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


  • BladedFalcon - November 26, 2012 7:26 a.m.

    Oh Reggie... You adorable loudmouth you...
  • ultimatepunchrod - November 26, 2012 7:35 a.m.

    If this was true, it wouldn't be surprising (tech from 2012 looks better than tech from 2005/6...shocking). Unfortunately, it isn't even the case that it does look better. It looks about the same. You can get more out of the WiiU than the PS3 or 360, but you won't see that on multiplatform games.
  • RonnyLive19881 - November 26, 2012 7:51 a.m.

    GR have you looked at them side by side... the Wii U version does look quite a bit better than the 360 version. The resolution is higher making the textures look quite a bit better even if it is the same texture pack... the character models and cut scenes look a lot better and try looking at the draw distance in the level with all of the soldiers rushing at you from a grassy field... it is much clearer... you guys trolling or what? Lol
  • thomas1980 - November 26, 2012 8:26 a.m.

    From the reports I've read, the WiiU version looks on par-ish when in screen shots, but performs worse than the PS3 version in motion. At times the framerate is said to be very bad. PS3 gamers rejoice, you no longer get the worst version of the game.
  • filipe-alves - November 26, 2012 11:09 a.m.

    It's not surprising this guy would rush to the Wii U's defense, he is a fanboy after all.
  • amagasakiseb - November 26, 2012 8:31 p.m.

    Yeah it's always dangerous to rely on screen-shots because we don't play games in stills we play them in motion ;) When I looked at the video on Youtube I didn't notice any framerate issues but that might down to some "selective" level-picking by the video poster ;)
  • avantguardian - November 26, 2012 1:08 p.m.

    have you looked at them side by side? keep hoping dude.
  • RonnyLive19881 - November 26, 2012 8:37 p.m.

    Clearly none of you have even played the Wii U version much less compared them to the 360... especially Thomas Lmao
  • db1331 - November 26, 2012 7:51 a.m.

    Black Ops 2 could barely be called a good-looking game on PC. It looks awful on consoles. But yes, that was an outright lie by Reggie.
  • Szethius - November 26, 2012 8:06 a.m.

    His body was not ready
  • NOGIRLSIWANNAJETPACK - November 26, 2012 8:14 a.m.

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • ParagonT - November 26, 2012 10:08 a.m.

    I'd say he's full of it.
  • 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.

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