EA Sport's VP Andrew Wilson has told Eurogamer that Nintendo's new Wii U console can do "anything" the Xbox 360 or PS3 can. 

"As every new piece of hardware and every new development library comes through we get a greater understanding of the power. With our early research we had been very happy with the output of the box and we expect that that will only go up moving forward." he explained.

The Xbox 360 and PS3 however are now relatively old in console terms, so you would expect the Wii U, given Nintendo's increased emphasis on the graphical and gaming hardcore, to outdo current-gen consoles. 

"I think that's our hope," said Wilson "but again we're still in the early stages."

EA has had an active involvement in the design of the Wii U's online elements, hopefully bringing with it better services than the current gen Wii. 

"We have a series of people who are under very strict NDAs as you can imagine, operating with them, building that system out."

The Wii U is pegged for a post April 2012 launch date, Eurogamer however has confirmed unofficially that the console will likely ship after August when Darksiders II, a Wii U launch title, is ready. 

Expect plenty of dual-screen excitement next Summer then (and hopefully some sun as well).

Hunter Skipworth

The baby of the Lint team, Hunter has been a tech fan since he bought his first MiniDisc..and what a waste of money that was. He began writing about electronics at the age of 16 and hasn't stopped since. Nowadays he fulfils his mobile phone and gaming obsession whilst attempting to distract people from his bizarre name. Regular meetings with the Gladiators crew see Hunter often returning to work battered and bruised. Considers himself a music obsessive, was once the most highly decorated scout in the country. Fan of trousers.