal fans instead of lying to them in this manner.

My recommendation is to try and stop convincing people that the Wii U is on the same level as the PS4 and the 720 and just concentrate on quality software.

"Other companies might launch a next-generation console with more power, but we don’t necessarily think that the difference between the Wii U and such console will be as drastic as what you felt it was between the Wii and the other consoles because there will be fewer and fewer differentiators in graphics."

Joegrine201970d ago

If the Wii U can output graphics like this.... then i would love to buy a Wii U and that game is an early build still. although graphics is not a benefactor to me. This looks really good for an open world RPG. Now you guys should realize that developers like nintendo who knows how to use their technology, would use it excellent. See how sony did with the Ps3 (LAST OF US, Uncharted) and is gonna do the same with the PS4. Expect the same from nintendo do not underestimate them. You guys take them for granted to much.

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