Poll: How Powerful is the Wii U?

December 12, 2012 -

Well, the Wii U has been out in the States for a few weeks now and many of you have gone hands-on with it.  So, how do you think Nintendo’s new console stacks up to the competition from a graphics standpoint?

Does it strike you as significantly more or less powerful than Sony and Microsoft’s machines?  Does it seem to be right in line with the current crop of consoles?  Vote in the poll and let us know!  We stay up nights wondering about these things so feed us your delicious opinions so we can get some much needed sleep.  There’s plenty of space in the comments section for your thoughts or, if you'd prefer, you can email them to SuperPACPodcast@gmail.com.

And don’t worry if you haven’t yet experienced the system first-hand.  Watching videos or reading reviews is enough to form an impression of the machine’s power so don’t be shy and vote away!

As always, EZK and I will discuss this and other fun topics on the next podcast.  Hopefully the next episode will be available on time but I’ll be in Kentucky, Land of No Internet Access, so no guarantees but I’ll do my best.

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-Reporting from San Diego, GamePolitics Contributing Editor Andrew Eisen


Comments

Re: Poll: How Powerful is the Wii U?

I don't care how powerful it is, I care if the games look interesting to me.

Sure the Wii has too much shovelware, but there are good games if you go looking for them. I doubt he Wii U will be that much different.

 

I own a Wii and play it fairly often, I find online Mario Kart matches fun, and started playing Skyward Sword.

 

I'm never impressed with graphics if the game is no fun. Saints Row 3 looks amazing but I didn't have that much fun with it as I did the two previous entries, doesn't help that it felt like the game raped your eyes with neon.

Re: Poll: How Powerful is the Wii U?

even if it does have more power, running the two screens at once diminishes any edge it may have had.

and the inability to turn off the second screen when playing.. kinda lame... (or i missed that somewhere..)

but its biggest weaknesses (IMO), is nintendo's lockdown on accounts to the console (supposedly they intend to change this. but i'm not holding my breath.. this is literally ancient in concept. even the original Xbox could transfer your account to new consoles) and their terrible taste in what they allow on their console. being most well known for shovelware and cheap clone of everything else mini game collections..

Re: Poll: How Powerful is the Wii U?

You can put the GamePad into a power save type mode but yeah, far as I know you can't turn it completely off in games that don't use it like single player New Super Mario Bros. Wii.  Although, you can play a few games entirely on the GamePad so in a way you can turn the second screen off... if you consider your TV the second screen.

Just a clarification but while you can't move your account to a new console, Nintendo can.  You just have to call customer support.  Inconvenient sure but it can be done.

"being most well known for shovelware and cheap clone of everything else mini game collections.."

That's the fault of gamers who insist on focusing on the crap in the system's library instead of the plethora of awesomeness.  That said, Nintendo's consoles far too often miss out on titles that every single other platform gets.

 

Andrew Eisen

Re: Poll: How Powerful is the Wii U?

as i read, its up in the air as to if nintendo can/can't transfer the ACCOUNT themselves atm. so far it seems they can transfer the data, but the account would be lost and a new one required.

even still, what are the chances of that being done outside of warranty, let alone free? especially since it requires you send them the broken console.

as to the games.. it also has heavily to do with nintendo staying a step behind at every turn (lets face it, todays "gamers" want pretty GFX, and will even give a bad game good reviews just because it looks good. all the while slam games with mediocre gfx and some of the best gameplay) in an attempt to get an edge up on the competition rather than develop for the future. and/or try to innovate in some strange ways, but not in very functional methods (lets face it, though awesome, the Wii's IR controls were as old as my Sega Genesis for crying out loud) as well as they don't often seem to get developers to actually use these "innovations" very well at all. just look at the Wii and all the waggle controls with otherwise generic gameplay, or the DS's in their constant use of the second screen as either basic control replacement for the MIA second stick, if its used for anything more than maps or info. few games truly use that in any real way, and again, its usually just shovel ware crap that 500 other games use just in different wrappers.
 this goes tripley so for nintendo in house games that seem to ignore their own hardwares designs for extremely simplistic gameplay without any attempt to push their own gear.

fine example being the aforementioned New SMBU

 

Re: Poll: How Powerful is the Wii U?

I'm guessing due to the length of your comments that you're not typing them on a cell phone or something like that so why don't you use proper capitalization?  It makes your posts a bit of a chore to read.

 

Andrew Eisen

Re: Poll: How Powerful is the Wii U?

lack of respect for, and will to use, the shift button.

Re: Poll: How Powerful is the Wii U?

But you do use it occasionally.  Usually for emphasis ("if nintendo can/can't transfer the ACCOUNT themselves"), acronyms ("control replacement for the MIA second stick") and occasionally proper names ("the Wii's IR controls were as old as my Sega Genesis").

 

Andrew Eisen

Re: Poll: How Powerful is the Wii U?

and not seeing it elsewhere makes those points stand out even farther doesn't it?

Re: Poll: How Powerful is the Wii U?

Then be prepared for a lack of respect for, and will to read, your comments.

Re: Poll: How Powerful is the Wii U?

suits me.

never said i was commenting for popularity.

Re: Poll: How Powerful is the Wii U?

It's about as powerful as the current generation consoles, which is problematic when those new consoles from Sony and Microsoft come out. On the plus side there have been rumors that they won't be released before 2014..

Re: Poll: How Powerful is the Wii U?

When those new consoles come out and ar $400+, Nintendo will still have the advantage. By that time, Nintendo will have the ability to drop the WiiU's price to the $200-250 range. 

Additionally, I don't see graphics getting that much better that people are willing to drop $400+ on a new console. They will have to do something more than boost the power of the console.

 
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