Wii U has 50 per cent more power than rivals
Nintendo wants the entire market, and more
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.
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.
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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Have you looked at the Wii and DS lineups
I take it you havent seen a Nintendo ad recently
Pusing to the "non-gamer" they have Interactive fictrion, "games" that teach you to paint, Party games, Dance lessons and the big one: Wii Fit.
Nintendo have done a great job at widening the scope of who now plays video games.
that it has more processing power than 5 years old consoles?
Already saving up for one... =OD
Worse, the lacklustre releases for the Wii over it's life and the failure of the hype for it's new control method to not really come to fruition in the release of innovative titles ...
If the Wii controler system is such a failure, why have Sony and MS had to spend a small fortune trying to make a competing technology.
Since I am not a gamer who goes for the shooters etc, I'd be interested to see what Nintendo can do with games like Mario Bros, Mario Kart, DK Country Returns, Zelda's etc, when given a lot more horsepower. I'm thinking some really good cartoon graphics on the way.
HD goes without saying, unsure about the controller but being able to play entirely using it without the TV means you can vacate the room when needed. Seems like a good idea. As long as the price for a second controller isn't prohibitive of course, you can have people paying against each other in different rooms. Nice idea.