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Assassin’s Creed director says Wii U version is between current and next-gen

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According to Assassin’s Creed producer Martin Shelling and lead designer Jean-Sebastien Decant, Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag for Wii U will lie visually between current generation and next generation consoles. This is a similar statement that was made about Watch Dogs last week, where the team said the game was visually closer to current generation consoles, but slightly better.

“It will be I think, in between the current gen and next gen consoles. We could have had some of the tools from the companion on the second screen, but because the companion app will be available with Wii U too we didn’t include them.”

It’s interesting to see many of Ubisoft’s major developers discussing the visual fidelity of the Wii U versions of their games. With Splinter Cell: Blacklist we saw a graphical comparison that showed the Wii U version certainly looked better than the Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3 versions, so that’s to be expected with these upcoming releases. However, both Watch Dogs and Assassin’s Creed 4 will be releasing on next generation hardware, where as Splinter Cell: Blacklist will not.

What do you think of these developments?

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  • Rodger Jamjet

    Very good news for Wii U which will only get better graphics wise. It sounds like it has a lot of untapped power.

  • Marcus Navarro

    This isn’t bad news, since this basically means that the Wii U is an improvement over the previous generation in terms of the visual aspect, but this will definitely be taken out of proportion by the naysayers. “See?!?! The Pee-U ain’t next gen, son! Ubisoft even said the visuals ain’t next gen! They said it was IN BETWEEN!!! LOL!” is what I predict to be the fanboy/hater piss-take from this statement.

    And, before any of you sensitive types tell me that this is provoking people to say this about the Wii U, acknowledgement=/=provocation.

    • The True Gamer

      I would hope the Wii u has graphics better than current gen systems, considering they released 7 years ago. The main concern people have is how next gen exclusive third party games will run on Wii u.

      • Daniel Gonzalez

        I don’t think they’ll look as good for sure, but probably will play the same. I’m sure they can downscale it to work for the Wii U, or possibly recreate those games from the ground up if the Wii U is selling better by then.

    • Daniel Gonzalez

      I don’t care if you cause Sony or Microsoft fanboys to respond or not. However, you are no better than them if you cause up a possible war. Lol. Fanboy wars only stop when one more person keeps their peace.

  • Jon

    they said the same thing for watchdogs….. It is just their way of say, “you won’t see a difference unless you look really close for 5 minutes with them side by side.”

    • Daniel Gonzalez

      Even then, the difference is small or nothing. Exclusives always show the a platforms true potential, and always will.

    • Nintendo Hater

      Wii U is underpowered console, it will never match the visuals seen on real Next gen consoles such as PS4 & XBox One. Nintendo was so lazy and cheap they made a weak console that marginally has better graphics then 8 year old outdated consoles..

      Heck it won’t be long before Next gen smartphones,rivals Wii U..

      • Nintendo Hater

        Bottom line, I was right Nintendo screw up on Wii U

        • Austin Burn

          haha dont feed the trolls people, the may breed and create shit like this… this..thing, shit that has the mental ability of a potato

          • Gregg

            True indeed.

          • Nintendo Hater

            Seeing as I’m not banned off Wii U daily it’s impossible for me to be consider a troll. Just because I disagree with Nintendo unlike you I call them out on their mistakes..

          • Gregg Cerenzio

            Whatever you say Mr. Troll

          • Nintendo Hater

            Am I banned? answer is no i’m not a troll

          • Austin Burn

            being banned isn’t completely the same as being a troll, and i only hoped you were a troll. if you actually believe what you say, you are possible the most insolent potato i’ve talked to in a while, and boy do I talk to a lot of potatoes.

      • Jon

        lol…. I love people that think Power in a console is everything.

        • Nintendo Hater

          Unlike you, At least I’m not stupid to live in denial. You refuse to listen to facts and hear what developers say instead your pouting like a baby saying you won’t see a difference..trust me,I’ll notice the difference on my 60inch HDTV

          • Jon

            Live in denial? How am I living in denial? Power doesn’t mean anything. You can have all the power in a console and yet have a horrible console especially in this day an age when stuff like graphics is so close to each other now, it is getting to be pointless. You won’t really notice a difference, you will say you can but really, you won’t notice much. That is psychology for you. You believe you will see a difference so your mind will tell you there is a bigger difference than there really is. You talk about developers, but really, It is pretty much EA (which is bad anyway) and Bethesda that talk down on the Wii U. There are a lot of Indie developers as well as larger developers (Sage, Ubisoft, Platinum, Etc) that are happy with developing for the Wii U. I am just curious to see how well the Xone and PS4 will do starting off as the majority of their games are being released on the PS3 and X360 with no backwards compatibility, even more so the PS4 with the GTA V PS3 bundle. Who’s going to buy a new system when they just bought one a few months ago?

          • Nintendo Hater

            We still got long ways to go until we can say graphics really not matter. PS3/360 are outdated for awhile so unless you’re living in the past. Yes, they matter. Next gen games have barely scratched the hardware. have already seen tons of press, the public has lots of interest in them. current gen consoles are,declining as we speak, the public has already bought,both,PS3 or 360 long time ago.

            Given how much people have come down on the WiiU for its “PS360 power”, I would say they mean more then you think, it’s not just lack of games that ppls aren’t rushing to Nintendo’s console. might just be ppls are not convinced it’s as next-gen,console fanboys pretends it to be.

          • david jarman

            If you’re referring to most people as of the people on forums and websites then you are an idiot cause most people on here are fan boys of a certain console or are fan boys of gaming. Most consumers aren’t on these websites cause if that were so traffic would be insane for most major websites
            You can have the best looking system in the world, but if the games aren’t interesting then it’s going to fail.
            People came down the wii u on the wii u because of all this flame war bullshit and the people like you who start it. A majority of nintendo fans buy the console for the nintendo games and to see what new way to play games nintendo has to offer. Who gives a flying fuck if its not as powerful or they don’t out sell the comp. I’m surprise that you’re not smart enough to figure that out! End of story! Thank you for contributing to the ever growing asshole community that ruin the fun in all gaming community.

          • Saul Strange

            Unfortunately, I remember some of the PS3/360 ports on the original Wii. Goddamn…

            When it comes to porting games made for superior hardware onto a less capable system, it damn well matters! You are 100% correct. Same thing will happen with Wii U in a year or two. We’ll get cheap, bad ports with missing features and possibly graphics so poor it may become detrimental to the gameplay.

            I remember the Wii versions of: Need For Speed Hot Pursuit, Call Of Duty Black Ops, DIRT 2, Quantum Of Solace and Dead Rising. Some decent games ruined by the outdated hardware.

            It’s not about pretty graphics, it’s about having hardware that can actually run ported games well enough to be playable. Most Nintendo fanboys can’t admit that…

          • Nintendo Hater

            When you play a 1080p game with Shadow Fall visuals, as an uninformed, casual consumer, I can guarantee you will be impressed.

          • david jarman

            Yeah, you are stupid if you thought people bought the wii u for power. Just like the developers complain about. Nintendo fans buy nintendo consoles to play nintendo games. And for developers to ever reach the full potential of the ps4 would raise the development cost and resources which in turn would either raise the cost of gaming or put that developer out of business. When they were talking about the cost of gaming in developers conference they were referring to having decent quality games out and the production time would be less. Both ps4 and Xbox one crashed while showing demos. Dev kits are usually more powerful and robust then the consoles, but the consoles are still no match for high end pc’s. Been to shows! Seen performances! Flame wars are fucking stupid and childish!

          • Gregg

            douche-bag meet Commodore 64. The End. Have a nice day.

      • Gregg

        Lol. PS3 & 360 are out dated? I’m pretty sure they are the current DATE systems being used to deliver software to gamers. I’m also pretty sure they are not weak, nor is the WiiU. Thanks for wasting out time child.

        • Nintendo Hater

          Yes, seeing as both PS3 and X360 game consoles are almost 8 years old they would be consider outdated Hardware,that has reach it’s limitations plus,new games are struggling. Rockstar said they had a difficult time running GTA 5 on PS3/360…

  • Lusunup

    Come on Ubisoft can you please stop with the side shows I mean… right now fanboys will use this against us that wiiu is in between current gen and next. (In a bad way)

    • The True Gamer

      Wii u is between current systems and ps4/xb1. Power and specs show this. As most people assumed, Wii U third party support will not be the same as support for Ps4/xb1, just because developers wanted a lot of power, and Nintendo gave devs a console that had significantly less power than they wanted.

      • Daniel Gonzalez

        I can agree with that. Wii U is certainly stronger than the PS3 and 360, but falls short of PS4 and Xbox One. While there’s nothing wrong with being in the middle, a good chunk of third parties may not bring their big guns to the Wii U, at least not all of them. Time will tell, though.

      • Nintendo Hater

        The hardware in the Wii U is weak. Compared to the latest tech in PC’s
        it’s about 3-4 years outdated and only marginally better than the
        current gen consoles. It’s going to have the same problems the Wii
        faced. The graphics and framerates on Wii U will be the worst of the big
        3. Eventually it will lose much of it’s 3rd party support because the
        hardware and popularity gap between it and the PS4 /One will be too
        great.

        • Jon

          The hardware in the PS4 is pathetically weak compared to my PC, My PC will run laps around it. Now for Graphics and framerate, yeah, it will be the lowest for this generation, just as it was last generation and we all saw how that turned out. Same goes for the 3DS, less in there than the Vita so I guess the Vita is the more successful system and the 3DS will lose it’s 3rd party support by your logic.

  • NintendoNoob

    I don’t care unless you make the gamepad as useless as it was in AC3, sure it had off screen play and could make the TV look more cinematic but other than that, it was useless

    • BIG Franky

      I dunno….since when is gamepad utilization a requirement? I am perfectly happy with playing games of this type with the pro-controller…many times I prefer it. Don’t force the gamepad just for the sake of it…if it works well within the confines if the game and adds value, then sure…I’m all in. But to do it just for the heck of it? No thanks.

  • The True Gamer

    This will be a sad trend for Wii U games….

    • D.M.T

      Are you on drugs? Why is this a sad trend? Wii U specs are inbetween current and next gen consoles that’s why the Wii U version is in between. There’s nothing wrong with being in between, it means that Wii U games are in a league of their own.

      • The True Gamer

        You keep thinking that a next gen console that is stuck in between gens is a good thing.

        • D.M.T

          Don’t worry, I’ll keep thinking that because there’s nothing wrong with being in the middle.

          • The True Gamer

            That’s a pretty good attitude (I’m not being sarcastic, by the way)

        • MetroidZero

          Now we know (well, we already have known) that developers have no excuse when excluding the Wii U from anything. If it can run on X360 & PS3, it can run–run better–on Wii U.

          • The True Gamer

            Im talking about games built only for Xbox one and ps4, and not for 360/ps3

        • https://www.facebook.com/BlueLightningTechnicalServices Bob Wilkerson

          Nothing wrong with it. The Wii U is $100-$150 cheaper than the PS3 (Remember the $299 price tag includes a game of $50 value) and is a huge leap from the Wii. I do not honestly believe the graphical enhancements will make the game better on the XB1 or PS4 but that may be just me.

          • The True Gamer

            Graphical improvements aren’t the only addition. More RAM means bigger games, which sadly won’t be able to run on Wii U.

          • https://www.facebook.com/BlueLightningTechnicalServices Bob Wilkerson

            Not necessarily… Higher end PC games often use less than 2GB of Ram (Video and/or System Ram) and rarely use all the cores of a processor.. 32bit software can only use so much ram. So while you are stating some truth and some sacrifices may need to be made to make the game work on the Wii U they should be fairly minor and mostly noticed by a graphical decrease.

            A well optimized game engine should make a game highly scalable and the way these developers are bragging how the same titles coming out on PC or consoles can be scaled down to the tablet with their game engines they should have no issue making it for the Wii U.

          • MetroidZero

            X360 and PS3 both have less RAM than the Wii U. If developers are still making games for consoles with LESS than 1GB of RAM, than again, there is no excuse for them to make games for the Wii U’s dedicated 1GB (correct me someone) for games.

            Of course XB1 and PS4 are more superior, but as this article mentions, the Wii U is half-way between the 2 unreleased consoles and the 2 older consoles of Microsoft and Sony at AC4, and still, the Wii U still has yet to show its full potential. So “half-way” really is based on current knowledge of the Wii U’s current utilization. I would guess that 50%ish could be really higher, but we have yet to see XB1 and PS4′s full potentials too, thus this percentage-gap could really be at a stagnant level when all 3 consoles are fully optimized. Just my opinion.

        • Gregg

          You keep thinking power and graphics are everything, and you think graphics even mater at ALL in making a game fun… yet you call yourself a “true gamer” I call BS

          • The True Gamer

            When I pay a large sum of money for a game console, I expect it to have a large power difference over the previous gen. If Wii U doesn’t have the power support third party games (developed for Xbox one and ps4), or simply can’t allow developers to take advantage of the power required, games will be less immersive, and potentially lose features.

      • D’Angelo Joyce

        They didnt say that the Wii U’s specs are half way between next gen and current gen, but that this particular game, which was designed for this gen and ported to next gen will look about midway. The wiiu wont be able to handle xbox one and ps4 graphics. Period. However, games like Metroid, Galaxy, xenoblade, were phenomenal even in SD. So, i am sure nintendo will use this hardware in creative and exceptional ways (for exclusives)

  • Daniel Gonzalez

    Well, at least games will on Wii U will be better graphically than ps3 and 360. So, I consider that better than being on par.

    • nf_zeta

      Yea this is actually great news, firstly because unlike the other next gen systems Wii U is further away from the PC standard so it has more room for improvement, of course the consoles which had an extra year and no second screen will have better graphics but unlike last gen all with be HD and its just gonna be rounding the edges sort of diff. this gen with the occasional shocker with exclusives.

      Also after seeing what they did with Metroid Trilogy on the Wii and what X from monolith is looking like i saw we’re pretty set for this gen.

  • BIG Franky

    Not sure anyone cares or is interested, but I literally just got back from Toys R Us and they have a pretty sweet sale on lots of Wii U titles…clearing out old stock for sequels and new games I’d guess…but original Scribblenauts, Just Dance 4 and other old launch titles are dirt cheap. I picked up Batman: Arkham City brand new for $14.99.

    • leo

      anyothers franky? Ac3?

    • That_one_guy99

      I picked up Batman: Arkham City for $25 at gamestop a few weeks ago. It really felt like I was stealing it.

      • leo

        hey, guy any other deals? Ac3?

        • That_one_guy99

          Idk I think I saw it for like $40 but I’m not for sure since I had ac3 becore I went to Gamestop.

          • val berger

            bought it for 40$ in January. So I wouldn’t buy it now if it’s over 20$. Especially because it wasn’t the best game to be true.

          • That_one_guy99

            I agree good game but not great.

  • Christopher Acuna

    Wasn’t this article already posted sometime last week?

    • Christopher Acuna

      Not sure why this just double posted.

    • MetroidZero

      Yep.

      • Christopher Acuna

        I thought so. Silly double posting wiiu daily.

  • david jarman

    People act like last gen graphics are horrible and this gen is astronomical. If wii u is in the middle of the two then that’s awesome. Especially if nintendo dishes out the unique gameplay next year and the installment grows. Publishers are going to want some of that nintendo fan cheddar too!

    • C4

      Yep… Wii Us GPU architecture is much more modern then 360 and PS3, the CPU on the other hand is lower clocked but more powerful here and there and there’s dedicated sound hardware. Probably doesn’t make porting of existing engines which are tailored for PS3 and Xbox 360 easy. It looks like lots of work to get ~ parity first, and then you can’t spend more time on one version (and in the Splinter Cell comparison the biggest difference is for me there are simply different render and filtering techniques used). We haven’t seen a game that really takes advantage of it yet.

    • Daniel Gonzalez

      Depends on the third party. Some will pass it up for the higher end consoles, and others of course will makes games if Wii U is back up there in the sales charts, then no doubt.

  • Yoboyjohn

    I don’t see this as a bad thing.people think the ps4 is gonna look photorealistic. The ps4 is just as a port of the ps3 version but pumped up alittle.i expect the ps4 version to be “slightly” better than wii u version

    • Guest

      It’s probably going to be pumped up alot more than a little and it could be made up of more PC graphics than PS3. from 442 MB to 5.5 GB is a huge difference for consoles.

      • readypembroke

        This is my comment guys, Disqus is screwed up somehow

        • Yoboyjohn

          Still though its new hardware,their no gonna pump it up to the max

      • rp17

        Does anyone even care if the graphics are PS3 or PC? When developers care, they hardly look different.

        But fine it will be PS3->Wii U->PS4->PC in terms of graphics

    • Nintendo Hater

      Wrong, ” thanks to PS4 version will offer, for the first time players
      will be able to enjoy the beauty of AC world as it is designed in the
      first place. Smoke of cannons, ocean simulation, and physics of the
      plants and leafs, movements of the sails, lighting in jungles… all these
      elements will now be treated as they deserve and will offer a true
      deeper immersion,”

      Some of the highlights include our use of real Beaufort scale waves
      for a realistic ocean and the new sea engine, which follows real world
      physics. Complex shaders work to give the ocean that translucent
      appearance.

      Each raindrop is an individually lit object, puddles accurately
      mirror the world around them and volumetric fog accepts and reflects
      light from different sources. Dynamic Navmeshes (three dimensional
      objects you can run around on) ensure that you can jump from one ship to
      another without encountering weird collision issues, and can seamlessly
      interact between two ships involved in a boarding action.

      We can use the power of next-gen processors to generate thousands of
      three dimensional plants that realistically react to the weather around
      them, as well as their interaction with Edward (perfect for judging his
      location during stealth gameplay).

      Assassin’s Creed IV on PS4: A Truly Next-Gen .


      .

      • david jarman

        Next gen console! Not next-gen. And wiiu is in between current and next gen consoles so it to will look awesome. That’s what this article is about. So stop hating nintendo hater and just love the video games and consoles of your choice while we do the same.

        • Nintendo Hater

          Dude you are taking this way too serious, all I’m saying is another Nintendo console will be seeing downgraded ports from 3rd party developers which is happening as we speak. Wii U is more current gen then next gen..

      • Veries Seals

        hmmmmm, I am sure it will look really good, but I don’t think it will be a huge difference.

        • val berger

          compared to each other, there will be a huge difference. In terms of gameplay, there won’t. What I saw from the PS4 version of that game looked really stunning. Sure, games that were completely designed for the PS4 in first place will look far beyond that in 2 years or so, but for now, there’s quite some leap noticeable .
          Still, I may look into that WiiU version after it seems to be a better port than AC3 on the WiiU.

          • D.M.T

            There will be a difference in gameplay too. The PS4 has the same controller as the PS3 with the difference being the touchpad which in my opinion is useless. Wii U has the Gamepad and that will change the way you play AC 4. The difference in gameplay is also noticeable.

          • val berger

            ok, so you would also claim that AC3 really profits from the gamepad? it’s a nice thing to have the map always visible but that’s it. As long as a WiiU version of a port isn’t really considered as being an own project, it won’t get exclusive gameplay elements, so no sir, the gameplay will stay the same.

  • leo

    So pretty much wiiu on medium and ps4/xboxone on high im cool with that

  • iHateWhatULove

    See it when I believe it. So far Wii U looks par with current gen tech.

    • MetroidZero

      In some senses, yes. The Wii U is not being pushed to full capacity…yet. When people get a sense on how to develop correctly for it, it will be obvious to everyone (excluding trolls) that it is better than the almost, decade-old systems.

  • Guest

    Sounds good to me.

  • david jarman

    Echo!

    • readypembroke

      Same here, I get 2 posts also

      • david jarman

        For a second I thought it was my Doppelgänger!

        • Guest

          test

          • david jarman

            Check!

        • readypembroke

          Another site that uses Disqus that I am currently on does not have double posting happening to their site.

  • Jacob T. Plante

    The Wii U is clearly next-gen so if developers say the graphics of their game are “in-between” then it’s their choice not to fully use the Wii U’s capability!! >:/

    • Nintendo Hater

      Wii U next gen? Hahaha thanks for the laughs ;)

      • david jarman

        Ps4 and Xbox aren’t either if you want to consider the fact that both use current and somewhat current components(with acception of the gddr5). In the console world all three systems are the next generation of consoles by definition. As for technology the answer would be no for all three. But who cares?!?! Go buy the console you want and leave other people alone and have fun playing the games.

        • Jon

          if you are talking tech wise, then really it is not next gen, it is past gen as everything is older than the current generation of tech. :P

          • david jarman

            That’s my point. Developers and publishers have been getting morons like this guy confused by making it sound like the technology is new and state of the art in the other two systems when they’re not. When next gen means the next wave of consoles.
            However, morons like this guy can’t figure that out and are always yelling “true next gen”

        • Nintendo Hater

          The architecture of the next gen consoles is so far ahead of our PCs it’s ridiculous.Take for example the resolutions that a console can run on without any problems while still looking decent, no computer with the exact same specs could handle anywhere near that. It’s because of the unified architecture of the console, something we’ll never get because of the the component feud (intel vs amd, etc),

          • david jarman

            No not really and both are set up with pc archecture with room for customization and are using pc components. Pc still runs circle around them. Keep dreaming on. I’ve seen the two systems. They are using dated apu’s with pc x86 architecture.

      • Gregg

        Right. Your user names means we should take you seriously. *facepalm*. Hows mammas basement?

    • Majora’s Mask

      the wii u IS NINTENDOS NEXT GEN NOT SONYS OR MICROSOFTS AFTER THE GC ALL NINENDO CONSOLES ARE INFERIOR TO THE OTHERS LIKE WII AND WII U SO NO THE WII U CANT RUN AC4 LIKE PS4

    • dont worry about it

      Why do you pricks have to pick on this kid. Its his opinion. Let him learn and grow as a person. What is up with people in this world these days. A bunch of Aholes.

      • Jacob T. Plante

        No it’s OK I’m getting home-schooled because I was picked on so bad so I’m used to it. -_-

    • val berger

      WiiU isn’t next gen in terms of technical capabilities. It’s a 200$ gaming console with a 100$ gamepad controller and it’s performance is just like this or even better. But not on par with PS4/XBone. People who are buying a WiiU becasue of the graphics haven’t understood anything. WiiU is capable of creating quite good graphics like MK8 running on 1080p with 60fps, but you shouldn’t really start comparing it’s specs to those of the other consoles. Instead you should start comparing the gameplay possibilities. Here the WiiU is definitely leading.

  • jiggs

    it’ll be pretty cool to see the difference between wii u and xbox/ps4, and how insignificant it actually ends up being.

  • Rinslowe

    Games like Pikmin show just how nice the visuals can be, as there are some really nice graphical moments here and there, that to me exceed current gen already.
    Most ports based on current gen builds will not likely look a whole lot better on Wii U, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing either.
    Usually a PC gamer for multiplats I still had fun playing Skyrim on 360 and Mass Effect 3 on PS3, both of those games although not being near PC visually were beautiful looking titles.
    Next gen will have prettier looking games with better effects, but we are past the point where games no longer look good overall and current gen games still can look good “overall, consider “The Last of Us” etc….
    Nintendo IMO was smart to design Wii U with performance efficiency in mind over what next gen consoles offer for above reasons, not to mention the cost of production for those newer consoles are much higher, cost to develop titles more expensive requiring larger teams and bigger budgets.
    And all that effort in next gen consoles, for a “difference” that still cannot match high end PC’s…
    No doubt there will be a fair amount of fanboy chest pumping once PS4 and Xbox 1 hit the market, but I for one will not be discouraged when Wii U multiplats aren’t reaching the same level of visuals, simply because the PC will for the forseeable future, be the definitive place to go for bleeding edge visual experiences. And Wii U a place for Nintendo fans to further experience great first party and third party titles in HD.
    More importantly how those mulitplats utilise the gamepad (which has huge potential), will be the main determining factor in which version of third party titles I choose to purchase.
    To top off my novel ;P
    I believe it’s quite a technical feat Nintendo has acheived with Wii U in that it is certainly more capable than last gen consoles (which were actually hugely inefficient in certain areas) and does it in a form factor even smaller with a power draw only a fraction of those other two…

  • tom

    I am going to wait to see how the online works out first. I am still upset with the results of Splinter Cell Blacklist.

  • Ducked

    As long as it’s better then last gen, then that’s all that matters.

    • Nintendo Hater

      I TOLD You Wii U is underpowered console!

      • Daniel Gonzalez

        Your originality is underpowered.

      • Ducked

        Your silly :)

    • Daniel Gonzalez

      It’ll be underpowered to the pS4 and Xbox One, but stronger than last gen. I call that a plus. Games will look better in a few years as developers tap into the console.

      • Austin Burn

        plus who cares when you have a console with zelda titles haha

        • Daniel Gonzalez

          I’m not into Zelda. Lol. Was never into them and prefer Sony these days. I do still like Smash Bros and Mario Kart games, so a Wii U is in the cards for me down the line.

          • Ducked

            Smash Bros and Mario Kart? The reason everyone owns a Nintendo console lol

          • Daniel Gonzalez

            Not enough for me. I prefer my third party as well. Which is why I’m sticking to PS3 for now. Like I said, I will get one eventually, just when I feel the time is right.

          • DarkLegacy

            And don’t forget Sonic. I’m pretty sure that’s one of the reasons too why everyone owns Nintendo consoles

      • Ducked

        Yep, the difference isn’t a big deal anyways. I’m curious to see how the new Metroid and Zelda will look like on Wii U

  • The True Gamer

    Knowing nintendo, first party games can look incredible once they get more experience with HD games.

  • Connor Devlin

    Another person spewing that? Ehh. C’mon. Its still better than current gen.

    • Nintendo Hater

      Lol Good one

  • Matt

    They’re still ports to me. True next gen Wii U games will come from exclusives

    • J Dick Jones

      I agree here. I think what this comes down to is whether it is easier to port from last gen or current gen when the game is clearly developed for xbox one and ps4.

    • val berger

      right, but in this case, it’s a port of a AAA game, which is something different than many other ports of games. After AC3, I’m not sure If I ever feel like spending that much time with an AC game, but it seems to be quite huge.

  • Hulkamania

    I’ve been playing Assassins Creed 3 on Wii U and its pretty damn good. I don’t expect Assassins Creed 4 to look as good as Xbox One or PS4, but I personally don’t care about 4k resolution or higher graphics because the Wii U version will look perfectly fine to me on my 1080p HDTV. I am happy that it will look better then the 360 and PS3 versions, which is the way it should be. I have noticed that Assassins Creed 3 does have some differences and looks better on Wii U as well. The piles of hay actually look sharper/clearer on the Wii U version versus the PS3 and 360 versions.

    • Rinslowe

      Did they confirm 4K for next gen already? I don’t know but I highly doubt either console has the innards to acheive 4K in an open world game like AC4 and retain all of the effects and geography, lighting etc…

      • WellWisher

        No, X1 & PS4 can’t achieve 1080p in a lot of titles let alone 4k. That’s a generation or so off.

        • Guest

          The PS4 will be enabled for 4K resolution, but it will not have the capability to display games in 4K. In the same interview where Yoshida revealed more about the PS4′s 3D capabilities he also stated:

          “The PS4 supports 4K output, but only for photos and videos; not games. PS4 games do not work on 4K.”

        • Noel

          Ubisoft already said, AC4 Black Flag is 1080p/60fps on PS4

          • Guest

            which still is quite something I guess. It really sucks, that 1080p still hasn’t become a standard by now.

          • val berger

            Which is still something. It still sucks, that 1080p hasn’t become a standard by now.

    • Majora’s Mask

      ac3 on wii u is mediocre its better than other consoles but even a low pc can outtrun it like mine i played both pc and wii u and the wii u isnt sharp at all compared to the pc and it doesnt do anything with the gamepad not even selecting weapons on the move or even scrolling the map for gods shake it was a terrible port probably the worst ever for wii u

      • val berger

        agree. It wasn’t just a bad port, but a bad AC title. It wasn’t even developed by the original AC team, they were working on AC4 already. Damn Ubisoft money driven 1year-1game-strategy. Spend more time for your games and ports, goddammit!

        • Majora’s Mask

          i liked ac3 but not too much the best part was the frontier other than that the game didnt live up to the promise i hoped it would be more indian releated bu it was nothing and it had only TWO ASSASINS WTF? and to be honest the animations were poor like connor loading his gun and even acb looked better acr was ahead of its time when it was released and it still is today graphically and techincally spaking overall if you arent a ac3 fan you will find ac3 boring

          • val berger

            I liked AC2 as it felt more polished. AC3 tried to put far too much stuff into the package and often seemed very randomly cut together to me. Often after a cutscene in a city you’ll immediately find yourself somewhere in the woods without really knowing how you got there. and sending your brotherhood all over the country also didn’t really add anything to the game. they could have saved so many resources which the could’ve used for making the actual game more refined. There where a few scenes where you really got an idea what they tried to create, but they seemed to have no idea what to put in between. Especially in terms of being a stealth game, it’s really bad. Stealth games usually give you a bit of freedom to decide, how you want to solve a situation but if you take any wrong step, a mission is immediately over in AC3.
            Ah and special mention: The length of the credits. I wanted to go to bed and turned the system of after those credits ran for about 20 minutes and when I turned on the game, it hadn’t even saved that I beat the game. so I had to run through the whole sucking finale plus endless credits again just to properly finish the game, goddammit.

            I really enjoyed the whole wildlife stuff, taking down forts (this was how the whole game should’ve been) and the flow when fighting multiple enemies.
            If AC4 gets really, really good reviews, I’ll give it another shot.

          • Majora’s Mask

            THE CREDITS ARE A TORTURE OVER 30 MINUTES ITS PAINFULL I WONT GIVE AC ANOTHER SHOT PIRATES ARENT ASSASINS NEXT THING WE RE GOING TO HEAR IS AC AND CALL OF DUTY RIPOFF AT WORLD WAR 1 OR 2 WITH FPS GAMEPLAY AND HIDDEN BLADES UBISOFT HAS GONE TOO FAR

          • val berger

            haha yeah. That was how I felt when the credits rolled ;D
            As far as I know, the team behind AC4 is more like the original team, so it may turn out to be a better game. I’ll let the reviewers speak, if it’s really good, then I’ll wait for a good deal like 30-40bucks.
            But you’re totally right, throwing out a game every year isjust the total selfdestruction of a franchise. god bless, Nintendo never started to do something like that with Zelda. at least not with the main chapters of this series.

          • Majora’s Mask

            zelda is quality there isnt a bad zelda game expect zelda 2 by zelda standards but its much superior game in general

  • WellWisher

    I thought games this gen looked pretty good. In particular, TLOU, Uncharted, Gears of War, God of War. I think a bit better than that is pretty damn good (say better textures, some better anti aliasing and some DX10/11 level effects).

  • Gregg

    Fine by me. Graphics today are more than good enough on all platforms. Gameplay rules the day, as it always did

  • Saul Strange

    Good news! Hoping to get the Wii U version over the 360 if it’s a good port, and this is a good sign!

  • Jared Garcia

    At least this goes without saying that Wii U is more powerful than current gen, unlike what some people are saying.

  • jlove954

    ps4 and xbox one don’t believe the hype wii u exclusive game run 1080p 60fps but ps4 and xbox one is overrated and over hype