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

Glowing feedback greets Nintendo dev kits

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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 %26ndash; 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 %26ndash; 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 Eurogamerwhether the dev kits give a good idea of the new system's potential, EA Sports VP Andrew Wilson cannily answered, %26ldquo;the short answer is yes; the long answer is not quite.%26rdquo; However, Wilson does have one speculation that, if it's borne out, will be welcome news for many: %26ldquo;I think we'll be able to do anything that we can do on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 on the Wii U.%26rdquo;

From the purest technical standpoint %26ndash; 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 %26ndash; his hope is that the machine might surpass many of the offerings of Sony's or Microsoft's machines, though %26ldquo;again we're still in the early stages.%26rdquo; He says every new release of hardware or information from Nintendo improves devs' knowledge of Wii U's potential: %26ldquo;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.%26rdquo;


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: %26ldquo;[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.%26rdquo; However, this work is being done by %26ldquo;a series of people who are under very strict NDAs as you can imagine.%26rdquo; What does this assessment do for your hopes for the Wii U?

Jul 28, 2011

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