Modern Warfare 3's graphics compared on Xbox 360 and... Wii?

Modern Warfare 3 is selling millions of copies, making billions of dollars, and breaking all sorts of entertainment industry records. Odds are you picked it up, too, adding to the games sales by buying the hit FPS for either the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, or PC. But what you may not have known is that, despite not promoting it much, Activision had a version of the game made for the Wii, too, and, well, it looks a little bit different. We played through the explosive second mission of the game on both systems and put the footage together to show you how Modern Warfare's standard-definition option compares for those who don't own an HD system.

While it's easy to poke fun at the Wii version's sub-par visuals, there's another takeaway from this video: despite looking like a last-generation game, Modern Warfare 3's Wii version (at least that level) is nearly identical to the other versions when it comes to the actual content. Sure, it's in standard definition and has absurdly low-resolution textures, but it's even more surprising that the insane action of Modern Warfare 3 would work on the Wii without major cuts to the missions. It sort of makes it hard to believe whenever a developer makes a game on the PlayStation 3 and says that it's impossible to recreate it on the Xbox 360 – if Infinity Ward/Treyarch could make Call of Duty work the same on both with only cuts to the visuals, anything is possible. 


  • drake-wayne - April 12, 2012 6:41 p.m.

    I love this game! Best one yet. My most favorite part is the guns! I found this cool place to find all the guns from the game, check it out Just got my M4 from there and I love it!
  • BLyX1313 - December 12, 2011 12:17 a.m.

  • MyCoolWhiteLies - November 21, 2011 12:24 p.m.

    It's sad that this generations technology hasn't actually been used to really expand gameplay possibilities in many cases. It's mostly just adds flash and presentation. Some games have found out ways, but I would like to see more.
  • db1331 - November 21, 2011 8:16 a.m.

    Bunch of console elitists in here. The way you all see the Wii isn't even close to how PC gamers see the 360/PS3. I think it's cute how you mock the Wii for being slightly lower resolution, but then turn around and claim you can barely tell the difference in a PC game, with things like HDR and AA. This thread is like an autistic kid calling a kid with down's syndrome a retard.
  • TheCakeIsaPie - November 21, 2011 10:06 a.m.

    Because HDR and AA are actually possible on PS3, and maybe on X360. It's just that developers choose not to do it because they're lazy. How many times do we have to say this to you?
  • db1331 - November 21, 2011 11:08 a.m.

    It doesn't matter if it's possible. Do they have it? No. It's possible that I'm banging a super model. Am I banging a super model? No.
  • TheCakeIsaPie - November 21, 2011 1:11 p.m.

    So what's your point? If PC developers chose not to implement a feature in their PC games (like particle physics, AA, etc.) would that mean that the PC is a bad platform? I don't think so. If Skyrim is broken on PS3, that's Bethesda's fault, not Sony's.
  • Cwf2008 - December 11, 2011 10:57 p.m.

    PC has long install times. 360 and PS3 don't. You don't need thousands of dollars to maintain a 360 or PS3 like you do for a gaming PC
  • deathman00789 - November 20, 2011 11:18 p.m.

    Yup still playing conduit 2 on nah wii
  • DavDav1 - November 20, 2011 4:26 p.m.

    Wii looks surprisingly good in comparison.. says something about the engine really..
  • thatnerdguy1 - November 20, 2011 3:16 p.m.

    are you implying that the Wii is >gasp< Inferior??!? Scandalous!
  • talleyXIV - November 20, 2011 12:07 p.m.

    This is embarrassing for the Wii honestly. I am an owner of a PS3 and a Wii. The problem I have with these ports is the question "why?" Why do they need these ports? If someone truly wanted the full experience of Call of Duty they need to buy it on the PS3 or Xbox. The graphics are one thing but when they change actual gameplay features they are ripping people off. Like World at War for Wii did not have zombies... that is a huge part of that game (Plus the graphics for that game looked like they were carved from rock.) This really needs to stop as people thinking they are getting the same experience are actually getting cut ups of the other console's.
  • marcofarlio - November 20, 2011 6:09 a.m.

    This video is proof that the franchise's engine needs to developed again.
  • Mike3one5 - November 20, 2011 12:24 p.m.

    How did you get that notion from this video?
  • AuthorityFigure - November 20, 2011 3:14 a.m.

    They need to factor in the price of the consoles if they are factoring in the performance of them. A Ferrari beats a Mondeo, but it can't drive anywhere the Mondeo can't.
  • AuthorityFigure - November 20, 2011 3:10 a.m.

    Can't believe the Sony players are letting Gamesradar get away with calling the 360 (and the 360 only) a graphical titan.
  • inkyspot - November 20, 2011 4:53 a.m.

    trying to start a flame war? While I attribute what is being done on the PS3 or even the Xbox is more of the skill of the developers and game the creators that the capability of both machines.
  • therawski - November 21, 2011 7:15 a.m.

    Long live the PS2!
  • Polarzombies - November 19, 2011 9:13 p.m.

    The wii graphics look like a ps2 game or the first halo game.
  • LOZ4EVAH - November 19, 2011 4:30 p.m.

    Was expecting a bunch of hating on the Wii's graphics but....not too many. Good job keeping a fair opinion

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