According to TellTale Games, a mobile phone is more powerful than the Nintendo Wii. (Posted July 2009)
That’s not something you hear every day, but with the iPhone it doesn’t seem too surprising: the thing is a trojan gaming beast, with over 13,000 games.
Complaints over framerate issues in TellTale Game’s Wii-ware version of Tales of Monkey Island resulted in the following reply from a TellTale programmer, named Yare, on their forums:
“Frame rate issues will probably get sorted out eventually, but keep in mind that the Wii is just not a powerful console. An iPhone is much more powerful than a Wii, even.”
And he wasn’t going to back out of this statement, later posting about his comments:
“I stand by them. The Wii and DS are extremely underpowered and their popularity doesn’t remove the hardware limitations.”
This must be why LucasArt’s The Secret of Monkey Island is coming to the PC, Xbox 360 and iPhone and not the Wii.
As for Tales of Monkey Island, it was reportedly TellTale’s most successful launch, with TellTale founder Dan Connors telling VideoGamer:
“It’s been pretty shocking how much love there is still out there for the Monkey Island series. It seems like a generational thing as well.
“Unfortunately I can’t get into the specific numbers,” he added. “But I would definitely say it’s our strongest performing franchise to date. We’re pretty excited. It was number one on Steam for a few days. It did really well. It’s been our best performing title from our side as well.”