Although its specifications have not yet been released by a typically tight-lipped Nintendo, at least one developer believes the Wii U to match this console generation in terms of grunt.

The Wii U is at least as powerful as an Xbox 360, Crytek CEO Cevat Yerli has stated.

"My opinion of the Wii U is very high," he said.

"It's just that we didn't have a business case unfortunately that justifies us making a game for it.

"It doesn't mean that CryEngine 3 doesn't run on Wii U - it actually runs beautifully. In fact, there actually is a game in development from a respected developer that we will be announcing. I've seen the game running and it looks really great."

Perhaps temporarily forgetting that the Xbox 360 is almost seven years old, Yerli expressed his confusion over the palpable disappointment expressed by gamers regarding the upcoming console’s power.

"From my perspective I do not understand the public's concerns that the Wii U is weaker than PS3 and 360," he said. "That I cannot see. From my perspective the Wii U is minimum as powerful as Xbox 360."

For a console that is hoping to capture the core gaming audience, “minimum” had better mean “twenty times”, or Nintendo may spend the next generation haemorrhaging all that sweet Wii money.