Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 18th May 2013 21:06 UTC
Games "At the end of a week in which Electronic Arts confirmed it wasn't developing a thing for the Wii U, one of the software engineers in EA Sports' Canada studio, in a series of since-deleted tweets, disparaged the console as 'crap' and suggested Nintendo should give up on hardware altogether. 'The Wii U is crap. Less powerful than an Xbox 360. Poor online/store. Weird tablet', tweeted Bob Summerwill, listed as a senior software engineer at EA Canada, in a reply to a tweet posting a link about EA's no-Wii U news. 'Nintendo are walking dead at this point'." The Wii U is turning into the 21st century's Virtual Boy.
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RE: Amusing
by Fergy on Sat 18th May 2013 22:18 UTC in reply to "Amusing"
Fergy
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2006-04-10

Pretty sure 90% of the big wigs also said the PS3 would never last...just saying. Now look at how big the PS3 actually became, the WiiU does continue to push thousands of units so I don't see it dying anytime soon.

The 3DS also had a crap start and people said the same, isn't it absolutely flying now to the point that it's games are constantly in the top 10 of sales charts of all consoles put together?

This is from an owner of the WiiU I agree with what a lot of nay-sayers are saying about it, the software is awful my console crashes constantly, the battery life of the pad is shocking as well (but then so are the battery lifes of all smart phones so meh...batteries are always an issue).

What really annoys me is when the controller dies, you plug it in, turn it back on...all of it seems to crash. Come on Nintendo you are losing this one.

The interface is so slow all the time it makes me sad, it takes a good 20-30 seconds to come out of the damn settings menu for god sake while that's not a lot of time when you look at it from a time perspective, but when you are waiting it's a life time in reality.

It needs some serious hard-hitting exclusives that aren't the tired old Mario games (seriously why do people go nuts over a plumber jumping platforms in 2013?!).

I am curious. I expected at least Xbox360 level power and DX11 graphics. Not a beast but just powerful enough to run any xbox360 and ps3 port. Now developers and publishers claim that the Wii U is less powerful than an xbox360 that is 7 years old.

Don't you think Wii U will have the same problem with regard to games as the Wii did? Which was of course a great success but only because everybody wanted to try the gimmick. How many great games were there for Wii?

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RE[2]: Amusing
by arb1 on Sat 18th May 2013 23:10 in reply to "RE: Amusing"
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2011-08-19

it was more powerful then a 360 but weaker then ps3. which clearly was a mistake. On top of a controller that cost like 150$ for a extra one.

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RE[3]: Amusing
by viton on Sun 19th May 2013 10:15 in reply to "RE[2]: Amusing"
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2005-08-09

at 30% cpu and 30% memory bandwidth it is far below xbox360

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RE[3]: Amusing
by reduz on Sun 19th May 2013 13:53 in reply to "RE[2]: Amusing"
reduz Member since:
2006-02-25

No one has a clue here.

The PS3 is much weaker than the 360 technically, Sony marketing somehow made everyone believe that and succeeded. The truth is that PS3 games only look better because they are first party, kind of like Nintendo with first party Wii games.

The Wii U is stronger than both because it has DX10 level hardware, but ages behind anything PS4 or XBOX720 will be.

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RE[2]: Amusing
by liamdawe on Sun 19th May 2013 11:39 in reply to "RE: Amusing"
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2006-07-04


I am curious. I expected at least Xbox360 level power and DX11 graphics. Not a beast but just powerful enough to run any xbox360 and ps3 port. Now developers and publishers claim that the Wii U is less powerful than an xbox360 that is 7 years old.

Don't you think Wii U will have the same problem with regard to games as the Wii did? Which was of course a great success but only because everybody wanted to try the gimmick. How many great games were there for Wii?


What you don't see getting publicity is there are also developers who state the WiiU is more powerful than the 360 and PS3 but it just doesn't make as good a headline as the ones who nay-say it sadly.

I'm unsure, the problem the Wii had is its graphics where just too far behind for real gamers to want it where as the WiiU will be able to handle decent graphics so only time will tell, we just have to see about the games.

They need to sort the software out BADLY though.

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RE[3]: Amusing
by reduz on Sun 19th May 2013 13:57 in reply to "RE[2]: Amusing"
reduz Member since:
2006-02-25

WiiU is DX10 level hardware, which means that even if CPU/GPU are slower, it can do everything more efficiently if the code is written properly for it.

This doesn't make a lot of a difference at first because on PC, most games coming out during the DX10 era still used DX9 for compatibility, thanks to microsoft's ridiculous decision to not support DX10 on Windows XP, but there are several rendering techniques that can be improved enormously under DX10 level hardware.

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RE[3]: Amusing
by Fergy on Sun 19th May 2013 14:42 in reply to "RE[2]: Amusing"
Fergy Member since:
2006-04-10

They need to sort the software out BADLY though.

YES! And provide an online store where only adults can buy digital stuff. That way all Nintendos worries about 'the children' can be taken away and you might get a steam light.
Also because PS4 will be a gamepc I pronounce them the winners of this console generation. Just being able to easily port to PS4 will make sure it will be flooded with games. If PS4 then makes it easy for indies to publish digitally to PS4 they will have a bigger hit than PS3+Wii.
Only Sony can make the PS4 flop.

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