In terms of specs and power the Wii U is by far no where near what the PS4 and next generation Xbox will be capable of. So when someone asked if Unreal Engine 4 will work on the Wii U, Mark Rein, co-founder of Epic, gives a hearty laugh and replies with a simple answer, “No”.
I just laugh at the question…Unreal Engine 4, we’re not PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, or Wii U. It’s next-gen technology. That’s what we’re aiming for.
Rein later went on to say that if a developer really wanted to put an Unreal Engine game on the Wii U that they would be able to as developers are capable of porting software powered by the engine and the best games currently out on the Wii U are using Unreal Engine 3 already. But as if Unreal Engine 4 wasn’t enough, to add insult to injury, Battlefield 4 and Dragon Age 3’s Frostbite Engine 3 will not be making its way over to the Wii U either.
Let’s face it. The Unreal Engine is utilized for so many top-quality titles and it flat out sucks for Nintendo that they will not be able to fully utilize Unreal Engine 4 natively and that Frostbite 3 wont even see the light of day on the console. With Wii U sales continuing to drop, things might not be looking to good for Nintendo, especially as far as the hardcore gamer is concerned.