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Is the Wii U a secret powerhouse?

The Nintendo Wii U
The Nintendo Wii U

Released in November of 2012, Nintendo's Wii U has failed to impress tech-savvy gamers and third-party developers, save for the few who have outspokenly defended the console. Its reputation as an underpowered and prematurely outdated console has resulted in a general feeling of apathy from the gaming community. However, scattered reports of underutilized power within the console's unique hardware have been surfacing since its release from well-respected developers such as Shin'en and most recently, Retro Studios.

In a recent conversation with GameSpot, Retro's CEO Michael Kelbaugh defended the Wii U's capabilities, saying...

"Unfortunately, the perception is that it's not a very powerful machine," ... "That's just not true. It's a powerhouse. It's more than adequate to make great games on."

These claims are in direct conflict with previous reports from developers who have claimed the console isn't powerful enough to handle some more technically demanding titles.

Now that the console has been out for over a year, its true technological potential should become apparent within the next year. Then, Nintendo's latest console will either prove itself a sustainable and worthwhile machine or become obscured in the shadow of the PS4 and Xbox One.