Apr 15th, 2012 publishUpdated   Apr 21st, 2012, 3:22 pm

Wii U game
Last week a few unnamed developers said the Wii U was essentially weaker than the current generation consoles, which added to the confusion over just how powerful the Wii U console is. Most developers, like Gearbox, have repeatedly said that the Wii U is more powerful than current generation systems, and some estimate it at about 50% more powerful. There certainly is some confusion as to just how powerful the new game console is.

But despite all the rumors surrounding the Wii U specs, Nintendo has neither confirmed nor dismissed any of them. Recently, the company came out with a statement, saying:

“We do not focus on technology specs. We understand that people like to dissect graphics and processing power, but the experience of playing will always be more important than raw numbers.”

This wouldn’t be the first time Nintendo isn’t focusing on specs. Unlike Microsoft and Sony, Nintendo didn’t tout the power of the Wii. Instead, it focused on the innovation and the motion controller. We pretty much expected Nintendo to continue this trend, focusing on the Wii U controller and its capabilities. Most of Nintendo’s press and promotion of the Wii U have centered around the controller, rather than the console. The early Wii U trailers do showcase some of the graphical power of the Wii U, though.

However, that’s not to say that system specs aren’t important. In the gaming world today, great visuals and technology is expected from a game. Some developers spend just as much time developing game engines as they do games, developers like Epic Games, id Software, and Crytek — all three of those developers have confirmed that their engines will be available for the Wii U.

We can’t say that we’re surprised at Nintendo’s statement, they most likely will never reveal the specs of the Wii U, those will have to come from developers once the NDA is lifted.

Image is from the Wii U title Killer Freaks From Outer Space.

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  • Dead Emo

    Still cant w8 for wiiu

  • kanahnakah

    Kinda late on this one.

  • alienfish

    The part of the comment from Nintendo that doesn’t make much sense to me is the fact that the ‘experience of playing’ is often dependent upon just what a machine is capable of. I think a better way for Nintendo to put it is that, whenever they are developing a console, they try to find the best hardware balance in order to present the best possible games for the best possible price. Making WiiU a raging powerhouse would probably just cause more problems such as high price and lack of refinement in the hardware.

    Anyways, the CPU that WiiU is packing (Power7 quad-core) is enough for me to get excited. Better GPU and more (and better) RAM just add to that excitement. On top of it all, there will be a flurry of awesome games right off the bat for the system along with two first party titles.

  • duds0998

    even if Nintendo doesn’t focus on specs they should at least try not make it look to bad so their hardcore market will not leave them and go for the other consoles. or if they have time put some good graphics on their game that way it would a little more even if they don’t I’m still getting the wii u go nintendo :p

  • david6

    Hardware specs is all that matters. Consoles should have a cpu sticker and gpu sticker so people see quality and also know and compare and not cheated.