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Nintendo wants the entire market, and more

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After Nintendo revealed the Wii U at this year's E3, a continuous stream of rumours and further details have emerged. Microsoft, Sony and Nintendo are all now battling for a piece of consumers' lives, evolving their respective hardware into home entertainment hubs, rather than simply gaming systems.

In a discussion with All Things D, Nintendo President Satoru Iwata talked up the Wii U's role in the living room.

According to the Ninty Prez, while the console aims to claw back support from the core community, it also has ambitions of capturing the attention of those who play games on tablets, smartphones and laptops. Iwata claims it is trying to "reach out to the people who are not interested in video games" as well.

Basically, it wants the entire market and the rest.

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According to reports, Nintendo certainly has the power to leave quite an impression. One analyst believes the Wii U packs 50 per cent more processing power than its current-gen counterparts. Arvind Bhatia from Sterne Argee spoke to various developers at E3, all of whom indicated the Wii U's superiority, Industry Gamers reports.

Ninty has yet to confirm this, although after using footage from rival platforms during its E3 demonstration, is either keeping cards typically close to its chest, or simply doesn't have sufficient evidence to support the claims.

According to Japan's GameWatch, new details of the Wii U's custom Radeon GPU have surfaced.

Wii U

With a chip similar to the R770 and its Direct X 10.1-level feature set, the console is certainly ahead of its rivals in terms of spec. But can it run Crysis?

Actually, yes, it can. Develop spoke with Crytek, which confirmed its CryEngine is almost up and running on the Wii U.

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