A few months back Ukrainian developer 4A, the team behind Metro: Last Light, claimed that it was not impressed with the graphical processing power of Wii U, saying it has a "horrible, slow CPU". This comment naturally sparked off a debate within the industry with many people agreeing with the statement, while others denounced it.
Team Ninja, the developer behind Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor's Edge, has now jumped to the defence of the Wii U by adding to the ranks that argue the console is "definitely next generation". In an interview with Edge, Yosuke Hayashi, head of Team Ninja and director of Ninja Gaiden 3, dismissed 4A's comments saying many developers use the perceived low power of the CPU as a smokescreen when making simple business decisions.
To be completely blunt and honest, there’s no way that the Wii U processor is ‘horrible and slow’ compared to other platforms.
However Hayashi does admit the Wii U hasn't pushed the bar of the previous generation's processor speeds, but insists that the next generation is about more than just beefing up CPUs.
If you’re basing this simply on processor speed, then it’s not next generation. If you’re basing this on Wii U being a new idea that challenges existing platforms, then it definitely is next generation. It is a console videogame platform that is now independent of the TV. Nobody has done that before.
Players want new innovation that includes the environment in which you play and services you use, rather than just raw processor spec. Nintendo is at the forefront of that innovation. I’m looking forward to seeing what the other platforms come up with in the future.
Hayashi went on to say that the Wii U actually helped Team Ninja rectify problems it had with the original Ninja Gaiden 3, which was released on other consoles; the new version has been drastically changed in places to keep blood-thirsty fans happy. Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor's Edge will be available in Europe on 11th January, though North America has been slicing and dicing since the Wii U launched.
Team Ninja is looking into bringing more titles to Wii U and is currently making an action game that may or may not be in development for Nintendo's new home console.
Do you think Team Ninja is correct to denounce those immortal "horrible, slow CPU" comments, or is the lack of processor speed likely to be an issue in the new generation of gaming? Let us know what you think in the comments section below.