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The Xbox 720 & PS4 need Powerful Hardware, the Wii U does not

The Wii U’s graphical capabilities have been partially revealed online, and while it’s an upgrade from the current generation of graphics, the PS4 and Xbox 720 will be capable of much more graphically. This is something that has been known for a while now, just not proven. I didn’t expect Nintendo to come out with an ultra powerful or expensive machine. It’s around the same cost of a PS Vita with a Memory Card.

A large majority of Nintendo fans just wanted better online, HD graphics, and great games. Which Nintendo is already delivering on. Some skeptics have written off the Wii U and said it won’t have the power to compete with the Xbox 720 and PS4. What gamers need to understand is the Xbox 720 and PS4 need the extra power for the type of games their audiences play. The Wii U does not need to be super powerful system for the type of games it will be hosting. 

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Xbox 720 

Microsoft has hedged their bets with a lot of third-party games, Kinect, and minimal first party support. The Western gaming market is now dominated by shooters. Microsoft is known for its shooting games. Halo, Gears, Call of Duty, and Battlefield all do huge numbers on the Xbox 360. First and 3rd person shooters like I mentioned need a powerful system to render multiple enemies on-screen in large vistas and battlefronts. Microsoft hosts far more shooting games than Nintendo, so it makes sense for Microsoft to have more powerful hardware than Nintendo.

PS4

PS3 exclusives like Uncharted, The Last of Us, Killzone, and God of War are graphical powerhouses, and Sony’s fans expect that next generation. The graphical benchmarks set in those games are an integral part of the experience. For example, Uncharted 2 was marketed as an action movie. The commercial features a young man explaining to Kevin Butler how his girlfriend thinks Uncharted 2 is a movie, not a game. You need really good graphics for this type of marketing. The PS4 is no exception, the next Uncharted game needs to be the best looking game on consoles.

Gamers thought Killzone 2 was a CG rendered trailer when they first showed it off at E3 2006. Killzone 4 needs to be just as mind blowing when Sony shows that off. The fans of Sony games want and demand high graphical levels for their exclusives.

Wii U 

For the past two generations, Nintendo has always went on the low-end for graphics. The Wii focused on new gameplay methods with Wii Sports, Wii Sports Resort, Metroid Prime 3 Corruption, and Wii Fit. While the lack of power hurt the Wii from getting major third-party releases like Borderlands or Grand Theft Auto, the Wii still got plenty of good third-party games. No More Heroes, Madworld, Red Steele 2, Muramasa the Demon Blade, and NBA Jam all came to the Wii and were good. Nintendo’s first party titles like Mario Galaxy and Donkey Kong Country Returns still looked fantastic on the Wii and sold millions of copies each. In other words, Nintendo’s core titles don’t need a powerhouse consoles to sell or be great. When the PS4 and Xbox 720 come out, is anybody going to look at Xenoblade 2′s graphics and claim they suck? I doubt it. Mario Galaxy doesn’t need as many characters on-screen as Call of Duty or Crysis 3. Super Smash Bros Brawl is four player fighting game. It doesn’t need top of the line PC specs to be fun and look great. All of Nintendo’s games will sell regardless of how much power is packed into the system. Nintendo made the right choice, focusing on new features like the Wii U Gamepad, MiiVerse, and 3rd party collaborations with studios like Platinum Games and Atlus. The third party games Nintendo does get will sell if they implement good Wii U features the fans want. Off Screen play, good item/inventory management, and use of the gyroscope can go a long way to make third party Wii U games stand out.

Will the Graphics be that bad?

I ask this because we’ve seen what the PS3 and Xbox 360 can do. If the Wii U is slightly stronger, and we get games that looks better than Uncharted 3 or Halo 4, is that a problem? It’s still going to look really good. Plus Nintendo has some of the best artists in the industry. Metroid Prime 4 might not have the technical prowess of a PS4 or 720 game, but I can guarantee you it hold it own against the competition.

Once I saw the Zelda tech demo below, I was convinced Wii U’s graphical capabilities are fine.  

What is Needed?

Sony and Microsoft have to battle each other for timed exclusives, DLC, ect. Nintendo has always played their own game. Nothing should change here. If Nintendo did have a console as strong as the PS4 or Xbox 720 and released it in 2012, how many people who are currently bashing the Wii U would have bought it? What if it was $400-$500 at launch? Nobody would have bought that system. Nintendo fans don’t want to pay that much for a system and Sony/MS fans would have waited for Xbox 720 and PS4 anyways. It doesn’t make sense for Nintendo to enter the arms race with Sony and Microsoft. They tried that before. It was called the GameCube.

What do guys think? I’m ready to play great games no matter what system its on. Put your comments below.

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9 Responses to The Xbox 720 & PS4 need Powerful Hardware, the Wii U does not

  1. WIIUtruth says:

    What delusional fanboys wont get past their thick skulls is that 720 n ps4 will not be that much better lol. Its already all over the web that the gpuz are only a few points difference from eachother. Let them fight over multiplats, and give us our franchises like Metroid, zelda, mario, etc and well be happy. Sony and MS only have come out with a few games anyway that push its power lol. We are already seeing awesome power on the horizon, and dx11 equivalent power support for Nintendo, along with Crytek having Crisis 3 running on high setings on WIIU in mere minutes, but fanboys dont want to hear that, Jealous kids cant handle its not the sd old wii anymore, and their precious "NXT Gen" systems are only a few points better which leaves it up 2 devz to work their asses off. Lastly EA DID NOT pull 3rd party from Nintendo because of power lol-theyre almost identical lol-the reason was Nintendo does not share their hard earned monetary transactions, and origins from EA is garbage-Nintendo sent EA packing, hence the change in ea's tone-Once praising Nintendo's powerful hardware, now giving in to MS money to crap on Nintendo.

  2. Link-VS-Illuminatti says:

    Fanboys want the most power, and brag about the most games, but 80% of their games are crap that doesnt take advantage of that power. Its rare and always towards the end of the console’s life cycle. Talk about being brainwashed. Then MS and Sony copy Nintendo and thats ok… Then they push out just as much shovelware and crappy games, and cling to the very few good games like UNCH, and GOW. We Nintendo fans re more than happy with the awesome power of the WIIU and look 4ward to its awesome franchises, and the multiplats that will be on it. Zelda tech demo is proof of what the system is capable of, and that wasnt even the full extent of its power. So lrt them hate while we have fun, and watch their 3 good games a year if even that lol. Go Nintendo!

    • Furious Francis says:

      Yeah, Im not worried one bit. Nintendo always knows how to get the most out of their systems. The Zelda tech demo proves it. The Monolith Soft game proves it. The Wii U just needs time like the PS3 and Xbox 360.

    • revolution5268 says:

      i love your comment, remember the 16 bit days where many people were fool that Sega genesis "blast processing"? Talk about being brainwashed.

    • revolution5268 says:

      i love your comment, remember the 16 bit days where many people were fool that Sega genesis "blast processing"? Talk about being brainwashed.

  3. Fedup says:

    All this article proves is that you're just one of the many sheep being brainwashed by Nintendo. They have ALWAYS been just about making money, they give you cheap last gen hardware, last gen graphics, no multimedia options at a premium price, and all the Nintendo fanboys swarm in their defense…..it's about gameplay…not graphics….Guess what MS and Sony give you BOTH…..and a hell of a lot more titles over their console's generation. Wii has a handful of good games….when you consider how long it's been on the market, in relation to the other consoles, you'd have to be an idiot to choose Nintendo over the competition! Nintendo release what they want, when they want to…..gamers have NEVER mattered to them…..point in case…..when have they ever given gamers what they ask for? Did we really need soo many Super Mario? Or how about voice acting? Too expensive I guess…..What about actually innovating Mario…or Pokemon? They just slap a new skin on it and everyone throws their money at Nintendo…….

    • Furious Francis says:

      Nobody is being brainwashed. Your just fanboy that doesn\’t like Nintendo.

    • revolution5268 says:

      "Guess what MS and Sony give you BOTH…..and a hell of a lot more titles over their console's generation."
      most of their games are shovelwere, haft ass finish games, if you take those games out then the library of sony and microsoft are low list of good games.

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