Reggie Fils-Aime Points To PS2 In Defense Of Wii U Power

GR: "Sure, Wii U isn't as powerful as PS4 or Xbox One, but Nintendo of America's president says that doesn't matter."

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xHeavYx1510d ago

Different times, the PS2 also had a ton of games, some major publishers are not even making games for the Wii U and all people get from Nintendo are Mario/Zelda/some other remake games

dedicatedtogamers1510d ago

Yes, it's a completely different situation. PS2 was more powerful than the Dreamcast and it launched 18 months before the Xbox and GCN. Sony kept up the momentum and by the time Xbox/GCN launched there were already a ton of 1st party and 3rd party games on PS2.

Wii-U, on the other hand, completely squandered its headstart. People didn't know (and some still don't know) that the thing exists, and software sales for Wii-U are beyond dismal.

zebramocha1510d ago

I'm glad you pointed out the time difference between the ps2 and og xbox and gcn(game cube),the ps2 was weak by comparison only because it realesed before its competitors.

abzdine1510d ago (Edited 1510d ago )

at thesame time the gap between PS2, xbox and GC was close to zero. in the wii U case it's a whole different story.

RGDubz1510d ago

Did you just say the PS2 was more powerful then the Dreamcast?

If that had any truth to it why did every game ported from Dreamcast to PS2 or X-Box or Gamecube have to be downgraded in some way to run on the Dreamcasts competitors consoles?

Ecco the dolphin is one of many great examples of downgrading the visuals by comparaison to the original Dreamcast version.

zebramocha1510d ago

@rgd because each console had a quirk that allowed it to perform something better than its competitor.

mewhy321510d ago

Wow, it's like Microsoft and Nintendo got together and came up with this "power/specs" doesn't matter LOL. PS4 babay. PS4!!!

MWong1510d ago

I think Dedicatedtogamers summed it up the best.

I just don't see the point of that article. I'll probably get a lot of disagrees with this statement. The Wii-U will be released about a year ahead of the PS4 & XBONE and I have a feeling both consoles will surpass the Wii-U in the first 6 months.

hay1510d ago

Specs isn't everything, it's just an opportunity to do something on grander scale, or with newer technologies.

miyamoto1510d ago (Edited 1510d ago )

More Games Less Gimmicks

So many similarities can be drawn between Dreamcast and Wii U except Dreamcast has tons of great games at launch window. Its strange Reggie did not use it as reference to " weakest specs don't matter"

Also the difference between Dreamcast PS2 Xbox and GC in terms of specs are not leaps and bounds compared to Ps4 and Wii u.

Utalkin2me1510d ago

Come on this is a broken record seriously. The WiiU launched before competition, didn't advertise, didn't have decent games at launch, is overpriced, doesn't have 3rd party support. Quite a bit different then the PS2.

mikeslemonade1510d ago

Wii U is last gen so it's actually the strongest console out of the PS3 and Xbox 360.

Kleptic1510d ago (Edited 1510d ago )

dedicatedtogamers...mostly right...and mostly in the situation being different part...but i see what you're saying...

the PS2 was in no way 'more powerful' than the DC...The Ps2 was the beginning of Sony's chest thumping through made up marketing to attract a core audience...the 'reality synthesizer' and all that was just talk backed up only by how great the hardware was at extremely specific programming...that trend obviously continued onto the ps3...

The DC always had a clear advantage in video ram, but arguably at a time when that wasn't all that big of a deal (this was way before most people even heard of an HDTV, and if you happened to buy were an idiot)

In either case...i still totally agree that the situation in the past with the DC and PS2 was in no way comparable to the Wii U...

the PS2 dominated because it had ALL the games...there wasn't a single 3rd party 'big deal' that wasn't on the PS2 for an entire generation...other than RE4...Nintendo saying they'll be fine with a much weaker system, because the PS2 did incredibly well, undermines the entire decade+ that the ps2 now has under its belt as an uncontested blood bath...

the Wii U, unlike the PS2, has NO games...NO games Vs. ALL the about as close as you can get to the two extremes of the industry...hell, apparently even Nintendo isn't developing for it....

Ritsujun1510d ago

Wii U = ripoff, and should've been released in 2006/2007.

Utalkin2me1510d ago


I understand WiiU is a little underpowered, but how do you compare it to last gen? When the wii and Ps3 launched at the same time?

LOL_WUT1510d ago (Edited 1510d ago )

Damage control Reggie is trying to spin this, you can't just compare the Wii U to the PS2. One of them actually HAD 3rd party support and EXCLUSIVES ;)

pixelsword1510d ago (Edited 1510d ago )

I think that's why I'm so down on Nintendo lately: for the company that made the slogan "Now you're playing with power", they did a total 180 and couldn't do a 360, but are now pulling off a One (if you follow me).

sarshelyam1510d ago

Well said. I can't add anything more to this nail-on-the-head logic!

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ASBO-51509d ago

GCN? I think you meant NGC. It wasn't the Gamecube Nintendo, it was the Nintendo Gamecube.

mamotte1509d ago


Actually, he's right. Is the GCN, since the letters "NGC" belonged to the NeoGeo Color and couldn't be used.

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dbjj120881510d ago

I think the biggest mistake is the name. People think it's another peripheral!

NeXXXuS1510d ago

Should have stuck with Nintendo Revolution

Bathyj1510d ago

Agreed. It was a sad attempt to cash in and coast on the Wii's popularity but all it did was confuse people into thinking it was just a tablet controller for a system they stopped caring about 3 years ago.

S2Killinit1510d ago

true, but to be honest with you, I think my set up will be a PS4 this generation with a WiiU. That way I get the best of both worlds.

Prime_281510d ago

Wii U + PC is even a better set up.

S2Killinit1510d ago

I have a decent PC and I play games like Diablo and Starcraft on it. But the day I miss out on Sony's First party exclusives would be the day I've stopped gaming for life (I made myself sad). and @Roper316 I want the Nintendo WiiU because of the exclusives not the multiplats which would look better on PS4 anyway. But I want to play games like the next Zelda.

TekoIie1510d ago (Edited 1510d ago )


I think hes looking at the offerings objectively and when you look at it like that hes right. Facts show that you get the broadest selection of genres with those two systems.

But we all have our preferences towards certain genres, studios and franchises which is what ultimately decides which systems we buy.

S2Killinit1510d ago

well said, and true. You are a gentleman and a scholar.

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Roper3161510d ago

PS2 was all about the games period! It didn't have some gimmicky Ipad like controller and it had 3rd party games coming out of everywhere to put in nicely.

Wii-U doesn't currently have the 1st party line-up on par with the PS2 & Sony's offerings and then it's harder to find a 3rd party dev that says they develop on the Wii-U then it is to find one that says they don't. To me that is a very very bad sign and one Ninty should do everything in it's power to change.

No system will ever be in the same class as the PS2 as far as I'm concerned because PS2 was only about games and nothing else and no console will ever be that way again.

Sincere01211510d ago

Lol about nintendo having a gimmicky controller. You do realise that playstation and xbox controllers are copies of the Nintendo's previous controllers.

Nintendo don't do gimmicks they do innovation and anything Nintendo does Sony and Microsoft Copy.

Salooh1510d ago

Ps4 is now as easy to develop for as ps1 which is better then ps2. So developers may support it like the ps2 this time. Indies already making their attacks on the ps4. We will get a great launch titles :P

Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag [1]
Battlefield 4
Call of Duty: Ghosts
Watch Dogs
DriveClub (ps+)
Killzone: Shadow Fall
And others that i'm personally not interested on..

I kind of feel that the ps4 will achieve that. Self publishing , no fee on updates , easy to develop for..etc

Shadowsteal1510d ago (Edited 1510d ago )


Oh so innovative right when smartglass and ps4 remoteplay with vita and mobile devices were announced way before the tablet on the Wii U. And next generation is when both technologies will be showcased to near perfection.

And please. I can't call Nintendo innovative when they keep shoving out the same IP's. They're so afraid of releasing games without Mario or Zelda slapped on it, because they won't sell as well. Nintendo gamers are stuck in an infinite loop of the same games with better graphics. Whereas Playstation and Xbox are receiving new IP's all the time, from Quantum Break to Last of Us to Knack and Sunset Overdrive. Every generation Sony says hello to it's gamers with brand new IP's and Xbox is gaining on them with their lineup this generation. That's what I call innovative. Can you say the same about Nintendo?


@Sincere0121 You know your on a website full of fanboys when you get massively down voted for telling the truth!

WiiUsauce1510d ago

so... DVD playback wasn't a gimmick? Lol yeah, right. And what do you call this thing? no gimmicks? Yeah lol.