Who cares if Wii U is less powerful than PS3? Not Nintendo...

Tech innovation gets people excited, but it’s the software that really sells Nintendo consoles, argues CVG's John Dean

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slavish2390d ago (Edited 2390d ago )

face it nintendo has ditched cutting edge tech a while back. I know from forums Nintendo fans are disappointed if this rumor is true but its a step up from wii and thats all Nintendo cares about. if you own a wii and a ps3 or 360 i could see them skipping the wii-u. The sad thing is wii-u will be in the same spot as the wii now and lose most 3rd party support. when next xbox and ps4 come using next gen engines(UE4) wii-u will be left in the dust again.

VanillaBear2390d ago (Edited 2390d ago )

"The sad thing is wii-u will be in the same spot as the wii now and lose most 3rd party support. when next xbox and ps4 come using next gen engines(UE4) wii-u will be left in the dust again. "


Nintendo don't seem to know where they are going with this, they want the core audience, then they want to keep the casual audience....for gods sake Nintendo it's one or the other. How are you guys suppose to get good third party support when developers will look at the Nextbox and PS4 and decide to focus on games for them instead. I don't want third party games to not achieve their true potential because the Wii U can't keep up.

People keep saying "I'm not bothered" but fail to realise this is next gen consoles, it's supposed to be a least more powerful then current consoles. Do people really want a game to be dumbed down because it has to be made for the Wii U aswell, hey it might not happen but it's a thing to think about.

dedicatedtogamers2390d ago

Nintendo consoles will never have a good amount of 3rd party support. There. I said it. It has been that way since the N64, and it hasn't changed, not even with the Wii. It doesn't matter if the WiiU is 10x more powerful than the PS3. Look at all the half-hearted crap that devs gave to the Wii while they spent the millions made on Just Dance and fitness games to fund PS3/360/PC AAA titles. Maybe it's a conspiracy. I don't know, but all I know is that you shouldn't buy a Nintendo console if you want the same sort of 3rd-party support that Sony and Microsoft get on their consoles.

Ryo-Hazuki2390d ago

it's simple. It's about being the cheapest console so they can have a bigger install base. Happen this gen too...PS3 was like $600 for the 60GB Xbox was $400 and Wii launched at $250. It's all about the price

Titanz2390d ago (Edited 2390d ago )

You can only imagine what Next gen will be like.

dark-hollow2390d ago (Edited 2390d ago )

Its a RUMOR! A frickinn RUMOR!!!!

Facts /=/ rumors!!!!

So we deny all the sources from NON ANONYMOUS DEVS like epic and crytic who praised the wii u hardware and come believe this, one, single rumor???

MOST of the early leaks predicts a chip from the radeon 4xxx series with multi core CPU which BLOWS THE PS3 OUT OF THE WATERRRR!

Remember the rumors about how the 3ds is on par with the 360? Nothing is concrete till Nintendo rise the curtain of the wii u.

Again, how the wii u is weaker when the OLD e3 2011 UNDERCLOCKED models were able to run that gorgeous Zelda demo, in FULL HD, IN 60 FRAMES PER SECOND!!!!
That and its known that early tech demos doesn't show the console full potential.

LX-General-Kaos2390d ago

I couldn't agree more.

Voted Well Said

Moncole2390d ago

People think its true because its something bad about Nintendo

BubloZX2390d ago

"Again, how the wii u is weaker when the OLD e3 2011 UNDERCLOCKED models were able to run that gorgeous Zelda demo, in FULL HD, IN 60 FRAMES PER SECOND!!!!
That and its known that early tech demos doesn't show the console full potential"

The ps3 was suppose to use 2 cells and 512 x ram with 256v ram but because of cost issues they where cut. If nintendo does it it will be because of cost issues.
Remeber rumor is a rumor. If the Wii U is more powerful it'll be no surprise. If not still no surprise. And you do realise running a zelda game in HD at 60fps isn't that hard. Look at God of War 3. Both those games aren't very open world. and Zelda games never have tons of enemies on the screen at once either.

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dedicatedtogamers2390d ago

Going non-cutting-edge sure seemed to work out pretty well for the Wii and DS. And then going "cutting edge" (relatively speaking) with the 3DS led to a very rocky start for the handheld.

Nintendo will always, always, always have its loyal fans. Whether the WiiU is less powerful than the PS3 or less powerful than a PS1, it doesn't matter. Most Nintendo fans will still buy it.

StraightPath2390d ago (Edited 2390d ago )

as long as its producing quality games it wont even matter if its more or less powerful then ps3 or xbox 360.

3ds is less powerful then vita and destorying vita to bits. well so far 3ds has much better games leaving vita for catch up game with one or two games available so far.

ds was less pwoerful then the psp, psp died long time ago while ds produced a libary of amazing games.

wii was a upgraded ps2 again number 1 in this generation due to its innovation not power. plus it had great games too. however due to its power multiplatforms games were not ported or a few downgraded.

if wii u is equal to ps3 and xbox 360 it will just make it easier for devs. but this will be a problem when ps4 and xbox 720 come out.

Trunkz Jr2389d ago (Edited 2389d ago )


Disagrees aren't from Fanboys btw, just some stuff you said was oddly wrong.

3DS has been out much longer then the Vita, so it had better have some good games out.

Myself being a Nintendo fan, I don't want an underpowered console, nor do I want a super powered one that will cost $500-$600 at launch, the goal I'd like to see is balance. If they make the Wii-U more powerful then the PS3, the PS4/720 is more powerful then the Wii-U, i'd be fine with this.

If there's one thing Nintendo has learned from the 3DS launch is that non Hardcore fans won't buy it if it's too expensive. They will either launch the console and let the hardcore fans buy it first then price drop in time for christmas again, or they will pull a Wii and go cheap. Because of the sales of the 3DS, i think they just might pack in a little more power into the Wii-U, but I'm not buying it if it cannot support 4 Wii-U controllers... Nobody should have to "shotgun" on who gets to use the 1 Wii-U controller, kids will be fighting over who gets to use it. I'd like to be able to play something like Goldeneye with 4 Wii-U controllers thus nobody can look off of my screen, multiplayer this way would have new endless possibility's.

Ck1x2389d ago

@Trunk Jr: I think what nintendo learned from the 3ds was not only do they need the right pricing but the need compelling software at launch and consistent amounts of it throughout the consoles lifespan. I think if the wiiu supports 2 wiipads that should be very compelling enough for developers to make some great games. And unlike most people believe, I think the gpu and cpu are powerful enough to stream and generate great grafics across the system and tablet controllers, that's not the issue. I think whether or not nintendo is willing to put enough fast RAM in this thing will determine what its truly capable of in the end

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ps360wiihdera2390d ago (Edited 2390d ago )

Neither do I. Don't give a s*it for visuals as long as they're pretty and contemporary... Only moronic fanboys get excited over minute details!

Hope we see a WOW or StarCraft II for the Wii U!

LX-General-Kaos2390d ago (Edited 2390d ago )

Nintendo have a well know rep to march to the beat of their own drum, and create an experience that they feel will be healthy for gaming. Nintendo games are made with innovation and worldclass game design first. Not to harness the epic power of some super graphics chip. With Nintendo in house exclusive games on each Nintendo console. You can easily see the vision of gameplay over graphics unfold right before your very eyes.

The Nintendo Wii U entertainment console will be no different. Superior graphics or not. The innovative industry leading tech will still break new ground and drive the industry forward. The Nintendo 3DS has proven it to be true and so will the Nintendo Wii U. Nintendo loyal fans that invest in Nintendo products will continue to be greatly rewarded with worldclass exclusive AAA content.

Ever since the beginning of console gaming, the Nintendo experience has always set the bar very high for competing games and consoles. There is a golden standard in place that is very hard to match. From 2D, to 3D, to 120 frames per second in 4D.. The Nintendo exclusive experience will remain legendary.

Rated E For Everyone

Hicken2390d ago

Just a note: Nintendo wasn't around at the beginning.

lionelglitchy2390d ago

nintendo have been involved with console/handheld gaming since 1974,that is pretty much forever when you talk about gaming

PopRocks3592389d ago


Maybe not, but Nintendo saved the home console market with the NES and changed the market as we know it.

browngamer412390d ago

Well this all VERY Speculative especially considering that the only sources that are saying the Wii-U is underpowered are un-named and unconfirmed..Major developers have already gone on RECORD praising the power of the Wii-U..sounds like B.S. to me.

limewax2390d ago

Not to mention there are PS3/360 games currently being created for the Wii-U. If they were never inclined to downgrade the games for a Wii, then why start now. They already have 3rd party support so I really doubt it is actually true

StanSmith2390d ago

I care if it is more expensive than a PS3 or 360. If it isn't then i'll still pick one up.

f7897902390d ago (Edited 2390d ago )

I'm sure it will be $250 and everyone will go "Oh next-gen for the same price as current consoles!" Then they'll either be oblivious or very disappointed that the power is the same as current consoles.

I won't buy the WiiU because of the lack of everything but Nintendo's first party games.