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Wednesday, May 30, 2012

I Can Prove Beyond a Shadow of a Doubt that the Wii U Will Be More Powerful than the Xbox 360 and PS3

This article is part of my "14 days of E3" celebration.

Currently I think it's safe to say around 75% of all media and gamers think the Wii U will be weaker than the Xbox 360 and PS3.  People tend to listen to negative news (most likely rumors with anonymous sources) such as Wii U less powerful than PS3, Xbox 360, developers say, and Wii U’s Total Bill of Materials Estimated at $180. At first when researching for this article I figured I was going to fight rumors with rumors, but thankfully I didn't need to. Here's proof (in my opinion) beyond a shadow of a doubt that the Wii U will be more powerful than the Xbox 360 and PS3.

At E3 2011 Brian Martel form Gearbox said:

"Right now we're still finding out what kind of final tech specs the Wii U is going to have.  But we like the system a lot; we think it's going to be a really cool stop-gap in between this generation and the next generation. We think it's really smart of Nintendo, and the fact that as a platform it's a lot more capable for hardcore first-person shooter-style gaming – for us that's fantastic.  We've got the [Aliens: Colonial Marines] engine running on the Wii U, and as far as the console goes, you're going to see textures at a resolution that you haven't seen on [the current] generation."

Source: IGN

In July 2011 Mike Capps from EPIC said this about the Wii U:
"At the launch event at E3, some of the products that you saw running on Wii U were based on Unreal Engine technology. So that kind of gives you an idea of where we are in that space. You can certainly use our engine on that platform – it's a natural fit from a technology perspective, It opens up some doors that weren't open before on current generation consoles because it is going to be a powerful box."

Source: Industry Gamers

In March, 2012 Gearbox President Randy Pitchford said this about the Wii U: 

"The Wii U version has so much more to offer ... no other platform can do what the Wii U can do {note by TechnoHobbit: He's either referencing the controller, the power, or both}. If you love [Xbox] 360 games, you are not used to being in a world where you have this new interface. But once you get used to that, you imagine the possibilities; there are some opportunities that are just not possible on any platform that does not have that device."
Source: The Verge

In March, 2012 Mark Rein from EPIC said this about the Wii U:

"I like the Wii U. I think E3 will be a big eye-opener for people. I played Batman: Arkham City on the Wii U and they are doing some really cool stuff with the controller. Do you remember the Zelda demo they had on it? Would you not buy a Wii U just to play that? Of course you would. That's what Nintendo is all about. Their hardware is the software delivery service for their great content. That Zelda demo was gorgeous and we can do even more than that with Unreal Engine 3. I think it will do great."

Source: IGN

This is the Zelda demo he was talking about, and if the Wii U is powerful enough to have better graphics than this...

. . . it's basically guaranteed that the Wii U will be more powerful than the Xbox 360 and PS3

In March, 2012 Han Randhawa (art director for Darksiders 2) said this about the Wii U:

"There is not much I can really talk about right now, but I think that the Wii U is a pretty powerful machine, which obviously means more resources, and means you can do a lot more. So the Wii U team is doing very well, we've been working with Nintendo and I think it's going to be a very exciting version of Darksiders but we want to keep the overall theme relatively consistent."
Source: YouTube

In April 2012 Gearbox President Randy Pitchford said this about the Wii U:

"Nintendo still has a lot to announce with their platform, and it's not up to us to go ahead of them. I think it's a great platform and I'm really excited about it, particularly with this game, there's a lot of exciting opportunities like, 'Wow, my motion tracker is there, and I can move it like this!' There's just so much cool stuff. There's a lot that we can do with that screen. It's a really cool system -- it's pretty powerful. I want to be careful, because I don't want to risk any sensitive information that Nintendo's not ready to share yet, but in our experience it's a great system. I think it's a really nice bridge to the next generation. I think people will be surprised. I don't know off the top of my head how many of the specs they've released, so I want to be very careful not to jump the gun, but we're very pleased with the hardware. And even since they gave us our first alpha kit, our very first 'pre-prototype' development hardware that they kind of let us play around with, they've done so many things to make the platform better. So it's getting better for us as developers."

Source: Joystiq

In April 4 2012 Brian Martel form Gearbox said:

“The machine itself will be one of the best looking versions of the game [sic]… because they’ve got more RAM than some of the other things [platforms]“, says Martel. “They’re late in the cycle so they’ve got this really great processor.”

Source: Nintendo-Gamer

In April 2012 , Chris Faylor, from Gearbox Software & Matt Powers form Sega said this about the Wii U version of Aliens: Colonial Marines:

Powers initially referred to the game as “the Wii U port” and Faylor rushed back over to scold him, telling us: “I hate that word. The Wii U version is not a port. Remove it from your vocabulary.”
After that rather tense exchange, we tried to get Powers to talk more about how the Wii U controller would come into play. With the Community Manager standing over his shoulder, he would only say that “there are interesting things you can do with the Wii U controller” and “for an Aliens game, you can probably guess what some of those things are.”

Source: Warpzoned

In May, 2012 Brian Burleson form Gearbox said:

"The Wii U is a powerful, powerful machine and it can do a lot of cool new things. And so the game itself, moving it over to work on the Wii U was not much of a chore. Now the interesting thing is finding out all the cool ways you can use the controller to do new stuff with it. You can imagine all the cool things we can do, with this franchise and having a thing with you, right?"

And the Wii U version of Aliens will "be better" than the PS3 and Xbox 360 version in terms of visuals, he confirmed. Why? Because of "more modern tech".

Source: Eurogamer

In May, 2012 Jeremy Greiner form Vigil Games said this about the Wii U:

If I didn’t have a strict gag order on me, I’d love to talk about all the great features that we have, but what I can tell you is that it’s a next generation platform, and you should keep your eyes open.

We’ll obviously be using the unique controller that it has to its utmost potential, but speaking to specific features or tech effects… well, that’s in Nintendo’s playground right now. And I know that they have plans for E3.

Source: Vooks


Is this proof enough for you that the Wii U will be more powerful than the Xbox 360 and PS3?

Nintendo Teases (First-Party?) Wii U Lunch Games

Nintendo posted this on there Wii U Facebook page:
Guess what the initial game releases will be for Nintendo’s new home console, Wii U? Soon we’ll scratch off to reveal the names! 




What do you think the games are?

Friday, May 25, 2012

Why I Think People Should Stop Criticizing 'New Super Mario Bros. Mii'

Stop criticizing this game

This article is part of my "14 days of E3" celebration.

Some Nintendo fans (and even some New Super Mario Bros. fans) are criticizing 'New Super Mario Bros. Mii' because the "tech demo" at last year's E3 was not up to their standards. Their forgetting that the "tech demo" was probably thrown together in just a week or two. Maybe the game wasn't even in development yet, and if it was the developers have had a whole year to work on the game, it could be entirely different. We know nothing  about this game besides that it is based on that "tech demo," so stop criticizing it.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

The Seven Most Common anti-Nintendo Myths

Today I will be looking at the 7 most common anti-Nintendo myths, as part of my "14 Days of E3" celebration.

"The Wii doesn't even have 10 really great games"

The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, Super Mario Galaxy, Kirby's Epic Yarn, Mario Kart Wii, Xenoblade Chronicles, Super Paper Mario, Wii Sports Resort, Donkey Kong Country Returns, Super Mario Galaxy 2, Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Epic Mickey, The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, Punch-Out!!, New Super Mario Bros. Wii, Metroid Prime 3: Corruption, and Sonic Colors.   That's a list of 16 really great games that are exclusive to the Wii (Sonic Colors was also on the DS), and if you don't want to play any of those games, then you must be one of those gamers who think the "Mature" rating means the game is mature.

"Nintendo hasn't produced a new IP in at least 3 generations of consoles"

That's another easy anti-Nintendo myth to destroy.  Below is a list of all the Nintendo IP's (an IP is basically a franchise) that came out in the "Fifth generation (Nintendo 64)," "Sixth generation (GBA and GameCube)," and "Seventh generation (DS and Wii)," plus I included the "Eighth generation (3DS)" because I didn't include the Game Boy Color in the fifth generation. Since there is a dispute about what a new IP is (some people think a spin-off of another game is an IP, while others think it does not count as a IP), I have included a (!) symbol by every game that there is no dispute about whether it is an IP or not.
Nintendo 64:
1080° (!)
Mario Party
Paper Mario
Sin and Punishment (!)
Mario Tennis
Animal Crossing (!)
Super Smash Bros. (!)

Nintendo GameCube:                                         Game Boy Advance:
Luigi's Mansion                                                     Golden Sun (!)
Pikmin (!)                                                              Drill Dozer (!)
Super Mario Strikers                                              Rhythm Heaven (!)
Kirby Air Ride

Nintendo DS:                                                     Wii:
Nintendogs (!)                                                      Wii (game series)
Brain Age (!)                                                        Endless Ocean (!)
Super Princess Peach                                            FlingSmash (!)
New Super Mario Bros.                                         Xenoblade Chronicles (!)
Master of Illusion (!)                                              Fluidity (!)
Style Savvy (!)                                                      ThruSpace (!)
Art Academy (!)

Nintendo 3DS:
Steel Diver (!)
Kid Icarus: Uprising
Pushmo (!)
Sakura Samurai (!)
Dillon's Rolling Western (!)

"New IP's yes, but good IP's, absolutely not."

Super Smash Bros., Pushmo, Luigi's Mansion, Xenoblade, Pikmin, Kid Icarus, Paper Mario, and Sakura Samurai aren't good games?

"What 'great' new IP's does the Wii, 3DS and DS have? And don't give me games I can buy on my iPhone."

Wii: Xenoblade Chronicles, Endless Ocean.  3DS: Pushmo, Sakura Samurai, Kid Icarus, Steel Diver.  DS: New Super Mario Bros.

"It's just rehash after rehash, sequel after sequel, re-release after re-release."

According to, rehash means: "old material that is slightly reworked and used again; 'merely a dull rehash of his first novel'" or "present or use over, with no or few changes." If you ever played any two Mario, Zelda, or any Nintendo franchise you would know that they are not rehashes. If you would like to know how a rehash looks, play any two Call of Duty games.

"Sequel after sequel" -- yes, that is true, but are sequels bad? And Call of Duty, Halo, and even Uncharted and LittleBigPlanet are used more then all Nintendo IP's from year to year.

"Re-release after re-release" -- if you are talking about "The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time," they only re-released it four times, and if you are talking about the "Virtual Console," then I guess you don't like old games.

"I seem to remember about 1000 other better games produced by Microsoft and Sony."

Um, I don't think Microsoft and Sony combined have made 1000 games, while Nintendo has made very close to 1000 games if not more.

"All the 3DS has is Nintendo 64 ports"

Okay, to be far I haven't seen this anti-Nintendo myth for 7 months, but 7 months ago the 3DS only had two Nintendo 64 ports, and it still has only two Nintendo 64 ports.

Come back on the 25th for "Why I Think People Should Stop Criticizing 'New Super Mario Bros. Mii'" part 2 of my "14 Days of E3."

Monday, May 14, 2012

New Nintendo 3DS Firmware Update Out Now!!

A Nintendo 3DS Firmware update is out now!! According to gregory-weagle the updates in this firmware update are "It's the usual blocking of flash carts, improve system performance stuff. However; the only thing of note is that you can update stuff without entering your PIN number." (if anyone knows anything else new in this update please tell me in the comments), it's firmware version number is 4.1.0-8U .  It won't let you go to the Nintendo eShop in less you update the firmware.

Rumor: New Amazon Kindle Will Have Built in Light and Will be Launched in July

According to Reuters, an unnamed source told them that the next Kindle will have a built-in light, eliminate the need for buying a separate light, though there is a trade-off: the front-lit screen will consume more power making the battery run out more quickly. Amazon will not be the first to have a front-lit screen since Barnes & Noble's started shipping its $139 "Nook Simple Touch with GlowLight" at the end of April. Reuters' source also said that Amazon plans to launch a new Kindle Fire later this year in the holiday season.

True or False 

Though I do think the next Kindle will have a front-lit screen (if Nook has one, Kindle will have one), I think this unnamed-source is fake because Kindles usually come out closer to the holiday season.  (I'm often skeptical of unnamed sources.)

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Rayman Legends (Wii U) Concept Trailer

This Rayman Legends concept trailer for the Wii U is about a week old, but still cool.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Nintendo's 2012 E3 Press Conference Confirmed and Dated

Nintendo's 2012 E3 Press Conference is going to be on Tuesday June 5, 2012, 9:00 am PT.

I personally think it's going to be awesome.