Finally, something about Project Café that’s not a rumour.
Nintendo’s Wii has famously and unfortunately missed out on a lot of major multi-platform titles this generation due largely to its extraordinarily weaker hardware. The Wii has often been the odd-man-out, despite having the largest install base of the three home consoles, when it comes to developers deciding where to put their games.
Nintendo’s luck with third parties may finally change next generation. In addition to Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot believing that Nintendo’s upcoming system is “a fantastic platform,” he’s ready to bring 360 and PS3 projects over to it. Specifically, he says:
We think it will be extremely successful and what we see is that we will be able to leverage a lot of the work that we do for Xbox 360 and PS3 when we will create games for the platform. We will not have to redo completely the games we create. We’ll be able to use all the capacities the console is giving, but also use all the work that we do for the other platforms.
I consider that confirmation that Wii2 will be at least as powerful as the 360 and PS3, if not more so. With Nintendo’s competitors likely to launch their next systems at least a year later, Nintendo should have plenty of time to build up 3rd party dev support, and rapport with fans of multi-platform games.