Producer of fighting series Tekken – Katsuhiro Harada – says that the clock speed of the Wii U, compared to the Xbox 360, is lower and requires creative development to make games such as Tekken Tag Tournament 2 work.
How powerful is the Wii U? Not as powerful as the Xbox 360, according to the producer of the Tekken series
We don’t know for sure how powerful the Wii U is – Nintendo didn’t reveal the technical specifications during its E3 2012 conference – or how the console compares to current HD consoles. Producer on the long running fighting series, Tekken, Katsuhiro Harada, claims the clock speed of the Wii U is lower than the Xbox 360.
Developing Tekken Tag Tournament 2 for the console has required creative development to make the game work on the console. Hopefully creative isn’t a euphemism for difficult, because Nintendo is courting mass third-party support for the console. The Xbox 360 has gained massive third-party support, and timed exclusives over Sony, because the console isn’t problematic for developers. The Cell architecture in the PlayStation 3 has created problems, which is rumored to be going in the next-generation PlayStation console.
Development Possible, Creative Solutions Needed
Harada did say that the game is looking better than people might have expected, and said graphical processing isn’t that much of an issue. The CPU’s clock speed, however, was described as kind of low.
Harada suggested Nintendo might be trying to keep power consumption down, which requires the aforementioned creative development. He added the development isn’t far behind the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 versions, which is probably fine since the Wii U is launching by the end of 2012. November is the likely date, but Nintendo hasn’t made an announcement. Harada said he wants the game out as close as possible to the other versions.
If Nintendo implements technology that is just about competitive with current HD consoles, it could be eclipsed when Microsoft and Sony unveil their next-generation consoles. Nintendo did prove graphics are irrelevant last generation, though, as the Wii outsold the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. Nintendo doesn’t have the motion sensing revolution to propel sales this time, though.
Tekken Tag Tournament 2 releases on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 September 14.
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