Nintendo Wii U Is Going to Impress at E3 2012, Epic Games Says

The studio's Mark Rein is a firm believer in Nintendo's new console

Epic Games’ Vice President, Mark Rein, has confessed his confidence in the upcoming Nintendo Wii U, confirming that both the console and the games for it will impress plenty of people when they’re presented during E3 this year.

Nintendo revealed the upcoming Wii U back at E3 2011 but, since then, the company has declined talking about it and its possible features, saying only that the final version of the console is going to be presented at E3 2012 this June.

Epic Games’ Mark Rein has now confirmed his confidence in the new console, saying that the new presentation that’s going to happen at the beginning of summer will truly amaze lots of non-believers.

"I like the Wii U. I think E3 will be a big eye-opener for people," he told Eurogamer. "I played Batman: Arkham City on the Wii U and they are doing some really cool stuff with the controller."

Rein also highlights the fact that lots of Nintendo fans will get the Wii U because that’s where the company will launch all of its big franchises, from The Legend of Zelda to Mario and everything in-between.

"Do you remember the Zelda demo they had on it? Would you not buy a Wii U just to play that? Of course you would. That's what Nintendo is all about. Their hardware is the software delivery service for their great content. That Zelda demo was gorgeous and we can do even more than that with Unreal Engine 3. I think it will do great."

Rein admits, however, that the timing of the Wii U’s release could have been better. This doesn’t mean that its actual launch, which is going to happen at the end of the year, is going to flop, as plenty of casual consumers will be interested in the device.

"It's a great brand that a lot of parents really trust and they're probably ready to buy their kids an HD Wii that does that much more than just being an HD Wii. I'd love it if they'd done it last year, but I'm excited for them to do it this year. I'd be shocked if it doesn't do well."

Do you share Rein’s enthusiasm regarding the Nintendo Wii U or are you going to wait until E3 2012 to form an actual opinion?

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