HD or not, Nintendo's Wii U may not drastically outperform the current generation of consoles. At least, that's according to Nintendo's own Shigeru Miyamoto, who said in an interview that the company aims to pursue a balance between price and power with the Wii U.
"I don't know that we would be able to sit here and say that it's going to necessarily dramatically outperform the systems that are out now," Miyamoto told GameSpot. "It's part of the balance that we strike in terms of trying to find entertainment that is new and unique."
The result? The Wii U may outperform the current generation of consoles, but not by much.
But how much does that really matter? As the Wii has no doubt proven, a lot can be done with comparatively limited hardware. Likewise, having a console appear at an affordable price point is more valuable for its longterm success than the number of enemies that it can render at one time.
Still, with the next PlayStation and Xbox less than two years away, Nintendo may be taking a huge risk that the Wii U won't be completely overshadowed by the next generation of consoles.