HTML5 is the language of the Internet. It’s what makes most things possible on the web, and the browser in Nintendo’s Wii U console can handle it better than Microsoft’s Internet Explorer 10 for PCs.
That information comes from benchmarking website HTML5test.com. Here’s how the Wii U, Internet Explorer, and other popular browsers fare (scores out of 500 + 15 bonus points):
- Wii U browser – 323 + 8
- Internet Explorer 10 – 320 + 6
- Chrome 22 – 434 + 13
- Xbox 360 Internet Explorer 9 – 120 + 5
- Nintendo 3DS NetFront – 109 + 0
- iOS 6 Safari – 486 + 9
You can find all of HTML5test’s results here. They judge the browser’s ability to handle the HTML5 specifications as dictated by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), the standard’s governing body. The bonus points measure the browser’s ability to deal with audio and video features.
It’s also important to note that this is just a benchmark, and that real-world use can vary greatly. All this means is that the Wii U browser, at 323, has a little bit more support for HTML5 than IE10, at 320. That doesn’t necessarily mean the Wii U browser will run every webpage better than IE10.
Still, the web viewer for Nintendo’s new console blows away its console competition. It easily bests the current champion, Internet Explorer 9, on Xbox 360 by 260 percent.