Miyamoto: Wii U won’t “dramatically outperform” current consoles

Tuesday, 21st June 2011 01:20 GMT By Brenna Hillier

Shigeru Miyamoto has said the Wii U won’t “dramatically outperform” current consoles, because the company is struggling to keep the hardware’s price down despite the “reckless” new controller.

“Nintendo is an entertainment company,” the legendary designer told Gamespot at E3.

“We’re very sensitive to pricing because people have generally only a certain amount of their spending that they’ll devote to entertainment. And if you’re talking about parents buying something for kids, there are certain price points where parents may be willing to or not willing to purchase a certain product.

“But at the same time, you have these technological advances, and you have the needs of being able to take advantage of that technology, and those result in increasing costs and things like that. … Nintendo is the company that’s going to probably pay the most attention to striking that right balance.”

Miyamoto said Nintendo is making a “somewhat reckless” move bundling a tablet-like controller with the new console.

“We’re trying to do that by finding the right balance between the CPU and the GPU, the graphics processor, and bringing all of that together with the ability to take advantage of the HD capabilities of the system, and wanting to do the most that we can on that front as well. … We’re very sensitive, of course, to trying to do all of this at an appropriate price.

“So I don’t know that we would be able to sit here and say that it’s going to necessarily dramatically outperform the systems that are out now. It’s part of the balance that we strike in terms of trying to find entertainment that is new and unique.”

Thanks, Gamespot.



  1. Phoenixblight

    And people thought it was going to be the best thing since slice bread for the core gamers. Its another idea that is now on par with the current gen. Nintendo realized they can’t make any money without the 3rd party developers so they updated their system to today’s standards.

    #1 4 years ago
  2. Telepathic.Geometry

    Another update from Nintendo to curb our enthusiasm. It makes sense except that Nintendo is a gaming company, and we gamers don’t like curbing our enthusiasm. :^(

    #2 4 years ago
  3. Clupula

    At this point, I’m just waiting for Nintendo to release a press release with checkpoints on all the things the system won’t do.

    #3 4 years ago
  4. frostquake

    Hmmmm this just keeps going down hill. The New Console is going to have what the actual Wii Should have had in it when it was released…then they could have done patches and firmware updates so all they would have to release is the Wii U Controller.

    I still have a hard time justifying my purchase of the Wii. I still got burned. $250 US for One Console and one Wii Mote..and then having to buy another Wii Mote at $49 and Nun-Chuk at $39, prices at the time. So well over $300. I now own 30 games..20 or which I regret buying at full price!!!!

    I really was SUPER Tempted to buy a 3DS, and now I am glad I didn’t..just released redux titles that they do over and over again.

    One thing Nintendo has Figured how to HYPE the Hell out of something, so it is kind of strange for them to look like they are back tracking on the Hype that they at the time didn’t bother to talk about or deny…but now they are trying to reign it in, to what??? Stop the negative reviews??

    The 3DS release was HORRIBLE, and still is…so this will be interesting risk they are taking!

    #4 4 years ago
  5. Dannybuoy

    Wii U(nder powered)

    #5 4 years ago
  6. Ireland Michael

    @4 If you regret buying 20 whole games at retail price… Nintendo is not the one you should be putting the blame on here…

    #6 4 years ago
  7. OlderGamer

    I guess it comes down to how much more power will the next Sony/MS consoles have then the current ones/WiiU.

    If the answer to that questions is that the new system are evolutionary and not revolutionary, Nintendo will be fine.

    But if the new next gen system blow the doors off of current systems, Nintendo will be in trouble.

    Personaly I don’t think the next gen leap will be as big as many think. I think Nintendo will be fine. Time will tell.

    #7 4 years ago
  8. Clupula

    The next console systems from Sony and Microsoft WILL be huge leaps from the PS3 and 360, graphically and power-wise, especially after this disaster. Why would Sony and Microsoft release something like this as their next system? They could just do what they’re doing with Kinect and Move if it’s a new interface or whatever. This is coming off like Nintendo’s version of the 32X.

    They know in order for them to sell new systems, they’ve got to have something that blows away what they have now and definitely makes Nintendo look silly (which is admittedly not hard to do).

    #8 4 years ago
  9. OlderGamer

    You just answered your own questions Clupula.

    Take a look at what I mean:

    “Why would Sony and Microsoft release something like this as their next system?”

    And MS/Sony did?

    “They could just do what they’re doing with Kinect and Move if it’s a new interface or whatever”

    MS even sets Kinect up as a new platform.

    “They know in order for them to sell new systems, they’ve got to have something that blows away what they have now ”

    But this is why we haven’t seen new hardware from either MS or Sony. They do know that new hardware needs to be a significant leap over what we currently have. But w/o charging more money for the new systems then the market can take, they can’t make a system that will fit the bill.

    It really boils down to 2 things. One is that we have hit a glass cieling graphicly. A cap so to speak.

    A second, and part of the reason for the first fact is that cost holds current hardware back. No one wants to spend 1200usd for a new system from MS or Sony. Plus the cost of dev/pub games on such a system would be through the roof too.

    The market can’t afford to game on much more powerful systems then we have right now. Look at the cost of the PS3, sure it has the best tech, but it the most expensive to buy and to program for. No one can market a 800usd-1200usd console with 100usd+ games.

    So things sit where they are. All the WiiU is doing is bringing Nintendo up to speed.

    And really when I think about things I am unhappy with about video games right now, hardware power and graphics don’t come to mind. I think current games look great.

    one of my biggest gripes is DLC. Pubs hold back 20%+ of a game to sell as DLC, often day one. They do this to recoup dev costs. It was a way to raise the price of the game from 60usd to often over a 100usd w/o most people getting wise to it. Most people still think DLC adds extra/bonus content to the game. And in some very few exceptions it does. Most its just withholding on disc content for extra money. Imagine if PSone and PS2 had DLC, would those games might have looked like. As it was we all got the full game at the store, not like today.

    I figure as dev costs go up, so will DLC. Instead of getting 80% of the game, we will buy 50%/60% at the store, and pay for the rest of it digitaly.

    The industry needs to break the Franchise cycle. Some new IPs would be great.

    We need to break the death grip OMP shooters have on games. Branch out a little more.

    Lots and lots of things I would love to adress, but absolutly none of them graphical.

    And this comes from a mostly PC gamer. Unlike a few folks will tell you PC games don’t blow the doors off of their console counter parts. Not for most people. Most average Joes will not be able to run new games at max settings on their systems. Most people run games at medium or less.

    And medium or less is often times less quality then can be had on a console.

    I know many if not most of us are closet graphics whores if not blantenly out and out flamming graphics whores. But really the whole day and age of “wow look at this game” is pretty much over.

    #9 4 years ago
  10. IL DUCE

    @5 Lol…so true…Nintendo is becoming the runt of this bunch, especially to the core gamer and will always be behind graphically…they’re releasing a system that tech wise prob could have released 4 years ago…besides the controller nothing else is innovative, or all that impressive…

    They are releasing a current gen console almost a generation late is what it comes down to

    @9 If there was anything you could take from the next gen Unreal Engine demo its that improvement is definitely possible, and graphics can still amaze (total closet graphics whore)…but yes the tech is still years away from being affordable, let alone all run on one graphics card…

    #10 4 years ago

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