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New rumors point towards Unreal Engine 4 on Wii U

Unreal Engine 4 on Wii UThe Unreal Engine 4 on Wii U might be a reality, according to new, and somewhat far fetched rumors emerging from forums and on various blogs. Yesterday, Epic revealed that the Unreal Engine 4 is scheduled for “unannounced hardware”, an indication that said “hardware” would exclude the Wii U, since it was announced last year.

Now new rumors have emerged on various forums citing developers at Epic saying that Nintendo tweaked the Wii U and its hardware by adding additional GPU features so that the console could run the Unreal Engine 4. This wouldn’t be the first time Epic made a console maker adjust the specs — for the Xbox 360, Epic managed to convince Microsoft to ship the console with twice as much RAM by showing a version of Gears of War with and without the extra memory.

Our take: we still find it hard to believe Epic will release the Unreal Engine 4 on Wii U, simply because the Unreal Engine is known to be pushing the hardware limits whenever a new generation of consoles is released. And if we do see the Unreal Engine 4 on Wii U, it could be a scaled down version since the upcoming consoles from Sony and Microsoft will be much more powerful. But we’ll have to wait and see, hopefully new details will be revealed at E3 in a few weeks.

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  • Roo

    Hellz Yeah!! b^^b

    I probably won’t play any of the games made with UE4, but it’s still super awesome to see it being implemented!

    • Eljonny

      why wouldnt you its photo realistic imagine zelda in that!!!!

    • ismael819

      fuck yah

  • swic11

    Now, this sounds like the most plausible explanation. I think it would be AMAZING if the Wii U could run this, even if it is a scaled down version, it would look way better than what today’s consoles could offer.

  • amatboy4010

    Ok, nintendos in the league.

  • nathant16

    Ok, give it to me in black and im sold.

    • Roo

      Do people really care about the color THAT much?

      • Eljonny

        yes. would u prefer a black or a pink… exactly same with white we want a cool dark black so that the blue light stands out and looks epic along with the shiny black finish

        • Medium

          Black and pink be like Elvis, Elvis wants pink.

    • nathant16

      You betrayer! Your too easy, i want to see end design, see if ibm power7 is true and want at least a little hard drive, even if i have to buy it external. And i want mine in red,(like squares, hate round corners(cross my fingers)). Then im sold.

      • david6

        Nathan you acidently rooted to me again. But yah me david, i want red and all that stuff.

        • amatboy4010

          No david he didnt, thats your bad, you used his handel. I agree with nathan, just give it in black.

          • nathant16

            Thats how i got kicked off ign, dont do that to me.

    • Soastockton

      As nathen said ” GIVE ME A BLACK WII U AND IM SOLD “

  • tron:6Rsd4

    Im with david on this one, except i want silver.

    • Dan7el(WiiU day one purchase)

      Ooooh yeah silver… shiny, Like that cool Gamecube.

    • Eljonny

      They should totally make a WiiU with a chrome finish and blue streaks across !

      • peter pan

        I would like mine to be metal too. And shiny.

  • dillon

    Im stucken to xbox it has better boxware. Clever design assume.

    • alex

      Kinda inbetween ps4 xbox, but thats a stellet engine, so gettin confused

      • john

        ps4 and the next xbox want be that much of a differance sony has lost so much money latly they will be cautiuos this time

  • Austin

    Im getting sorta sold, they have “killer alian freaks” i guess it just depends on console look and color. But i wont decide till after e3.

  • Ares

    This article is a leap forward.

    • Austin

      Yes, but i still agree with david6, ibm power 7, true: pick one. Yes No. Hard drive a must. And the look. Reds kinda strange, im fine with black.

      • nathant16

        You can always buy an ext. hd. But missing the point, this is the unreal engine 4, thats all that matters.

  • john

    No one knows if ps4 or 720 is going to be much of a differance spec wise especially with sony losses

    • alienfish

      I agree, there isn’t any actual evidence regarding the power of the next consoles from MS and Sony. “…it could be a scaled down version since the upcoming consoles from Sony and Microsoft will be much more powerful.” As if it’s a known fact. If you ask me, the more likely outcome is a slight power increase from current gen that maybe does slightly more than WiiU. Anything more than that would have to be sold for a ridiculous amount.

      There is the whole $99 Xbox 360 plan to think about though. If MS and Sony started selling beefed up consoles with contracts for Live and PS+ then it might be possible. As long as Nintendo keeps a free network though, I won’t feel like paying for one.

  • Ryu

    Interesting…I want to see a Metroid game for Wii U run this.

  • Swic11

    I’m excited as hell, so let’s just hope these rumors prove to be true. Nintendo isn’t announcing price or launch date at E3, and they typically don’t announce specs into too much detail, so let’s hope it get leaked or something to ease our worries. As for the color, it actually does matter, all of my electronics are piano black, and I would love for this to fit in as opposed to stand out, but I will be buying whatever color the console comes in one day one.

    • alienfish

      Why just one color? They should release a black one and a white one. These two colors are enough to please almost everyone. As much as I would love a dark green console, black would suit me just fine.

      • swic11

        I didnt mean to say that it would be just one color, I was trying to say that I would prefer piano black if given the choice. But I am also a huge fa of purple. So if they released a purple console like the 3DS, then I would be all over that despite my collection of black electronics.

        • alienfish

          I didn’t mean to call you monochromatic or anything. My reply here probably should have just been a standard post, but I like to bring the bigger picture into light when I can. Here’s to a veritable rainbow of WiiU consoles!

  • sam

    Does that mean well have a.i.

    • david6

      @sam a.i. would be cool for zelda!

    • david6

      A.I. would be cool on Zelda.

  • King

    I think Nintendo would defintily want to make sure the Wii U can support UE4. And I really don’t think the PS4 and Xbox 720 will be that much more powerful, especially Sony, I have a feeling the Xbox 720 will be the most powerful with the PS4 being on par with the Wii U or a little bit more powerful.

    I think next gen will be like 6th gen where in power

    Wii U = PS2
    PS4 = GameCube
    Xbox 720 = Xbox

    Or if Sony pulls a Wii next gen then

    PS4 = PS2
    Wii U = GameCube
    Xbox 720 = Xbox

    But we will see what next gen brings up.

    • Ravyu

      HAhAHAHAHAHAAHAHAHHHAHAAAHEEEHEHEEHEEHOOHOOHOOHEHEHHEHHAHAHAHEEHEEHEEHOOHOOHOHOOHEHE

  • Colour

    You can always paint your console w/e color you want if your good enough or have someone who is do it for you.

    • alienfish

      Well, if you paint as well as you type…

      j/k

  • david6

    What if its clear like glass, then can choose a color neonlight to glow? And i still want red, blood red.

    • swic11

      If that would be the case, I think silver with some bad ass purple LED’s would look amazing

    • Eljonny

      dude chrome finish with blue lights on it

  • http://www.installation4.com Fuzunga

    Yeah, I really doubt Nintendo would make hardware that couldn’t run the newest Unreal Engine considering a shit ton of games use that engine. It would just kind of undermine everything they’re going for here.

    • swic11

      say that to the Wii

      • david6

        Up a little early? Lol

        • swic11

          always although, that was posted at 8:32 am

          • david6

            Oh, im must be thousands miles away

          • swic11

            Central US for me

    • christopher robin

      So does an engine 4 mean it will be a remote control car too? Is that why there will be lights on it?

      • swic11

        I really hope that your kidding

  • Ravyu

    MARIO IN HDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDD!!!!!!!

  • Ravyu

    Why don’t you think Nintendo is not announcing any price, release date? This console needs a little tweaking that can affect the price and manufacturing date.

    • swic11

      I think that they arent releasing that information for exactly that reason. I think that they want to make it as beefy as possible and wait until the last minute to do so. I’m sure they have given their developers the idea of “this is what the Wii U can do at the very least”, but they will probably try to make it as strong as they can at the last second.

      • david6

        Maybe theyll actually win an inovation award @e3.

        • swic11

          I didn’t know they gave out awards, I just follow IGN for a few weeks after to let them announce Nintendo’s victory over the PS360 fan boys

          • titan4

            I think last year ps vita was awarded. But to get noticed it must be tech innovative and overall appeal to consumers.

          • titan4

            To win must be tech inovative and overall consumer appeal. Andi wonder if they will make a new “One Must Fall 2097″, that would be cool in HD.

        • Ares

          Its the critics Best of E3 awards. It would gain nintendo much attention if they were to win an award this year.

  • supo hakate

    Why do people strongly believe that the new xbox and ps4 will run circles around the wii u in graphical power. If you really were smart, in any way, than you would notice a wii u destroying console releasing in 2013 would have near, same, or even greater prices than the playstation 3 launch. I’ve also noted in other articles, that if you compare the rumored gpu of each console( the cards are in the comment section of the Unreal Engine 4 might not come to the Wii U, article) than the wii u gpu murders the nextbox and ps4.

  • Adix22

    I wish Minecraft will come on WiiU :3 and i wanna black console ^_^

  • Majin

    Meh. Wonder if we will be able to make free games on the WIIU, like you could with the 360. The WiiWare shop thing was a disaster.

    • swic11

      It would be nice to have game demo’s, I never used my Wii online except for an Internet browser, so having a demo would be great. But then again this comes with the idea that there will be a storage device. I have an external hard drive, and I wouldn’t mind using it, I just want a system that lets me Re-download my games if my hard drive was to die, or if I even lost it. I don’t want to have to repay for those games.

      • david6

        Well why not just nintendo make one can buy seperate hard drive connect like xbox, or how much could it cost extra for option?

        • swic11

          If Nintendo made an external hard drive (which I’m sure they will if they don’t have one in the system) It will be overpriced like xbox hard drives. I don’t mind using an external hard drive, but in this day and age, you would think they would include on in the system, especially since they have stated that games will have a digital release right along the physical release of a game.

      • LonDonE247

        with ps3 or xbox 360, iam 100% sure that if your console breaks, or gets stolen, or whatever, or your hard drive goes dead, or whatever may be the case, you can always re download your bought games off of psn, or xbox live, a infinite number of times, on ps3 you used to be able to put your psn profile i.d on up to 5 consoles, an download all your bought games on all of them, but now it is 2 consoles at any one time, because groups of friends were game sharing, so regardless you can now have your psn profile active on 2 ps3 consoles,like i have,i have my classic fatty launch ps3, an a ps3 slim, an have both full with my 30 0r so full games i have bought of psn, an all the dlc i have purchased over the years! so dont stress, i dont no about wii, but on wii u as of now, you can only have 1 Nintendo network i.d on one consoles which if it breaks your screwed, but Nintendo have said they will be changing that, thats why as of now i will not buy anything on the Nintendo network until i know that my purchases are transferable an tied to my Nintendo network i.d instead of my wii u console!!

  • titan4

    So will they make a new “One Must Fall 2097″, that would be cool in HD.

  • titan4

    Wonder if they will make new “One Must Fall 2097″ for wii u, it would be cool to see in HD.

  • titan4

    I wonder if they woukd make new “one must fall 2097″ for wii u. That would be cool to see in hd.

  • david6

    אני רוציתי רבה מחודש מהר צובה חזק בוגה בודה i want more and more(bad) faster better stronger!

    • david6

      (or literal: i adjusted very quickly renewed in vega strong tsuba)

      • david6

        Ani rotseeti raba macadesh mahar tsuba cazak b-vega boda. I adjusted very quickly renewed(for fabricating) in Vega, a strong Tsuba. These are the words engineers and companies, craftsmen, leaders, developers to live by. Words from heaven appolo the sun; not the words of pencil pushers clayton christenson and reginald fil-aime to say “disruptive inovation” and used in the wrong pretence.- those fools words is like depraving your mind of dopamine on purpose, like taking back legs off a chair, like trying to walk on quicksand, it is willed failure, it is a dead end(losing words). Winning words, have peace in war.and dont lose your army.

        • david6

          S.A.T.O.R

  • Chris

    When you said “upcoming consoles from Sony and Microsoft will be more powerful” I think that’s going to be unlikely.

    There is more evidence to show that Sony’s new Playstation Orbis/4 will be less powerfully than the Wii U, this might be due to the fact that Sony is losing a lot of money and a over-powered next gen console could push them to the brink which Sega went to, Sony could become a third party Company and only create TVs, Fridges, Phones and so on.

    The Xbox 720/ Kinect 2 will be more powerful just like how the xbox was the most powerful, which the GameCube came in second and the PS2 was the last and most underpowered console until the PS3. However, Microsoft have stated that they want to go a more “family” oriented route meaning the next xbox will feel more like the Wii of the next gen.

    Finally the Wii U, it seems to be the most promising and the 2nd most powerful (until we get the specs of the xbox 720 and PS4) in the next gen consoles, I believe it won’t be a big leap into like full realistic graphics but I do believe that the next Unreal Engine 4 will run like a dream on the system just at a downgraded level which will also go for the same with the other next gen consoles.

    Now this is just my opinion but I still believe there is a big chance that the new Unreal Engine will be released for Nintendo’s Wii U

    • Austin

      I think the power, though important is not the main issue, as this article proves. It is box design and hard drive that concerns people. And seems to be two issues nintendo as yet ignored publicly.

  • uPadWatcher

    I hope that rumor is far from true. I have a feeling that Nintendo have done their homework along with Epic Games. After tweaking the hardware, we’ll be one of the many to witness the Big N’s new console to become the first to have games powered by Unreal Engine 4!

    Now you’re playing with power… UNREAL power!!!!!!!

    • Wildman

      i hope that will be their slogan.

  • Wildman
  • T002Tyrant

    I’m a journalist. I’ve spoken to multiple tech experts, and the reason why the Wii U is aparently underpowered for a next gen console is because it has to process what’s on the Wii U controller too.

    The latest I have managed to dig up is that v5 of the dev kits are as follow

    – 6 core 710 Express Power 7 chip at 3.7Ghz/core
    – 1GB RAM
    – 1GB AMD Radeon HD 7770 at 1Ghz

    Ok it’s not anywhere near the 16-core, 4GB RAM, 2GB GPU beast Microsoft has allegedly planned, but the Power 7 architecture has a lot more bite than most chipsets. Think of the Wii U as a Pitbull terrier (small but powerful bite) and the 720 as a Doberman (similar bite, more muscle and endurance). Unreal 4 was designed for the Doberman, but I’m sure there will be graphics engines that will be an equivalent of an “Unreal 3.5″ engine to show what those specs can do.

    • T002Tyrant

      *I mean to say are as predicted. Not as followed. I would like to state these are the closest specs my sources could come up with, and within the price range on a mass manufacturing cost, while retailing at $350

    • Smurfman256

      I hope that you realize the a hex-core POWER7 and a 7770 is MORE than a generational leap. The 7770 is about 6X the GPU of a Xbox 360 and the CPU would be 8X a 360.

      • swic11

        I run a 7400 1G in my PC and it runs really well, no problems whatsoever, so if this rumor proves to be true, then holy shit I’m excited. And then with Nintendo’s own personal architecture and enhancements with the Wii U, its going to run fantastic

      • david6

        @smurfer where the hell have you been, it was a ibm power 7 core, it looks like they might up it. Its so great, that the newest ibm chip can compete with xbox720 16core, because xbox using a power pc chip. Power 7 has more threads, and ask intel vs amd, threads matter. And duh, they need at least 1gb gpu, or couldnt run unreal engine 4, but they also must have picked one most best 1g gpu. I think gforce has better one but its still way up there.

        • david6

          It looks like uppin power 7 4core to 6core cpu*, awesome awesome awrsome, ibm power 7 is best chip!!!!

        • swic11

          exactly, its this journalist is correct at all, this will be a pretty powerful machine. Now if Nintendo can utilize its 3rd party like it wants too, they should be set.

        • Smurfman256

          What I was saying was that the proposed specs are more than the “generational leap” that people have been wanting. And yes, fingers crossed taht these specs would come true because this is more tahtn enough to reun Crysis one with most settings turned to High or Very High.

          • Smurfman256

            and damn my schtoopid typos.

  • nathant16

    No doubt those are good specs, but i think people are just worried about how it looks on the outside now, color design. And also dont want it to be called wii u.

  • Ravyu

    The Maximum I will spend on this is $5000, no more

    • nathant16

      Lol thats right

  • Miks

    What makes you so sure about MS/Sony making incredibly powerful machines. They are companies too, and in order to trump Nintendo with their consoles, they had to gain losses by releasing much more powerful machines, sure, it re-paid them later on, but Nintendo gained money since they released the Wii. And, Sony sure as hell won’t risk anything like the PS3 again, they lost insane amounts of money. So you can count the PS4 of being the most powerful of the bunch, well, if Sony decides to do that stupid thing again, and possibly seal their demise, then you can still count it in, but I don’t think they’re THAT stupid.
    And Microsoft won’t make such a dramatic decision too, remember RROD? Yeah, they pushed the 360 out way too early. And Seeing as how the Wii u is a much more serious competitor this time around, it’s going to be much harder for MS to gain those losses just to make a much more powerful console. Also, it’s much more risky than last time, this time a lot of 3rd party devs support the Wii U, which could mean that the Wii U could become the console on which games are mainly developed on, and the Nextbox could get ports, just like the a bit more powerful PS3 got ports from the 360.
    There won’t be AS large of a difference hardware-wise this time around, trust me.

  • Lucifer

    Will nintendo have vames besides the ports shown?