Reggie Fils-Aime says 3rd-party games like Call of Duty 'look dramatically better' on Wii U

Nintendo's American chief, Reggie Fils-Aime, has gone on-record on CNN to state that the Wii U versions of 3rd-party games like Call of Duty look 'dramatically better' on Wii U. It's the kind of claim we would have accepted some 12 months ago when we thought Wii U was going to be more powerful than Xbox 360/PS3, but Call of Duty: Black Ops II Wii U is already out in the US so we can see for ourselves. Consensus opinion is that it isn't better. Slightly different, yes, but certainly not 'dramatically better'.

Here's the interview in question (skip to 2:18 for the section in question):

Electronic Arts has at least gone on the record to say that FIFA on Wii U does look better thanks to the extra RAM etc, but we wouldn't say Call of Duty is in the same situation.

Source: CNN


  • Mattel9 - March 13, 2013 8:08 p.m.

    So apparently this is the second choice just after Wikipedia if you Google Reggie. Not what I expected, but yeah you guys!
  • amagasakiseb - November 26, 2012 8:27 p.m.

    I just went on Youtube and found a couple of comparison videos. I can definitely tell you that the Wii U version is better but "dramatically" better? Certainly not. The textures are a bit nicer and the game is crisper overall but when we're talking about a console competing with 7 year old rivals.. shouldn't we be expecting something a bit more... oooomph..?
  • boondocks50 - November 27, 2012 12:55 a.m.

    Give it some time its a new console
  • KnowYourPokemon - November 27, 2012 4:15 p.m.

    While I do admit it's not that better looking in comparison by any real means. You're actually expecting Activision to give a damn and get treyarch to actually make it marginally graphically better for the console it'll sell the least for if only because it's a brand new system.
  • KnowYourPokemon - November 26, 2012 6:48 p.m.

    There's barely any graphical improvement on the PC version compared to any of the console versions other than higher FPS and resolution and he's going on about the WiiU's amazing;y better looking version? Sorry but as much as I'm loving my WiiU that's just crap.
  • mbavalo - November 26, 2012 2:41 p.m.

    Skip to 2:35 That's the epic fail moment
  • winner2 - November 26, 2012 2:14 p.m.

    Damn, I want some of whatever he's smoking.
  • into the sound - November 26, 2012 2:08 p.m.

    I'm really tired of new Nintendo hardware. Little periodic, iterative upgrades are not fun, they're expensive and they induce a tidal wave gimmicky "look what our new toy can do" games.
  • Smash_Bro - November 26, 2012 1:54 p.m.

    I've been watching a lot of Tekken Tag 2 videos, and I have noticed that the Wii U version looks better than the PS360 version. Haven't checked COD:BLOPS deux, but Reggie isn't 100% out of his mind with that statement.
  • Turtman - November 26, 2012 1:20 p.m.

    The CNN reporter actually was asking some legitimate questions. I'm impressed.
  • Viron - November 26, 2012 11:24 a.m.

    Hey Reggie I can make outrageous untrue claims too, like: Reggie knows what he is talking about. Which is about as ridiculous as suggesting the sky is made of alabaster pudding.
  • ParagonT - November 26, 2012 10:08 a.m.

    I'd say he's full of it.
  • Bansheebot - November 26, 2012 9:20 a.m.

    I like how the thumbnail for this article shows the news crawler saying "Companies first console in six years" as if that is odd.
  • Salnax - November 26, 2012 9:53 a.m.

    People are more familiar with annual updates, thanks to the Apple philosophy. Remember, every iPad ever has existed well within the Wii's lifetime.
  • zelta38 - November 26, 2012 10:34 a.m.

    It's just the news, most people watching and reporting on these channels probably have no idea about the video game industry so they need something spicy sounding to catch people's attention - specifically those corporate types who only like numbers.
  • darkvare - November 26, 2012 8:54 a.m.

    i sincerly doubt that sir, but this is america and i will fight to the death for your right to make outrageous claims
  • brazmanoqk - November 26, 2012 10:49 a.m.

    But when it's an outright lie, there's no sense in defending that. If you make sure even people who lie get their garbage into the mainstream, we're all boned.

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