Nintendo’s got a knack for naming their products in the most confusing, goofy way possible, and it seems they’ve finally caught on. According to a report from CVG, the company is considering renaming the upcoming Wii U (not to be confused with that boring old Wii we have now).
It’s hoped that the name swap would kill any confusion on the product and its function. This comes after the puzzlement many consumers had distinguishing between the Nintendo DS and the 3DS, prompting commercials that blatantly stated the difference between the two. It’s not a DS, jerk, it’s a 3DS.
Primarily due to Nintendo’s E3 performance last year, there’s already been some confusion about the new console, and Nintendo president Satoru Iwata is well aware. Iwata doesn’t call the E3 presentation a blunder, but admits it could have been handled differently.
Because we put so much emphasis on the controller, there appeared to be some misunderstandings. We should have made more effort to explain how it works…I should have shown a single picture of the new console, then started talking about the controller. The console is not drastically different, and Wii U is about the controller. The console itself will be almost invisible.
For now the possibility of a new moniker remains a rumor, but we’re hopeful that Nintendo’s next console name won’t be so utterly Wii-diculous. Come on – you knew that one was coming, right?