Proof that the Wii U Might Not be ‘Next-Gen’

With all the rumors about next-gen consoles on the raise most everyone is assuming that the Wii U system is next-gen. These are just assumptions made by a vast majority of players and not precisely the facts about what’s going on. The Wii released to compete with the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. Sales say the console stood well against its competitors but some gamers beg to differ. Most hardcore players admit to their old Wii console collecting dust and this is something Nintendo is fully aware of. To fix what they have broken they released the Wii U.

The Wii U is a great system, it competes well with Xbox 360 and PS3; that’s the problem… the Wii U competes with current- gen consoles and all the talk is about next-gen consoles.

Wii U not next-gen

The recent news about one of Nintendo’s exclusive game, Rayman Legends moving to both the Xbox 360 and PS3 is actually a real eye opener to which console the Wii U is in competition with. This is a game that was set up to be a ‘next-gen’ title but it is now being released for both a next- gen console as well as current-gen consoles. Don’t take this wrong as there are plenty of games that have released on the Wii U, Xbox 360 and PS3 but these weren’t specifically crafted for a next-gen console.

The life span of both the Xbox 360 and PS3 were said to be ten years back when the consoles were released, the Wii was never as long. It can be assumed that there is a possibility that we will be seeing another console from Nintendo within the next 5 years to compete with the next-gen Xbox and PS4. Of course, this is just an assumption but wouldn’t it be a smarter move for Nintendo to be releasing consoles farther apart from their competitors so that the competition between them and the others wouldn’t be as severe? The simple truth is that the Wii U might not hold up against what’s is coming with Microsoft and Sony so making consoles release more frequently might not me a bad idea as it would draw less attention to them against others.

Think about it, Nintendo is used to making sub-devices. This can be seen with the release of the DS hand-held systems. There’s a DS, DSi, DS Light, DS XL then we have the 3DS and the 3DS XL. Now we have the Wii and Wii U… there are huge differences between the GameBoy Advanced and the DS and there are huge differences between the GameCube and Wii but are there really that dramatic of difference besides an upgraded experience between the Wii and Wii U?

4 Comments on Proof that the Wii U Might Not be ‘Next-Gen’

  1. DarthDiggler // February 7, 2013 at 4:39 pm // Reply


    The PS3, Xbox 360 and Wii are still on track for a 10 year lifespan. Sony didn’t discontinue the PS2 until well after the PS3 was released and it had a little over an 11 year lifespan (there were still releasing new games for it in 2011 I believe). PS1 had about an 11 year lifespan as well (it wasn’t actually discontinued until just after PS3 release).

    For some reason gamers seem to assume that 10 year lifespan means that the console creator won’t release another console in 10 years. This is just silly, 2 consoles can share the same retail space.

    I feel compelled to put this here to hopefully make this myth go away. LOL It seems to grow legs every time we start talking about a new consoles.

  2. I’m going to assume that you haven’t played the Wii U yet if you say that there isn’t that dramatic of a difference between the Wii and Wii U. I’m assuming you are talking about graphics (which really shouldnt’t be as important as people make them out to be anyway). Graphically, you could say there wasn’t a dramatic difference between the GameCube and Wii, but please do not say the same about the Wii and Wii U. It isn’t true. We haven’t even seen what Nintendo can do with the hardware fully pushed to its limits yet either…

    • We have multiple Wii-U Consoles here at which all of our senior staff has played, not to mention the multiple events we have covered where we played the Wii-U.

  3. I actually purchased 3, YES 2 Wii systems. One for my son in his room, one for our main entertainment room and one for my parents cottage. I have recently purchased ZERO WIIU systems. Why? Because the system is basically the same power as my xbox 360 with a tablet screen. I think the tablet seems refreshing but not worth the purchase. Nintendo would have taken my hard earned money if they at the very least tripled the power of the current Gen. 1080P in full 3D at 60FPS would have taken my cash…. Poor move Nintentdo…

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