Nintendo’s president Satoru Iwata released some insight on the Wii U’s capabilities. When asked about the comparison between the Wii U power and the other next gen consoles from a Q & A in Japan between him and the company’s investors, Iwata has had this to say:
” We cannot promise that the Wii U will never be excluded from multiplatform software for eternity, but we can at least assure you that the Wii U will not have such a big difference as the Wii had in comparison to how, on other platforms, developers could expect very different graphic capabilities of generating HD-applicable high-resolution graphics.
Other companies might launch a next-generation console with more power, but we don’t necessarily think that the difference between the Wii U and such console will be as drastic as what you felt it was between the Wii and the other consoles because there will be fewer and fewer differentiators in graphics.
Naturally some consumers are very sensitive about such a small difference in graphics so that we will make efforts to make the most of the performance of the Wii U to keep up with technological innovations and not to make the system out-of-date soon.”
Iwata then admits that the pricing between the next console and the game pad that comes with it can have a problem in the pricing area if they are not careful with it, “If we were not careful about how luxurious both of them were, we could end up having to offer the price of the two hardware systems combined. We had to design it by balancing the performance and the costs.”
Iwata then concludes with a statement about the Wii U being compared to the potential power of the next generation of consoles. “Not only by competing with other platforms only in regard to the machines’ spec. figures but proposing various ways of using the Wii U, we would like to create a future so even family members who have never touched any video game systems will consider the Wii U something that is convenient to use so that we can maintain its competitiveness for a long time.”
This news actually has me excited for the new console. I was going to get it no matter what but this is just a topping on the cake. Some people might have a problem with it because when they think next gen they think lasers personally scratching your ass from space. But I like how Iwata is being truthful about his machine while at the same time saying that they are different enough from the other consoles that they are their own thing. I like graphics, but at the end of the day as long as the game maker gives me what they’re serving and is done right, then I have no problem with it. And if you ask me, graphic capabilities these days are good enough for me. You just can’t stop progression for the sake of graphics. In this regard Reggie might be right. The gaming community can be insatiable at times.