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Shin’en Multimedia: Wii U Is Most Definitely A Next-Generation Console

While Nintendo fans consider the Wii U a next-generation console, skeptics deem it as a current-generation console that won’t be able to compete with upcoming platforms PlayStation 4 and Xbox One – both of which are scheduled to launch later this year. However, according to a developer that has worked on games for Nintendo platforms, including Wii, Nintendo 3DS and Wii U, Nintendo’s latest console is most definitely a next-generation console.

In an interview with GameReactor, Shin’en Multimedia Art Director Martin Sauter defended the Wii U hardware. Sauter said that while the Wii U isn’t a big leap in terms of raw power, if developers work hard enough, they can produce beautifully-crafted games on it.

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MariaHelFutura2506d ago

The Wii U is not a next gen console, but atleast it's a gaming system and not an ID tracking CIA watchdog, disguised as a cable box.

Theyellowflash302506d ago

We'll see what you say after Retro shows off their next game.

Nintendo uses custom logic in their GPU, developers are too lazy to figure it out. But Nintendo isn't. Metroid Prime 4 will look just as good as most PS4 games.

Rusty5152506d ago (Edited 2506d ago )

As a Nintendo fan, I'm not afraid to admit that the wii u isn't a next-gen console. It's not supposed to be. Just because it's underpowered compared to the competition (and yes, it doesn't match up to the X1 or PS4 graphically. Please stop lying to yourself's that it will.) doesn't make it any less of console. The wii u is a niche console just like the wii was. That's not a bad thing. It's still gonna be amazing.

GamersRulz2506d ago

"Metroid Prime 4 will look just as good as most PS4 games"

Thanks for the laugh.

ABizzel12506d ago

There are a few things wrong with his argument.

1. He's comparing the Wii U to the Wii which of course should be a leap in overall power since the Wii was technically just step up from the PS2, GC, and Xbox original (Can't say Xbox One anymore).

2. "we don’t need so much more hardware power – we need better games." No greater truth has been spoken in gaming.

3. "I’m not sure if a much more powerful PS4 will produce much better looking games."

He's not sure, but the truth of the matter is "WE WILL". The Wii U is Nintendo's Next-Gen console, but like the Wii (although less so) it's slightly above current-gen systems due to a weaker CPU, slower RAM, however, a better GPU (352 GFLOPS vs. 240 - 260 for PS360), and more RAM.

lilbroRx2506d ago (Edited 2506d ago )

Please, stop using statements like this to try to defend the Wii U. You are talking to trolls and Sony boys.

It doesn't matter what is shown or what is done. They will not acknowledge a game on the Wii U to show superiority to last gen console no matter what. It doesn't matter how much data you give(they will ignore it), and it doesn't matter how many devs state it is Next-gen(they will dismiss it).

Trying to argue with them using statements like "wait till XXXX" is shown is just giving them more fuel to troll on. Trolls do what they do to get a hostile response that they can then make more arguments against, and you are giving them one.

MysticStrummer2506d ago

"Metroid Prime 4 will look just as good as most PS4 games."

No.

It won't.

GamingWorldPeace2506d ago (Edited 2506d ago )

It'll probably won't look as good but I bet it'll play better than most games on other next gen consoles.

Theyellowflash302505d ago

I've seen Knack and COD running on PS4,and there is no reason why Metroid Prime 4, optimized for Wii U, should look as good as those games.

Games like Killzone will look better than Metroid Prime 4, but Killzone is solely focused on Graphics. Other game won't be as much

Zer0bros2505d ago

@lilbroRx

"They will not acknowledge a game on the Wii U to show superiority to last gen console no matter what"

LOL That's because there isn't a game or 3rd party out there that's better on the Wii u! Wii u 3rd party titles run at a horrible sporadic framerate compared to last gen counterparts!

" It doesn't matter how much data you give(they will ignore it), and it doesn't matter how many devs state it is Next-gen(they will dismiss it)."

Once again, just LOL Have you even read the number of devs blasting the Wii u for being weak? Metro devs? EA? (Bad point to make but still) Not to mention you Nintendo drones have been harping about E3 for 2 YEARS now and the Wii u STILL has a crap library compared to the PS4s support!

Theyellowflash302505d ago

Once again, just LOL Have you even read the number of devs blasting the Wii u for being weak? Metro devs? EA? (Bad point to make but still) Not to mention you Nintendo drones have been harping about E3 for 2 YEARS now and the Wii u STILL has a crap library compared to the PS4s support!

- The Metro devs had a very early dev kit. And EA is just crap. So you really only named one.

Developers that are actually working on the system are not saying it is weak. The PS4 isn't even out, the Wii U has more support than that cause the PS4 currently has zero games available to play.

BTW, wheres all the Japanese support for the PS4? Non existent. Where as all major Japanese publishers have games in development for the Wii U.

DivineAssault 2505d ago

what are u smoking? 1st off how u know MP4 is incoming? (good series) 2nd Wii U is in no way capable of competing with PS4 graphically.. Sonys worst 1st party exclusive on PS4 will look btr than anything wii u does.. Dice couldnt even get Frost bite 3 on wii u so what u said my friend is an impossibility.. Even nintendos great dev teams cant change the bottlenecks it will face when PS4 will have MUCH more play room

Theyellowflash302505d ago

DivineAssault.... you really think frostbite 3 cant run on wii u but can run on ps3? Lol. More like ea doesnt want to port the engine to wii u. Funny how cryengine 3 works easily on wii u but ea says they didnt get good tests with frostbiite 2! They didnt even try 3. Dont belive there bullshit.

Watchdogs on wii u is using the same engine the ps4 version uses. Yet your saying frostbite 3.... thats on mobile phones cant run on wii u ? Damn your one gullible ass dude. You'll believe anything that piece of shit company ea says

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SDF Repellent2506d ago (Edited 2506d ago )

@Maria,

Girl, you need to stop with the side xbox bashing, this article is not even about xbox. So what you are saying is, you considered a system with minimal third party support a gaming system and not the ones with all third party support?

Also, stop with conspiracy theory that the Kinect is a spy tool and watches you like the Truman Show; you know better than that. This is some hardcore trolling at its finest.

maxgamehard2506d ago (Edited 2506d ago )

It ain't trolling bro. If they are putting something in your room that watches you, what stops M$ from collecting that information and using it. They have been watching conversations on Skype and a couple years prior on Live Messenger.

Don't worry when people won't be buying the microsoft xbone the third party publishers will come to the Wii U

Skate-AK2505d ago

But you said you saw the light!? I knew it was to good to be true...

herbs2505d ago

MariaHelFutura you hit the nail on the head. Best N4G comment I have seen in weeks.

LOL_WUT2506d ago

Haven't we been over this? It was concluded that it was in fact not a next-gen console developers have stated it. ;)

gamer422506d ago

and developers are saying this, but devs are people too, so they also have different opinions.

Theyellowflash302506d ago

For as many developers who said it wasn't a next gen console, there are developers who are saying it is one.

And most of the developers who say it's not....HAVE NO GAMES their working on it. So they aren't taking the time to learn how to use it.

The Wii U is next gen because it has better specs than the PS3 and Xbox 360, and has far better steaming technology than the PS Vita and PS3/PS4 will have.

You can bitch and moan all you want LOL_WUT, the Wii U is next gen. This developer who is actually working on the games for the Wii U confirms it.

I'm not going to take the word from asshurt EA employees and guys who aren't even trying to make games for the system over a developer who actually working on it!

zebramocha2506d ago (Edited 2506d ago )

So your argument is,dev working on wiiu know what they are talking about and ones not making games don't? I think it was a dev at criterion who suggested that some may like wiiu and other may not because they didn't design their as efficiently as could've been.

lilbroRx2506d ago (Edited 2506d ago )

Your statement is devoid of details.

The biggest detail is who the devs are that said what and why. The only devs who have said the Wii U isn't next gen are the one who never really supported Nintendo begin with or have something against them. Their statements are made out of hatred, not fact as most of them haven't even made a game from the ground up for the console.

You are trying to use fallacious claims to support your unfounded argument. No dev that has actually put effort into a game on the Wii U has said it isn't next gen.

Frozenbyte
Shin'en
Preursor Games
Twin Tribes
Wayforward
Criteron
Square-Enix
Capcom
SEGA
Ubisoft

All consider the Wii U next gen.

The only devs who have tried to claim the Wii U isn't next gen are EA and their affiliates, and that is only because they are bitter at Nintendo for not letting EA control Nintendo's network.

jcnba282506d ago

Yeah only from the developers YOU want to listen to lol

maxgamehard2506d ago (Edited 2506d ago )

The Wii U is significantly weaker than the PS4 but on the same token it is a next gen experience for Nintendo.

This is their first HD era and allows for gamers to finally have an HD mario, a HD zelda and an HD Smash Bros. etc.

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sway_z2506d ago (Edited 2506d ago )

Wii U is next generation, it just has lower ram and a slightly slower CPU than the competition.

But look what they can achieve with a paltry 256mb VRAM on PS3, and the Wii U has 1GB that can impress in the right developers hands.

Wii U is next gen... and I agree, assuming you have a disposable income, it will compliment PS4 or XBone as a second/third console for Nintendo exclusives.

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