SEGA’s MadWorld doesn’t support 480p

It would seem antithetical for a visually striking Wii game to settle for standard resolution.

But according to Matt Casamassina, MadWorld is doing precisely that.

The IGN Nintendo editor confirmed in his blog SEGA’s stylish MadWorld does not support 480p on Wii.

“It runs in widescreen 480i,” wrote Casamassina. “Not 480p. I confirmed it today, and it’s unfortunate.”

He says the game still looks “damned good,” however, and he didn’t notice until capturing video, when the equipment read it as 480i.

Unlike Sony and Microsoft’s high-definition competitors, Nintendo’s Wii outputs in standard 480i resolution. With a set of separately sold component cables, the system can present games in progressive scan 480p, essentially a sort of crisper and cleaner “enhanced definition.”

MadWorld hacks its way onto store shelves worldwide next month.