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Speaking with Forbes, Reggie Fils-Aime was asked how Nintendo's Wii U console will compete with next-generation consoles from competitors like Sony and Microsoft.
Certainly PS4 and Xbox One seem faster, sharper, more connected, but is that a detriment to Wii U? Reggie responded that "Hardware really doesn't matter" and that this lesson has been learned in the previous two console generations where consoles succeeded above more powerful hardware released afterward.
Specifically, Reggie pointed out that Wii and PS2 were both less powerful than the competition, but it didn't stop those pieces of hardware from excelling in the marketplace. Here's the full quote:
The processing power of the hardware really doesn't matter. I say that with confidence looking at the most recent generation of home consoles where the Wii, which the broad industry looked at and said "boy, that seems to be underpowered" but sold 100 million units globally. And the consumer saw the innovation of the Wii Remote and the active gameplay we offered.
Even if you look at the generation before that, it was Sony's product that was underpowered compared to the other two home consoles and yet they won that generation. In the end it comes down to the games. The games drive the install base, the games excite the consumer.
What do you think? Will the Wii U keep up with PlayStation 4 and Xbox One? Are the games all that matter or is the Wii U too underpowered, compared to say PlayStation 2 hardware's relatively close specs when standing next to GameCube and Xbox?