Nintendo says the lack of hardcore games announcements at the recent E3 exhibition was merely a "misunderstanding", following claims from Nintendo Wii fans that the console maker had forgotten its loyal fan base.

"We are sorry about [the E3] media briefing, specifically for those who were expecting to see Nintendo show something about Super Mario or Legend of Zelda," Nintendo president Satoru Iwata told Forbes.

In June, Nintendo promised "several new titles" for core gamers at E3, only to unveil three casual-oriented first-party games: Animal Crossing: City Folk, Wii Sports Resort, and Wii Music.

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Historically, Nintendo has used E3 as a platform to announce games intended for enthusiast players. In response to this year's showing, many gamers felt alienated and were openly critical of the company.

"If there is any perception that Nintendo is ignoring the core gamers, it's a misunderstanding, and we really want to get rid of that misunderstanding by any means," added Iwata.

"The fact of the matter is the so-called 'big titles' need a long, long development period... We really didn't think this year's E3 media briefing was the time to do so."

And though Nintendo failed to inspire the hardcore gamer at its E3 press conference, the company threw loyal fans at least two bones last week, when confirming upcoming sequels for both Zelda and Mario.

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