Molyneux: Wii U Is Good, But It's Not Great
Posted by Andy Green
Industry veteran has "unbelievable respect" for its creator, though
Co-founder of 22 Cans and industry legend Peter Molyneux has already spoken out a few times saying he doesn't think modern day consoles are equipped properly for the ever-changing gaming market.
Recently the former Bullfrog and Lionhead boss said he "struggles to see anything amazing coming out of Nintendo” and it would appear that he’s got his claws out once more.
In an interview with Games Industry International, Molyneux said he thinks the Wii U is good but not great, and that it will have more competition than just Microsoft and Sony this time around:
I've played the experience, I've played Nintendo Land, I've played ZombiU, and they're good. I find holding the device in my hand - looking up at the screen and looking down at the device - slightly confusing as a consumer. It's good, but it's not great. And we really need these new pieces of hardware to be great in today's world, because the competition is not just consoles anymore. The competition is everything, all the technology. When you're holding a Kindle Fire or an iPad in your hand, it's just amazing technology. It really is. It's expensive, but it's amazing technology. And people like Nintendo, Sony, and Microsoft need to match that. They need to match that in my mind, and exceed it. And I'm not sure the Wii U really did that.
22 Cans has recently released Curiosity – What's Inside the Cube on iOS and Android, so it’s clear that Molyneux believes the mobile market will have a huge part to play in the next generation of gaming.
However, even though Molyneux feels Wii U isn't anything spectacular, he isn't counting Nintendo out for a second, saying that he is very interested in the console’s focus on asymmetric gameplay and the way the indie-friendly eShop is allowing small developers to create great new games on the platform:
I've got unbelievable respect for Nintendo. They created our industry in a very real sense. I can remember everybody in the industry laughing and giggling about how stupid the Wii was, what a stupid name it was, and who would want motion control. And then it went on to sell what, 60, 70 million copies? It got people who never considered computer games to play them.
So there you have it. Peter Molyneux still isn't convinced the Wii U and its GamePad are good enough to be a success, but he doesn't appear to be prepared to write the company off. Do you think it matters that the GamePad isn't as technologically advanced as the expensive top-of-the-range tablets out there? Let us know in the comments section below.