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News: Digital Foundry Ponders Next-Gen Hardware Options for Nintendo

Digital Foundry Ponders Next-Gen Hardware Options for Nintendo

Scalability and integration are the buzzwords

Although the next generation of hardware from Nintendo is unlikely to arrive before late 2016 at the earliest, we expect 2015 to be full of speculation and discussion - rational and otherwise - about what's next. The arrival of the New Nintendo 3DS, for example, arguably sets us up for the portable's...

News: Digital Foundry Praises the Performance for Super Smash Bros. on Both Wii U and 3DS

Digital Foundry Praises the Performance for Super Smash Bros. on Both Wii U and 3DS

"It's a success for Nintendo fans of either persuasion"

Super Smash Bros. is now available on both Wii U and Nintendo 3DS around the world, meaning that fans can double dip or opt for their preferred system wherever they are. Though full-on cross-play isn't possible, there is some connectivity between the versions — for transferring characters or...

News: Digital Foundry Pins Down Mario Kart 8's Resolution and Framerate

Digital Foundry Pins Down Mario Kart 8's Resolution and Framerate

No, not actually native 1080p

After a lengthy build-up, Mario Kart 8 is almost here, the latest entry in the hugely popular franchise. It's been critically acclaimed on multiple fronts, with plenty also lavishing praise on the visuals and performance of the title; in our review we said that visually "MK8 is a stunner, and joins titles such as Super...

News: Rayman Legends On Wii U Is Still The ''Definitive Version'' According to Digital Foundry

Rayman Legends On Wii U Is Still The ''Definitive Version'' According to Digital Foundry

The GamePad swipes, taps and turns its way to the top

Simply saying the name Rayman Legends aloud is enough to get a reaction from Wii U owners, but that reaction could easily lie on either end of a broad spectrum. On one hand it's a bitter development story many would like to forget, but it's truly difficult to deny the title's charm, imagination...

News: A Third-Party "Secret Developer" Gives an Inside Story of Working on Wii U

A Third-Party "Secret Developer" Gives an Inside Story of Working on Wii U

"We would be lucky to make back all the money that we had invested"

One regular topic that can worry or frustrate Wii U owners is the issue of third-party support, particularly with retail content. While the Wii struggled to maintain third-party parity with its rivals — albeit with some excellent exclusives over its years — there was some hope...

News: Digital Foundry Heaps Praise on Super Mario 3D World

Digital Foundry Heaps Praise on Super Mario 3D World

"It [Nintendo] clearly understands what it takes to produce a classic"

Super Mario 3D World has been critically acclaimed, may become a commercial success story in the coming weeks, months and years, and has already played a role in switching up perceptions around what the Wii U can offer gamers. We're yet to see how substantial that impact will be...

News: Performance of Batman: Arkham Origins Wii U Version Compares Unfavourably to 360 and PS3

Performance of Batman: Arkham Origins Wii U Version Compares Unfavourably to 360 and PS3

"It's hard to recommend the Wii U game at all"

Just recently we published our Batman: Arkham Origins review, and for multiple reasons we felt that it fell below the standards of its predecessors. We also suggested the visuals were "shaky", though tech-heads now have a full Digital Foundry face-off to consider for the Caped Crusader's latest...

News: Call of Duty: Ghosts Wii U Performance Reportedly Drops Below PS3 and 360 Standards

Call of Duty: Ghosts Wii U Performance Reportedly Drops Below PS3 and 360 Standards

Eurogamer's Digital Foundry issues its verdict

Activision's Call of Duty: Ghosts may not have reached the standard series heights with its sales — perhaps due to a combination of wearied franchise veterans, a middling critical reaction and the impending arrival of the One and PS4 — but it's nevertheless one of the biggest releases of the year...

News: Rayman Legends on Wii U Wins Digital Foundry Face-Off

Rayman Legends on Wii U Wins Digital Foundry Face-Off

Oddly enough, it has something to do with the ol' GamePad

The Wii U version of Rayman Legends has been declared the definitive version of the game in a recent comparison test carried out by Digital Foundry over at Eurogamer. The analysis — which usually focuses primarily on visual performance — considered the Wii U, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and...

News: Splinter Cell Blacklist Wii U Version's Performance Put Under the Spotlight

Splinter Cell Blacklist Wii U Version's Performance Put Under the Spotlight

Digital Foundry compares it to the 360, PS3 and PC versions

Splinter Cell Blacklist is Ubisoft's latest Sam Fisher-led title, seeking to provide a solid blend of the action-focused Conviction with the stealth gameplay so popular in its predecessors. It's also one of a good number of Ubisoft multi-platform titles that's also on the Wii U, and the...

News: Digital Foundry - Need For Speed: Most Wanted U Delivers as Definitive Console Version

Digital Foundry - Need For Speed: Most Wanted U Delivers as Definitive Console Version

Nice one, Criterion

Earlier this year, highly respected developer Criterion stated that its release of Need for Speed: Most Wanted U would be based on the PC version, taking advantage of the technical improvements Wii U can offer over Xbox 360 and PS3. The technical capabilities of Wii U in comparison to these rivals has been hotly debated by...