Wii U version of Aliens: Colonial Marines will be best looking - Report

Gearbox senior producer Brian Burleson says the Wii U version of the upcoming action shooter will "be better" than the PS3 and Xbox 360 versions, in terms of visuals.

Gearbox senior producer Brian Burleson has lauded the graphical capabilities of Nintendo's Wii U console, telling Eurogamer that the studio's upcoming Aliens: Colonial Marines will look better on Nintendo's machine than on the Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3.

The Wii U: graphically better or worse than the PS3 or Xbox 360?

While Burleson admitted that he is under orders from Nintendo not to discuss the Wii U's technical specifications, he described the Wii U as a "powerful machine," saying that the Wii U version of the game will be "better" than the PS3 and Xbox 360 versions, because of "more modern tech."

Burleson's comments echo those of Gearbox chief creative officer and Aliens: Colonial Marines director Brian Martel, who told Nintendo Gamer in April:

"The machine itself [the Wii U] will be one of the best-looking versions of the game…because they've got more RAM…They're late in the cycle, so they've got this really great processor."

Two months ago, a number of anonymous developers told GamesIndustry International that the Wii U doesn't have the graphical horsepower to compete with the PS3 and Xbox 360, despite being able to output HD video.

Burleson's and Martel's comments were also echoed by Gearbox president Randy Pitchford in his interview with GameSpot, in which he discussed why the Wii U version of the game is going to be the best looking.

Aliens: Colonial Marines will arrive worldwide on February 12, 2013, for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC. A release date for the Wii U version of the game will be announced at a later date.

For more rumours and speculation concerning the next generation of consoles, check out GameSpot's rumour roundup feature.

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921 comments
MEFreak1984
MEFreak1984

I find that extemely hard to belive. I already traded in my Wii U so I could pay off my reserves of this, MGS Rising, and Injustice for 360.

doktron
doktron

I dont care what it looks like on the wii u.I have a decent PC and vid card, and if the game dosent look better on the PC then I will skip this game.Im not prepared to throw money away on another console port.Which would be regretable because Im hoping the developers  deliver on a great game for all.

theshonen8899
theshonen8899

I actually don't WANT the Wii U to be a graphical beast. If it can be on par with PS3/Xbox then I'm fine with that. What I really, REALLY care about are Nintendo games. Pikmin 3 is a good start, but I'm going to need a new Zelda or Metroid to get me to buy this.

PureDarkness17
PureDarkness17

Nintendo are not idiots, they have already said the WIIU will be atleast 20% more powerful than current gen. They know that the WiiU has to be atleast better than current gen to compete for the next 5-10years for both core and casual.

TERMINATOR-SSD
TERMINATOR-SSD

 @moviequest14  ''''pc elitists like ''u'' will sit on the sidelines','''', same can be said about you if you dont own a PC, Console elitists like u lol, You will be missing out on games like Diablo 1-3, StarCraft 2, Company of Heroes 1-2, Tribes Ascend, Mechwarrior online, ArmA 2 and its mod DayZ and ArmA 3, GTR games, Microsoft Flight, Planetside 2, DOTA 2, Dawn of War 2, DCS Simulator games, Trackmania 2 etc etc etc lol and some of those are/will be Free 2 Play :-)

 

fyi, i do own a PS3 and own the games you stated lol, so i wont really be missing out, i did own a 360 then it died..... a few times :-P

 

can't we all just, get along :-)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=endscreen&NR=1&v=MPMmC0UAnj0

cr8ive
cr8ive

There ARE a handful of games that looks better in Nintendo than any other consoles... Mario... Donkey Kong.... Zelda... Kirby... anyone else care to add?

 

Mario Kart certainly looks best in Nintendo! On other consoles we just get a blank screen :D

ColoradoKindBud
ColoradoKindBud

Wow, I can't wait to see how this is gonna turn out.  *grabs popcorn*

Nilbogssa
Nilbogssa

It's truly sad that this even needs to be said, that it's felt we need to know that Nintendo's “next gen” console version of this game will look better than current gen consoles. This is nothing to brag about lol. What does that tell you about how well the Wii U will measure up to Microsoft and Sony's true next gen consoles when it has to be compared to the capabilities of their current ones?

theKSMM
theKSMM

I'm less interested in which version will look better than I am about whether the Wii U version will make good use of that console's innovative control scheme? Will there be a gameplay advantage to the Wii U version or will it be the same experience across all four platforms?  That's the difference that might make me want the Wii U version over another.

Flint247
Flint247

With E3 next week, I seriously hope all questions are answered with the Wii U. I am ready for this system features. Nintendo, continue to do what you love, and ignore the hate.

Atheno
Atheno

I hate articles like this. It almost only serves as fuel for the fanboy war. yes I get it, getting people riled up for a system will sell it better, but I can think of so many ways to say this better than they did. How about like, "The Wii U offered us newer technology to bring fans a better visual experience, but all 3 consoles will still be a blast" I'm getting it on the PC anyway but still, I love my ps3 and I hate how console fans are actually lead into a war.

FUBAR1942
FUBAR1942

Lol Aliens: Colonial marines on the wii u will look the best will it, i think not the PC will out strip the toy wii u console by miles :P

Toysoldier34
Toysoldier34

This just in, Madden 2007 looked better on the Xbox 360 than it did on the PS2.

ArchoNils2
ArchoNils2

How is it surprising? Sure it's better than ps3/x360, if not it would be horrible, but it's far away from creating a next gen standard (at least I hope so)

residude
residude

To all those saying "his is the first time Nintendo is trumping Sony/Microsoft in the graphics department." You're comparing something brand new with something old. A sports car from today is faster than a sports car from 20 years ago. Obviously. Wait till Sony and microsoft bring out their next gen consoles and then lets see if Nintendo are still ahead in the graphics department. Of course they won't be

slamdunk787
slamdunk787

This is not surprising news.  Wii U hardware is new.  PS3/Xbox 360 is 6/7 years old.

digi-demon
digi-demon

'For more rumours and speculation concerning the next generation of consoles, check out Gamespot news same time tomorrow' more like :lol:

 

WiiU is rocking the house!! :P

the-mentor
the-mentor

i think that's enough, the ps3 and xbox 360 graphics looks quite enough realistic so if the wii-u is going to be better with the nintendo games too... that's fantastic

DVONvX
DVONvX

Wow, you mean next gen is supposed to look better than current gen? What a revelation Brian!

dpadam450
dpadam450

Those consoles came out 6 or 7 years ago. So Wii-U will look like it came out 5 years ago.

Hail23
Hail23

Always looking for new ways to play great new games. :D

warhawk-geeby
warhawk-geeby

Well considering it's Nintendo's next-gen console you'd kind of hope this would be the case :S

 

Still doesn't make me want one though.  I'm not forking out all that money for a next-gen console which will be 'slightly better' than current consoles.  Plus the whole pad-controller thing is hideous.

 

I love Nintendo, just not the direction they're heading.

SirNormanislost
SirNormanislost

Yeah ok fine but is the difference big enough to make me want to buy a Wii U when I already own a 360 and a ps3? Based on what other developers have said I would say no but I'll wait for it to be released first

 

If I'm going to get a Wii U it's for mario, zelda etc if I want to play a multi platform shooter I have 2 consoles which my friends have for online play or if I wanted it to look the best it can I have a kickass PC 

kvan33
kvan33

I would only be surprised if this story came out 3 years from now.

bats94
bats94

For the first time, Nintendo are technically ahead of the competition.

zen120
zen120

I, for one, am really excited about the Wii U.  I really like what Nintendo is trying to do, and I see the controller bringing in the best of both worlds.  The Wii U controller has motion control and a touchscreen but also has traditional button locations and dual analog sticks.  And the console itself is upping the processing and graphical ante.  What Nintendo is trying to do with this is bring back their original audience while not alienating their new "casual" audience.  This should do well in that regard (and if that's not enough for you, they will hopefully make games playable with the classic controller or Wii remote).

Dragdar
Dragdar

A; CM will be good, i have a feeling, they're spending so much effort and time.

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I remember how this guy was soooo EXCITED for the Duke Nukem Forever release and then saying "i guess sometimes we want a greasy hamburger instead of caviar"

 

lol, well rumor is, After Aliens; Gearbox will make Duke Nukem Beginning, im looking forward to that:)

Dragdar
Dragdar

that makes perfect sense Nintendo is the first to step into next-gen.

 

although it feels weird, lol, i never thought we'd see the day Nintendo trumps PS in d graphics department

thereal-15-cent
thereal-15-cent

Personally, I don't like the direction Nintendo is going. Some of my best gaming memories are from the N64, and it wasn't handheld and didn't have motion sensing controllers. If Nintendo would go back to basic gaming systems with basic controllers, they could easily beat Microsoft and Sony. They're already known as the consumer friendly company, they just need to stop trying so hard.

dreamfist11
dreamfist11

Nintendo should have called the Wii U the Nintendo Leapfrog

Flint247
Flint247

The Wii U is going to be epic. :)

benboz
benboz

I still rather play on a PS3 or xbox 360 than a wii u

camverge
camverge

The Wii U will look better for approximately what? Say two more years? Then once again nintendo will be behind the competition.

venasque
venasque

I would hope that it would be better, technically the WiiU is a next generation console.

pqwoei
pqwoei

even if the WiiU will have the better version, doesn't  necessarily mean that the game will be all that great.

PeterDuck
PeterDuck

how exactly would you play a fast paced shooter on that nintendo toy anyway? how would you aim? or do they have insane auto-aim like on the xbox and ps3?

push88
push88

The controller for the Wii U is obnoxious.  True story.

victorlamy
victorlamy

is this so surprising? ps360 would have a hard time competing against 08 tech.how would it compare to the next gen (ya know...what the wiiu is suppose to be)

tightwad34
tightwad34

Uh, isn't the WiiU supposed to be a generation ahead of the PS3 and 360. Seeing how the Wii was same gen as those, correct? Then it would probably be embarassing if the WiiU was still less powerful than the PS3/360. I am stil completely on the fence about the new Wii. Will have to wait and see before I buy. I mean, why does it take them so long to come out with something that's HD?

JazzFromHell
JazzFromHell

wii U will have the equivalent to an ati HD 4850, so yeah it will be powerful

 

hi-buzz
hi-buzz

The Wii U will be a huge success for Nintendo ....an early head start just in time for the holiday ...couldn't be a better timing for a new system release....

slimskelter
slimskelter

... and arguing Ninja Gaiden over Shinobi

slimskelter
slimskelter

I wish this was 1986, and we were talking about NES games. Man, time sucks.

Dikkgozinya
Dikkgozinya

Can't wait to see it and how it'll look on that tablet

Toysoldier34
Toysoldier34

And the PC version still trumps all in terms of visuals.

newbie4lyfe
newbie4lyfe

fi theres wiiu third party exclusives... ps4 and nextbox is dead :S