It's no secret that traditional "hardcore" gamers don't hold the Wii, and subsequently Nintendo, in high regard these days. This wasn't always the case as the company, its hardware, and its games were considered the cream of the crop from the mid 1980's through to the turn of the century. Beginning with the GameCube, which did have some good titles of its own, Nintendo's popularity and credibility as a viable gaming platform for "core" gamers was beginning to fade. What little hold Nintendo had left on dedicated gamers gave way shortly after the Wii's release, with the audience instead gravitating to the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.
Nintendo believes that the Wii U, which is expected for release in 2012, will reverse all that.