Here’s a fun rumor. A Nintendo source has claimed the company is considering to change the name of its next-generation console. Nintendo’s successor to the Wii console is currently named the Wii U, which is set for a late 2012 release.
The public confusion when the Nintendo 3DS was introduced in 2011, caused people to think it was a Nintendo DS instead of its new portable successor with a 3D screen. As a result Nintendo had to put up bold red box stickers to differentiate the similarly-named systems. Even going as far as to say in TV commercials that “This is not DS. This is Nintendo 3DS.” After a price-drop and an expensive marketing campaign, 3DS name recognition finally became public knowledge.
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Nintendo does not want to repeat the same mistakes made on the 3DS name recognition with its next-generation home console, which is why the name change is possible. This according to a CVG report.
To add more fuel to the fire, Nintendo president Satoru Iwata (shown above) told investors this week that “the Wii U needs to learn a bitter lesson from 3DS and public confusion over its features.” This no doubt refers to the public confusion following the Wii U reveal at E3 2011, when people thought it was a new touch-screen controller for the Wii, instead of a brand new console, which it was. Honestly, at first I was confused too because they didn’t show the actual console during their live presentation.
Read more about the Wii U on: “What is the Wii U? A console, tablet or controller?”
If a name change is in order, I don’t think they will drop the Wii brand now that the name is familiar to 10’s of millions of new gamers worldwide. I liked going from a Nintendo to a Super Nintendo back in the day, but the “Super Wii” sounds kind of weird haha! And as a fan of Monty Python and the Holy Grail I can’t let a chance go by without suggesting they call it the “Nintendo Ni” 😆
Here’s a video with Wii U demonstrations to give you some ideas for a new name…