The Wii U will not be able to match the graphical prowess of either the Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3, a developer who has been working with the console has told GamesIndustry.

"No, it's not up to the same level as the PS3 or the 360," said the developer. "The graphics are just not as powerful."

Another developer backed up these claims, stating: "Yeah, that's true. It doesn't produce graphics as well 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."

These reports are a million miles away from the positive buzz around the Wii U's power last summer.

"Some of the developers we spoke to indicated to us that the console will have 50 per cent more processing power compared to the PlayStation 3 or Xbox 360," said analyst Arvind Bhatia. "This is yet to be confirmed by Nintendo."

Wii U will be released in North America on November 18 if a leaked release date is to be believed.

With the full Wii U reveal expected at E3 in June we're inclined to believe the thoughts of developers working on the console and not speculation from an analyst.