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Wii U Has "Plenty Of Power" According To Team Ninja

Posted by Andy Green

But with great power, comes great responsibility

Nintendo has had plenty of third party support for the Wii U with a whole host of games being released alongside its first party titles in the coming months. One such developer is Team Ninja - who will be releasing Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor’s Edge on January 11th - and in a recent interview its studio head Yosuke Hayashi has commented on what he feels is the key to success for developers making games for Nintendo's new console.

Speaking to Siliconera, Hayashi confirmed his belief that the Wii U is “right up there with the PS3 and Xbox 360” and has plenty of power for developers to sink their teeth into. However he was quick to point out that Nintendo’s hardware will, as always, challenge the team to create unique and creative gaming experiences.

For all of Nintendo’s hardware, it’s not about power; it’s about how you creatively use the hardware. When we make games for Nintendo, they are going to come and challenge us to use that hardware to make a creative game. That’s the key point from Nintendo that we always feel.

With that in mind, when making Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor’s Edge, Team Ninja had the player firmly in its mind and endeavoured to create a gaming experience that is true to the franchise's hardcore roots while also adding convenient elements to allow the player to interact with the game more fluidly.

Ninja Gaiden is a console game, so we’re focused on playing it as a console game. We haven’t done a whole lot to change that because we know our fans who love that experience, and we don’t want to betray them. We don’t want to leave them out in the cold. It’s been focused on making that experience even more convenient for them.

Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor's Edge is an updated version of the game that was originally released on the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 and comes with several new features including a new playable character in Ayane, the return of dismemberment - allowing enemies to fight on after losing limbs - and of course the obvious Game Pad additions making it easy to select weaponry and scroll through those extensive move lists.

All in all the game looks set to be more than just a simple port of the version found on other consoles. Are you looking forward to satisfying your bloodlust with Ninja Gaiden 3 in January?

[via siliconera.com]

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User Comments (36)

GameLord08

#1

GameLord08 said:

"Right up there with the PS3 and Xbox 360."

From the little we know about the Wii U's tech specs, I think it's quite a bit more powerful than what that statement implies. :P

Unless he's referring to the development of launch titles in comparison with current PS3/Xbox 360 titles.

snax007

#2

snax007 said:

I'm looking forward to the games using all this so called power. From all the shown titles, they are hiding the "power" very well.

JayMiller1988

#3

JayMiller1988 said:

I didn't expect a huge performance boost over anything from another company, just over the Wii. It's more powerful than the current-gen Sony and Microsoft consoles, go figure, that's why Wii U is a NEXT generation system.

Xilef

#4

Xilef said:

@snax007 Early console games very rarely use most of the consoles power. Those games usually come towards the end. Give it a few years and there will probably be a notable differens between the launch games and the later games.

snax007

#5

snax007 said:

@Xilef True but not even Nintendo's own games are able to run natively at 1080p. Not a good sign. If Wii U is more powerful, we should see a small step up over PS3/360 already.

snax007

#6

snax007 said:

@JayMiller1988 No, it's a current-gen console. Next-gen will arrive with PS4 and Xbox 720 (or whatever they are called) in late 2013/early 2014.

Xilef

#7

Xilef said:

@snax007 It's not that they can't, they just choose not to. If i remember correctly some 3rd part games run at 1080 (don't remember if it was native or not however...).

Tsuchiya

#9

Tsuchiya said:

@snax007

Considering PS3 and 360 are 7th generation and that the Wii U is the first to enter the 8th, Sony and Microsoft will be playing catch up. Wii U will share the birth of the 8th home console gen with Ouya although 3DS is already there in regards to handhelds
http://www.ouya.tv/

Wii U is a next gen console not current gen. Wii, PS3 and 360 are current gen consoles. Unless Sony and Microsoft magically jump to the 9th, then it's Nintendo leading the charge into the next gen.

GameLord08

#11

GameLord08 said:

@snax007: Rayman Legends, Trine 2, Skylanders Giants, Aliens: Colonial Marines, Ninja Gaiden 3, Puddle and Toki Tori 2 have been said to be running at native 1080p on the Wii U, and quite a handful of those were also confirmed to be running at 60FPS. Plus, take note that these are launch titles.

Besides, the fact that the Wii U can run games in native 1080p at 60FPS while streaming a 720p image to the GamePad and simutaneously receiving input with only 1/60th of a second in latency? That sounds like a start to impressive hardware to me, and most importantly, it is still something that developers can afford to utilise efficiently - unlike another prematurely extensive upgrade in graphics and hardware (i.e. the situation with the PS3/Xbox 360 back in 2005/2006).

@Tsuchiya: Ouya is definitely not an "eighth generation console". It's an entirely different concept to mainstream consoles.

Tsuchiya

#13

Tsuchiya said:

@GameLord08

Maybe but seeing as the 8th seems to be starting in 2013 for everyone else bar Nintendo, Ouya which is a (tiny) home console deserves to be in with the rest of them. At least, I think so.
It just goes about its business in an entirely different way to the others and actually seems pretty nifty for $99.

Lan

#14

Lan said:

This scares me. The PS360 is incredibly underpowered, I hope the Wii U isn't just "right up there" with it. For the price, it better be way better.

TheRealThanos

#15

TheRealThanos said:

@GameLord08
Well said, you nailed it, and for all the nay sayers: YES, the Wii U is indeed a NEXT GEN console.
It's the next generation for Nintendo, it's better than current HD consoles, and it offers yet again (like the Wii) another way of playing games.
Although I do agree with @Xilef's point that the GamePad does not run at 720p, I believe it is an optimized 480p, but for all intends and purposes, the image on the Pad will look the same as on the TV, so it might look like 720p to the average consumer.
It will definitely look good anyways, so who cares, right?

@Tsuchiya
I can understand that you might think that, but the Ouya is not part of the 'console wars' or race (if there's even still one to speak of, seeing as each console builder now seems to pick his own year to bring out their console instead of simultaneously).
It's an open source Android box which can be used to play smartphone/tablet games on your TV (the joypad also has a touch pad in the middle of it to accommodate less compatible games) or if you're a game designer/developer, make your own game. No console offers that, although Xbox did have XNA Studio at one time, but that's hardly comparable.

On topic:
I'm afraid the haters will once again be all over this because like more people already stated "right up there with the PS3 and Xbox 360" is not something showing disbelievers that the Wii U is a more powerful or newer console and will only enforce believe that the Wii U is equally matched to the other two and isn't worth picking up.

They should have said "will easily outperform PS3 and Xbox 360 and enhance not only performance and graphics, but also gameplay, because of the unique capabilities of the Wii U GamePad." (wow, I should have been an author, lol)

And for all you doubters that will now not buy a Wii U and are aching for the PS4 that is 'totally going to own the next generation', here's a nice piece of information by Rich of ReviewTechUSA to make you think twice about that silly little dream:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mqE1-5ccZCs
I love this guy's comments, because he's knowledgeable, calm and SO down to earth, nobody in his right mind and with a healthy set of brains could possibly take offense.
Besides that he does tons of reviews and from what I've been told by people that know him, he works for a dozen sites that all depend on his experience, so I personally think it is well worth to listen to what this guy has to say, especially since he's also not biased towards any one platform, so he just calls 'em like he sees 'em.
There are some idiots in the comments below the clip disputing his explanation, but then again: it's internet, so what can you do, right? Haters gonna be haters, but definitely not smarter because of it... ;)

HawkeyeWii

#16

HawkeyeWii said:

Can you imagine how frigging beautiful the next 3D platforming Super Mario game will be? Look how amazing both galaxys looked on the Wii!!

HawkeyeWii

#17

HawkeyeWii said:

@all those griping babies

How cares how much more powerful it is than the 360 and ps3? it is 5 times better than the Wii. Who cares about graphics anyway. If you read the article that's one of the thins Team Ninja talked about Nintendo. How creative and how much there is to work with when making a game.

Tsuchiya

#18

Tsuchiya said:

I only suggested Ouya may well be grouped in with the other 8th gen machines because it's set for release when they are (bar Nintendo). It may not be generally comparable but nevertheless, it's out in the 8th generation and deserves its place alongside them regardless of what it can do. It is after all, a new home console with a well known OS lurking inside.

Anyway, I guess all imminent Wii U owners will have that SM64 moment all over again. It's nothing new but to us Nintendoids, the idea of our old regulars jumping, shooting and slicing in glorious HD is genuinely pant wetting and I for one am giddy with excitement at the very thought of a HD Zelda. :D

Nintendo deserves plenty of power under the casing.

Ryno

#19

Ryno said:

Are you looking forward to satisfying your bloodlust with Ninja Gaiden 3 in January?
No, before than actually...

TheRealThanos

#20

TheRealThanos said:

@HawkeyeWii
I personally could care less, but it's this kind of less than clever statements that acts as sharkbait for the haters, and that IS what I care about, or rather said: am getting tired of.
Luckily there are also a few well known developers that DO confirm in no uncertain terms what the Wii U can do, like Randy Pitchford, Michel Ancel and Eric Hirshberg.
@Tsuchiya
HD Zelda, oh yes.... :D
Wonder who's gonna make it and what Retro's up to, though...

GameLord08

#21

GameLord08 said:

@Xilef & @TheRealThanos: Are you sure? The GamePad's resolution is 854 x 480p, and I heard it had a higher ppi value than the older iPad. But I'll admit that I'm really not an expert on all this, so I could be wrong. :P

TheRealThanos

#22

TheRealThanos said:

@GameLord08
Not definitive yet, but if the resolution you stated is true (and it seems that it is; I looked it up), then you've already given yourself the same answer as we did: the last number of the two (mega)pixel counts is always the resolution,
for example an HD TV at 1080p has a size of 1920 x 1080p, so 1080p. (p stands for progressive scan and it would be 1440 x 1080i for 1080i, or interlaced) Same goes for 720p, for which the pixel count is 1280×720p.
It's always formulated as width of the screen vs height of the screen (check your PC/laptop's screen resolutions for more examples on this) where the height is used as the common denominator for the (HD) resolution.
Here's all the info if you're interested:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/High-definition_television

AVahne

#25

AVahne said:

@snax007
If that's your logic, then PS4 and 720 are nowhere near next-gen, as Next-Gen will be every 1-2 years when PCs get newer and more advanced GPUs.
Learn what a console generation is before blabbing.

AVahne

#26

AVahne said:

@Tsuchiya
Very glad another person considers the Ouya as a 8th generation console. It could very well just be considered yet another no-name console, especially since there seems to be other Android "consoles" in the works, but I personally believe that Ouya can make a respectable name for itself even if it's not "console war" material. Now if only it can be upgraded to Tegra 4, maybe by some kind of upgrade kit.

TheRealThanos

#27

TheRealThanos said:

@Koto
I can understand what you and Tsuchiya mean, but the simple difference I tried to show is that being open source and having your own in-home game dev kit are two important parts of the Ouya, and that is what only Ouya offers and that is also what sets it apart and does not make it a part of the 8th gen of consoles.
I also highly doubt that Microsoft or Sony see this any different, let alone see it as competition. (I didn't mention Nintendo there, because they probably don't care either way)

Be that as it may, I'm still interested in it myself as well, if only to see how well it will do or if it's going to be a niche thing.
The pricing certainly seems nice...

Tsuchiya

#28

Tsuchiya said:

@TheRealThanos

Ouya is a console to be released in 2013. Nintendo will properly kick off the 8th gen this month. 2013 will also see Sony and Microsoft (possibly) release their 8th generation consoles also or at the very least, info on them.
Ouya is a machine designed to play games and will be released in the same generation as the others. Regardless of what it does and doesn't do, if it competes or not or how it runs, it is an 8th generation console.
It won't be seen as a threat but it's nice to see another idea take shape that aims to do something different. I say keep an eye on it or at the very least, just the idea of it.

I think it's a good little machine and I wish it well.

kyuubikid213

#29

kyuubikid213 said:

While we're on the subject, let's keep in mind that these LAUNCH titles look just as good as or slightly better than their PS360 counterparts. And we haven't seen the full power of the Wii U yet. We probably haven't seen the full power of the 3DS yet. Resident Evil Revelations will be tough to beat, though.

DerpSandwich

#30

DerpSandwich said:

I know the system's powerful, so it's confusing that early reports are saying that Ninja Gaiden 3 on the Wii U looks worse than the others.

Tsuchiya

#32

Tsuchiya said:

@DerpSandwich

What's confusing? This is just the baby steps of a brand new console. It will take time to fully achieve what the Wii U is capable of.

@grimbldoo

With all that lurking within Wii U come the release of PS4 and 720, you'll pretty much have to trade in your house to buy one of those. I dread to think of the prices those two have brewing and the impact of those two out performing each other may finally be a disaster for possibly one of them. I won't pretend I understood what he was saying most of the time but the way he outlined everything pretty much sums it up. Nintendo it would seem have kicked off the 8th generation of gaming and then some.

Thank Ganon, Nintendo are their own entity and don't conduct themselves like a couple of stray cats fighting.

EvisceratorX

#33

EvisceratorX said:

Haha, seriously, how many more times are we going to see another article on the Wii U's power? It seems like almost every week there's another post where "Developer/Producer X says the Wii U is weaker/stronger than the PS3 and Xbox 360." Hasn't it already been established that this amazing console is at least in PS3/Xbox360 range?

grimbldoo

#34

grimbldoo said:

@Tsuchiya #32
Yeah, I was lost most of the time too, but I did learn that Nintendo would have to try, TRY, to go down to the same level as the PS3 and 360. Like, they would have to go to a second hand store to get parts that weak.
The funny thing is that another NL member posted that video some months back in an article about the Wii U's power, and that's what got me subscribed to the channel...and now I use his videos for reference >:3.

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