Nintendo Says Wii U Is Going To Be 'Important For The World'

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Nintendo will launch the Wii U this fall, at least a year before fellow hardware makers Sony and Microsoft release their own new gaming consoles. But Nintendo isn't launching early to beat out the competition. They just want to change the world.

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"Being first in the next generation race is not important at all," Nintendo president Satoru Iwata told Gamasutra in an interview published today. "One of the reasons we believe this is the time for Nintendo to launch the Wii U is it's going to be important for the world."

Important to the world? While the Wii U's tablet-like controller could indeed provide a cheaper, living room-centric alternative to Apple's ubiquitous iPad, I'm not sure it's a world-changer.

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Speaking further to Gamasutra, Iwata also stressed that Nintendo isn't concerned with the Wii U's power problem. No matter how heavy duty Sony and Microsoft go with their respective consoles, Nintendo is just going to do its own thing.

"We have not changed our strategy," he said. "In other words, we just do not care what kind of 'more beef' console Microsoft and Sony might produce in 2013. Our focus is on how we can make our new console different than [others]."

Nintendo's Iwata: Being first to market isn't important [Gamasutra]

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gandalfjohnson
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So, because this new commenting system is pretty garbage and a lot of posts don't get seen, I want to field a series of question I asked originally on the article, "Good News and Bad News For Those Concerned About the Wii U's Power" My post went as follows:

Okay, so. I just have a few questions that anyone is welcome to field, but first:

1.) Didn't current gen consoles have a rather hard time running the UE3 engine?

2.) Was the UE3 engine as easily "scaled" as the purported UE4 engine will be?

And this is kind of the heart of what I really want to know. If the UE4 is so easily scaled, isn't it just as likely that our next gen Microsoft/Sony systems may not be such a huge jump in graphics, in order to use UE4. So is it possible that the Wii: U, is exactly where it needs to be in terms of the performance in relation to the next gen consoles? So perhaps this is just...ALL good news?

And here's a hidden question: Is it pretty likely that if we had a console that could run UE4 to it's uppermost capabilities we would kind of have a ..Gaming PC vs regular PC epidemic on our hands? As in pricing? Because, no thanks. In my mind, that kind of defeats the purpose of the console for me.