Xbox 360 & PS3 Footage Used for Wii U Reveal, Iwata Hints at Price

Jun 8, 2011 by  

Wii U Footage Price

Possibly the biggest story to come out of E3 yesterday was the announcement of Nintendo’s Wii U console. The crowd was wowed not only by Nintendo’s new innovative controller design, but also by what they thought were gorgeous graphics being rendered by the new system. However, after the presentation Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime admitted that the video used in the Wii U demo video was actually footage of the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 versions of the games.

Fils-Aime insisted that the Wii U’s graphics would be comparable to the graphics shown during the presentation, and that revealing footage from a console over a year before its release was not reasonable. When asked point blank if the footage came from PS3 and 360 games he replied:

“Absolutely, because we’re talking a year away from when this system’s going to launch…In terms of how good it looks it’s going to be driven by what the individual developers do. It’s going to be 1080p, it’s going to be high definition. You’re going to see games that take full advantage of a system that has the latest technology and can push out some incredible graphics.”

While he has a point that showing in-game footage over a year away from actual release would be pushing it, Nintendo presented the footage without any known disclaimer. While Nintendo has stressed that the Wii U’s graphics will be high definition and will be on par with the other major consoles, this has to be a disappointment to many fans. Most who’ve watched the demo reel have probably come away assuming that the graphics were produced by the new console.

After Nintnedo’s press conference, Fils-Aime was interviewed by G4TV and made no mention of the swapped footage when asked about the Wii U graphics. The fact that he only mentioned it when directly asked points to the fact that Nintendo didn’t want this known.

In the same interview, Fils-Aime avoided questions about a specific price point for the new console, only saying it will be “a fantastic value.” More details came out of a Japanese newspaper interview with Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata. Iwata hinted that the Wii U will “likely be priced at more than 20,000 yen ($250) in Japan when it goes on sale next year.”

What do you think about Nintendo using Xbox 360 and PS3 footage in their presentation? Does it make you any less excited about the Nintendo Wii U? Are you willing to spend over $250 for the Wii U? Let us know in the comments and on Twitter.

Stay tuned to Game Rant for more news and updates as E3 2011 continues through the week.

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Source: Gamesindustry.biz, Bloomberg

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  1. I am a little disheartened by the fact that these graphics weren’t from the new Wii U. Also I didn’t like that they focused solely on the controller. I figure the console won’t be too different but I still would have liked to see it.

  2. I am still holding out on the WiiU and am excited for it. So little is known which makes you want to keep your eye on it and keep you in suspense. Plus, you did get to see the console…when you watched the video showing off the controller, fuzzy in the background under the TV was the console…lol. The reason they concentrated on the controller is that was the big new technology, not the console which is probably quite similar to the PS# and xbox, why focus on that.

  3. People need to stop worrying about this silly aspect. Nintendo is NOT going to pull a fast one with their next-gen console being ‘just a tad better’ than the original Wii. Let’s be real. I’m sure they did this because they didn’t want people thinking they had nothing up their sleeve, not to try and deceive everyone.

    Who played the first-party Nintendo titles on the Wii such as SSB, Metroid, and Zelda thinking “man, this looks awful?” I bet only a handful at best. Those games looked pretty good for being on the Wii and that’s what Nintendo wants to fix this time around. Not only will their games look good, but also third-party developers by giving them some serious hardware to work with.

    It’s been about 5 years now for the Wii, technology has come a long ways. What people DO need to consider is how that controller is going to feel.

  4. its a bit disappointing (being lied to is how i see it) but i guess we’ll have to wait and see what the developers do. Something people seem to forget in this “console war”, is that the game heavily depends on the developers ability to utilize the tools at their disposal.

  5. Man – I “broke” this news 23 hours ago on Jeff Schille’s article about the Wii U.

    Check the comments.

    • Dude, we get it. Stop being a complete douchebag about it.

      • What? Pointing out a fact is being a douchebag? How so? Also, I don’t recall calling anyone names.

        Please go back to your playpen and give mommy & daddy back their computer.

        • What I meant was that you posted the same comment 4 times on different threads. So cool it, kid.

          • Your counting skills must be impaired, did your mom drop you?

  6. Still hyped and we did see some sort of Zelda game that obviously was not PS3 or XBox footage so… hmm those looked great and what im thinking is that you cant judge the new consolle on these but its something to look at for “Nintendo” games like Mario and Smash Bros but for other devs I’d say they are going to look better than XBox and PS3… Whether or not I’d buy one… umm im goin g to wait until SONY and Microsoft unveal theirs in the next coming years. I just got a PS3 for Christmas so I’m going to enjoy it for a long time.

  7. I am glad Nintendo was found out for trying to hide truth from audience. Wii U will be like its predessor. It will be behind in graphics when new systems of Playstation and Xbox come out.

    If its not a upgrade it can’t be called a new system. New controllers as usual with nintendo these days.

  8. The PS3 was priced at around 350 at release, right? Although, Nintendo are idiots if they think they can sell more systems just because it only supports one controller! C’mon! Nintendo has ALWAYS been the “party” console!

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