According to Fable creator Peter Molyneux, the Wii U is “slightly lackluster”. Molyneux, in an email exchange with gaming site Kotaku, said “Nintendo’s slightly lack lustre Wii U is going to have to blow us away with better specs and great 1st party line up.” Molyneux has been working on the Xbox 360 franchise Fable over the past few years, and his previous studio, Lionhead, is owned by Microsoft. Molyneux was never expected to create a Wii U game, he’s not a Nintendo developer per se, and his words are more an estimate than his own opinion — we doubt Molyneux and his current studio have access to any Wii U dev kits or hardware. It’s also interesting that such a comment would come from Molyneux, since he famously stated that “today’s controllers are obsolete”. Perhaps he should familiarize himself with the Wii U controller a bit better.
This isn’t the first time we’ve heard developers complain about the Wii U and its specs. Last month “unnamed” developers claimed the new Nintendo console was less powerful than current gen systems, an absurd statement. Earlier this month it was revealed that Nintendo has shipped the final Wii U dev kits and hardware to developers, and that the Wii U system specs have been set.