The Wii U is good, but not as great as it needs to be in order to compete against the likes of iPad and Kindle Fires, 22 Cans' Peter Molyneux has told GamesIndustry.
"I think the Wii U is good, but I don't feel it's great," Molyneux said. "I've played the experience, I've played Nintendo Land, I've played ZombiU, and they're good. I find holding the device in my hand - looking up at the screen and looking down at the device - slightly confusing as a consumer. It's good, but it's not great. And we really need these new pieces of hardware to be great in today's world, because the competition is not just consoles anymore. The competition is everything, all the technology.
"When you're holding a Kindle Fire or an iPad in your hand, it's just amazing technology. It really is. It's expensive, but it's amazing technology. And people like Nintendo, Sony, and Microsoft need to match that. They need to match that in my mind, and exceed it. And I'm not sure the Wii U really did that."
However, the Fable creator admits the instant gratification from playing Wii Sports may have led to the creation of unrealistic expectations for the Wii U, and that he will always respect Nintendo.
"I've got unbelievable respect for Nintendo. They created our industry in a very real sense," said Molyneux. "I can remember everybody in the industry laughing and giggling about how stupid the Wii was, what a stupid name it was, and who would want motion control. And then it went on to sell what, 60, 70 million copies? It got people who never considered computer games to play them."
Wii U is on sale today in the UK.