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Wii U is "effectively a 360" says Microsoft

The company thinks Nintendo's next-gen console is only on par with current-gen

After a less than impressive E3 showing for Nintendo, the industry is waiting for the company to announce the final pieces of the puzzle: launch date and price. Nintendo typically doesn't announce exact hardware specs, but with more games on display for Wii U, it's now becoming easier to size up its graphical horsepower (which beforehand some had said was better than PS3). Microsoft, however, recently told GamesIndustry International that it views Wii U as basically on par with Xbox 360.

Phil Spencer, corporate vice president of Microsoft Studios, commented to us in an in-depth interview, "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."

Spencer believes that Wii U will quickly become a machine for third parties to port a number of 360 games to, considering the 360-like Pro Controller.

"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 to 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," he said.

Spencer was even complimentary of Wii U, saying how he liked Ubisoft's ZombiU and the use of the second screen in general.

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Greg Wilcox Creator, Destroy All Fanboys! 4 years ago
Nintendo will probably take this as a compliment while hopefully stating that better visuals aren't everything, as the best graphics in the world can't mask tired gameplay that doesn't innovate while also stating that at least their system's new controller doesn't require an investment in separate tech if a user doesn't have a decently-sized smart device.

Or something like that...
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Luke McCarthy Indie Game Developer 4 years ago
Nintendo had the most powerful consoles in the N64 and Gamecube eras. Look where that got them - nowhere!
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Jim Webb Executive Editor/Community Director, E-mpire Ltd. Co.4 years ago
That is a surprisingly complimentary comment from Microsoft.
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Robert Aiking Product Manager, InnoGames4 years ago
Surely that is much too condescending and self-promoting to be seen as a compliment?
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Christophe Danguien Games Developer, Bejig4 years ago
Thumbs up Robert.

Microsoft is basically trying to undermine the Wii U by pretending to compliment it.

Instead of saying that kind of stuff about the machine, they should read its spec from a serious dev that has a dev kit : http://www.nintengen.com/2012/07/wii-u-confirmed-specs-from-sdk-gpu-info.html
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Jim Webb Executive Editor/Community Director, E-mpire Ltd. Co.4 years ago
Robert, read the full interview rather than just these few snippets.
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Andy Samson QA Supervisor, Digital Media Exchange4 years ago
I think Microsoft is just trying to make Nintendo spill the beans already.
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