VentureBeat: Nintendo A Big Disappointment at E3

According to VentureBeat, the reason Nintendo was a big disappointment at E3 stems from the fact that the Wii U has a single processor that has to drive multiple displays.

Speaking with [a]list, VentureBeat’s Dean Takahashi explained where Nintendo came up short when they showed the Wii U.

Takahashi said:

They have a major issue with the capability of the Wii U console where it has a single processor but it has to drive multiple displays. A single graphics chip inside the console has to drive the big screen, the main game screen, but it also has to provide the imagery for the tablet controller, the game pad. And yet the system itself isn’t that powerful.

Nintendo only showed games with one game pad controller and the TV. Most games out there, if you’re in a social setting, you want two controllers. Nintendo didn’t show any games that do that. They admitted in a Q&A that the games are going to run slower if you have two game pads and playing on a main display. That’s a fairly big issue for them. They made a good case that you can play with one controller and multiple Wii controllers, what they call asymmetric gaming where one person is looking at the small tablet screen and trying to deploy zombies while the people playing with the controllers were all on the main screen. You come up with very creative, different kinds of games where it’s one against four, or one person going online. They tried to justify and turn into an advantage this major weakness of the Wii U, but I think a lot of people saw this as a weakness.

The games themselves were creative. They tried to do something like Wii Sports with NintendoLand, which has mini-games in it that explore the capabilities of the tablet and the touch screen. But there wasn’t an obvious blockbuster within those games. They may have had a good one in ZombieU, but in the demos it didn’t necessarily play that well. Nintendo came up as a pretty big disappointment at E3.

I liked the concept of ZombieU; it’s a shame it didn’t play very well. Were you disappointed in Nintendo?

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3 Comments on VentureBeat: Nintendo A Big Disappointment at E3


On June 30, 2012 at 10:36 am

The last Nintendo console I enjoyed was the Gamecube. I don’t really have any gripes with their new machine, I just have no interest in it. I do miss playing Mario Galaxy, Metroid Prime, and Zelda. Why the hell can’t we have these games plus great third-party games on one machine, Nintendo? And I’m not talking about third-party games that have been on last-gen consoles.


On July 2, 2012 at 9:03 pm

No, there is a ton of on that system minus the first-party games from Nintendo. I’m not necessarily saying that the pastures are greener on the Microsoft or Sony sides, but when almost all of the great third-party games are on other consoles other than Nintendo’s, there’s no denying that the issue is a major problem.