Mark Rein, the Vice President of Epic Games, has openly discussed his excitement for Nintendo’s upcoming Wii U before. The outspoken VP likes what he’s seen from the platform, and now he’s gone so far as to say that he’ll be “shocked” if it’s not a success for Nintendo.
Eurogamer talked with Rein about the Wii U last week during GDC in San Francisco, CA. While Rein obviously wasn’t specific about the Wii U’s hardware performance or unrevealed features, he was open with a bit of what he’s seen and what it promises.
“I like the Wii U. I think E3 will be a big eye-opener for people…I played Batman: Arkham City on the Wii U and they are doing some really cool stuff with the controller…
…Do you remember the Zelda demo they had on it? Would you not buy a Wii U just to play that? Of course you would. That’s what Nintendo is all about. Their hardware is the software delivery service for their great content. That Zelda demo was gorgeous and we can do even more than that with Unreal Engine 3. I think it will do great.”
Rein went on to talk a bit about what he looks forward to with the Wii U, and the fact that he believes Nintendo will be successful with the device.
“It’s a great brand that a lot of parents really trust and they’re probably ready to buy their kids an HD Wii that does that much more than just being an HD Wii.
I’d love it if they’d done it last year, but I’m excited for them to do it this year. I’d be shocked if it doesn’t do well…
…Did you play that Battle Mii game? Two players would play with a Wii Remote and Nunchuk and one would play with the Wii U controller? I would buy a Wii U to play that game in a heartbeat. And I hope people make those kind of games with our technology. I think we’ve yet to really see what the Wii U can do and I think at E3 this year they’re going to shock us.”
I, too, would love to be shocked and excited for the Wii U and Nintendo come this year’s E3 event. As more develops for both the platform and the games manufacturer, we’ll be on it.