Wii U is “good, but it’s not great”, says Molyneux

Thursday, 29 November 2012 22:02 GMT By Brenna Hillier

Peter Molyneux seems a little disappointed in what he’s seen of the Wii U so far.

The legendary designer and 22 Cans co-founder told GamesIndustry he likes the Wii U, but isn’t blown away by it.

“I think the Wii U is good, but I don’t feel it’s great,” he said.

“I find holding the device in my hand – looking up at the screen and looking down at the device – slightly confusing as a consumer.”

Molyneux said he’d enjoyed the games he’d played so far but repeated that they were “not great”.

“And we really need these new pieces of hardware to be great in today’s world, because the competition is not just consoles anymore,” he said.

“The competition is everything, all the technology. When you’re holding a Kindle Fire or an iPad in your hand, it’s just amazing technology. It really is. It’s expensive, but it’s amazing technology. And people like Nintendo, Sony, and Microsoft need to match that. They need to match that in my mind, and exceed it. And I’m not sure the Wii U really did that.”

Molyneux isn’t the first to air doubts regarding the console’s capacity to wow consumers; Gamasutra noted that new devices really need to “sing” straight out of the box. But the 22 Cans creative lead isn’t ready to give up on the Big N just yet – it’s surprised us all before.

“I can remember everybody in the industry laughing and giggling about how stupid the Wii was, what a stupid name it was, and who would want motion control,” he noted.

“And then it went on to sell what, 60, 70 million copies? It got people who never considered computer games to play them.”

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