Could Nintendo change the name of the Wii U?

In a case of history repeating itself, Nintendo could decide to change the name of its next generation game console. Computer and Video Games reports via unnamed sources that Nintendo executives in both Japan and the US are in "serious discussions" about changing the name of the console, which was given the name the Wii U at E3 in June 2011.

The story claims that Nintendo wants to avoid making the same mistakes it made in 2011 with the launch of the Nintendo 3DS portable console. Nintendo executives apparently feel that consumers became confused when the console launched because the name was so similar to the older Nintendo DS console.

There's also the fact that the introduction of the Wii U didn't make investors happy when it was first announced and as a result Nintendo's stock price took a big hit.

This is not the first time that Nintendo would have changed the name of one of its consoles before it was launched. Back in 2006, the company announced that the upcoming Revolution would get a name change to the Wii. The reaction to the name change was almost universally negative and even today the name is the subject of ridicule among some gamers.

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