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Rumor Claims Wii U is in “Development Hell”

by Joey Davidson | September 8, 2011September 8, 2011 8:00 am PDT

According to one anonymous tipster for 01net, the Wii U is stuck in “development hell.” The source suggests that the next several months before the console’s planned release seem insurmountable with the unit in its current state.

In fact, 01net’s source had a lot of seemingly damning things to say about Nintendo’s current position with Wii U and its development. According to this insider’s story, developers have been lead to slaughter by the Big N and their less than easy route of development.

The Wii U features wireless play and streaming of game content to its tablet-esque controller. That, aside from graphics, has been the big reveal centering around the new console. According to this source, the streaming and wireless functions only work when the device is tethered to the console … and, even then, it doesn’t work dependably. Here’s the source:

“Many developers are feeling lost, their progress impeded by a distinct lack of visibility, their working days paced by the quasi-daily software updates. In those conditions, many feel unable to properly exploit the system’s most innovative and promising features, those very features they haven’t been able to test properly so far.”

French gaming site 01net is becoming an unending source of rumor, tips, leaks and speculation these days. The rag has a history that’s been mostly correct when it comes to these claims, with their most recent rumored Nintendo 3DS second circle pad scoop actually becoming a reality.

Despite that, we encourage you to treat all of this discussion as unverified speculation. “Insider sources” have always been tricky business, so there’s no sense in instantly believing their legitimacy.

However, from an outsider’s perspective, it does seem that Nintendo was backed into a corner by wavering sales and core gamer mistrust. Given that, the move to the Wii U may have been made a lot earlier than originally planned. It’s not impossible to consider Nintendo‘s being rushed to this.

The company has a history of strong, dependable hardware. Let’s hope that rings true for the Wii U.

[via 01net and Google Translate]


Joey Davidson

Joey Davidson leads the gaming department here on TechnoBuffalo. He's been covering games online for more than 10 years, and he's a lover of all...