Nintendo admits some Wii U footage taken from PS3 and Xbox 360

Following the impressive footage of the Wii U shown, Nintendo's Reggie Fils-Aime has admitted in an interview that some of the footage played actually came from the PS3 and Xbox 360. Reggie later said that the footage was necessary in order to demonstrate what the system can do. "We're talking a year away from when the system's going to launch," he said.

Speaking to GameTrailers, Reggie started off by talking about how its more hardcore userbase had been left in the cold. "There has been some fantastic content that has not come to our platform," he said, "third-party developers have told us that the reason they couldn't bring it to our platform was the horsepower of the machine."

Even though graphics were the Wii's weak point, Reggie felt that showing off the new controller was more important than showing off actual Wii U footage. "The system is 1080p, tick that box. Now it's about what the new experience is that we're going to bring to bear," he said. Despite this, Reggie assured the interviewer that consumers can expect games that take full advantage of the system.

Reggie also mentioned the new online system Nintendo are developing, which wasn't expanded on much during its presentation. Reggie explained that the online portion is still a key part of its strategy, and that we can expect to see more of it "over the next few days."

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I dont see how it was Wii U footage when they were just announcing games that were in the works. I guess people would be happier if they just showed the game logo instead of the game.

ERrr... weren't they showing footage of the games that their hardware partners had produced? and hoped to produce on the wiiu? It didn't slap on competitive logos, but several of the games were already released/will be released soon, and they were just talking about dev partnerships, not the games themselves yet. *shrug* Still want. Still really want. Also really want the bluetooth drivers for that thing.

nintendo can do no wrong in the eyes of their base it seems....to be honest their approach to console gaming since the gamecube has made me think nintendo is just for small kids and people who can't stop themselves for paying for a mario kart/smashbros/zelda every time they rehash it.

Co_Co said,
nintendo can do no wrong in the eyes of their base it seems....to be honest their approach to console gaming since the gamecube has made me think nintendo is just for small kids and people who can't stop themselves for paying for a mario kart/smashbros/zelda every time they rehash it.

I'm not a "small kid" and i play Mario Kart and Zelda. Nice generalization.

KZWings said,

I'm not a "small kid" and i play Mario Kart and Zelda. Nice generalization.


He didn't call you small, grandpa... I think your sight begins to wane.
Look: there is a word "AND" between "kids" and "people who can't stop themselves for paying for a mario kart/smashbros/zelda every time they rehash it"

Well... I wouldn't watch the conference if all they would show us was a boot logo and a command line. As far as I remember, when Sony announced PS3, it was all rendered graphics. No foul play here, Nintendo!

DrJens said,
Well... I wouldn't watch the conference if all they would show us was a boot logo and a command line. As far as I remember, when Sony announced PS3, it was all rendered graphics. No foul play here, Nintendo!

There's difference between prerendered footage (like Nintendo's bird demo) and using footage of games running on *other* systems and aren't even in development for the system yet. Sony and MS have both done this stunt in the past and got bitch slapped on both sides for it. Nintendo does it and it's 'no harm, no foul'? bull****.

lostmongoose said,

blah blah blah.

I didn't bitch slap them at those points, either! Showing that footage based on the specs they are working towards is not wrong, nor is showing prerendered footage based on the same assumption.

DrJens said,

I didn't bitch slap them at those points, either! Showing that footage based on the specs they are working towards is not wrong, nor is showing prerendered footage based on the same assumption.

It *is* wrong. Until they have third party footage from their own system, they should have just talked up the third party partners and stuck to their own footage. It's misleading and would most definitely *not* pass the most basic standards of ethics and integrity. If you don't understand why, I can't help you.

lostmongoose said,

Yada, yada, yada

I don't feel the need for help, but thanks for offering - if I would understand why. In case you haven't noticed, this is the entertainment industry. This is not a missile guidance system - although that could be cool with the new U-mote. Nobody will force you to buy the system, just because you saw the presentation. Trust me, you WILL be able to sit down, type in youtube.com and study the footage with a magnifying glass before you have to open your wallet.

I'm just happy that they showed what they are aiming for regarding graphics.

DrJens said,

I don't feel the need for help, but thanks for offering - if I would understand why. In case you haven't noticed, this is the entertainment industry. This is not a missile guidance system - although that could be cool with the new U-mote. Nobody will force you to buy the system, just because you saw the presentation. Trust me, you WILL be able to sit down, type in youtube.com and study the footage with a magnifying glass before you have to open your wallet.

I'm just happy that they showed what they are aiming for regarding graphics.

Technically they're aiming for 360 and PS3 graphics then. 6 years too late.

I don't expect the WiiU to have the massive success the Wii did. As cool as the new controller idea is, when used the right way, I just don't see it taking off. Sure it'll sell, but the 3DS sells to, just not good enough really.

I think most people appreciate this is an early model, regardless of that everyone can see this is one system that once again is changing future gaming. Nice work Nintendo.

Biglo said,
Thats pretty damn LAME Nintendo! People want to seee why your console can do, not others.

They did though. They showed off some videos showing the new controller in action as well as the graphical capabilities of it.

So they took footage from an inferior console.... Who cares? As long as the WiiU can do better I don't care (but if they show something that couldn't be done on the WiiU then I wouldn't be impressed)

Rudy said,
So they took footage from an inferior console.... Who cares? As long as the WiiU can do better I don't care (but if they show something that couldn't be done on the WiiU then I wouldn't be impressed)

It's still very odd. If the console can do that, why wouldn't they show their console doing that... I love Nintendo and all, but the whole thing is very questionable...

M_Lyons10 said,

It's still very odd. If the console can do that, why wouldn't they show their console doing that... I love Nintendo and all, but the whole thing is very questionable...

With the games shown in the reel like metro and ninja gaiden etc, I think the reason they didn't show off WiiU footage was basically because there wasn't any.

I can't see the developers having had that much development time with Nintendo's new console so any development work on these games is probably in the early stages and the developers just arn't in a position where they can show off WiiU specific footage.

NeoDecay said,
That thing is HUGE, but I LOVE it.

That's what SHE said!!!!

In any case, trying to look at the pad and the monitor at the same time is going to he headache inducing.

NeoDecay said,
That thing is HUGE, but I LOVE it.

meh, doesnt appeal to me that much... I just dont really thinks its neccassary for the controller screen thing...
Though i will admit, i will buy it...Only because i love zelda. lol