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Nintendo Respond to Underpowered Wii U Claims, Say Specs Not Focus

Game Experience More Important

Nintendo hits back at reports claiming that the Wii U isn’t up to snuff with the Xbox 360 and PS3.

Nintendo say experiences are more important than specs, hitting back at negative reception of weaker hardware

Reports earlier this week from developers suggested the Wii U won’t be as powerful as the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, causing a negative reception from users who expected the Wii U to pioneer the next generation of console. Responding to those reports, Nintendo says that specs aren’t the only important factor when developing a console.

Nintendo was quick to hit back at the publicity, reminding users how experiences are important when developing a console: “the experience of playing will always be more important than raw numbers,” the company said.

For developers who produce titles for all three consoles, that isn’t good news. The hope was Nintendo would catch up the to Microsoft and Sony, so games could be played across all consoles. Nintendo has been saying that gaining third-party support would be important with the Wii U, so having on-par graphics seemed a natural decision.

Ultimately, Nintendo is making a big bet on the tablet. Unlike the Wiimote, which worked as intended and was completely new, there are better tablets out there. The Wii U’s tablet doesn’t support multi-touch, and games can’t be played on the tablet if not close to the console, rumours say. If true, then what’s the point? The E3 trailer showed off a tablet which was used when parents wanted to watch something on TV, so limiting the distance severely would render the tablet pointless.

Also, why can’t tablets continue console games or be integrated with them? Why can’t developer build specific games for the tablet? Not as competition to the Nintendo 3DS, but as tablet versions of their games. I don’t see right now how Nintendo is going to generate interest in the product; the tablet, right now, seems like a superfluous product that people will use once then throw away. Currently, there’s zero appeal to actually use it. Compare it to the iPad, and the amount of consumer interest in the two tablets is pretty drastic.

Realistically, I suspect Nintendo is trying to drive down costs. Their install base will be looking at this console. Low costs are important.

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Published: Saturday, April 7th, 2012 Last Modified: April 7, 2012

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