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Thursday, May 10, 2007

Devs: Wii is Essentially GameCube 1.5

GameDaily BIZ:
Yes, we've heard it before, but after spending time with the Wii now two independent developer sources claim the GameCube 1.5 moniker is mostly accurate, and a dev support person from Nintendo even admitted that the chipset is like a GameCube with added memory.

Microsoft's Robbie Bach, president of the Entertainment and Devices Division, recently fanned the flames when he told eWeek that the Wii doesn't even have the graphics horsepower that Xbox 1 had.

Is Bach right? According to a couple of anonymous "technical experts at third-party publishers" who are familiar with the Wii's architecture, Bach isn't far off. Speaking with Newsweek's N'Gai Croal, the two sources indicated that the Wii is actually not a very flexible system, and Nintendo even admitted that its architecture is basically "GameCube 1.5."

The "GameCube 1.5" label isn't necessarily an indictment of the console. Gamers will still see graphical improvements thanks to increased memory and memory clock speed.
No, the indictment is that the Wii is just a ten-minute, one-trick pony. I've said it before, and I'll say it again: Real gamers should skip the Wii, which is a kiddie-toy compared to the PS3 and Xbox 360.

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