Sonic Developer: Wii U Specs Better Than Expected

Nintendo has been understandably coy regarding the actual specs of the Wii U and, to add fuel to that particular fire, we've heard varying reports from different developers with regards to the actual full potential of the machine.But Steve Lycett, the Executive Producer of Sonic And All-Stars Racing Transformed told ONM that the GPU and memory of the Wii U was far more capable than the team initially expected.

"There are always surprises and unexpected challenges when you develop on a new console," said Lycett. "When we first got our hands on the kit, the first surprise was the capability of the GPU. We'd been worried that we might need to re-engineer all the effects and shaders in the game, but they worked just fine.

"The Wii U looks as good as any of the HD platforms. The Wii U has way more memory, so we can take advantage of that with less compression on elements and textures, so it will look all lovely and shiny."

Interesting. Randy Pitchford has also come and stated he expects the Wii U version of Aliens: Colonial Marines to look the best when it's released in 2013. But there's no getting around the fact that the Wii U will look terribly dated if (and when) Sony and Microsoft release their next consoles. That said, I'm looking forward to seeing how third party developers handle the machine. Almost as much as I'm looking forward to playing Nintendo games in HD.

Wii U specs are surprising, says Sonic developer [ONM]


    Was noted as saying "AT LEAST twice as powerful as the Sega Megadrive"

      Does it have blast processing?

    "At least twice as powerful as a console from 3-4 generations ago!"

    I do wonder how this increase in hardware performance will carry across to Wii games. Obviously there's a limit to how much the quality can be increased, but I wouldn't mind hearing more about backwards compatibility and the advantages the WiiU would give (other than "Hey guys, it runs better!").

      I would consider buying it if it was backward compatible with a little bit of up scaling. I never bought a Wii so there were a lot of games I missed out on.

      WTF? - I just assumed wii games would run like a wii . Whilst details regarding emulation or however they are providing compatibility would be AWESOME. Do you really expect wii games running on a wii u to run better? My GC games run like GC games on my wii - except i can't plug in a gba

        PS3 upscales PS2 games...

          ...And many of us have seen what the Dolphin emulator can actually do with Wii games. Skyward Sword is drool worthy. I was very sad when I had to go back to playing on the Wii due to unresponsive controls on the emulator.

            I was hoping that the WiiU would do something, and based the assumption of capability on what Dolphin could do. But, as Dan mentioned below, this apparently won't be happening.

              What can Dolphin do other than upscaling? I am interested to know - do i use my proprietary GC discs or roms?

                Dolphin is amazing! Playing NSMBW with no aliasing, crisp textures at 60FPS with a genuine Wiimote via bluetooth is awesome. It breathes a new life into Wii games.

                If you haven't given it a go yet, please do so. You wont regret it.

                Since GC/Wii games can't be read by most standard dvd drives roms/iso's are pretty much the only way to go. I'm yet to see how much upscaling can be applied to GC games but if it's remotely similar to how it handles Wii games then even better.

                  Thanks. Wii(ll) maybe have a look . To be honest I do remember Dolphin as a barely working GC emulator when GC was around but as a staunch anti-piracy advocate never touched it. Might be time to re-investigate and use as i own a largish GC collection and GC and thus the GC rom / games are somewhat legal for me.

          I would not include upscaling part of backwards compatibility and my ps3 only plays ps2 games via heavily modified PSN Downloads. Thanks Sony!

          Several years ago a Wii emulator, "Dolpin" released allowing Gamecube and Wii games to be played on the PC. This emulator supports resolutions of 720p and 1080p showing off some of the extra detail that is in the game but not noticeable because of the max 480p resolution for both Gamecube and Wii. When Nintendo announced the Wii U last year they mentioned only 480p backwards compatibility but maybe they changed their mind and will give us 720p. That alone would be amazing for Wii game sales as well as for me I would love replaying nearly all of my Wii games in HD. The biggest difficulty in upscaling is that it demands a powerful processor and GPU to emulate in HD. Time will tell.

            So you are saying that there is more detail (higher rez textures etc) on the gc and wii discs but the hardware prevents this from being realised. So in effect Dolphin is not upscaling it is merely allowing the code to be realised at its FULL POTENTIAL. Is this correct?

      Nintendo has already confirmed that there's no upscaling for Wii games.

      Frowny. Face.

        Damn it, Dan! You've ruined my hopes!

        Although, there's every chance that I assumed this would

          You have to figure that they're just going to take the PSN "classics" approach and sell upscaled versions to us again. It has proven to be a successful business strategy.

    To the people worried about nintendo falling behind when Sony and Microsoft release their new consoles - DO NOT WORRY. Nintendo has promised to stickytape a new superfx chip onto every wiiu disc.

      Now that i would like to see

    Estimated price of $600. LOL

      Yea that is rather expensive but it will sell like cheap choclates at a fat kid convention

        I dunno - I know a few diehard Nintendo fans, and they all seem to have assumed will launch around the $300 mark. Given the rumored specs, $300 seems appropriate.

    Shitsticks can people stop linking to EB Games' prices or any Australian retailer. They have no idea how much anything is going to cost at all. No idea. NONE.

      Yes i understand it is a placeholder Mr. Nintendo. that was why i typed LOL. I was merely pointing it out. The Jb listing has the date as 31/12/12 asI had seen no mention of either of these placeholders on vooks or kotaku and thought it worthy of pointing it out.. Unfortunately I do not know what a [email protected]!tst!!k is. Perhaps you can explain??? Is it a feacal based diatribe for cutting and pasting or is it new ice block? I like ice blocks. Once again I apologise for putting info online for others to see and am looking forward to a [email protected]$5ck with my dinner tonight.

    It's all speculation on how the WiiU will compare with the PS4/Xbox3.

    Moving to HD was a big deal this generation which is what made the Wii look so dated, but I have a feeling that the jump to the next gen won't be quite so large.

    Which of course is just more speculation, so what do I know...

    I think I’m in a similar position to a lot of gamers out there that never bought a Wii and Wii U will be a good opportunity to go back over some of the highlights. Mario Galaxy, Last Story, Xenoblade and Skyward Sword will all be “launch” titles for me.

    How many Bits does it have?

    Does it have Blast Processing?

    Will it be backwards compatible with my Atari 2600 cartridges?

    Sonic developer receives more powerful platform, Sonic still sucks. News at 5.

    I don't think people don't buy Nintendo consoles for their grunt, they buy them for the 1st party titles.

    So a question + observation, Why doesn't the Wii U controller support 3D like the 3DS?

    Nintendo has the technology, seems silly to not import that tech into the control.

    The power of four Gamecube's duct taped together!!

    Really? With out any concrete info on the next xbox or playstation we are already having people already talk about Wii Us graphics being obsolete? Who knows, maybe they will make a more sensible and profitable console like Nintendo, after all both companies squander billions to make the 360 and ps3 yet still sold less consoles then the less powerful Wii (with both trying to break even)

    Even if this does sell at $600, the next gen PS3 and Xbox will probably hit $1200+

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