Nintendo announced their next-generation home console at E3 yesterday, and while the new controller concept grabbed most of the attention, a lot of emphasis was also put on the Wii U's intent to unify casual and hardcore gamers.
The Wii was never known as a graphics powerhouse so the company was eager to offer a glimpse at the graphical capabilities of its next console in a handful of upcoming games. As it turns out, however, the videos shown on stage were coming from PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 versions of the games. Nintendo of America's Reggie Fils-Aime confirmed this in an interview with GameTrailers shortly after the show, where he explained that the Wii U is still a year away from launch but games coming to the platform will look at least as good as they do on the PlayStation and Xbox.
"In terms of how good it looks it's going to be driven by what the individual developers do. It's going to be 1080p, it's going to be high definition," promised Fils-Aime. "You're going to see games that take full advantage of a system that has the latest technology and can push out some incredible graphics."
The company did show a garden tech demo as an indicator of the upcoming console's capabilities, though. Fils-Aime also briefly discussed the online capabilities of the Wii U, saying that it will be a key part of their strategy, and that they'll have a flexible approach by taking the best of what each of their third party partners has to offer and marrying that with what Nintendo has to offer to create a rich online environment rather than a rigid or closed one.