May 2nd, 2012

Wii U
The upcoming Nintendo Wii U will cater to core gamers first, and mass market second. That’s according to Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata. It’s no denying that the Wii U is targeting a much more mainstream audience than the Wii — the Wii U packs HD graphics and powerful hardware, making it ideal system for core gamers who want the “big experience” and HD visuals.

Speaking to investors after the recent Nintendo financial report, Iwata said that the company is targeting the core gamers first with the Nintendo 3DS and the Wii U. Iwata mentioned how Nintendo offered games to “core” gamers with the 3DS launch, games like Zelda, and that the company intends to use the same method for the Wii U. Iwata said:

“In promoting the Nintendo 3DS and the Wii U, we have announced that we would like ‘width’ and ‘depth’ to coexist. Our approach for the Wii U is basically the same. By doing so continuously, we are expecting that the number of game users per household will increase and as the gaming population increases, we believe we can create a sustainable video game market.”

So far the only semi-confirmed Wii U launch game is Pikmin 3, which can’t be said to cater to the “core” or hardcore gamers. However, several other games will be part of the Wii U launch lineup that might incite those kind of gamers to give the system a try, games like Assassin’s Creed 3, Killer Freaks From Outer Space, and Ghost Recon Online. Nintendo is working on a Wii U Zelda game, which they showcased at E3 last year. However, it’s unknown whether this new Zelda title will be available later this year when the console launches.

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  • Hamzilla

    I hope that the Nintendo made games will be hard..haven’t been challenged in a while

    • alienfish

      Try Kid Icarus: Uprising without skimping on the fiends’ cauldron, that game will kick your a** AND rape your face in the same motion.

      • Caletrix


  • Soastockton

    Hmmmmm /:)….BLACK OPS 2??????

  • Darksiders 2 was the first confirmed Wii U launch game, way back at last year’s E3.

  • Pokemon

    I’ll probably just get pikmin 3 then, why can’t they just do a little of each …

  • Marq

    Pikmin 3 isn’t considered a “core” title? Man, we really need to all sit down and come up with one definition for what it means to be hardcore.

    • alienfish

      core title: A game that fans of a single gaming company will enjoy above all others.

      hardcore title: A game that fans of mature themes and challenges will enjoy.

      • Marq

        “So far the only semi-confirmed Wii U launch game is Pikmin 3, which can’t be said to cater to the “core” or hardcore gamers. ”

        Well then who does it cater to? It’s not a “core” title, according to the article, yet by your definition, that’s exactly what it is. It’s not in the realm of the Wii Fit/Nintendogs category of casual crowd bait. I’d say it’s mature and challenging enough to be considered “hardcore,” even though most people will see it’s cute characters on the box and immediately dismiss it. So then who is the game meant for?

        And just throwing it out there, you can’t spell “harcore” without “core”….

        • alienfish

          Rest assured, Pikmin 3 is a core title. I find the writers on this site to be extremely questionable at times and this is something they are wrong about. When talking about core games, you are automatically talking about the core audience of a system. Pikmin is a franchise that appeals to this core audience, therefore making it a core title. This is logic, there is no questioning it.

          • Matt

            I think you’re looking into semantics waaaaay too much

      • blub

        hardcore: “the most active, committed, or doctrinaire members of a group or movement: there is always a hard core of trusty stalwarts | [ as modifier ] : a hard core following.”

        “Mature” has nothing do to with hardcore.

  • alienfish

    This is a good recap article. I enjoy looking forward to a Nintendo that is conscious of its loyal fans.

  • Swic11

    I can’t believe how excited I am for this years E3, the only con for E3 is that we have to wait for the damned console to come out! I’m hoping that it comes bundled with that demo from last year, but I’ll pick up a game that gets good reviews and long gameplay a few days later

  • uPadWatcher

    “Batman: Arkham City is gonna be on the new console.” That quote alone from Martin Tremblay from WB Games makes me want to drool in anticipation. Nintendo means business… and I can see in the future that they are gonna bring hardcore gamers back!

  • Your mom

    I want Zelda skyward sword HD! ‘Cause I beat it and accepted the Hero Mode challenge, so I would be amazed to see skyward sword in HD! Plus some of the controls seem more suitable for the wii u. Don’t forget arkham city for wii u.

  • Icanseeu

    Love how you all want games that are will be available on Xbox 360 or PS3! In some cases eg Arkham City the games your looking forward to will be neatly a year old when they are released for the Wii u.

    • *insert Wii U pun here*

      Well, if the games come with all of the ps3 and 360’s dlc on the game, then it won’t really be that old by that time. Barman is getting a limited edition release soon, isn’t it, with extra content? Well, if all of that is also on the Wii U version, it’s a mega bonus to Nintendo fans getting all of the material at once, for a single price. Besides, most of these games are well known, hardcore, and many AAA titles, so that shows that Nintendo is serious about attracting hardcore gamers. Besides, it’ll give devs a chance to focus on utilizing the new controller and give them experience that’ll make future games even better. All in all, this is a plus

  • swic11

    well, thats why its important that those year old games come with additional content, the controller is not enough to justify re buying a title. Nintendo and other companies have to bring something completely exclusive to the Wii U.

  • Ben

    You need to check your facts a bit better. Darksiders II is already confirmed as a Wii U launch title, and I’m really not sure what Pikmin games you playing, but unless Nintendo’s doing something really different with 3, it’s not a casual game. The first one especially was damn hard.

  • DudeSean

    “Nintendo is working on a Wii U Zelda game, which they showcased at E3 last year.”
    They did not showcase their new Zelda game for Wii U at E3 last year. They showed a demo for how a Zelda game could look on the Wii U. I’m sure the actual Zelda game for Wii U will be drastically different. Maybe even as different as the zelda tech demo for the gamecube was to wind waker.


    Pikmin 3, not for core gamers?