Darksiders 2 senior UI designer, Xander Davis, has called the Wii U a "$400 Xbox 360 seven years late" when asked whether or not he had worked on the upcoming console.
Mr Davis said he hadn't worked on any Wii U version of anything, to which he also quipped, "luckily".
"Anybody buying any Wii U game that's a port is probably buying it almost exclusively and specifically for how it can play differently through the Wii U's alleged innovated UI," he said.
He believes that, while Wii U presents interesting possibilities for developers with its "alleged innovative UI", it forces them to "do it right".
"You HAVE to innovative on the UI. You HAVE to enhance game mechanics and gameplay in a MATERIAL way that justifies all the hassle and a $400 Xbox 360 seven years late," he said.
Mr Davis isn't confident that developers are "truly giving it the kind of proper UI design and thinking it deserves."
Of the people he's spoken to that have played Wii U games he said they detailed that "the games pretty much suck and the tablet is pretty much a complete gimmick."
The tablet is also apparently tethered and wireless, according to Mr Davis, and it will take publishers a while to make good games for it.
"I can only speculate, but as a UI designer applying experienced critical thinking to game mechanics UI and the Wii U tablet, none of it makes sense to me to truly add value to gamers, even if you try."
Source: Not Enough Shaders
By Gaetano Prestia