Wii U third-party teaser was from 360/PS3 versions

By Steve Watts, Jun 08, 2011 12:18pm PDT

Nintendo showed off an impressive bunch of hardcore franchises on-board for the Wii U at its E3 press briefing yesterday, but those games weren't actually being played on a Wii U console. In a G4TV interview, Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime affirmed that the footage shown was from Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 versions of the games.

To be fair, the interview treated this as a matter of course. "We're talking about a year away from when the system's going to launch," said Fils-Aime. At the same time, he reiterated that the games will "absolutely" have visual parity with other platforms. "The system is going to be 1080p, it's going to be high definition," he said. "Tick that box, that's done. Now it's about, what is the new experience that we're going to bring to bear?"

He also mentioned that the demo video of a bird flying through a garden was made using an early dev-kit, but opted not to share if it was made by Nintendo's home developers in Japan or a Western studio like Retro.

Responding to why the conference didn't directly address things like hardware power or online capabilities, Fils-Aime said at this point those things are "taken for granted," so they focused on the unique aspects of the device. He teased that the online approach will be more "flexible" than competitors, and claimed that we'll see more details shared soon.

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