In the recent Nintendo shareholders meeting, the Nintendo president assured investors that the Wii U’s graphics will be able to compete with the next generation of consoles.
GamesIndustryBiz report that Satoru Iwata was responding to an attendee who voiced their concern about the Wii U eventually being neglected by third-party companies as was the case with the Wii in the later portion of its life-cycle.
Iwata accepted that there would be some gap with the graphics performance but that the advances in this area were becoming less significant in terms of software.
Iwata told the attendees that while Nintendo cannot promise that the Wii U will never be excluded from multi-platform software, Nintendo are confident that the Wii U will “not have such a big difference” graphically, as the Wii had in comparison to other platforms.
“Developers could expect very different graphic capabilities of generating HD-applicable high-resolution graphics,” explained Iwata.
“The difference between the Wii U and the other consoles will not be so drastic because there will be fewer and fewer differentiators in graphics.
“Other companies might launch a next-generation console with more power, but…the difference between the Wii U and such console will be as drastic as what you felt it was between the Wii and the other consoles because there will be fewer and fewer differentiators in graphics.
“Naturally some consumers are very sensitive about such a small difference in graphics so that we will make efforts to make the most of the performance of the Wii U to keep up with technological innovations and not to make the system out-of-date soon.”