news\ Sep 27, 2011 at 4:19 pm

Wii U Is Not a Transitional Console, Says EA


It's been clear since E3 that EA is strongly supporting the Wii U. Nintendo's upcoming console certainly looks very promising, and the major publisher has been vocal about its stance on it. In a statement to IndustryGamers, EA COO Peter Moore made it clear that he didn't see the Wii U as a transitional console.

"People will start talking about it as a transitional platform," stated Moore. "And I don't think that's going to be the case, and here's why ... This is about, as it was with the Wii, is the controller a unique way of enjoying a game experience, regardless of what the graphic fidelity is?"

According to Moore, video games have reached a graphical limit, and attention is now mainly focused on controls and interface. Additionally, expressed the EA COO, gamers care a lot about online features, and that's something Nintendo is really looking at right now. "Online certainly was not a factor with the Wii, as you know; although they had capabilities, it just wasn't there at the level that both Xbox Live and PlayStation had," said Moore. "But I think Nintendo totally gets the multiplayer, building community, co-op play, having the ability to bring games that are deeper--all those things are now very important."

Given the fact that both Microsoft and Sony have stated that their respective consoles have a good five or six years left, it's obvious Nintendo's Wii U will have ample time to compete in the market. And now that the Big N is delving into the world of HD visuals and online play, the company will certainly have something unique to offer with the console's tablet controller. We'll have to wait and see how gamers respond to the Wii U when it hits store shelves, though. Are you looking forward to Nintendo's next platform? Or do you think it's arriving a bit late to the party?

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