Remember yesterday when reports were hitting about the Wii U Dev kits potentially being downgraded in 2012? Shin’en Multimedia is claiming via Twitter that for them it wasn’t the case—the Dev Kits actually got faster. Of course I say according to them because it doesn’t put the whole debate to rest either. It was claimed the very first Dev Kits were the ones that seemed to be faster than the newer kits, and we aren’t aware what kit Shin’en Multimedia started with. I note this because Nintendo did boost the processor in 2012 as well, while the rumored downgrade was specific to the GPU.

This entire debate is interesting because a lot of it sits on Nintendo and Iwata’s insistence on smaller console design. As an example, the goal all along was to make the Wii itself no bigger than three DVD cases, which it succeeded at. If the size requirements are indeed more important to Nintendo than the actual tech, one has to wonder why they were just fine having a controller that is nearly as big as the console itself. That’s a bit contradicting, no? Either way, power certainly isn’t everything, but it can never hurt. What do you think the truth of the matter is?

Our Verdict

Nathanial Rumphol-Janc
I am the current Editor-in-Chief of Zelda Informer and have been running the show here since July 16th, 2008. I've actually been running Zelda Fan sites since 1998, so I've been in this "industry" for roughly 16 years. I'm 28 years old and have two kids, one biological, the other more of a step daughter (not legally yet, but practically). I live with my girlfriend and our two kids (Aiden, age 1 and half, Melody age 3 and half). I'm attending college to create video games web applications, and I naturally love Nintendo (I run a Zeld a website after all!). For those curious, I currently own a Wii U, Xbox One, 3DS, PlayStation 3, and a gaming PC (and a gaming capable laptop too!). I do plan to eventually get a PlayStation 4, likely when more comes out I am interested in playing on the system. I do play the Wii U more than any other system I own.


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