The Wii U CPU clock speed is “kinda low”, according to Namco’s Katsuhiro Harada. In a recent interview, Harada said that the graphical power of the Wii U isn’t an issue, but on the CPU side, he said the clock speed was low because Nintendo is trying to keep power consumption low.
“As far as the CPU goes, the clock is kinda low”, Harada said in an interview with DigitalSpy, adding “Nintendo is trying to keep power consumption down so we have to come up with creative ways to get around that”. The most recent Wii U system specs rumors indicate that the Wii U CPU has three cores running at around 3 GHz, with a total of 3 MB of L2 cache.
Harada made a comparison to the PlayStation 3 processor, saying that it was initially difficult to develop for, but once developers made use of the different cores, it was quite powerful. However, the Wii U CPU is a different issue, he said. Recently, Harada made comments regarding the upcoming Tekken Tag Tournament on the Wii U, saying the Wii U GamePad controller was “distracting” when it comes to fighting games. Namco is not only developing the upcoming Tekken title for the Wii U, but is also working with Nintendo on the upcoming Super Smash Bros U fighting game.