Nintendo president Satoru Iwata says Wii U has all the tools required to attract core gamers.
He told Mercury News that the combination of high definition graphics, something core gamers have long called for in a Nintendo console, and something brand new in the form of Wii U's controller, can be a winning mix with traditional gamers.
"For popular genres in the Western world such as the shooter games, the picture quality is actually very important. And as a result, we have not been able to provide hardcore video game players with the option they really want with the Wii. That sort of picture-processing issue is going to be solved this time around.
He added: "This new controller is going to be very intuitive, but at the same time it can be very sophisticated. And together, I think we will be able to offer a new form of entertainment that can satisfy the needs of the core gamers."
While it's not focus for Nintendo at launch, Iwata also said that Wii U is 3D-capable.
"If you are going to connect Wii U with a home TV capable of displaying 3D images, technologically, yes, it is going to be possible, but that's not the area we are focusing on," he said.
"... When it comes to the home console, it depends upon the availability of 3D TV sets at home, which, unfortunately, is not expanding enough. And rather than pouring a lot of energy into that kind of area, with the Wii U we'd like to focus more on each Wii U owner being able to have an equal opportunity to enjoy it."
Nintendo EAD's Katsuya Eguchi told the latest issue of Edge that Wii U can change the way players interact with first-person shooters.