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Factory that creates Wii U eDRAM in financial trouble

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Over the weekend, reports that Semiconductor manufacturer Renesas Electronics is in dire straights hit the web. According to these reports, the company will need to close four semiconductor plants in Japan over the next few years. One of these plants that is closing is responsible for manufacturing the Wii U embedded DRAM.

According to reports, Nintendo was responsible for more than half the load at that particular factory at peak times, but slow sales of the Wii U has forced the plant to run at a loss. Some have speculated that this shift in the production line of the Wii U could have repercussions on availability of the console in the future, but Nintendo has announced that a new factory will pick up where Renesas Electronics left off.

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  • sdmac200600

    The Wii U needs to start selling. Now it’s bringing down other companies. This is just unacceptable…

    • tronic307

      Nintendo NEEDS the ability to at least double their game output! I’ve known this for years, why does it seem like nothing’s changed? I think they know that it’s bringing the Wii U down, but now Renesas? I just hope they care.

      • Laud

        You realize that something has definitely changed.

        SD to HD is no joke.

        As someone who’s currently learning how to develop games in school going from SD to HD doubles the amount of work that goes into the game. There’s just something about HD textures that makes me want to murder TV producers.

        • Shaise

          I’ve actually heard some actors hate HD! Because sometimes i makes it easier to see any ”stuff” on their face, but what is the big deal with HD anyway? Theres no big difference!

          • tronic307

            All the assets need about 4x the number of pixels.

          • Laud

            ^ This.

            Also everything takes much longer to implement.

            Basically you will never get it down perfectly, it’s never been done. There will always be some HD texture issue no matter what the game because it’s too way too much to look at and test.

            The most annoying thing is believing you’ve polished something to perfection only to have someone move near a wall and move the camera around to cause a void somewhere in the distance.

          • what

            In studios most textures made with 2x4x resolutions in original, there is no real differents with textures, I know what I’m talking about we always work like this.

        • tronic307

          You’re right, but Nintendo should have been preparing for HD as soon as the Wii launch was safely off the ground, from 2007-2008 on. They’ve needed more developers for a very long time, and now they’ve created a situation where every game is rushed by necessity.
          The upcoming Super Mario 3D World looks very fun, but lacks the sheer scope of the Galaxy series.

          • Laud

            This is true but they didn’t think the transition from SD to HD would be a big deal, they obviously won’t be making this mistake again.

          • what

            In reality this is really not that big deal about resolution jump it’s more about system power, more shader work, mode models work etc. There is not that much different with textures really.

          • Laud

            I don’t think you understand anything though? When I say SD to HD I mean everything from textures to shaders to testing.

            Everything takes more time and energy.

            If you’re a pro developer state your name, your employer and which games you’ve worked on.

          • Truthteller

            They should have been preparing BEFORE the Wii U specs were even finalized as they knew it would be HD. Nintendo did this to themselves by making a quick money grab with a repackaged GC and now they are way behind the times.

          • tronic307

            I didn’t say Nintendo should have prepared for HD development after the Wii U launch, I said after the Wii launch! NO TYPO, but now edited for clarity. To be specific, Nintendo should have started R&D on HD tech around the time of the Wii 3.0 firmware release (August 6, 2007). And there’s a plot hole even with that early date: Shouldn’t Nintendo have first researched HD graphics tech nearly a decade ago before deciding it was too costly for the Wii?

        • jay

          Yeah the kids that troll sites don’t understand this.

          Everyone thinks Nintendo is lazy yet their the only hardware/software video game developer in the world.

          • tronic307

            Look, I know that Nintendo is cranking away day and night on the software front. I’m just saying that they cannot buy themselves any breathing room unless they expand their development resources. If Nintendo were to do this, they could avoid droughts, work on more titles simultaneously, and take the time to give each game the full level of polish.

            Nintendo isn’t lazy, they’re just running too lean.

        • what

          I’m professional game developer and find that in SD->HD textures is not a problem at all. I think you talk nonsense. There is other problems with HD but textures is least of them.

    • The Clockwork Being

      I know right. For sure the sells will pick up for the Wii U but Nintendo needs consistent sells year long to give the percentage of money those factures need to make a profit. If the Wii U forces so other companies to close down their facturies then companies will think twice for NIntendo’s next gen console after the Wii U.

    • Ducked

      Nintendo needs to start advertising the Wii U this fall. There finally getting some good software, so they need people to know about it.

      • The Clockwork Being

        Yess the ads have to come in variety. About the Wii U tech, the Wii U vs the Wii, Games of the holiday and more

        • Ducked

          Yeah, they really need to do a comparison advertisement asap

          • Magnus Eriksson

            Like this one? Well, we all know how well that went… Nintendo needs to get games out there. Thats what sell consoles.

          • fireheartis1

            You know that’s what I used to show one of my fellow Walmart Associates what the Wii U was, and it worked. He bought the Wii U for his Grandson and not the Wii. Nintendo should hire the girl on YouTube that did a transformation video about the Wii into the Wii U. I’m not sure how to find it anymore I watched it like 9 months ago lol. It’s sad though that a company had to shut down one of their plants because of it. Also Nintendo needs to really get all over stores like Target for their stupid advertising mistake. When I saw that advertisement myself yesterday I was really pissed. Nintendo really has a lot of hard work ahead of them in order to fix this problem the lack of advertising has made, or the Wii U will be doomed to fail like everyone say. Advertisements like they had for the Wii in 2006 are what they need to start doing like as of right now.

          • Ducked

            Look at the Wii U games they listed, Sing Party and Nintendo Land. They made the Wii U look more casual than the Wii..

      • Shaise

        Lately I’ve seen Pikmin 3 advertisements, & on a range of channels, unlike before, they were stuck on nickelodeon & are not frequent, the last time I saw a Pikmin 3 advertisement was yesterday

        • Ducked

          Oh, I have Netflix and Hulu now so I don’t know :/

          • https://twitter.com/Zorpix_Fang Zorpix

            I could swear I saw one on hulu…

          • Ducked

            You have, I haven’t…

          • https://twitter.com/Zorpix_Fang Zorpix

            hrm. weird

        • readypembroke

          Just watched a recorded episode of Regular Show and after the episode, there was a Disney Planes ad with the kid playing the game with the GamePad tilting it to go up, down, left and right.

      • Jake

        No they have to start advertising now. Pikmin has started the continuous releases of games and nobody cares. Nintendo needs to first show off what wii u is, advertising some old games like zombiu to show wii is not just casual, monster hunter, nsmbu and Lego city to show wii u has amazing games. Then they have to show nintendo land and game and wario to show wii u also has causal. Finally they must show pikmin and every new game, whether it is an 1st party game, show off WW101 and get the word out that sonic is on wii u only. Finally they must show that Ubisoft games, CoD and batman are on wii u and show that a game like Rayman legends is the best version. It isn’t that hard to do.

        • Ducked

          Good thinking, I completely agree with you.

        • Spencer Manigat

          That’s a terrible business stradegy. You never waste advertising money on old software to try to sell your hardware. There are plenty of new casual and hardcore games that need the advertising money way more. Advertising is extremely costly. And it IS that hard to do. You don’t know anything about business or the advertising sector.

          • Jake

            I’m not saying advertise every game individually, but have a commercial or ad that goes like “this is wii u. A brand new console has HD has a brand new revolutionary controller has miiverse eshop tvii. It already has games like these (show old games and describe) then show new games. Just one ad for a minute can describe wii u. Now it sounds good. Right. And beside Its not like wii u has 3 games releasing this week and has much to advertise

          • Spencer Manigat

            Oh… Well then you’re absolutely right and I take everything back. I thought you were saying to re-advertise older games lol. My bad. Though the time periods the games come out doesn’t effect how many games need advertising. Splinter Cell Wonderful 101, especially Pikmin, and even smaller games coming out are enough to focus advertisement periods.

    • david jarman

      Nintendo didn’t bring this company down. They’re closing four and only one of those had to do with nintendo. They still need to start pushing the console, though.

      • sdmac200600

        “According to reports, Nintendo was responsible for more than half the load at that particular factory at peak times, but slow sales of the Wii U has forced the plant to run at a loss.”

        • david jarman

          So why are the other three closing? Something doesn’t seem accurate about this report. Did nintendo not purchase the Edram?

          • sdmac200600

            Not sure but I’m sure it has to be a chain reaction. I’ve think I’ve heard of one section of a company failing which caused some other parts of the company to fail so I wouldn’t be surprised if the same thing is happening here. I think the 3 other plants were giving that one plant money to stay running but that could have caused the other to go in debt too.

          • david jarman

            Yeah, I read all of it and links(except for the Japanese links) and none of it stated that it was because of wii u sales. It all has to do with company’s own issues and the merger. They closed their state of the art plant down and that the article was about how that could end up hurting the wii u.
            So it was never about wii u sales effecting them, but they might be effecting the wii u.
            Who knows! Pikmin 3 rocks and that’s the truth!

        • david jarman

          I read the article. They closed the plant down cause of a merger and restructuring of the company.

  • gamesplayswill

    Why is the Wii U hitting so much bad luck!!

  • Jack5221

    So… ONE of out of the four plants is being closed down? Thats it?

    • sdmac200600

      No. All 4 plants are closing. But one of them that is closing makes the eDRAM for the Wii U which is really bad for the future of the Wii U if they don’t start selling units fast.

    • lewis Button

      Plants? What are plants to do with the Wii U?

  • DigitalBlawks

    This is ridiculous how Wii U is getting so much hate! It deserves SO MUCH MORE than this! It’s not a stupid add-on to Wii like an N64DD Nintendo should literally change their console’s name to just Nintendo U so that people won’t get so confused.

    • Shaise

      Yeah, but its not just Nintendo! The Xbox One makes you think of the first Xbox, Nintendos great home console names are N64 & the most recent, 3DS

    • jay

      Changing the name now will only confuse people more.

  • only god can judge me

    The more I hear bad news the more it motivates me to support my wii u.It’s obvious no matter what the Wii u do from this point moving forward they will criticize Nintendo every chance that they get.

    • The Clockwork Being

      Well some media are bias like IGNorant. You go on their site and they mention that Liu Jun of Ubisoft Shangai stated that Splinter Cell isn’t going to get offline Co-op thats the only thing they say. But then I go on NIntendo life to see the full interview and baaam everything is revealed. Liu Jun stating that the Wiii U version is the definitive version, the advanced version, using the gamepad it such awesome ways its like the game was made with the gamepad in mind. The gamepad helped innovate the title. But all we see on IGN is only the Negative aspect.They dont even mention it was due to time restraint and the Wii U Co-op could be patched.

      Another thing is them only showing the obvious titles and not showing X. THen they complain and say there was nothing new besides Smash Bros and no other exclusives were in the direct. But dont mention X.

      Keep your Wii U and keep gaming. Smash Bros, X, Zelda, Bayonnetta 2( suck it up other platforms), Mario Kart, Super Mario 3D World, DKC:TF and more upcoming games are worth keeping your Wii U

      • only god can judge me

        Agreed

      • MichaelEhrgott

        I tried to pre-order X at gamestop today and they said they don’t even have it confirmed for the U.S. yet……WHAT WHAT!!?!?!

        I’m not too worried though. They showed it at E3.

        • The Clockwork Being

          Maybe for tomorow’s direct. I just hope Nintendo of America doesn’t do the same bullshit they did with Xenoblade Chronicle and making it a GameStop exclusive.

      • Arthur Jarret

        Yup, Mario kart is coming… there’s not even one game that outsold the wii version except the original mario bros., tetris and angry birds – the first two because they’ve been made available on many platforms and the last one due to free advertised versions.

        It’s a definite system seller, I’m waiting to call it until I see the system sales after that’s been out for a month.

        • The Clockwork Being

          Yep thats why I consider the huge milestones for the Wii U this holiday season and Spring 2014 which is when Mario Kart and Smash Bros comes out. Each period will have system sellers. About your last sentence I feel the same. People shouldn’t only be considering the holiday season when the biggest system seller of last gen was Mario Kart Wii

          • readypembroke

            Don’t forget Wii Fit U!!

      • Nintenjoe82

        IGN and nearly all major review sites are the slaves of publishers like EA, Sony and Nintendo. Their reviews of major 1st party games get insanely high scores despite these games being mainly sequels or QTE games. EA get no punishment for their Sim City debacle, instead getting a week after launch to sort out their problems but Wii U games get marked down on console launch day for not having big enough online communities.

        Any game with a bit of imagination gets reviewed as though it is expected to be as ground-breaking as Ocarina of time and will get marked down to a 7.5 on graphics or difficulty and then a game like BO2 or Halo 4 which is essentially DLC for an old game will get 9.5 because it had one new type of level.

        • Truthteller

          IGN sucks, but do you want to know what equally sucks, me!

          I suck yo!

        • The Clockwork Being

          I know right they were reviewing Earthbound with a modern score system and it got 9.0. The only down side was because it was ”hard” in the beginning. Its like WTF do you want no challenges in games

    • Orto

      Bad news can turn into good news. Look at how the wii u came out without any mii support and then they updated due to fan outrage. The more bad news the better as bad news always turns out to be good news in the long run. Miyamoto said that the wii u was well on its way to become one of the greatestvconsoles of all time abd it achieved that within a few weeks with a great line up of games.

    • Nintenjoe82

      Either Nintendo did something to piss off the mainstream media or Sony and MS are paying them to keep castigating Wii U. Even neutral media organisations like BBC have Nintendo hating trolls doing their gaming related bits.

      I am pretty sure that Nintendo will get things a little easier when Sony and MS go head to head and one beats the other but then again, I wouldn’t be surprised if they were both massive commercial flops and people were still talking about Nintendo being in trouble.

      • only god can judge me

        I definitely agree with you.

  • lewis Button

    I don’t think they are actuarly “in trouble”.

    • The Clockwork Being

      This is a guy thinks that when a company has billions in the bank they are in trouble. He also believe that when their last console and handheld were huge success they are in trouble.

      • Truthteller

        You are so used to pro-Nintendo propaganda that you apply it even when I am not talking about Nintendo!

        • The Clockwork Being

          Dont make me laugh look at how my comment was made. No such reference to your post but merely a reply to a comment made by Lewis. Now Ignoranceiswhatsup lets analyse my comment shall we.

          Lewis stated: I don’t think they are actually ”in trouble”.

          He is referring to you stating that they are in trouble judging by how you addressed your question:

          Man, they seem to make products in just about every computer motherboard, so how are they in trouble?

          NOW ME ANSWERING to Lewis telling you that they are not in trouble I come in and justify your reasoning by stating examples of why you would think they are in trouble.

          Is this so hard to get or has the trolling gone to your head and made you not get simple matters

  • The Clockwork Being

    Oh jeez I think this guy is Knowldge is whats up who’s with me. Don’t feed this troll just flag him as innapropriate

    • Ducked

      No, don’t treat him like he’s famous!

  • only god can judge me

    You missed the whole point of my view.Every article that revolves around the Wii u has bad news of some sort and its mainly fueled by critics.

    • Zombie Boy

      It’s okay, he does that a lot. Flag and ignore.

      • NintendoNoob

        Lol, we’re used to his BS and lack of reading

  • Ducked

    I’d hate to see this factory close down because the Wii U isn’t selling. Hopefully sales pick up like expected in time to save it.

  • The Clockwork Being

    No when someone was banned for trolling then comes back to do it again under a different name just to troll an not making a actual objective and well explained opinion than yes I ban him.

    • Clel

      Dooon’t feeed hiiiiim… Also, he admitted a while ago that he was kiwu (shorthand for knowledgeiswhatsup)

  • starwars360

    Well we have wait and see if your right or not. We don’t care if Wii U have be stop then Nintendo will planning to bring new console that might change after all and better. Nintendo alway try their best and hard. :)

    • jay

      Wii U’s not going anywhere. I have no idea why this moron wants Nintendo to die, but Wii U at the LEAST has 5 years left in it.

  • Kirbyomega

    Wow. I’m really hoping smash bros saves this console.

    • jay

      The console’s not in trouble. Take a break from gaming media dude.

      • Kirbyomega

        I know it’s not in danger and that Nintendo is still making a profit, but you have to admit it’s not selling as well as it should. I have a Wii U but I’ve used it to play Wii games more than to play Wii U games.

  • tronic307

    That seems to be your M.O.

  • SonicLucario

    C’mon Nintendo your better then this….

  • 00EpicGamer00

    Well….at least this experience will teach Nintendo, not to be too quick on releasing their consoles. According to the article, this was due to “slow sales of the Wii U.” Which is why, I think it would of been MUCH better if Nintendo released the Wii U THIS November (or at least the Summer. So we would have Pikmin as probably a launch title.) If they would of done that, Nintendo would have LOTS of 1st party games out (Not just one, or two.) And the Wii U would have millions, and I mean MILLIONS of sales.

    But, Nintendo was a bit overconfident when releasing their console, first. According to them, they’ve been having “difficulties” developing games in HD (which is what they should of worked on more. Before the console was released.), they didn’t expect “HD development” to alter their plans on when they released their games, so they probably thought the games would come in a few months, like they probably originally planned….And not in a few years! Although, technically it hasn’t even been one full years since the Wii U launched, but you get my point. It basically has taken Nintendo ALMOST a full year after the Wii U launched, to get some 1st party games out.

    • jay

      Yeah Nintendo’s biggest mistake was releasing the Wii U in 2012. When I found out fanboys were rejoicing while i was thinking “not good…”

  • Wanderlei

    These plants are dime a dozen, another pointless beatup. I’m done with this site.

  • Spencer Manigat

    Accept that Nintendo confirmed months ago that it would be changing the company that makes it’s eDRAM. This will have zero effect on the Wii U what so ever. Terrible journalism. Seriously.

  • John

    Read this two days ago on NintendoEnthusiast

  • https://twitter.com/Zorpix_Fang Zorpix

    I dont blame Nintendo. They have an awesome system with awesome games. I blame consumers for not realizing there’s more to gaming than mindless shooters.

    (They could advertise more though…)

    • John Raybell

      Yeah forsure its on nintendo, them failing to advertise this long is killing it, i still have friends who have never seen an ad on tv, thats not good.

      Its doing so pooly because nintendo has done a horrible job marketing, and are late to put first party titles.

      If the wiiu launched with a real zelda or mario titles among others, it would be selling great right now.

      They need to expand on dev teams and get these games out, every game we know about should have been out this year, most already out.

      The new zelda,mario,DK,mario kart yada yada should have already been out
      and fully advertised.

      And no more old ports of games!

  • tronic307

    More likely you were banned for personal attacks.

  • tronic307

    No, the lenses are actually better, they’re just trying too hard to add a ‘film look’.

    • Truthteller

      No they are not. They did that to stop spots, lines and wrinkles on people’s faces. Look at The View. They used to use a straight HD lens of whatever type and I would see spots, discolorations and all wild skin anomalies. You know how vain women are, so they now have a soft lens. Even the 1080i channels soften things up.
      Trust me, I was on it from just about the start and I have seen the changes. It is good the foe vanity of the on-air personalities, but bad for those looking for maximum picture quality.

  • Laud

    Lol, they worked on HD before it was mainstream and look at all the hardware issues they had you idiot.

    PS3 barely started making profit not too long ago and the XBOX had hardware issues. They can’t even do much more than the Wii to be honest.

    720p 30fps isn’t a big deal you know, the Wii opted for 480p 60 frames and there was nothing wrong with that, they did win the sales race you know.

    • readypembroke

      Super Smash Bros Brawl did 60 FPS.

  • tronic307

    At least I’m trying to offer a solution. +1 cause I lol’d.

  • The Clockwork Being

    SO you admit you are Knowldgeiswhatsup aka Ignoranceiswhatsup

  • tronic307

    What games?

  • Laud

    Sure, whatever you say bro.

    You’re dead set on being wrong so go ahead.

    It definitely wasn’t as power as the other consoles but it didn’t need to be, and they proved that.

    So complain, whine, and pretend it didn’t exist. I’m not affected at all lol.

    • Truthteller

      Power of the Wii compared to the others was not even my issues, I was addressing your claiming that Nintendo ‘opted’ for 480P in the Wii as if they could have opted for 1080 or even 720. It had not choice but to go with 480 because it was a GC.

      • http://ejercitogeek.net/ Mercurio2054

        So, Metroid Other M is like a game cube game?
        you never play it?

      • readypembroke

        The Wii isn’t a GameCube, it’s different hardware.

        • Truthteller

          It is a Wii. Just because you don’t know does not mean that the rest of us don’t.

  • The Clockwork Being

    Actually it was more powerful than the Gamecube. And if it really was a repackaged Gamecube, I have a hard time believing some games rival HD games. Look at Super Mario Galaxy. Critics are saying games like these looked better than some HD games. It looked great. Yours just trying to see that the Wii wasn’t a success by YOUR standards

    • Truthteller

      My apologies. I forgot the add the word ‘overclocked’ in there. Cartoon graphics are so easy to make, that is why Nintendo designs their systems around those type of graphics. You might as well stop it as the whole world knows that the Wii was an overclocked, repackaged GC.

  • Clel

    Fascinating

    • Truthteller

      The wii u is good.

      I suck so bad.I now have the courage to admit it.

  • Deadpool U

    Wasn’t this resolved yesterday as Nintendolife reported?

    • $41809923

      yes

  • Fred
  • Deadpool U

    He not saying people are too stupid to buy Wii U he’s saying that there are people who only systems for shooters and that they aren’t the only games around.

  • JBeauregard

    People forgot that business CONSOLIDATE. You think they’re just going to shut down a factory and say, “No, we can’t those anymore because we had to close a specific building.”? The dram will be made in another one of their factories. In my opinion, this is only news for those that want to make Nintendo out to be failing further. It’s the details that they don’t provide so they can get a reaction out of you.

  • that guy

    as long as we’re on the topic of eDRAM does anyone know the bandwidth and amount the wii u has?

    • Elem187

      I read the early 2011 dev kits were running at 57/gb per second… but that could have changed multiple times since then… thats 57 + the 12gb per second larger pools.

      if the console was designed for 720p, anything over 12gb per second is overkill anyways.

  • JeanPaul

    Nintendo had a solution to this almost immediately, there is an article somewhere out there. Only 2 of the factories closed, so now they are using the other 3.

  • https://twitter.com/Zorpix_Fang Zorpix

    I know who you are. I know what you do. Stop talking.

    • Truthteller

      Ignore me I am stupid

      • Guest

        Ugh, what’s worse: Trolls or spoofers?

  • Guest

    Not to be an ass but can’t we look in to the issue before posting articles about it? The issue has been resolved according to this article http://nintendoenthusiast.com/21856/closure-of-a-vital-semiconductor-factory-posses-a-threat-to-the-future-of-wii-u/

    • Elem187

      But the truth is so much less sensationalist…. how can you expect to have any web clicks if you don’t fib ?

      • ItzameyaToad

        You can have web clicks by having a truthfull title and earning the respect of people to where they want to come back to “click” on your articles. Sure places that lie/make it seem like something its not get alot of clicks but I can almost bet they can get just as much people to click on there article when being truthful/Non-sensationalist.

    • John Raybell

      Ummm dude it says this right above you “but Nintendo has announced that a new factory will pick up where Renesas Electronics left off.”

      Open your eyes next time, just because you failed to read it, doesn’t mean it wasn’t there.

  • 00EpicGamer00

    Ha! And you say you don’t troll. I could say the same thing about the PS4, but you’d get all butthurt wouldn’t you? xD

    You’re not a very intelligent individual are you? Heck, your avatar pic makes it look like you’re 8 years old xD
    your comments are just getting funnier and funnier. Do you seriously think people can take you seriously? Lol, if you do, then you got mental problems.

    • fireheartis1

      He probably is only 8 years old lol.

      • 00EpicGamer00

        I wouldn’t be surprised.

    • Truthteller

      MY avatar pic make ME look 8? How does your make you look?

      • 00EpicGamer00

        Hahahahaha! You’re very funny xD

        I knew you were going to say that too…I guess I have psychic abilities. Lets apply logic to our avatar pics. Mine is a humongous dragon creature. Who can breath fire. Has a spiked shell on his back. And could just step on your precious “GI JOE.”

        GI JOE is just a tiny human. With no special abilities or talents. What’s he going to do? “Make me learn so I can join the battle?” Real impressive :P

        Also, if you’re going to make fun of someone. Please do it correctly. The first “make” should be “makes.” And the “your” should be “yours.”

      • Truthteller

        I am a stupid troll with no life

        • Truthteller

          I disagree. The troll with no life is the one who takes the time to make a dupe profile only to troll someone over video games!

          • Truthteller

            Yes I have no life, I spend my time time trying to tell negative lies about a console and claim to tell the truth.

            I AM STUPID!

  • Mark

    The eDRAM is one of most important parts of the Wii U; it actually adds a significant amount of power to system, speeding up the texture bandwidth by hundreds of GBs. I’m glad Nintendo added this into the system, otherwise the Wii U would truly be miles behind.

    • Hairee Pothead

      I thought it was used for the Macronix DSP for discrete surround Audio processing. GameCube and Wii had slower RAM for their Macronix DSP’s and had to fake surround sound with pro logic 2.

      • Mark

        The eDRAM, also known as embedded DRAM, is very fast form of RAM. It is used to aid the framebuffers as well as CPU+GPU intensive work; for example, physics and shaders can be optimized using this RAM. If used properly, devs can get extra power/performance without any optimization of the CPU or GPU; however, many devs have not worked with making a game using this RAM, therefore much of the potential performance in the Wii U is not used.

  • John Raybell

    next time people, actually read the whole thing

    but Nintendo has announced that a new factory will pick up where Renesas Electronics left off.

    nothing to worry about

  • Shelim Uddin

    Nee screenshots of WW HD. My ass has exploded with joy!

  • FungalSpawn

    Nintendo has 1 good game coming out in the next 2 years. That’s the story.

    • Ice Climbers

      That’s subjective. Smash Bros, ‘X’, Bayonetta 2, and Mario Kart 8 look great in my opinion. Same with Sonic Lost World.

      • oontz

        so 4 games?

        • FungalSpawn

          Nope. Just Xenoblade 2, nothing else is worth playing.

  • NatT96™

    Wait everyone…just wait.

  • https://soundcloud.com/rauschenmaschine Kristian Kouvo

    Once people notice how boring PS4 and XBOX One is; basically the same thing all over again except for some graphical boost to previous generation (won’t make all the difference & not too far from what Wii U can do), they’ll start thinking about what Nintendo could offer them – if they haven’t figured it out before.

    And once they’ll notice how innovative games there are for Wii U (many good ones coming soon, WELL programmed, that’s why it takes time to release), they’ll buy the U. They will love the touchpad possibilities (unique & only console with a native one) and the system. It just takes a while before people realize the true potential of the console. Eg. for strategy games & RPG touchpad is the king choice over dull basic controllers.

    Nintendo should create more co-operative software between 3DS / Wii U to make them even more interesting platforms(s) – and maybe people would buy them both. Globally there are many happy 3DS owners already who all could be potential Wii U buyers.

    I must remind you, NES didn’t sell first 2 years any good, DS & 3DS had both slow start until it was suddenly huge, Wii is last generation seller winner – so don’t worry so much.

    Wii U is a winner. Just wait and see.

  • Johny

    am i the only one, that thinks this shouldn’t be the “news” ? well.. so what.. a factory shut down, nintendo handled the thing quickly… that kind of stuff probably occur every once in a while . no big deal or NINTENDO IS DOOMED is necessary