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Third-party games - including Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 - look "dramatically better" on Wii U than on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime has claimed.

"The specs are quite different than the competitive systems, much more graphically intensive," Reggie told CNN. "If you do a side-by-side comparison you would actually see that third-party games like Call of Duty look dramatically better on our system."

Reggie's comments contradict analysis from tech experts Digital Foundry, who claim that the Wii U version of Black Ops 2 suffers from "some serious issues".

"The Wii U version matches the look of the Xbox 360 game and thus gives it an edge visually over the PlayStation 3 release, but unfortunately it comes up well short in terms of performance," Digital Foundry claims, "an aspect that is all-important to the playability of a COD title."

Reports from consumers also suggest that the Wii U ports of Darksiders 2, Batman: Arkham City and Mass Effect 3 suffer from performance issues over the existing Xbox 360 and PS3 editions.

Wii U's technical capability is said to be roughly comparable to Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, although some developers have suggested that the console's "horrible, slow CPU" could bottleneck the system.

But as for being left behind once Microsoft and Sony's next-gen consoles roll around, Reggie says "we'll see".

"We know that, based on our own development, this two-screen gaming experience really is the next innovation that consumers are gravitating to," he continued.

"It's selling extremely well here in the Americas, already stocks are quite low in the marketplace, we're rapidly replenishing. And so for us, certainly the consumer is deciding that the innovation is well worth their investment."

Wii U launches in the UK this Friday, November 30.

Source: CNN YouTube, Digital Foundry

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BC_Animus's Avatar


Btw when you play online on the U version does it replace your chars heads with Mii-heads?
Posted 04:16 on 28 November 2012
Clockpunk's Avatar

Clockpunk@ Ghost5

One could argue that devs HAVE had time to get used to programming to consoles of the Wii-U's calibre - 7 years worth. Such a comparison would be instantly flawed, unless this debate may be revisited in another 7 year's time - which I have no doubt it likely will.
Posted 15:33 on 27 November 2012
Ghost5's Avatar


Compare launch 360/PS3 games to games that are available now.

Give devs time to get used to a console :|
Posted 15:24 on 27 November 2012
Endless's Avatar

Endless@ MJTH

Personally I still think Wii games look like Gamecube games, very little improvement other than the control scheme and general focus from one gen to another imo.

The biggest hurdle consumers may have with a Wii U purchase is that when the PS3 and 360 came out there was such a MASSIVE upgrade in power from all aspects of the console experience. Hardware, community, marketplace you name it there was a big improvement.

This time around people already have just about anything they might need, all thats required is to improve what we already have. And in order to do that takes either a huge leap in hardware power to approach current gen PCs, or a huge leap in infrastructure in order to approach something like Steam levels of community/marketplace.

The Wii U represents none of that. They're still lagging behind Live and PSN in there NEXT gen offerings and the power of their new hardware is also under question. last gen, there was no question, everything was better. And thats what I believe consumers are looking for. Everything to be better.
Posted 15:14 on 27 November 2012
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Whilst Reggie is very over-exagerative in this case, I think given time developers will learn the hardware and the Wii U will out preform current console by a noticable margin. The (original) Wii out performed 6 gen hardware by a lot as well, but not many people were willing to give it the light of day. Hopefully the Wii U will be different and developers will be bothered to try and learn the hard ware.
Posted 13:17 on 27 November 2012
Woffls's Avatar


Oh good, people still think Wii U is on par with current gen systems. Thanks, games media.

The visuals of this one port have nothing to do with Wii U's technical capabilities.
Posted 12:49 on 27 November 2012
DancingRhino's Avatar


It's a bit depressing really. Couldn't Nintendo have forked out for slightly better parts than their seven year old rivals? Even just to outperform them a bit would have seemed a bit more sane.

Still, who's really getting a Wii U to play games like Cod on anyway...?
Posted 11:59 on 27 November 2012

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Release Date: 13/11/2012
Developer: Treyarch
Publisher: Activision
Genre: First Person Shooter
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