Wii U and Unreal Engine 4, More 3rd Party Games

Friday, July 13th, 2012

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Earlier this year, at GDC 2012, Epic Games revealed their latest upgrade to the Unreal Engine.  The creatively named Unreal Engine 4 isn’t a terribly large leap in technology, but it sports more advanced shaders and better resolution.  At the time, there was no word on whether next gen consoles, like the Wii U, will be able to run the new engine.

Hey, look! It’s Sauron!

 

Today, there is no confirmation on whether or not Wii U will run Unreal Engine 4, but Iwata has addressed the subject in a recent interview.  Nintendo global president had this to say on the matter, “I think that the Wii U will be powerful enough to run very high spec games but the architecture is obviously different than other consoles so there is a need to do some tuning if you really want to max out the performance.”

While this is no confirmation, it does affirm that the Wii U is more powerful than some would give it credit.  It implies that the Wii U may be able to run Unreal Engine 4, or at least something of similar architecture.

Iwata went on to say that the Wii U has more third party games in development than were shown at E3 this year.  The reason the company left them out of their showcase was that they wanted to focus on the games that would be available during the launch window of the new system.  These new third party titles will be announced later this year alongside the Wii U’s launch date and price.

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James Best is a recent addition to the oprainfall staff, joining just before E3 2012. Primarily a video game critic, he also reports on news occasionally. He hopes to become a professional critic sometime in the future. While he does enjoy a good RPG, he can appreciate a wide variety of genres from platformers to shooters.




  • Devin Kotani

    Hopefully it can. If UE4 becomes as popular as 3 was, it’ll be essential for the Wii U to be able to run it to get future third party support.

  • RyanOPR

    I want Bethesda games on a Nintendo console. Fallout 4 for the Wii U. Yes please!

    • It would be awesome to have Bethesda work with Mario Club to ensure that their games are bug-free (or at least relatively much more bug-free) before they release on Nintendo consoles. Did you know that the first two Elder Scrolls games used motion control for combat? They would be perfect matches for WiiWare if they weren’t already being distributed for free. But hey, Cave Story was distributed for free at first, and it propelled Pixel to fame and prosperity after its WiiWare release. If Bethesda wanted to remake the Elder Scrolls series on the Wii series of consoles with motion control re-implemented and enhanced, we could see a real resurgence of the Western RPG.