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Nintendo Having Issues With Wii U Development?

Gaming behemoth Nintendo is having some serious issues with its next generation console the Wii U according to the second article published by French tech website 01net (RTF document here (opens in new tab)).

The news entity explains that Nintendo has sought to keep costs low in order to improve its margins. This has proved to be a successful strategy in the past as Nintendo was the only major gaming company to make a profit on each console sold.

But it looks like cutting costs on the Wii U has gone a tad too far. The chip in the Wii U wireless gamepad, 01net reports, is apparently underpowered which means that some wireless features as well as the streaming capabilities are not working properly despite the fact that Nintendo is working on the third iteration, with the fourth one scheduled to be delivered to gaming studios by the end of the month.

As it stands, developers have been forced to use a black box with a wired connection in tandem with the software development kit, which apparently requires almost daily updates. As a result this could have a significant impact on the release date of the Nintendo Wii, which ought to be in June 2012 but could be postponed by up to three months.

Désiré Athow
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Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.