When I think of great looking and great playing Wii games I think of Metroid Prime 3: Corruption, Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Super Mario Galaxy and The Legend of Zelda :Twilight Princess. Those certainly aren’t the only games, but they are the top of the list. For most Wii owners, first party Nintendo games take the top spots on any favorites list. Thankfully, High Voltage Software is hoping to change that with Quantum 3, their latest game engine.
“We think it’s a real shame that publishers and developers aren’t taking advantage of the technical possibilities of the Wii platform. Most Wii games don’t even look as good as the later day PS2 titles and that’s a real slap in the face to consumers. We believe that third-party developers need to step up to the plate and deliver. The Wii platform is capable of a lot more than what consumers have seen so far. We’re hoping to raise a new bar,” noted Kerry Ganofsky, company CEO, in a recent IGN exclusive.
So, what is it that makes this new engine so good? Well, other than boasting better dynamic bump mapping, light effects, glossing and other visual improvements, Quantum 3 also uses advanced processing techniques to make gameplay smoother. Some examples of these techniques are seamless resource streaming, projected shadows and morphing.
High Voltage has five Wii projects using their new engine coming out in the near future. Time will tell, but for now many gamers will be hoping that someone other than Nintendo will really push the Wii to its limits. And it’s about time.