With Wii U getting closer to release and with so many details yet to be revealed, the clamour for insight and opinion on the console is growing. At the recent Game Developer's Conference in San Francisco Eurogamer.net took the opportunity to discuss the console with Mark Rein, vice president of Epic Games, a developer best known for the Gears of War series, Infinity Blade on iOS and the Unreal graphics engine.
Despite being a developer with strong ties to Xbox 360 in particular, Rein gave a strong endorsement to Wii U as a concept and in terms of its potential success. When discussing the system's graphical performance and its presentation of well known HD titles, there were some supportive comments.
I played Batman: Arkham City on the Wii U and they are doing some really cool stuff with the controller. Do you remember the Zelda demo they had on it? Would you not buy a Wii U just to play that? Of course you would. That's what Nintendo is all about. Their hardware is the software delivery service for their great content. That Zelda demo was gorgeous and we can do even more than that with Unreal Engine 3. I think it will do great.
Beyond technical specifications, Rein also believes that the concept and Nintendo's brands and software will draw consumers, particularly parents, to the console.
It's a great brand that a lot of parents really trust and they're probably ready to buy their kids an HD Wii that does that much more than just being an HD Wii. I'd love it if they'd done it last year, but I'm excited for them to do it this year. I'd be shocked if it doesn't do well.
Did you play that Battle Mii game? Two players would play with a Wii Remote and Nunchuk and one would play with the Wii U controller? I would buy a Wii U to play that game in a heartbeat. And I hope people make those kind of games with our technology. I think we've yet to really see what the Wii U can do and I think at E3 this year they're going to shock us.
The last line should be music to the ears of eager Nintendo gamers. There's little doubt that Nintendo is saving a lot of its big Wii U reveals for E3 2012: let's hope that it doesn't disappoint.