Apr 6th, 2012

Aliens colonial marines wii uHere we go again: another day, another developer with comments on the power of the Wii U. This time, it’s Gearbox director Brian Martel, who’s the head of Aliens: Colonial Marines, saying that the Wii U is more powerful than the current generation consoles (the PS3 and Xbox 360). In an interview with Nintendo Gamer, Martel said:

“The machine itself will be one of the best-looking versions of the game, you know, because they’ve got more RAM than some of the other things. And you know, they’re late in the cycle so they’ve got this really great processor and all that kind of stuff.”

According to Martel, the Wii U has more RAM than current gen consoles, both of which have 512 MB of memory. Previous leaked Wii U specs hinted at the consoles packing 768 MB of RAM and a quad core CPU. With the extra horsepower under the hood, it’s no surprise that the Wii U version of Aliens: Colonial Marines will be the best looking one.

A few days ago, unnamed developers claimed that the Wii U wasn’t as powerful as the current gen consoles, which is a hard pill to swallow, no matter how you look at it. If that report was true, the developer most likely didn’t know how to tap into the power of the Wii U. Just days ago, Gearbox’ Randy Pitchford praised the Wii U, saying that “no other platform can do what the Wii U can do”, referring to its controller and hardware.

At this point, everyone can speculate about the Wii U hardware and what’s inside the console. If Nintendo chooses to disclose the hardware details, we’ll know. But honestly, we don’t expect Nintendo to publicly tout the Wii U specs, as the company isn’t known for doing that. However, it’s likely that developers will start disclosing the specs once everything goes public later this year.

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  • alienfish

    As if there was any credibility with the ‘anonymous developers’ to begin with. The hardware in WiiU is going to be five years more sophisticated than what is in PS360. That means that it will be able to produce better graphics and do more for games overall. I don’t know why there is any doubt at all that WiiU will be able to produce better looking games than five year old consoles.

  • angel

    The Funny thing here is that the Sony fans and Nintendo haters are totally sure that the Wii U’s going to be less powerfull than the current gen just because some anonymous developers said it, and now that the president of Gearbox say that it’s going to be more powerfull than the current gen, they don’t believe him…

    • alienfish

      It will be better in a lot of respects I’m sure, but the sad part is that no matter how good it is, Sony and MS fans are going to scoff at it once again saying that they’ll wait for the Nextbox or PS4. Sure there will be a number of people that buy all of the newest consoles, but most people only stick to one. I’ll say one thing: I’m going to swear off Sony and MS if they copy the touch screen controller. I’ll keep giving my money to the only company that is truly advancing the world of gameplay in video games: Nintendo.

      • SilentBates

        Dude prepared to smack a how because Microsoft stated that the new xbox controler will have a 6-inch HD screen that will be surrounded by xbox buttons….Microsoft is the CLEAR copycat of nintendo also sony will just probs have the same controler for the 6th time in a-row

        • alienfish

          Weird, I haven’t heard about that. I think it’s pretty clear that both MS and Sony copy Nintendo though. Sony announced their Sixaxis right after Nintendo told everyone they were going with motion controls on the Wii and then later came out with a wand just like a Wiimote. MS apparently sought to set themselves apart by creating a different kind of motion controller in Kinect (which is balls for anything beyond casual games). I really wouldn’t be surprised if Sony and MS put touch screens on their controllers, stating that it isn’t because of Nintendo, but the tablet market in general, even though Nintendo is responsible for popularizing the touch screen with the DS handheld. It’s quite possible that touch screens wouldn’t be nearly as prominent as they are now if Nintendo hadn’t released the DS and DS lite systems. I’m actually surprised we haven’t seen more 3D displays now that Nintendo is doing it.

          In any case, if Nintendo can produce games that look as good as PS3 and 360 games and run them natively in 1080p at 60 f/s then I won’t have too many complaints. It’s getting harder and harder to actually see improvements in graphics when they’re already this good. What they really need to work on is bringing in more detailed textures and increasing the resolution further as we all move into the future.

          • SilentBates

            Yea i know exactly what u mean it is incredibly difficult to improve graphics when they almost look like real life the only way to improve is to change how people connect with one another and how it can improve in gameplay.

  • machok

    I think Wii u = better than ps3
    like Wii = better than Gamecube
    Nintendo will gain more money from old chip inside U.
    I just hope Wii u get almost 3rd party games like ps2 did
    Zelda HD and other 1st party games from nintendo is everything, i know.. but for some people like me, First party games is not enough, i need “Super Nintendo HD” this time. They got good stuff back then and why not this time.
    Crush M$ and Sony with wii u and be real champion.

  • random WII U LOVER

    wow what a strange post basicl EATING THERE OWN WORD ON A SILVR PLATER

  • uPadWatcher

    Gearbox means business when it comes to Nintendo’s new console and the beast it can handle.

  • Xxodya

    Once again I have to say as a custom pc builder
    microsoft xbox 360 ATI Radeon X1800/1850
    ps3 nvidia’s 7800 series
    wii u 4800 series/+(my very first gpu to run crysis on max settings at 60 fps)

    err how long ago was that? Even if nintendo wanted to go super cheap with the 8800 or the x1800’s predecessor, the wii u would still be more powerful and it doesnt take a rocket scientist to realize that .In terms of cpu power wont bother to go into it- With all the denigration surrounding the Wii u ,you have to ask yourself -like in dbz goku finally burst super saiyan 5 lol.

    I can see why all the rumours surface,the challenge has always been up to nintendo and they have responded meticulously THIS time

    • Rinslowe

      My thoughts exactly.

      Common sense prevails…

  • Dan7el(Wii U day one purchase)

    I don’t have any doubt that graphically the system will be superior in power to PS3 and 360. To me it’s a given. The tech demos they(Nintendo) have shown so far are probably not even scratching the surface. It is up for debate though as to what will happen when the other two companies catch up and more than likely have a decent graphical advantage over the Wii U. That will be the Wii U’s crunch time. But they know how to lure in fans, I’ll say that for sure. I literally bought a Wii again after selling it a year or so prior just to play Skyward Sword.

  • Bill

    Even if the PS4/720 happen to be more graphically capable, the difference would hardly be noticeable. Graphics can only get better to a point, then the only graphical aspect that can be improved is resolution of textures, resolution of display, framerate, etc.

    • Have you ever played a PC game maxed out? Probably 16x AA, Anisotropic filters, 1920×1080 (not scaled)?