Nintendo Wii U to lack Unreal 4 graphics engine support?

Wii U could be left trailing behind Xbox 720 and PS4

The Nintendo Wii U could find itself fighting an uphill struggle against the likes of the Xbox 720 and PS4 without support for Epic's Unreal 4 graphics engine

The Nintendo Wii U will allegedly lack support for Epic's next-generation graphics engine Unreal 4, which could leave it trailing behind the likes of the Xbox 720 and Sony PS4, both of which are rumoured to be landing later this year.

The news came from SpikeTV host Geoff Keighley, who claimed via Twitter that Nintendo's next-gen console will only support Epic's current generation Unreal 3 engine, which has been used to make games such as Gears of War 3.

Keighley has apparently been in close contact with Epic Games, the developers behind EU3 and the upcoming EU4.

It's believed Unreal 4 will be revealed at E3 2012 next week.

Given a stunning unveil via the Samaritan trailer, Unreal 3.5 is the stepping stone between the current and next generation of games consoles.

While it would certainly help to have advanced support for Unreal 3 if the Wii U will indeed lack Unreal 4 support, it could struggle to keep up with the new wave of blockbuster titles that will almost certainly rely on Unreal's upcoming game engine.

Meanwhile, a supposed leak from Blockbuster's internal system in early May revealed several games titles that will allegedly be made available on the Wii U.

Although not all are officially confirmed, the following are rumoured to land on the next-gen console: Aliens Colonial Marines, Darksiders II, Assassin’s Creed, Batman: Arkham City, Dirt 3, Monsters Party, New Super Marios Mii, Ninja Gaiden 3, Just Dance 4, Shield Pose, Splinter Cell 6.

Also in the mix are: Killer Freaks From Outer Space, Marvel Super Heroes, Pikmin, Rabbids Party Land, Raving Rabbids, Metro Last Light, Rayman Legends, Sports Connection, Tekken, Your Shape 2013, Zombie, Formula One: All Stars, Game Party and Ghost Recon Online.

Nintendo Wii U: Rumours

Originally unveiled at Microsoft’s E3 conference last year, The Nintendo Wii U's unique touchpad controller boasts a pair of wireless Bluetooth 3-aixs motion controllers, two circular analogue pads and d-pad controllers, as well as a stunning 6.2 inch screen.

However, despite being showcased at the annual games conference, Ninty's next-gen console is still in development and could look completely different when it's finally unveiled.

In terms of a release date, we're yet to learn when Nintendo will launch the device, however, according to rumours, we could potentially see it land at E3 in June.