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EA: Anything PS3/360 can do, Wii U can do... equally well

Months ago, major third-party developers such as Electronic Arts have received development kits for the Wii U from Nintendo. While obviously many of their discoveries are being kept under wraps (all the better to surprise consumers and competitors alike), enthusiastic early feedback from EA offers a positive first assessment of the console's tech – not to mention EA's confidence that it'll be able to make good things happen with the new machine. Not that the devs know everything yet.

Lead third-party developers such as Electronic Arts have received development kits for the Wii U from Nintendo. While obviously many of their discoveries are being kept under wraps (all the better to surprise consumers and competitors alike), enthusiastic early feedback from EA offers a positive first assessment of the console's tech – not to mention EA's confidence that it'll be able to make good things happen with the new machine. Not that the devs know everything yet...


Above: Hopes are high that the Wii U might manage games as sharp 'n' spiffy as Andrew Wilson's hair

Asked by Eurogamer whether the dev kits give a good idea of the new system's potential, EA Sports VP Andrew Wilson cannily answered, “the short answer is yes; the long answer is not quite.” However, Wilson does have one speculation that, if it's borne out, will be welcome news for many: “I think we'll be able to do anything that we can do on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 on the Wii U.”

From the purest technical standpoint – not taking into account the possibilities or challenges of the console's distinct control setup, a challenge Wilson says his team's eager to tackle – his hope is that the machine might surpass many of the offerings of Sony's or Microsoft's machines, though “again we're still in the early stages.” He says every new release of hardware or information from Nintendo improves devs' knowledge of Wii U's potential: “With our early research we had been very happy with the output of the box and we expect that that will only go up moving forward.”


Above: THQ's Darksiders II, slated for mid-2012, is listed as a Wii U launch title

The question of the machine's online framework is less of a known quantity, with Wilson echoing Reggie Fils-Aime's promise that third parties would be encouraged to drive the online experience of Wii U: “[Nintendo] have demonstrated an openness and willingness to work with us and work with developers that I think will only land us in a positive place.” However, this work is being done by “a series of people who are under very strict NDAs as you can imagine.” What does this assessment do for your hopes for the Wii U?

Jul 28, 2011

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  • MySistersMenstruationTastesFunny - August 17, 2011 12:32 a.m.

    Welcome to the current gen, Ninty.
  • RedOutlive10 - July 29, 2011 8:59 p.m.

    Sounds like the least of their worries. Matching 6 years old hardware isn't what people are concerned about, it's more like how it will fare against the next gen, and if the Wii U is next gen or just a "1.5 gen".
  • TartanSpartan01 - July 29, 2011 8:32 p.m.

    This is a tricky one, as much as i think ninty may have phucked up in a way,i know if they show me some zelda im gonna cream.Although i think ive fond the key factor, the exact strand of dna in nintendos design blood which mutated around the birth of the wii. Many eons ago nintendo were games 1st, hardware second. When miyamoto had an idea for a 3d mario (SM64) he had to create the N64 for his idea to become reality and when he designed the joypad he based it on the game and the new problems he faced with trying to navigate a 3d space with a d-pad etc. in this example he had a problem (SM64 was to ambitious) and made suitable tools to fix it (N64 & joypad). to further clarify, the software pushed the hardware, and thus gave an indication of how substantial a leap in technology and direction was needed. Fast forward to the end of the gamecubes life and the begining of the wii, the only software i can think of that may have gave birth to the idea of the wii is twilight princess.BUT!it was developed primarily for the gamecube with a couple of bolted on features for the wii, so it cant have been that game responsible for the design of the wii. Ladies and gentlemen il leave you with this, did wii sports push the idea of the wii?did nintendo really base their consoles design on a casual party game?or was it the shifting around at the top of nintendo im looking at you iwata(bring back yamuachi if thats how you spell it) that pushed the gimmick design for some lettuce?ooohhhh yyeeeesssss iwata likes him lettuce he be all up in that lettuce like some bad crazy invincible lettay munchin muthaphuka
  • WTeen8 - July 29, 2011 1:17 p.m.

    From what was said in the article, It's saying it can match the other consoles. No where is it saying that it can only do as good. It's saying it can match the PS3 and 360, but it could possible outmatch them a little too. And also soon Consoles won't be able to get much better anyway without costing a crap-ton of money for a minimal improvement. We're about to hit the wall. Also we may not even see the PS4 and 720 for 5 more years, when Nintendo will most likely put out another new console anyway.
  • jackthemenace - July 29, 2011 9:08 a.m.

    @ThatGuyFromTV- OOps, sorry about that. I only remembered it came from something to do with Battlefield. Although, thinking about it, that does make more sense. But I stand by my point, it should be the quality of games that matters, not how pretty it looks.
  • Brassballs - July 29, 2011 6:05 a.m.

    Idon't know how well this'll do. It might not be a total flop with a decent price. Of course the fugly controller with the screen in it(why?) will most likely jack up the cost AND turn away potential buyers. That thing makes the PSP look ergonomicaly perfect.
  • UsernameLoser - July 29, 2011 3:10 a.m.

    First two paragraphs are the same, EPIC WIN. Anyway, the Wii U looks like shit, how the hell am I supposed to play GTA on that? Map on the controller? Holy shit, innovation!
  • ThatGuyFromTV - July 29, 2011 1:58 a.m.

    @jackthemenace Cue the irony. The "you don't ship an engine, you ship a game" line came from one of the head guys developing Modern Warfare 3, and the line was used to bash Battlefield 3. Here's the link: http://www.gamesradar.com/xbox360/call-of-duty-modern-warfare-3/news/b/g-20110513154613130025 And one other thing... I pity the moment where we bash PS3-quality graphics because they aren't good enough.
  • Defguru7777 - July 29, 2011 1:42 a.m.

    At the end of the day, the success of the Wii U will hinge on its competitors. If the PS3 truly is a ten year console (I find that hard to believe), then the Wii U will be fine. But the big problem for them is Microsoft. I don't know how many of the 360's hardware problems got fixed by the Slim model, but I think that between the 360 and PS3, Microsoft is more likely to release a new console soon. What I'm saying, is if we're a long way from Microsoft or Sony releasing another console, then the Wii U will be fine. But if they release a new one in 2013, then the Wii U will be in danger of going the way of the Dreamcast. Still, I'm optimistic about the Wii U.
  • ItBurnsWhenIWii - July 28, 2011 11:55 p.m.

    “I think we'll be able to do anything that we can do on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 on the Wii U.” Think?
  • Redeater - July 28, 2011 11:21 p.m.

    @reuben0110 The problem is that by the time the Wii U is released the new xbox or PS is going to be announced. Also the Wii took fucking forever before a price drop and I expect the Wii U will be just as costly. Are you going to be content paying $300/$400 for a console that is "as powerful" as a $150 xbox 360? (I also have a feeling there will be another price cut by Xbox and PS just before the Wii U release)
  • etherealshadow - July 28, 2011 11:17 p.m.

    This is... disappointing. Even the devs are basically saying this thing is a current gen console and not a next-gen one. Oh Nintendo... I pray for thee.
  • BigWillis - July 28, 2011 11:11 p.m.

    Ok, so Nintendo think it's a great idea to release this n 2012. Right after when people will have already played most of the games on the Ps3 and 360 with their already strongly established online networks and achievement systems. By 2013 we will probably be anticipating the next set of systems...The WiiU is just the Wii all over again...
  • reach110 - July 28, 2011 11 p.m.

    So Nintendo has finally caught up. TO WHERE WE WERE FIVE YEARS AGO. I wonder if it's a little too late to hop back into the hardcore market they helped create and subsequently abandoned.
  • Smash_Bro - July 28, 2011 10:52 p.m.

    ...What part of this article suggests that the Wii U can do what the PS3 and 360 can do "equally well?"
  • reuben0110 - July 28, 2011 10:29 p.m.

    I love how everyone was complaining about nintendo not having a HD console, and when they announce one, everyone goes "durr, it's too late now!" People need to make their minds up.
  • therawski - July 28, 2011 10:22 p.m.

    @jackthemenace You probably shouldn't make that comparison between a JRPG and a TPS, but I know what you were trying to get at and I agree, the games have to be good, the graphics are just the icing on the cake, thing is when something NEW comes out we are expecting the next best thing for our money. Why should anyone buy it if the only difference is an unfamiliar gimmick controller if that gimmick can't be shown to make the games fun and memorable?
  • shadowreaper72 - July 28, 2011 10:20 p.m.

    I hate to say but I believe Nintendo may be in some trouble now. Wii sales are down, 3DS isnt selling worth shit due to the extreme lack of games out right now and coming in the future, forcing Nintendo to make a 80$ price cut, and this Wii U is nothing but a current gen system with some interesting gimmicks. Sure the Wii U controller does have some unique possibilities but it isnt as mind blowing as when Nintendo showed off the Wiimotes motion controls. All Nintendo truly is doing is just catching up with the times in my opnion. I just hope Nintendo can survive this because they truly are a great company (unlike Microsoft. Aint you guys and your shitty ass box dead yet?)
  • Moondoggie1157 - July 28, 2011 10:14 p.m.

    I'll believe it when I see it, Nintendo has been sliding downhill in my eyes. I really hope this console changes that. I want to hate Nintendo like I did back in the 90's... I hated them because they rocked. I was a Sega kid and Nintendo gave them a run for their money... Lately, they have been a bit of a joke. Just sayin'. If this console is what they say it is, I will give Nintendo the respect it deserves.
  • Squinston - July 28, 2011 10:11 p.m.

    The first paragraph is repeated, but i suppose that's okay because i got to read your wise words twice

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