Wii U power debate: Nintendo machine definitely has MORE POWER than puny PS3 and Xbox 360

In an interview with Game Informer, Jeremiah Slaczka - the boss of Scribblenauts developer 5th Cell - has been utterly unequivocal in his appraisal of whether Nintendo's Wii U is more or less powerful compared to Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. "It's definitely more powerful than Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3," he said.

This absolute technical assessment from Slaczka - whose company 5th Cell is making Scribblenauts Unlimited for Wii U - is the latest contribution to the ongoing debate surrounding Wii U and how much power it is and if it's the right sort of power and other things like that involving power.

Above: Scribblenauts Unlimited... (power?)

Just last week another developer said Wii U had lower processing speed than PS3 and 360. Everyone knows lower speed means weaker which means not as much power. Not good. Unsurprisingly a man that works for Microsoft also sort of said Wii U graphics wouldn't have enough power going forward. Equally unsurprisingly Nintendo said something along the lines of "Wii U's graphics are going to have enough power so everyone just chill the eff out."


If you want more examples of people saying stuff about 'Wii U power this' and 'Wii U power that', go to the internet and fill your boots. There's loads of it.

Of course, as GamesRadar readers you are incredibly informed and already know the power debate is a sideshow and power has absolutely nothing to do with Wii U's most exciting potentialities.

Source: VideoGamer


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  • Travia220 - July 16, 2012 7:17 a.m.

    Lower Processor speed does not equate to less power.. /shrug. I'm hoping that was a sarcastic remark on Gamesradars part..
  • FoxdenRacing - July 16, 2012 8:26 a.m.

    More than likely...especially since memory and video capabilities are typically the bottlenecks in a modern console. You can get a lot out of a 3-core 3-ghz processor [X360]...a lot more than you can get out of 512mb of memory.
  • WooddieBone - July 16, 2012 9:10 a.m.

    I agree. When they design a console why do they save money on the cheapest possible parts like memory. This generation consoles could be NASA space simulators if only they had a gigabyte or two of memory Well that is exaggerated but I think you get what im trying to say. Even 7 years ago I wouldn't mind spending 20-30 bucks more for a gig of RAM. Consoles could do with 2GBs of ram what a PC does with 8. Because PC software never goes beyond the point that consoles can go, and that is pretty much slowing down the whole industry. If next-game consoles will be powerhouses (not PS3 powerhouses cuz that is not even near the meaning of the word) then PC can go lot farther with software too. Well I kinda fuck up my post with too much text but what i'm trying to say is: PUT MORE MEMORY IN NEXT-GENERATION CONSOLES.
  • FoxdenRacing - July 16, 2012 10:24 a.m.

    Consoles have always been a tightrope...what can they get without being so high priced that the customers just say 'Screw it, I'll get a PC instead'. Nowadays we laugh at 512mb, but back then it was good enough. You're absolutely right though...the specialized software of a console means you can get away with much thinner specs; the original PS had a whopping 33mhz of CPU, in an era where your average Pentium was over 100mhz. PS2 was 300mhz give or take, in an era where PCs were pushing the gigahertz barrier. Meanwhile, the X360's processor was a powerhouse even among computers. A triple core at 2005...was unheard of. AMD's flagship could hit that speed (Intel's fell a bit short, at 3.0), but was only 2 cores. Back when the X360 hit, half a gig of GDDR3 [a low-power, high-speed memory spec] is the kind of thing you found on $500 video cards...personally, I wonder if they would've been better off with a lot more memory at a lower latency.
  • ncurry2 - July 16, 2012 7:23 a.m.

    While I definitely don't think graphics are everything (*read I still play games on consoles rather than PC), it will be quite disappointing to see a new console launch that is less powerful than a 7 year old machine. I'll still get one and love it, I'm sure. But that will definitely get the console started on the wrong foot.
  • Turtman - July 16, 2012 8:03 a.m.

    I'm all for good games and don't hate Nintendo, but this whole Wii U power debate is getting stale fast. It will be a good Mario player and that's that.
  • fourteenaha - July 16, 2012 8:13 a.m.

    Your arms?
  • Tjwoods18 - July 16, 2012 8:18 a.m.

    Well you do not need a lot of power to back cartoon - cell shaded characters.
  • ParagonT - July 16, 2012 8:45 a.m.

    Yeah, thats what I was partially thinking when I was reading on.
  • ParagonT - July 16, 2012 9 a.m.

    If I was a betting man I would put my money on no, it's not more powerful. That's just me although, but lets get something straight here. Why are we worried about the comparison between the Wii U and PS3/Xbox 360? This should be about how the Wii U is going to compare to the next consoles. Which even if I thought the better and said that it has power close to the current systems, it doesn't mean anything except that it has the power equivalent, less, or a little more, to a seven to nine (by the time its released) year old console. Serious question for those who can answer, can't the tablet be developed for the Wii? If not, what component is missing that would make it so?
  • badgraphix1 - July 16, 2012 10:02 a.m.

    It's mainly a matter of the fact that if it's developed for the Wii, it's going to have to use power to render whats on the tablet, and the Wii simply isn't going to cut it at this point in time. It already looks bad enough.
  • codystovall - July 16, 2012 9:37 a.m.

    But its another wii.....or of the wii series which I dont support at all.....
  • XanderGC - July 16, 2012 11:31 a.m.

    I whole-heartedly agree with Mr.Stovall here. As someone who fell for the Wii and it's gimmicks the first time around I honestly felt severely burned by Nintendo for the complete lack of love for the system that they showed over the years and seeing how I never owned a Virtual Boy - it is to this day the only Nintendo console I ever regret buying. Power or no Power I think Nintendo has to do a lot of proving to do if they want me to buy another console from them. Don't even get me started on the 3DS...
  • Nikku7 - July 16, 2012 10:34 a.m.

    Though I hope the machine is powerful, many of us already know whether or not we're getting the machine. I hate how these kind of articles seem to bring about more "herp, derp, my machine of choice is better," BS. That's just such a terribly uncreative way to troll. Everyone has already done it.
  • OldfaGamer - July 16, 2012 11:05 a.m.

    Likw Peter Moore said at last years E3, this is a transicion console, just like the wii its probably going to dominate the market the first few years until the casual gamers grow tired of its gimmicks and decide to pick up a real console like the xbox or playstation, so power is out of the question when it comes to WiiU
  • KA87 - July 16, 2012 11:20 a.m.

    I imagine that it will have enough power to compete with the current gen consoles, but the real question is, will it be able to compete with the Orbis (PS4) or the 720 when they come out in 2013-2015? It’s early release will only help it long term if it can compete with the next gen consoles in a number of areas when they come out.
  • xx_CaPTiiN_SpAiiN_zz - July 16, 2012 12:19 p.m.

    i am HAPPY with the wii and looking forward to the wii u but i cannot see how this can have MORE power than the 360. i am sure the wii u will be better than the ps3 with its yellow light of death but that is not talking about POWER althought the nazi zombies u does look like it needs quite a lot of it so i don't know. we will have to see.
  • jedisamurai - July 16, 2012 1:25 p.m.

    "Raw, Raw, Fight the POWAAA!"
  • Cyberninja - July 16, 2012 1:35 p.m.

    I say this whole arguement is pointless until someone takes apart the wiiu and shows us the specs.
  • CUFCfan616 - July 16, 2012 1:58 p.m.

    Well the best games that a lot of PS3 or 360 fans haven't seen on the Wii were released in the past year or so. The Last Story, Xenoblade Chronicles, Skyward Sword. All brilliant and a lot better than the majority of games on the bigger consoles. Give me those games with HD graphics rather than the latest CoD with bigger explosions. And anyway, I wouldn't be surprised if the Wii U isn't a major step over the PS3 & 360, and probably won't be able to compare graphically to the next-gen of consoles, but I'd imagine Nintendo would be doing this to keep their cost of consoles down rather than pulling a Sony for example and releasing a console that initially will lose them money when it first comes out. At the end of the day though, who cares? It's the quality of games that count.

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