Wii U weaker than PS3 and Xbox 360, will be the ultimate MMO console [Rumor]

Nintendo's Wii U received a pair of mixed reviews this week, with one developer claiming the system won't be able to hold its own next to current gen competition, and another praising Nintendo's tablet controller as the next best thing for console MMOs.

The first insight comes from an unnamed source at, who said Nintendo's next lacks the muscle to compete with the current crop of consoles, noting, “No, it's not up to the same level as the PS3 or the 360...There aren't as many shaders, it's not as capable. Sure, some things are better, mostly as a result of it being a more modern design. But overall the Wii U just can't quite keep up."

This latest rumor contradicts an earlier anonymous report from January which stated the Wii U would be twice as powerful as the Xbox 360. However, that insider also admitted developers are somewhat discouraged by the system's specs, saying, “I've heard [a project designer] complain it's underpowered compared to what Nintendo announced, resulting in people having to de-scale their plans.”

On a brighter note, Funcom developer Joel Bylos is one un-unnamed source who is speaking positively about Wii U's ability; specifically its ability to handle MMORPGs.

“Wii U could be the first real console on which running an MMORPG without compromise is plausible,” said Bylos, in an interview with the official Nintendo magazine (via My Nintendo News). “The controller is perfect for lining up those rows of hotbars that are essential in most MMOs. A customisable touchscreen interface combined with the 3D spatial movement of a console controller could be a winner.”

It could. But then, going back to the first source, the Wii U will reportedly limit players to one tablet per console. Also, by the time Nintendo launches its next-gen hardware, the source suggested Sony will have already beaten it to the punch with its own PS3/ PS Vita cross-compatibility set-up, adding, “You can do everything with that combo that you can with the Wii U, and more.”

With new rumor mill in full operation, it's important to take every “anonymous source” with a grain of salt; especially if said sources are confident enough to make bold opinions, but forget to leave their names. On the flip-side, the fact Nintendo has shied away from addressing the Wii U's full capabilities in public isn't helping its case. Not that the company owes the community any details before it's ready, but if it can put naysayers in their place, now seems like a good time to start letting things slip.


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  • amagasakiseb - April 4, 2012 5:30 a.m.

    I also want an ULTRA Nintendo. I'm sick of this gimmicky bullshit I just want a proper games console with a lot of fantastic games and I don't feel like Nintendo has provided that for a while now. The Gamecube had a few pretty fantastic games but compared to the PS2 its library was pretty pathetic.
  • boondocks50 - April 4, 2012 3:29 a.m.

    please dont be weaker than current gen, honestly theyve made enough money for that to not even be an option
  • Octaviux - April 3, 2012 4:06 p.m.

    If Nintendo puts out a console that's weaker than the Xbox 360 that's 6 years old they will end up being in last place in this coming console generation. The Wii phenomenon will not repeat this generation and their not going to get huge sales from non-gamers again this round.
  • megamanx1979 - April 3, 2012 6:44 p.m.

    not so sure about that now being that the rumor of ps4 and xbox 720 being anti-used consoles when WiiU can play used game. gamestop told me if sony and ms go with anti-used hardware they will refuse ps4 and 720 from being sold at there retail and alot of other corps are most likely to follow
  • TheDCSniper - April 3, 2012 3:05 p.m.

    That's great. Cuz I know when I think of MMOs or online gameplay in general, I think of Nintendo. I wonder how alienated all these fat tasteless soccer moms who don't give a f*** about video games will be when they find out that it'll have an iPad for a controller instead of motion controls
  • Nap1400 - April 3, 2012 12:51 p.m.

    I'm calling shenanigans. I bet whoever this "unnamed source" is just was a fanboy or something who paid some site to spread rumors and controversy around the internet. I'm not trusting this, and it doesn't even stem from being a Nintendo fan. Of course, we can't really say anything until E3 rolls around, so we'll just have to wait and see.
  • Person5 - April 3, 2012 5:40 p.m.

    don't be ridiculous! the unnamed source is from the industry! he has insider information that he can spread throughout the internet despite his contract that says he can't say anything. All these rumors come from trustworthy unnamed sources, why would anyone lie about that?
  • ncurry2 - April 3, 2012 11:36 a.m.

    I'm calling BS on this one. Every single other report has claimed that is more powerful than the PS3. One random report saying otherwise won't sway me. It won't matter come E3 of course but there's no way Nintendo would release a system less powerful than current gen. No way.
  • elsnichkum - April 3, 2012 11:05 a.m.

    Still waiting for the ULTRA Nintendo. A Nintendo console that will focus solely on 1st party games gamers want. God, there were so many great games on the SUPER Nintendo.
  • Moondoggie1157 - April 3, 2012 11:15 a.m.

    If Nintendo were to release such a console, I'd happily buy it... I miss the days of Sega and Nintendo feuding, twas a simpler time.
  • ObliqueZombie - April 3, 2012 11:03 a.m.

    I can pass on this. I think he tablet is a cool idea, but it looks clunky to hold and possible heavy over a long amount of gaming time. Alas, I'll stick to my Xbox and PC. If they get some stellar first-party HD-next-gen games (METROID PRIME, PLEASE?!), I'll consider it.
  • Person5 - April 3, 2012 11:02 a.m.

    I love all these rumors! They are much better than hearing about any actual news, because surely the anonymous sources from the industry are reliable and not just making things up. /sarcasm In all seriousness though, whats the point of reporting on a rumor? Why not wait until things are actually confirmed so you don't have to put that annoying [RUMOR] tag at the end of articles and so people don't get all upset over things which are most likely not going to happen?
  • comaqi - April 3, 2012 10:57 a.m.

    Nintendo can't into internet and their console will be an MMO platform? I don't think so.
  • KnowYourPokemon - April 3, 2012 1:03 p.m.

    The WiiU is going to have online connection... this has been known for a long time now.
  • slimjim441 - April 3, 2012 10:46 a.m.

    Breaking news!! Wii U is still gay as shit!!!
  • Plague - April 3, 2012 3:29 p.m.

    If you are a human you shit, so are you gay?
  • slowdrum13 - April 3, 2012 10:39 a.m.

    yes, nintendo is a relic of the 90's and their tech is always obsolete. THIS ISN'T NEWS, STOP REPORTING IT AS SUCH.
  • cokelogic - April 3, 2012 10:14 a.m.

    I like Nintendo's 1 yeat plan. Compete with Mario Kart U and a few ports; then become a full generation behind with the launch of the next console cycle (don't kid yourself, it's happening in 2013). Doomed to fail.
  • markshell - April 3, 2012 9:45 a.m.

    I dont really care, just give me Nintendo games in glorious HD.
  • cokelogic - April 3, 2012 10:16 a.m.

    Slow down. Nintendo games in HD, not glorious HD. Didn't you read the article? They're putting all their money into the gimmicky controller instead of the console itself.

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