Wii U “effectively a 360″ in terms of graphics, says Microsoft exec

Wednesday, 4th July 2012 04:04 GMT By Brenna Hillier

Microsoft Studios boss Phil Spencer believes Nintendo is primed to port Xbox 360 games to the Wii U.

In an interview with GamesIndustry, Spencer had nothing but praise for the new hardware.

“I think their Pro Controller makes a lot of sense with the platform they’ve built. They are building a platform that is effectively a 360 when you think of graphical capability,” he said.

“Now they are really making an on-ramp for the back catalog of games that are on 360. It is easy for those games to move over the Wii U. They’ve moved the buttons around, and they’ve made a controller that feels familiar for 360 gamers, so I get why they are putting those pieces together.”

Spencer commented that he enjopyed ZombiU for its use of a second screen but said he felt something was missing from Nintendo’s E3 presence.

“I would have loved to see Zelda or Metroid or some of my favorite Nintendo franchises, which I didn’t see,” he said.

As for the rest of the competition, Spencer praised Sony’s first-party lineup, particularly God of War, but a later comment suggested that – predictably – he felt Microsoft won E3 2012.

“We are here to create entertainment, and we look at E3 and really wanted to create a breadth of content there. I felt good about how we showed up to really think about young, old, male, and female,” he said.

“We have more gamers than we ever have, whether they are on their phone, tablet, PC or console. We really want to embrace that huge community of gamers out there.”



  1. KodyxDestroyer

    How would Microsoft know jack shit about the Wii U?

    #1 2 years ago
  2. Phoenixblight

    THere are various ways they would know one is they are probably using the same manufacturer just like the PS3 and Xbox 360 at one point were being developed at the same place.

    #2 2 years ago
  3. ejams

    His praise were simply “Now all of the games we’ve been playing for years on OUR machine are going to YOUR machine. A next generation machine.” Why even bother commenting at all.

    #3 2 years ago

    ^ Because he was asked?

    #4 2 years ago
  5. Sini

    delusional, m$ conference was the worse of the 3 by far.

    #5 2 years ago
  6. DeyDoDoughDontDeyDough

    I wish people would stop calling Wii-U an next-gen machine. Please. Stop it. A generation is not a throwaway term used to describe whatever someone brings out next, it is specifically used to describe geometric increases in processing power.

    Wii-U is an Xbox 360 in a different box with a gimmicky controller. That’s it.

    It is NOT next gen.

    #6 2 years ago

    @6 Compared to it’s predecessor, it shure is a, as you described it, geometric increase in processing power. And thats all that counts to call it the next generation Nintendo hardware.

    #7 2 years ago
  8. Erthazus

    @7, yeah like 7 years old machine with 10 year old hardware.

    #8 2 years ago

    But still the next generation! :P

    Perhaps a analogy helps my point. If someones child is retarded, and for that, not an increase in brainpower, its not the next generation of its family?

    Next generation is completely detached from the technical aspect as it is just the new hardware generation.

    #9 2 years ago
  10. DeyDoDoughDontDeyDough

    @7 “Compared to it’s predecessor, it shure is a, as you described it, geometric increase in processing power. And thats all that counts to call it the next generation Nintendo hardware.”

    I’m not talking about whether it’s a new generation of Nintendo hardware, it is. But it is not a next-gen console, it’s a new console and there is a difference. ‘Next gen’ refers to eighth generation. PS3 and Xbox 360 are seventh generation consoles, as is the Wii-U – it is an extreme latecomer to the seventh generation.

    It is NOT next gen.

    #10 2 years ago
  11. freedoms_stain

    After he says Microsoft “won E3″ you know he’s living in a fantasy world and everything he said previously sounds suspect in that light.

    #11 2 years ago
  12. daytripper

    If great games appear on Wii U I doubt many will give a shit about power apart from the “my game system is more powerful than yours” crowd which consists of kids and very insecure and mentally challenged adults

    #12 2 years ago
  13. RandomTiger

    @11 Or he gets his paycheck from MS and the official company line is that they “won E3″.

    #13 2 years ago
  14. ManuOtaku

    I think he has some point, because it will be easy to traslate 360 games to the WiiU due the current tech on the WiiU, and for hands on from various devs, they say is very easy to develop for, so they have something in common, the same will be with the next xbox for that matter.

    Now regarding if the WiiU is a next gen machine, the same applied to the ps2 and dreamcast before it, it didnt matter they were less powerfull than the xbox and gamecube, they were consider part of that generation because they were the next consoles from those manufactures, also consider that this gen 1080p were not a common thing and most of the games at its top were 1080 i, therefore for that the Wii U is trully a next gen machine, it can handle 1080p.

    #14 2 years ago
  15. Ireland Michael

    @6 Although “next gen” is often used as a buzz term for incrementially more powerful hardware, in gaming “generation” has consistently referred to the new cycle of hardware that come out every couple of years. The “Amstrad CPC / Commodore 64 / ZX Spectrum” generation. The “Mega Drive / SNES” generation. The “PS1 / N64 / Saturn” generation.

    The Wii U, Vita and 3DS are the current line-up of the “next gen” of hardware. They don’t always have to be more powerful, they just have to innovate. That’s a very narrow way of viewing things.

    #15 2 years ago
  16. ManuOtaku

    #15 “They don’t always have to be more powerful, they just have to innovate. That’s a very narrow way of viewing things.”

    True is not always the raw power situation, is also the new things the console/ handheld bring to the table,like the wii, ds, ps1, ps2, dreamcast, etc, we have plenty of examples that prove this notion, well said.

    #16 2 years ago
  17. OlderGamer

    +1 for Day, Manu, and Mike.

    Love it when kids get enraged over Nintendo. Kind of funny. It just pisses them and off(and prolly baffles the hell out of them) that Nintendo out sels their own stuff. Because, you know they are a whole generation behind!! Like WTF?! Ya know?


    Personaly I can’t wait to play WiiU. And if the graphics are only PS360 level? I am very much ok with that. Combine that with awesome Nintendo first party games, inovative gameplay…hell yes I am comfortble with that.

    #17 2 years ago
  18. polygem

    i can only speak for myself but i play nintendo games since i was a kid. i bought a wii very very late (which was stupid by the way…i mean, buying late not buying it at all), but i had several nintendo consoles and handhelds before.
    microsoft have done a lot of stuff right and the 360 even WAS my fave console a few years ago, but they really lost the touch imho in the last 2 years or so. if there wasn´t halo there wont be a 360 anymore for me and i really doubt that i´ll “jump in” with their next console. those ads on the xbl dash i pay a fee for were just a bit too much imo. the 360 controller is the best but, yea the wiiu pro looks a lot like it – that´s great. all i need now is halo 4 on the wiiu and it would be a perfect gaming world ;-)
    to me ms lost e3 big time. they presented an awesome looking halo 4 and everything else was a pile of shit…or worse – usher.
    i cannot wait for the wiiu knowing that there will be great games for it. you can always count on nintendo for that…PLUS third party support made easy now. just great. win win.

    #18 2 years ago
  19. daytripper

    While I’m not a big fan of the Wii, if you play Mario Galaxy, the visuals are very impressive for the tech it was running on, imagine a what a Wii U version will be like. I just need StarFox and FZero and I’m on board.

    #19 2 years ago
  20. Clupula

    The Wii U is very far from being a next gen machine. But Nintendo fans will applaud anything Nintendo does. If Miyamoto broke into your house and took a shit on your living room carpet, you people would somehow think it’s impressive.

    #20 2 years ago
  21. ejams

    @20 If Miyamoto managed to fly to Canada, track down my house, break in without alerting anyone or tripping the alarm, and laying a deuce on my floor, I would honestly probably applaud him.

    #21 2 years ago
  22. polygem

    @20: you are the brainwashed one. obviously.
    i do not understand all the hate for nintendo. you guys must refuse to play their games? they are really good, you know. some of the best. you should play them…it has nothing to do with blindlessy -ollowing-fanboyism. not at all. nintendo products are mostly really awesome and among the very best of the videogamebiz, hard- and softwarewise. not giving them credit for that is just stupid imho. maybe someone shitted in your head and it wasn´t miyamoto but some tech whore wishy washy soso next gen cool M rated fps marketing obviously?

    #22 2 years ago

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