Nintendo fans may find themselves in the defensive after this report. Anonymous developers told Gamesindustry how unimpressed they were with the hardware – some have said that (at Wii U’s current configuration) it cannot match horsepower with the Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3.
“It’s not up to the same level as the PS3 or the 360. The graphics are just not as powerful,” said one source, with another one adding: “It doesn’t produce graphics as well as the PS3 or the 360.”
“There aren’t as many shaders, it’s not as capable. Overall the Wii U just can’t quite keep up.”
The developers also didn’t hold back on the issue of the new console’s controllers — a staple of the Nintendo Wii U which has been praised by developers like Gearbox but doesn’t seem to impress the anonymous developers.
“The whole thing about the tablet controller is that you only get one of them, and you can only use one and it’s not completely independent. The base console has to be on, and you have to be in range. Other controllers are just Wiimotes, or other Wii controllers. They may change the form factor or looks a bit, but it’s the same controller.”
As the rumor mill continues to churn, expect more updates as we approach the days to E3 (in June) where Nintendo is expected to reveal more details of their upcoming console.