Many people, including myself, are still very sceptical with the Wii U regarding what it can really do and the unique control methods that Nintendo has brought to the table. Indeed, Nintendo is always one to innovate the industry, just like it did with the Wii’s motion control and the DS’ touch screen capabilities, but the Wii U is something different – once again.
One big ‘controversial’ topic right now is about the graphical capabilities of the system. It will have an AMD based GPU and an IBM PowerPC CPU, and for the first time ever for Nintendo the console will support 1080p. But is there greater power in this system than what is currently available in the PS3 and 360, using technology that is now going on 6 years old?
According to my source, whom I will keep anonymous, who has actually had play time with the Wii U, yes it is. I have spoken with him many times previously and he told me, and even showed me drawings, of the 3DS XL way before it was announced and Nintendo were still prototyping it a year ago (yes, so soon after launch as some of you may be surprised to hear). At launch, of course, we won’t expect to see the best out of the system because developers can’t just get the max out of a system that they have had for little under 2 years; just look at the difference between Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune (2007) and Uncharted 3 (2011). But the 2 titles that he has seen have been superb, he said, and they are both multiplatform games. The Wii U will boast a higher texture resolution that what we will see in these games compared to the PS3 and 360 versions, making it look much better.
But what are these games? Well, I don’t know as my source cannot tell me – but they are big 3rd party titles. One is a driving game, and the other is a FPS/3PS. As for the FPS/3PS game, it could mean a mixture of the 2 but I’m not entirely sure so I’ll leave it up to you to decide. I do not know when they will be announced, but Gamescom or the Tokyo Games Show may be likely candidates.
He also told me that Nintendo are aiming for a release date between October 21st and November 18th. These dates will probably look familiar – SEGA and D3 Publisher have both mentioned them in press releases. It’s not surprising that Nintendo wants to release the Wii U then, so close to the inevitable Christmas rush, just like the Wii all those years ago.
As for Nintendo’s own titles, they look good, according to my source, who said; “Nintendo’s experiences were like any pretty Nintendo game but in HD and super clear. Average graphics.” From looking at NintendoLand we could see that, as well as their games on the Wii. Some things just don’t change.
That’s all the information that I currently have, but if I manage to extract anything more then you know which website you should tune in to.