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Watch Dogs on Wii U sounds like a sluggish, last-gen game

Eurogamer's Digital Foundry got its hands on a copy of the Wii U version of Watch Dogs and did what they do best, tested the ever-loving hell out of it.

The conclusion?

With a visual standard that matches the PS3's in almost every area, the Wii U offers by no means the best way to play Watch Dogs. We're spared the heavy tearing of Sony's last-gen console but the v-synced playback on Nintendo's console comes at a high cost. As is the trend for many of the ports to Nintendo's platform, performance is a genuine issue. To an extent, having an off-TV play option for Watch Dogs is plus, in much the same way it is for most Wii U editions of last-gen games. However, it's clear the touchscreen aspect of Nintendo's controller is under-utilised. It's been an extra six month wait for Wii U owners, but this hasn't manifested in any kind of tangible boost, leaving us feeling somewhat disappointed.

There's much more to this excellently researched article, including a number of comparison tools, videos and details on the framerate for the game on Wii U, which at times drops to a sluggish 20 fps. Make sure you check it out if you're interested in the game, or the future of triple-A, third-party games on the Wii U.

Spoiler: That particular future doesn't look bright.

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