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Carmack: Wii U Tech Brings Up The Competition

  • Carmack: Wii U Tech Brings Up The Competition
  • John Carmack, id Software head man, has gone on the record as saying that the Nintendo Wii U's technology brings Nintendo up to the competition.

Carmack: Wii U Tech Brings Up The Competition


John Carmack, id Software head man, has gone on the record as saying that the Nintendo Wii U's technology brings Nintendo up to the competition.

In a recent interview with GameSpot Carmack did reveal that Nintendo held a special presentation for Bethesda and Zenimax before the console was unveiled at E3.
“The technology level on there brings it up to parity with the other consoles, which is nice for us,” he said.
Carmack talked a bit about bringing id Tech 5 to the Wii and how they tried to develop a Rage title for the dying console, but nothing ever came of it.
“Previously, the Wii was not a target. Id Tech 5 was just not suitable for the Wii at all. We seriously talked about possibly using the iOS Rage technology that I built for that for a Wii game. It would fit perfectly from a technology standpoint, and I think would have been really pretty cool as a Wii game, but we decided that it wasn’t the right time to jump into the Wii market.

“But now that we’re looking at another platform that is eminently suitable for the technology, I’m sure we’re going to try and bring it up on there. But it will become a market question of do we think that there will be people there that won’t be served by one of the other SKUs?

“If you’re going to have a serious hardcore game on there, the Wii is usually the hardcore gamer’s second or third console. Even if we could have shipped Rage in full glory on the Wii, it probably wouldn’t have made a whole lot of sense because people that want Rage probably also have a PC, 360, or PS3 that could do the game better justice.”
id Software's upcoming title, Rage, was recently pushed back to October from a September release date for the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and PC.