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Valve to Nintendo: OK, you'll do

Few systems divided the gaming world like Nintendo's Wii. For casual gamers, it was manna from heaven, a simple and fun system with lots of simple, fun games that could be played for ten minutes at a time. For hardcore gamers, though, it was underpowered and a bit crappy. And as a result of the Wii's lack of sheer graphical oomph, lots of developers decided it simply wasn't worth the hassle to convert their Xbox and PS3 games to the console. So famed series like Portal and Halo have never appeared on it.

But Nintendo's Wii U, announced last month and expected to be released next year, has a lot more graphical oomph - as much, Nintendo says, as a PS3 or XBox 360. Their hope was that developers would bring old and new titles to the Wii U, ensuring its appeal to both casual and hardcore gamers alike.

And it seems they might have got their wish. Valve, makers of Portal 2, Counter-Strike, Half-Life and Left 4 Dead, have confirmed they consider Wii U likely to be in their 'scalability model'. That's nerd-speak for 'we can put our games on this thing.' Combined with the nifty screen-packing controller, which could be used for various nifty zooming and looking-around moves, and we reckon Wii U could become the place to go for ultra-modern first-person shooters. Which are all hardcore gamers seem to want to play these days...

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