Wii U's CPU: Three cores
PS4's CPU: Eight cores
Wii U's RAM: 2 GB (1 GB usable for games)
PS4's RAM: 8 GB (almost all of it usable by games)
So this means the Wii U is doomed, right? Well, slow your roll. It certainly means that the Wii U isn't going to get the hot third-party releases as the console's life span rolls on, but that doesn't necessarily mean a gloom-and-doom outlook for the system in general.
In the past, we've talked about how Nintendo doesn't need the third parties as much as, say, Microsoft does. That only tells part of the story, though.
Sony has some great franchises. Let's list their most popular ones as well as what genre they belong to.
- God of War: Action/Adventure
- Gran Turismo: Racing Sim
- InFamous: Action/Adventure
- Jak and Daxter: Action/Adventure/Platformer
- KillZone: Action/Shooter
- Little Big Planet: Platformer/Builder
- PlayStation All-Stars: Fighting
- Ratchet and Clank: Action/Adventure/Platformer
- Resistance: Action/Shooter
- Sly Cooper: Action/Adventure/Stealth/Platformer
- Twisted Metal: Battle Racing
- Uncharted: Action/Adventure
- WipEout: Speed Racing
Before I get angry commenters, I want to stress: Sony makes games other than these. They have other minor franchises. And yes, these are almost all really good franchises. I personally like almost all of them. The point has nothing to do with the quality, but rather that their main draws aren't very diverse.
Compare this to Nintendo's main franchises:
- Animal Crossing: Social Sim
- Brain Age: Brain Training
- Fire Emblem: Tactical RPG
- FZero: Speed Racing
- Kirby: Platformer
- Mario: Platformer
- Mario Kart: Cartoon Racing
- Mario Party: Party Game
- Metroid: Action/Adventure
- Pikmin: Strategy
- Pokemon: RPG-Lite
- Punch-Out: Boxing
- Smash Bros: Fighting
- Zelda: Action/Adventure
That's where Nintendo gets you. Somewhere along the way, they'll rope you in to one of those crazy franchises despite your better judgment. You'll be like, "I know Animal Crossing is silly and that Tom Nook is a slavedriver, and yet..." Next thing you know, you're down a K-hole of catching fish, digging up fossils and rearranging your house from which is there is no escape.
That's why the power of Nintendo's system isn't as huge of a deal as it should be. Nintendo's systems only need to be powerful enough to handle their own franchises. If a Nintendo system can't play the latest Duty Honor: Hero's Call of Medal, it's not that big of a deal, since other systems have a bigger problem: They can't play Mario.