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People are focusing too much on Wii U specs, says Tekken dev

People are focusing to much on Wii U specs, says Tekken developer Katsuhiro Harada. Rather than focusing on power and the internal hardware of the Wii U, he believes developers should focus what makes the console unique: its tablet controller and motion controls. “You really have to be looking at the capabilities and what features it has.”, says Harada in a recent interview with gaming site Dusty Cartridge.

Katsuhiro Harada on Wii U specsThis isn’t the first time Harada has voiced his opinions on the Wii U console. Over the past few weeks, he has come out of nowhere and become one of the biggest commentators on the Wii U from the developer’s world. He previously said such things as “the Wii U CPU is underclocked“, when talking about the Wii U specs, and he claimed that the tablet controller is distracting for fighting games. Harada and his team at Namco are currently working on the Tekken Tag Tournament 2 Wii U edition. Harada mentions that the development team will use the tablet controller not to introduce new game mechanics, but to “enhance gameplay” and make it more convenient. Tekken Tag Tournament 2 will feature over 40 fighters from the Tekken franchise, and several new game modes. It’s scheduled for release this Winter.

Via Dusty Cartridge

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  • Shankovich

    Even though this dev has twice given the Wii U specs a bad air??? Make up your minds guys wow -_-

    • PvyHudg

      They’re developers… not the consumers.

      • Shankovich

        Exactly, so they should know the specs better than people who haven’t seen them and not give two sided opinions! *facepalm*

        • Anon

          Devs often don’t know exact specs, as Nintendo *really* doesn’t want them to peek at the hardware. They can, however, get a general feel for the power of the system by seeing how it handles existing code.

          We find out specs once consumer units are available, and/or in the hands of tech people who can pry them open unpunished.

    • Wii Uoops!

      I know. I feel like everyone hates the Wii U, everyone loves the Wii U, everyone hates the Wii U, everyone loves the Wii U, the Wii U will fail, the Wii U will win. Pick a side.

      • Shankovich

        It’s not even that, these guys are supposed to be professionals, not some new kid at the office who has no experience -___-

        • Aenifer

          Maybe, and i repeat maybe, he was trying to amend the “bad” things they said before.

    • Jewelarchon

      Honestly, I believe that now that he is actually working with it, he realized he rushed to judgement in his earlier comments (even though the “distracting” comment was later explained to have been “difficult” not “distracting”). Bottom line, the Wii U is a brand new console with major capabilities that have yet to be explored and remain untapped. Nintendo doesn’t make crap, contrary to “unpopular” belief. They have always put more into consoles than even get used. (i.e. The docking port underneath the original NES–never saw that used here in the US) Looking forward to the awesomeness that is Wii U, no matter what these devs or analysts have to say about it right now!

    • Seth A Drekin

      He never said the specs were bad. He said the CPU was under-clocked.. That just means it is not running as fast as it could. It does not mean it’s bad.

  • Hi8us

    Since it’s translated from japanese i think sometime what he says doesn’t end up sounding the same way harada expects. So basically what he’s trying to say here is “My earlier statements might have been taken as a little harsh. Ok, I messed up so let’s start with a clean slate.”

  • Enigmatic

    He can say things like the CPU is underclocked when compared to other systems so that he has to get creative with his game, or that the tablet controller is distracting for FIGHTING games, without getting bashed at. Would you guys rather have it straight, or the truth bended? Geez.

    • rafael

      I cannot even imagine someone playing a fighting game and having to look to a second screen…only if it is some kind of special move that freezes the fight momentarily

      • rafael

        ”momentarily” probably dont exist hehe read ”for a moment” :)

  • El CaRaS1

    He was never talking bad abot wiiu just said it was under cloked. But that does not make it less powerfull. I bet he finally found a way around and began to unlock an understand the wiiu power. Anyways I be getting this game for sure. By the way im glad he realised the tablet is to enhanse game play not distract u ;)

  • SuperShyGuy

    I am not a tech savvy guy, so how did “a bit underclocked” become WiiU is “weak” anyway?

    • Draco Breach

      Primarily because people who are not tech savvy and tend to be pessimistic jumped to conclusions. Otherwise, some just want to see a ‘bad guy’, and Bandai-Namco had appeared to say some negative things over the few days prior.

      Really, “underclocked” could mean a number of things – including the clock speed of dev kit v.3 was slower than v.4 or something. I could also mean that Nintendo dropped the clock speed by x MHz to keep the hardware cool. It could also mean the GPU is powerful enough to take slack off the CPU.

  • MR.nintendo

    we alredy knew -.-

  • FennexFox

    I guess this would count as good news?

    • MR.nintendo

      it doesn’t

  • Amish Thunder

    I think what he was trying to say, is that the Wii U will not burn down your house and kill your goldfish like the 360 and PS3 did when they first came out.

  • trainerblk

    Im not worried about specs for the simple fact i never had or will gaming in my sopose to be fun not about whats better but about the experience which is wwhy im looking foreword to wii u its a all new way to play so regardless what the haters say il be buying it. Because if i would be worried about specs & don’t give a system a chance ill missed out on a lot of classic systems

    • Macarony64

      True cause of beliving the stupid things ppl say about power i mis
      the oportuniti of playing donkey kong returns i want to kill my self

  • SuperSonic 128

    The man has never said, that he does not think the Wii U is not powerful, but just shared a gripe that he has with a certain aspect of the Wii U console.

  • AcesHigh

    Honestly, I have felt from day one that this developer’s comments have been taken out of context. I believe the columns’ authors on both occasions (underclocking and especially the comments on the controller) were trying to make something of his comments that weren’t there.

    If you go back and read HIS WORDS, he never said anything that lead me (at least) to believe he was saying the console was weak. “Underclocked” doesn’t mean under-powered. And especially his comments about the controller being “distracting”. He was just saying that in the heat of a fighting match, you can’t be looking at the tablet. Which is true! In the same interview, he stated that they would need to use the controller in unique ways that they have yet to discover. But at least they were trying to look for unique ways to use it. If anything, right from the start (and his comments about the tablet), I’ve thought of this guy as actually being an advocate of sorts for the Wii U. I really never got the impression that this developer was dissing the Wii U.

    I DO get the impression that the media is trying to make this this console release a media circus. Add to it all the Pachter comments and the media is loving it! People need to read between the lines and understand what the developers are saying instead of reading the headlines which are written to get people to click on the article.

    • trainerblk

      ^ This the media is the real enemy its been like that for years so they can get there views they start war like when they ask microsoft there opinion of the wii u pro controller & shots was fired on bothside just like these fanboys claiming to the know fact because anonymous aka hiding fanboys wanna want start war & make wii u look less inpresive then it is

      • ChaoSHer0

        true dat^

      • AcesHigh

        Absolutely! You can always tell when there’s a “slow news day”. Nuthin’ but Pachter or grumpy developer articles.

  • ChaoSHer0

    look at his face,thats how you can tell!

  • nambit

    It would be cool in a fighting game if an opponent can jump at you and end up on the gamepad’s screen for a different dynamic of fighting (one where you need to either use touch or something to continue). Some sort of creative thinking like that would be nice. Even better would be that during close range combat you have to pay attention to concealed weapons on the bottom screen (perhaps make a sound or something) that you have to counter. Maybe even you can engage such a concealed weapon.

    One has to think beyond traditional gaming like I just did above to see the potential.

  • Ledreppe

    Just want to say that I agree with this developer that people focus too much on specs. I find it tends to be Microsfot and Sony fanboys that do this. They did it waith the Wii, ridiculing it’s ‘inferior’ specs when compared to the PS3 and XBOX 360, look which console sold more in the end (the Wii).

    The lesson people, is that better specs don’t make better games, so my parting words to people who focus on specs is, pull your heads out of your arses and forget about a system’s spec sheet, because that’s all it is just a list of specs, it’s the games that matter at the end of the day, and that’s what Nintendo delivers on.

  • Paul

    im sure people are more worried about the price than specs

  • leo

    it seems the wiiu has gotten lots of attention for all the wrong reasons. Blah blah wii u is weakblah balh anonymous devs say its weak blah blah blah.

  • vic 20

    he did not say underclocked he said the clockspeed was lower how would it be underclocked vs what cpu and speed we dont know the wiiu cpu

    it isnt UNDERCLOCKED he said its lower in clock than ps3 and x360 ,if it was based on a 3ghz cpu but ran at 2ghz then it would be underclocked RANT OVER

  • Cody

    WiiU`s CPU clock is 3GHz, real speed of IBM Power7 CPU is above 4 GHz.

  • Madmagican

    Honestly, I don’t care about the specs as long as the console is successful, runs smoothly, and isn’t overly priced