Industry legend Peter Molyneux has expressed his concerns over the Wii U and how game-specific hardware continues to flatter to deceive.
Speaking with GameIndustry International, the man behind classics such as Theme Park and Populous compared Nintendo’s latest console to Amazon’s Kindle Fire and Apple’s iPad, suggesting the big companies need to “match and exceed” the standard set by these tablet devices.
Unconvinced the Wii U has achieved this feat he told GameIndustry International:
“I think the Wii U is good, but I don’t feel it’s great. 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.”
Interesting point of view, however Nintendo seem to have faired better in capturing the public’s attention – particularly in recent years- when compared to the other big brand names, the original Wii a perfect example.
Wii U looks to be no different; reports suggesting as many as 250 people have camped outside an HMV store in London ahead of the UK launch tomorrow.
Source: GamesIndustry International