The Wii has been a huge success but its follow-up still faces many challenges. One is how Wii U will appeal to the so-called hardcore gamers who view the Wii as a family console. We're not talking about hardcore Nintendo fans here - the sort who buy everything with Mario's face on it - but those who play their games on rival consoles.
Not that the Wii was simply a family console. We can't imagine anyone sat down with their Granny to play Scarface or Madworld on Christmas Day but, despite the fact that there was a broad range of games on Nintendo's console, the perception was that this was a console for families.
Probably because big blockbusters like Call Of Duty and FIFA were best played on other consoles. Now Wii U is HD, it can not only compete but some of these games, like Assassin's Creed 3 will be even better on Wii U. Not our words but the words of Ubisoft Creative Director Alex Hutchison.
Yet, if we're honest, games such as these are brilliant for Nintendo fans; the ones who have missed out in the last generation will now be able to play the best games on their favourite console. Yet hardcore Assassin's Creed fans may feel the need snap up the revolutionary game on day one rather than wait for the Wii U version.
So which are the games that will make the hardcore gamers want to buy a Wii U. The games that they can't play on any other system? Read on...
5. Pikmin 3
Just as it's a bit of a misconception that Wii is just a family console, so it's a bit strange that GameCube is viewed as a hardcore console. It's a purple box, for heaven's sake. A brilliant purple box, mind and it was also the last Nintendo console that was as powerful as its competitors.
It's also hard to believe that Pikmin is a decade old and it has been eight years since < ahref="http://www.officialnintendomagazine.co.uk/7974/162-pikmin-2-wii-screens/">Pikmin 2 was released. That means that many of those who bought Pikmin when it it came out will now be in their 20s. Gamers who grew up on GameCube but now enjoy shooting each other's faces off in Call Of Duty.
We even know a number of people in their 30s who are looking forward to playing as the Pikmin again. Mainly because it is unlike anything else. The Pikmin may be cute but as a title that involves a great deal of strategy, this isn't simply a game for kids.
Pikmin 3 looks stunning and the fact that it has been away for so long means that it's highly anticipated. Also, the fact that Miyamoto is developing it adds further kudos to Pikmin 3. The 2D Mario platformers are now in the hands of a different director but Pikmin is still Miyamoto's baby and Nintendo's main man is still a legend to all gamers. Surely everyone will want to play his latest game.