Nintendo’s big boss Satoru Iwata wants hardcore gamers to know that his company will be offering heavy support to games targeted at them.

In case you missed it last week, Nintendo’s 3DS was a pretty big deal, with tons of games and pretty much everything but the proverbial kitchen sink. However, some gamers remained skeptical: Nintendo’s popular DS and Wii systems had both strongly catered to more “casual” gamers – could the new 3DS actually be a system for them?

According to Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata, the answer is yes.

Speaking with Japanese publication Nikkei, Iwata said that while Nintendo would, as always, give the DS significant first-party support – it would also court third-party publishers as well. Having all but conquered the casual market, Nintendo’s goal is to “expand into elaborate games targeting serious gamers.”

Iwata suggested that the DS and its library of software catered primarily towards people who weren’t gamers by nature, and that Nintendo would like to change that with the 3DS. Not only was the 3DS much more powerful than the DS had been, Iwata told Nikkei, but Nintendo had sought feedback from developers while designing the new system – and had incorporated much of that feedback into the design in order to woo them to its side.

“These partnerships are good for both Nintendo and the software developers,” said Iwata. And with titles like Metal Gear Solid: Snake Eater 3D: The Naked Sample, Resident Evil Revelations, and a new Final Fantasy in the works, hopefully they’ll be good for core gamers, too.

Now come on, Iwata. How about a new Elite Beat Agents, eh?

(Via Gamespot)

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