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E3 2012: The Most Gorgeous Wii U Screenshots Yet

Posted by Mike Mason

See what Wii U can do

We might not know exactly what's inside Wii U, but we can show you what comes out of the machine in these HD screenshots.

We've pored over Nintendo's screenshots and picked out some of the most impressive shots just for you. Click any of the stills for a bigger view.

Which Wii U game has impressed you the most so far?

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User Comments (62)

BenAV

#1

BenAV said:

They're all pretty impressive and I love the background of that Mario screenshot.
As far as the actual games go, Pikmin 3 is the one I'm most excited for by far.

Late

#2

Late said:

All the screenshots look really great. Waiting for more awesome Wii U games and the day when I can finally experience it in it's full glory.

RaylaxStaff

#3

Raylax said:

Awesome shots. Is it me, or does the guy in the background of the Ninja Gaiden shot look SERIOUSLY glitched?

Ecto-1

#5

Ecto-1 said:

Just noticed something in the Mario shot. Anyone else see a hidden enemy?

Wesker

#7

Wesker said:

Wow! Who would of thought these graphics would have been possible 5 years ago?

ATDI

#12

ATDI said:

Is the Trine 2 screenshot from gameplay or is it from a cinematic?

ShadJV

#13

ShadJV said:

Pikmin 3 is so gorgeous... though I actually don't particularly care for the way the Pikmin themselves look, they look fake (made out of clay or something) compared to everything else that looks so organic and realistic. Still, between the beautiful environments and the fact that it has been so long since the last Pikmin, I am incredibly psyched. Is it too late to change their minds on multiplayer, though? I would love a co-op story mode, something Pikmin 2 lacked.

thefabfour64

#14

thefabfour64 said:

Just wait until we get the 3D Mario! EAD Tokyo (the Super Mario Galaxy team) and Retro Studios are known for their graphical prowess. Just look at Super Mario Galaxy on Wii or Metroid Prime on Gamecube. Their games are going to look gorgeous on Wii U. But so far Pikmin 3, Rayman Legends, and NSMBU for me, graphically.

MERG

#15

MERG said:

@ATDI I played Trine 2 on Steam...that is what the game looks like while playing it. It is a gorgeous game.

rjejr

#17

rjejr said:

@ATDI Either way that's not a very good representation of that game. I think it's the best looking game on the PS3, that includes GOW3 and Uncharted 3. Of course it's a 2d platformer like DKCR so it's a static background, but it's beautiful.

The only graphics I want to see are Nintendo ones. Super Mario Galaxy was pretty close to being HD looking. Same for SSBB. I was really impressed w/ Subspace Emmisary. DKCR was about 4 years later but it didn't really improve on it all that much. The PS3 and Xbox360 both have their share of lousy looking games, but the good ones are the ones that stand out. I don't expect anything awe inspiring on the WiiU for a couple of years.

DestinyMan

#19

DestinyMan said:

The Pikmin 3 boss battle and New Super Mario Bros. U ghost level screenshots are my favorite. Just wait for a Wii U Zelda or 3D Mario to appear.

goldgin

#24

goldgin said:

If any of those screens are pre-rendered you are in trouble NL... Ninja Gaiden definitely looks like it is :(

OldBoy

#27

OldBoy said:

Not sure how anybody is really impressed by these graphics, unless you have been living under a rock ,playing Wii for the past 5 years :P

Reala

#28

Reala said:

Pikmin 3 screen looks a lot better than I remember it looking from the trailer

LavaTwilight

#29

LavaTwilight said:

Yeah I must admit that these kind of graphics are already out there but that said, with the exception of Skyrim (which I refuse to play on the basis you will never hear from me again) anything they can do, Nintendo can do better!
As far as graphics go I'm kinda gonna haveta say Trine is really amazing there - I've never actually heard of it before! That said I'm still looking forward to Pikmin 3 and is actually the number 1 reason I'll be buying a Wii U on launch day despite my wife's objections!

TWK

#34

TWK said:

@koelboel Glad you also noticed this. I also saw it live during the E3 conference and instantly recalled "Starry Night" by Van Gogh. Very classy indeed.

ChosenOne25

#35

ChosenOne25 said:

These look better than Xbox & PS3 because even though they run on same engine resolution is 1080p on Wii U while Xbox & PS3 run on 720p or upscaled 1080p. There is a slight difference, especially on larger TVs.

shinesprite

#37

shinesprite said:

From a graphical standpoint, I'd have to say Pikmin 3. However, I much prefer the game-play of Rayman Legends.

Moshugan

#39

Moshugan said:

It may be just me, but I think they could do a better job with Pikmin's graphics, don't you think?
Rayman and Trine look fantastic.

kyuubikid213

#40

kyuubikid213 said:

I love how Nintendo is using the HD so far. They are sticking with their friendly cartoony style, just giving it a nice polish.

WolfRamHeart

#41

WolfRamHeart said:

The graphics look nice but so far I don't really see anything that makes them look any better than the Xbox 360 or PS3. Perhaps I need to see them in person to get a better impression. I think that Rayman Legends and Trine 2 are the best looking ones here but Pikmin 3 looks kinda blah.

Emaan

#42

Emaan said:

Pikmin 3 looks amazing even the seventh time I've looked at it! I also really like that New Super Mario Bros. U background, reminds me of Yoshi's Island.

CaPPa

#43

CaPPa said:

@WolfRamHeart
They are pretty much the same as PS3/360. I believe that the only difference is that they are running at 1080p and at 60fps; as opposed to being between 540p/720p and 30fps on PS3/360.

I think that the Wii U probably has quite a bit more juice than the PS3/360, but it won't show very much due to the console using some of that power to display on 2 screens at once.

Edwrd

#44

Edwrd said:

You know, I really don't want to buy WiiU, but I come here and I see Pikmin 3 and I'm like, wtf I want that!! ... -_- how do they make things so adorable this Nintendo ...

TheWord777

#45

TheWord777 said:

not impressed at all.they all look current gen,and i cant see wii u lasting 5 years which could mean not enough 1st party titles.

Moshugan

#47

Moshugan said:

@TheWord777 Exactly. All those rumors about Wii U being truly next gen hardware wise haven't materialized. But this was expected. I'm afraid it's going to be Wii all over again. Sony has already talked about how they want the next Playstation to be the best, no matter the cost.

Samholy

#50

Samholy said:

they do look good. but not exceptionnal. tis the current level of graphic quality that the ps3 and xbox can do. PS3 can reach even beyond that...

nintendo what have you done ???! this is sad. the Wii mistakes are repeating again. outdated technology, weird controls... i thought they could learn their lesson and come back with something better :-( I mean. the controller is great, no doubt. But use it as your console's standard controls is a double edged sword. I dont mind the gadgets when theyre secondary, like the ps move or kinect. but i dont really need them to be essential to the console. just a gimmick to have fun with.
And seriously, it takes me a lot of guts to lend my ps3 controller to one of my kid. I dont even wanna imagine lending a WiiU tablet to them. far too risky. how are they gonna charge for a new tablet if a regular ps3 gamepad is 50-60$ ???

ridiculous. im sorry nintendo, ill stick with my 3DS, but youll keep your WiiU. the only way im going to have one is if i win it. I'll stick with Sony again on the next gen. and sony provided me with an amazing multimedia machine on top of their game console. blue ray, media server, streaming movies,a great store to browse...
nintendo, youre late. your WiiU should have been out when the Wiii came out.

retro_player_22

#51

retro_player_22 said:

@Samholy Who cares about techs and specs, it's all about the games, if they play as good as they look then it's all wins for us. Also the new stuff Nintendo introduced for the Wii U aren't out yet so we don't know if it'll be good or not. If it's not then Nintendo would do something about it.

SamIAm69

#52

SamIAm69 said:

The Mario one reminds me of Picasso's artwork (Starry Night anyone?). Maybe the game will be influenced by popular artists?

Punny

#53

Punny said:

Trine 2 is drool-worthy! Also, someone on the New Super Mario Bros. U team must really love Van Gogh.

WolfRamHeart

#54

WolfRamHeart said:

You also have to keep in mind that these are early demos of the games and the Wii U still has some time before releasing so I'm sure that the finished products will look a lot better than what is shown here. Another thing to consider is that launch titles don't utilize all the processing power of a new system. It takes a while in a specific console's life before we really see what that system is capable of. Personally, I don't think that there is going to be so much of an emphasis on graphic power in this next generation of consoles. I mean look at Ubisoft's Watchdogs and Naughty Dog's
The Last of Us, those games look absolutely amazing. If the current generation(Xbox360/PS3) of consoles can handle those games then the Wii U should be able to as well.

LeasTwanteD

#55

LeasTwanteD said:

During the whole conference i was most impressed by Trine 2: Director's Cut. So i guess it wins my personal best graphics award.

TheN64Dude

#56

TheN64Dude said:

Incredible sometimes it's hard to tell that it's a video game. Pikmin 3 by far is the best and most impressive.

TimboBaggins

#57

TimboBaggins said:

The mario game is deceptively complex.there is a lot going on in that background. it might not be the most impressive, but its the image that pleases my eyes the most. Trine looks beautiful too - is that in game footage, or a still? If its real time thats very impressive

metalpants

#60

metalpants said:

I'll be impressed when Wii U can run Unreal Engine 4, Frostbite 2 (PC level) and Luminous Engine (Square Enix's new one) even if downscaled. This stuff looks great cause of the art direction. But none of these images show any "next-gen" graphical leaps by techniques such as tesselation, sub-surface scattering, radiosity, etc.

To be honest, both the plaza and the Ninja Castle in Nintendo Land looked WAY better than all this stuff because of the realistic lighting/shadows and the texture shaders. Excluding the wandering Miis of course. Just the background. This stuff looks like well, current gen. Still nice. But only because of each game's respective art style.

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