Microsoft believes the Wii U is only as good as the current generation Xbox 360 console. That’s according to Corporate VP of Microsoft Studios, Phil Spencer, who’s convinced the Wii U’s graphical capabilities are on par with the Xbox 360. And when you throw in the Wii U Pro controller, Nintendo is “building a platform that is effectively a 360 when you think of graphical capability”, Spencer claims.
Spencer also criticized the Wii U Pro Controller, comparing it to the Xbox 360 one. “They’ve moved the buttons around, and they’ve made a controller that feels familiar for 360 gamers”, Spencer said, adding that this is the reason that many third parties are supporting the Wii U at the moment — they’re doing it to port their older Xbox 360 games to the new console because it is similar to the Xbox 360.
Microsoft aren’t the only ones taking a swing at the Wii U. Last month, Sony claimed that its overpriced and badly selling Vita is better than the Wii U. Yet, after Nintendo revealed the Wii U last year, both Microsoft and Sony wasted no time firing up their copiers and introduced very similar technologies, Microsoft’s SmartGlass (which we think is nothing but a gimmick), and Sony’s Vita Cross Play. These are the same companies that dismissed and laughed at the Wii, a console which has far outsold any of their offerings.