Shigeru Miyamoto believes the Wii U's unique functionality will eventually win consumers over.
Speaking to CNN, Miyamoto compared the Wii U's disappointing early performance with the DS, which went on to sell more than 150 million units worldwide.
"There was a period when we first released the Nintendo DS that people would say there's no way people can look at two screens at once," Miyamoto said.
"I almost feel like, as people get more familiar with Wii U and these touchscreen interfaces, that there is going to come a point where they feel 'I can't do everything I want to do if I don't have a second screen'."
More than anything, Miyamoto believes communicating the console's unique features to consumers is crucial to the console's success. "The other thing I think about is how do we begin getting people to understand that [the MiiVerse] and convey the usefulness of Wii U to them."
Nintendo is expected to showcase a range of new software at E3.