The Wii U is the first major console to be released in over six years and there is certainly a groundswell of buzz being generated by Nintendo’s new machine. The system mixes cheap hardware components with a massive touchscreen game pad and hopes to improve the gaming experiences we currently get from our XBOX 360’s and PS3’s and hopefully dissuade us from jumping on the next-gen bandwagon with Sony and Microsoft. Whilst the message coming from some third-party publishers like Ubisoft is that they cant wait to support the Wii U, other companies are adopting a more ‘wait and see’ attitude. Bethesda of Fallout and Elder Scrolls fame seems like one of the latter.
In an interview with trade magazine MCV, Pete Hines who is Bethesda’s VP of PR and marketing said that “”We put our games out on all of the platforms that will support them. So far the Wii hasn’t fitted into that. Whether Wii U does down the road is TBD.” Whether that means that the Wii U doesn’t have the horsepower grunt to play games like Skyrim is therefore under question, even though most developers have said that the Wii U is at least on a par with the current gen.
Lately we have been hearing that the Wii U can do some things better than the likes of the XBOX 360, whilst it struggles in other areas. This is seemingly backed up by the Wii U version of Batman: Arkham City seeming to have extra visual effects but less polished graphics overall, and ZombiU looking a little ropey when we played it at Gamescom. Time will tell whether these restrictions prevent us from playing Fallout 4 on a Nintendo machine.