In a recent interview, the developers of Ninja Gaiden 3 discussed the ease of developing the title for the Wii U. The game's director, Fumihiko Yasuda, told Nintendo Gamer the console was "very easy to develop for... We're finding it very similar to develop for Wii U as for Xbox 360 and PS3." The head of Team Ninja, Yosuke Hayashi, added that Nintendo has been very responsive to developers' requests, and that the hardware is still changing.

"They've asked us what we would like to see from the hardware, and when we give them feedback we can see that they're definitely listening to it and making changes."

According to Nintendo president Satoru Iwata, the Wii U is going to appeal to hardcore gamers, arguably something the Wii failed to do. If that's still the company's aim, it's vital that as well as producing innovative titles of its own, it gets third-party developers on board, and willing to release multi-platform titles like Skyrim or the upcoming GTA V. Nintendo has struggled to get third-parties to develop for their home consoles in recent years, but the company may find itself in the enviable position of having the next-gen console market to itself when the Wii U is released. It looks as though there will be no new hardware from Sony or Microsoft this year, with both companies being coy about timeframes for their next-generation consoles.

Nintendo recently announced that the Wii U will launch throughout the world by the end of 2012, and we'll be able to get a hands-on with the final hardware at E3 in June.