Nintendo wants to dispel 'misconception' that Wii U is underpowered

"We understand that this cannot possibly be achieved overnight," says Iwata

Nintendo president Satoru Iwata says the company is striving to dispel the "misconception" that Wii U is an underpowered system.


Responding to a question about overseas developers' perception of the console, the executive told investors at the Japanese firm's annual results briefing earlier this week:

"As you stated, it is a fact that some software development companies assume that Wii U is not powerful enough. On the contrary, some developers say in interviews that Wii U has a different architecture from other consoles and that, when utilized in the right way, it can perform well.

"At the moment, there is a great deal of contradictory information," Iwata added. "Nintendo is required to make more efforts to dispel such a misconception. In fact, some software companies are actively supporting Wii U and others are not. It is important to have supportive companies enjoy successful sales of a game and feel that their decision to develop something for Wii U was correct.

"We understand that this cannot possibly be achieved overnight and it may sound unconvincing under the current slow sales of Wii U. We would like to work to revitalize the Wii U market and show you favorable results for third-party software from this summer."

While there'll have been some less well received ports of Xbox 360 and PS3 games on Wii U, numerous critics felt that the Wii U version of Need for Speed: Most Wanted was superior to other console editions, while Square Enix has said that the upcoming Wii U version of Deus Ex: Human Revolution will be the "best looking and most immersive Deus Ex experience available".