Spector Wii More Powerful

Published on November 29th, 2010

and Deus Ex creator Warren Spector has leapt to the defence of Nintendo’s aging Wii hardware, claiming that the console "is more powerful than people give it credit for," and that to make the most of it, all you need to do is "put in the time and money".

"I want people to look at our game and in five seconds know this is not like the other ones," said Spector talking to Game Informer about Epic Mickey.

"And the other thing from a graphical standpoint is I want all the other developers out there, players especially, to say, "Holy cow I didn’t know you can do that on the Wii."

"All it takes is talent and being unwilling to settle. That hardware is more powerful than people give it credit for. You have to be clever, creative, talented, and be willing to put in the time and money to get it right."

The Wii was labelled as being "basically a GameCube" by Nintendo exec Shigeru Miyamoto around its launch in 2006, commenting on the fact that the hardware shared similarities with Nintendo’s previous-generation console.

The Wii is significantly underpowered compared to Sony and Microsoft’s next-gen offerings, limiting games to running at a standard definition resolution and boasting what’s widely considered to be dated graphics. We’ve got to admit, there have been very few games that have impressed us graphically on the Wii, with Sonic Colours and Super Mario Galaxy 2 being the only graphically outstanding titles coming to mind.

Epic Mickey released last Friday to middling reviews. It was revealed this morning that it had failed to enter the Top 40 Multiformat UK Chart.


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