Wii U "On Par" With 360, PS3 (So Far) Says Darksiders Developer

Wii U "On Par" With 360, PS3 (So Far) Says Darksiders Developer

While Nintendo has yet to release the full specs for its upcoming Wii U, you can guess by its launch lineup that its capabilities are probably in line with the Xbox 360 and PS3, something Vigil Games are now backing up.

“So far the [Wii U] hardware’s been on par with what we have with the current generations,” Vigil’s Marvin Donald told Game Reactor.

“Based on what I understand, the resolution and textures and polycounts and all that stuff, we’re not going to being doing anything to up-res the game, but we’ll take advantage of the controller for sure.”

Remember he says “so far” there, so while early dev kits for a launch title might not push the system to its limits, there might still be room under the hood for the Wii U to run games at a clearly higher level than the consoles of today.

GRTV: Darksiders II-intervju [GameReactor, via Develop]


  • So taking history into account, it’s quite possibly capable of slightly more than the Xbox and PS3, once devs start figuring out the best way to use the system, but it’s unlikely to be any really noticeable upgrade, and most multi plats will just be ported . Mmmmmk

  • Oh gosh. This is a disappointment. I’m a big Nintendo fan, but they just can’t come out of the gates with a system that only EQUALS current gen. That’s suicide. They’re definitely going to miss the hardcore market with that effort.

    • Well, the Wii was just a slightly better Gamecube, and look at it go. Nintendo are never about the best specs, but about accessibility and price. I think it will do well.

    • Nintendo realised that it is software that is more important than pure hardware performance. They also profit from their hardware sales unlike MS and Sony who take a loss(not sure if that is still the case with the newer models) Nintendo also won this generation in unit sales. Still I think they are going to have to change quite dramatically if they want to survive in the current industry climate. I don’t think matching the next Sony or MS consoles in performance spec is really important anymore. It is reaching a point where consumers are unable to discern the differences in image quality and dropping twice the amount of money on a Sony or MS console won’t make much sense.

      • Except that nintendo Will most likely lose that software when the ps4 and 720 come out

        It could end up just as technologically behind as the wii is now and this could be enough for the developers to decide once again that it’s not worth the added cost of downscaling their current work

  • Be nice if they future proofed the thing and made it on par with the next generation, but I guess they’ve got their reasons. I’m sure they’ll be appreciating all the third person games that’ll come their way for a little while atleast.

  • I remember when the wii was announced, the argument was made that it could theoretically be more powerful than the original xbox, and was supposed to be a fair bit more powerful than the gamecube. But years later and we’ve still yet to see a wii game that looks any better than the top tier gamecube releases. In fact, I imagine that the majority of wii u games are going to look worse than the current crop of top tier titles once the major studios move onto the next generation of consoles.

      • Sonic Colours too for that matter. Also, welcome to last week Luke. When are you going to stop copy-pasting old news story’s and and start doing real journalism?

        • When are you guys going to stop whinging about some journo’s on this website. If you don’t like it, go somewhere else. Sick of reading this drivel in the comments section.

    • Can you show me where it was advertised as “next-gen”?

      Sure, it’s Nintendo’s next console, but everything I’ve read since it was announced said it was never intended to be equal to the Playstation 4 or whatever the end up with, it was always meant to bring them up to par with the current 360/PS3 consoles.

  • Soooooooooo we were promised it would be more powerful, now we are happy when we are told it is on par?

    • nah. their stupid gimmicky controller will suck in the kids and old farts all over again. thats their market now.

  • The PS3 is supposed to be more powerful than the 360, but most cross-console titles leave the 360 looking nicer.
    Considering how Sony and Microsoft are backing away from the whole “next gen” debate, the WiiU should be safe for at least five years.

  • I was hoping it’d at least be able to run current-gen multi platform titles at a better framerate, or at best 1080p…

  • I don’t think I’ll care too much to begin with, given how PS3 and 360 still have a little life left in them at least. Once their new consoles are maybe a year out of the gate, though, the lack of power will seriously start to hurt.
    Lets just hope Nintendo have more plans for ‘hardcore’ 1st party games than they did for the Wii.
    Seconded on the new Super Mario World though!

  • “Based on what I understand, the resolution and textures and polycounts and all that stuff, we’re not going to being doing anything to up-res the game, but we’ll take advantage of the controller for sure.”

    There is a difference between “We’re not going to be doing anything to up-res the game” and “we cannot up-res the game”

    This is just Vigil not wanting to put the effort in to make it look better on the WiiU

  • Based on what he understands he’s a PR guy not one of the guys who are actually working with Wii U, the guys actually working with it state about a week ago it’s more powerfull than current gen just look back a couple of weeks and you’ll see

  • We wont know how powerful it is until the axtual specs are released or see some real games.If I had to guess I would say somwhere in between current Gen and next Gen.

    • Nintendo are not going to release the actual physical specs of this machine. Coming out first, that would be stupid.
      The only way we are going to find out what is in it is, either some developer is going to break their NDA with Nintendo ( Unlikely), or someone pulls one apart and runs some tests( very difficult).
      We won’t know what it can really do until someone like Retro/Monolith/Nintendo have a real go
      at it.

  • This article is false and misleading. It grabs a old quote from another site about moving graphics from the Wii. Nintendo stated the console will be in 1080p and that is the only statement to take notice of.

  • It’s spec is likely aimed to be profitable, Nintendo has always made a profit on hardware sales from my understanding. The money they don’t lose on hardware they invest into RnD which creates new types of devices and new game play concepts that take advantage of it. That’s what drives Nintendo and why they are the best company in the games industry. They don’t always succeed but they have to admired and respected for taking risks on things the ‘others’ will not.

    • Yeah you raise a fair point Sean, whilst Nintendo might not be aiming for the hottest graphics going they’ve got the guts to try something new, which I feel Microsoft and Sony aren’t willing to do if its not successful ( I doubt they were both going to release the Kinect and Move if it weren’t for the success of the Wii ). But has it come to the point with some people who have commented that graphics are mostly important? I for one am pretty content with the graphics going today, I feel there’s no need to upgrade again and if some Developers are having a hard time financing projects ( I’m pretty damn worried that we don’t have much Development teams down here anymore ) then I see no need for it. It also alienates consumers who have just gotten onto the HD train due to how cost effective it is nowdays, PS3 and 360 sales have overtaken the Wii’s, that’s got to account for something.

  • Obviously a game like Darksiders 2 which is multiplatform won’t really take full advantage of the Wii U’s hardware. Mario Galaxy and MG 2 for the Wii looked rather nice compared to most Wii games. Sure, the next generation of ‘hardcore’ consoles will again leapfrog over the Wii U in terms of graphics but I reckon this info should be taken with a grain of salt.

  • I will say this for the Wii U. Looks pretty. Very sleek and minimalist. The only thing stopping me from buying one is a burning hatred for Nintendo Australia. However if Nintendo can get with the times and bring their global release scheduling into the 21st century I may just pick one up.

  • What can “next gen consoles” really offer though that will actually improve game play? Not a lot from my perspective. Having said that though, Nintendo have been far less about having the best spec’d console and more about innovation in recent times. They are also seem to be more interested in making a profit on their systems from day one, which could mean that the Wii U could be pretty expensive. Because of this, I think the Wii U is going to go down the same path as the Wii. A gimmick can only last so long before people get bored with it and most people won’t pay to have more of the same.

  • You also have to remember it has no DVD or blueray play so no licensing fees to be paid to Panasonic or Sony which will keep costs down and no internal hard drive for same reason, so less money Nintendo need to pay out to other companies so more money can be put into needed hardware and lower end cost to us the gamers

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