Nintendo Wii U Won't Outperform PS3 or Xbox 360, Miyamoto Says

Nintendo is continuing to detail its recently announced Wii U console, with its famous games designer, Shigeru Miyamoto, explaining how it's been a bit tricky for the company to find the right balance between hardware power and affordability, in terms of the actual price of the console.

The Nintendo Wii U is set to replace the current Wii console next year, and bring a proper, high definition gaming experience, just like its current rivals, the PlayStation 3 or Xbox 360.

Seeing as how rumors are already flying around about the power of the device when compared to its rivals, Nintendo's legendary games designer, Shigeru Miyamoto, the father of the Mario or Legend of Zelda franchises, talked about striking the balance between power and price.

The designer, via GameSpot, says that the company had problems choosing the best compromise between the Wii U's power and its manufacturing cost, as it doesn't want to drive away customers with a large price when the console will be released next year.

"When you look at what we're trying to do this time, which is I think maybe to a certain degree somewhat reckless, because we're trying to include this somewhat kind of tablet-like device - this controller with the screen. We're trying to do that by finding the right balance between the CPU and the GPU, the graphics processor, and bringing all of that together with the ability to take advantage of the HD capabilities of the system, and wanting to do the most that we can on that front as well."

Because the need of this balance, Miyamoto says that the Wii U won't outperform its rivals by a considerable margin, despite appearing 5 years after the release of the PS3 or Xbox 360.

"We're very sensitive, of course, to trying to do all of this at an appropriate price. So I don't know that we would be able to sit here and say that it's going to necessarily dramatically outperform the systems that are out now. It's part of the balance that we strike in terms of trying to find entertainment that is new and unique."

The Nintendo Wii U is expected to be released next year, probably during the first half, at least according to recent rumors and statements from the company itself.

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