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Is Nintendo a viable option for the Next generation? We are now entering the seventh year of this generation, and Nintendo’s idea of motion control was a hit, but with Sony and Microsoft getting into the game of motion control, and having a stronger library of games, The Wii’s novelty ran its course. All good things come things must come to and end, right? Now we have the Wii U, a system that comes with it’s own tablet. It has the makings to be a success, so can Nintendo catch lighting in a bottle for a second time?
This time around Nintendo decided they needed a little more horse power under the hood, yes the Wii U console is capable of outputting full high-definition display, but in my opinion Nintendo might have missed and opportunity to get a jump on the competition. The full specs of the system are still a bit cloudy, but according to reports the system is set to come with a respectable 2 gigs of ram, a IBM Power Architecture-based multi-core processor, and a AMD Radeon High Definition GPU. There is nothing out of the ordinary about those specs, but there have been rumors of developers having issue with CPU performance.
These specs are on par with rumors from last year that indicated the Wii U processor was a derivative of the power 7 CPU from IBM. Even if the processor supported three cores, that chip would still out muscle the PlayStation 3 and the Xbox 360 CPU’s, which are based on power 5 CPU architecture. The CPU in the Xbox 360 features 3 cores, while the PS3 is using their own proprietary cell processor with 1 GP Core and 8 SPE Cores.
Even though the Wii U is expected to be more powerful than the current generation of consoles my eyes don’t see the graphical leap I was hoping Nintendo would deliver. Lets take a look at E3, Nintendo should have owned E3 this year, with the unveiling of brand new console, but as far as I could see and read people were talking about other things such as Watch Dogs, Halo4, the Luminous Engine, Star Wars 1313, and Beyond: Two Souls. Yea Pikmin 3 was cute, but I did not see that triple A original title that gets everybody all excited.
Now most of the above games are rumored to be next generation consoles games, except for Halo 4 and Beyond: Two Souls. Ubisoft has stated that Watch Dogs is for the current generation game, but I don’t believe it. If the next Microsoft and Sony consoles can generate graphics like the are Square Enix’s Luminous Engine in-game, I feel sorry for Nintendo. Now last years E3 when they showed the Zelda concept I was like wow, where is my Zelda Nintendo?