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Peter Molyneux says Wii U is 'good, but it's not great'

Peter Molyneux is a fan of fresh thinking. His game ideas may not always pan out, he can't be faulted for lack of creativity. With that creative focus in mind, the Wii U may seem right up his alley. Molyneux told GamesIndustry International he does enjoy the system, but it has to be better to compete with all the other new ways people can play.

"It's good, but it's not great," Molyneux said. "And we really need these new pieces of hardware to be great in today's world, because the competition is not just consoles anymore. The competition is everything, all the technology. When you're holding a Kindle Fire or an iPad in your hand, it's just amazing technology. It really is. It's expensive, but it's amazing technology. And people like Nintendo, Sony, and Microsoft need to match that. They need to match that in my mind, and exceed it. And I'm not sure the Wii U really did that."

Molyneux said he tried and enjoyed Nintendo Land and ZombiU, but he found going back and forth from the GamePad's screen to the television slightly confusing. He still has "unbelievable respect for Nintendo," he said, and remembered how the Wii was widely ridiculed before bringing in millions of people from outside gaming's established market.

Meanwhile, his studio 22Cans continues its Kickstarter campaign for Populous successor Godus, which stands at £175,970 pledged out of its £450,000 goal and 21 days to go as of this writing.

15 comments

  • Duke Radish - December 1, 2012 2:07 a.m.

    They should get his opinion on a topic he knows something about, like hustling people on kickstarter.
  • nintendo365 - November 30, 2012 3:30 p.m.

    Yeah, his opinion doesent carry much weight with gamers anymore. After Fable2's shitty ending and Fable 3's shitty gameplay its safe to say his ship has sailed.
  • bboyd - November 30, 2012 8:56 a.m.

    Fable was good, but not great. . . Fable 3 was shit, but not. . . um, not shit?
  • Wasting_Light - November 30, 2012 7:16 a.m.

    I can't believe this pretentious d-bag's opinion still matters. Seriously, this guy went down along BW.
  • xx_CaPTiiN_SpAiiN_zz - November 30, 2012 5:30 a.m.

    peter molyneux RIP you died a long time ago and are missed
  • winner2 - November 30, 2012 5:13 a.m.

    Um, is anyone here really agreeing or disagreeing with his statement on the shortcoming of the wii u? I may have skimmed a little but mostly it's been a lot of "why is he coating consoles to tablets?" with some insults mixed in. Personally, I agree with him somewhat. Tons of people are tech junkies and when he says the wii u has to compete with iPads and such I believe he's talking about sales and reception. It's a tech product with bells, whistles, and capabilities, and there are tons of people who will have to decide between the appeal of an iPad/whatever non gaming tech product and a gaming console. They can both be for entertainment, but if the wii u's not up to a level where people call it amazing and cooler than the iPad, a lot of people are going to buy iPad's. I don't think it's a competition concerning specs or games, it's a competition of overall utility to the consumer. And just to put it out there for no good reason, I'd buy a new iPad over a wii u.
  • thomas1980 - November 30, 2012 3:37 a.m.

    Comming from the same guy who championed Kinect, tried to convince us all it was great tech that would really add to the gaming experience. Yeah I think it's safe to ignore this guy. His was great once, now he is just a sad old has been, who seems intent on reinventing the wheel just for the sake of it. Seriously isn't it time to get Peter checked out for dementia?
  • Hobbitking17 - November 30, 2012 2:18 a.m.

    Tablets aren't a competition for gaming consoles. It's like comparing a tank to a car, they both are based off the same idea but one is far superior. Tablet gaming more so competes with Facebook games.
  • Balaska - November 29, 2012 10:52 p.m.

    Oh Peter, the last great thing you did was Dungeon Keeper. Shush now, your time has passed.
  • ObliqueZombie - November 29, 2012 8:29 p.m.

    Just like his games.
  • J-spit - November 30, 2012 2:15 p.m.

    Heyooooo!
  • boondocks50 - November 29, 2012 6:47 p.m.

    Irrelevant man's opinion is irrelevant.
  • Smash_Bro - November 29, 2012 5:23 p.m.

    I refuse to read this article because of that ignorant fool, Molyneux. I mean no offence, Connor Sheridan, as I thoroughly enjoy all GR articles. However, if this guy thinks that consoles need to be competing with mother-effin' TABLETS, as if they're suddenly considered to be legitimate gaming consoles / platforms, then I am losing faith in both consumers and developers. Maybe I'm being stubborn and a bit close-minded, but I will never see those stupid "fad-blets" as real gaming devices...much less competition for proper gaming consoles. No gamer is buying an iPad over an Xbox.
  • Letter11 - November 29, 2012 3:56 p.m.

    How ironic, that is exactly how I would describe the entire Fable series: "They're good, but they're not great." - Letter11 I think the next Zelda and 3D Mario will give us a real indication of what the system is capable of. Until then, I will watch curiously from the sidelines.

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