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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Just throwing a useless fact out there. They use the codenames for the product codes. Check out the game boxes/carts for yourself. These examples are the US codes obviously.

Wii = REV-xx-USA Revolution
GC = DOL-xx-USA Dolphin
N64 = NUS-xx-USA Nintendo Ultra 64

Laslow said,

N64 = NUS-xx-USA Nintendo Ultra 64

Before it was Ultra 64, it was Codenamed Project Reality..

Back on topic, a inevitable bomb of a video game system even by another name will still bomb just as badly... anyone remember the virtual boy?

Laslow said,
Just throwing a useless fact out there. They use the codenames for the product codes. Check out the game boxes/carts for yourself. These examples are the US codes obviously.

Wii = REV-xx-USA Revolution
GC = DOL-xx-USA Dolphin
N64 = NUS-xx-USA Nintendo Ultra 64


Interesting! Never noticed that.

Revolution was always a codename, so that's not really a name change

Still, I feel if they want the sales, they're going to have to try and distance themselves from the Wii. A lot of people bought it, but there's a certain stigma too it in the general market that it's an expensive 1-2 game toy.

statm1 said,
I would vote for a name change as well. Never liked Wii as a name in the first place..

Although I agree with you. The name "Wii" (without Nintendo) was adopted for the reason that it would help. Globaalizee and understand the console's name in any part of the world

The next name will be something similar, easy to pronounce and to understand

Huh? Their exec's are silly.

Playstation > Playstation 2 > Playstation 3
xBox > xBox 360 > xBox 720
Nintendo DS > Nintendo 3DS

They are all evolutions of the previous console, all with similar sounding names. The launch of the 3DS was at the wrong time. Handheld consoles are only good for kids these days as adults have smart phones. Therefore [the handheld game console] market is very limited. Gameboys were different as that was one of the first.

Mr Spoon said,
Huh? Their exec's are silly.

Playstation > Playstation 2 > Playstation 3
xBox > xBox 360 > xBox 720
Nintendo DS > Nintendo 3DS

They are all evolutions of the previous console, all with similar sounding names. The launch of the 3DS was at the wrong time. Handheld consoles are only good for kids these days as adults have smart phones. Therefore [the handheld game console] market is very limited. Gameboys were different as that was one of the first.

I suggest you do some research before trying to talk about something you don't know. The DS line has outsold all iPhones so far.

Phones are only for casuals who know nothing about gaming.

FMH said,
Good. Because it sounds like "we you".

That was the point I believe. A system for everyone to have fun, but a tablet especially for You for the more intimate single player experiences.

coth said,
they better change cpu and gpu. they are so outdated and slow...

Really? Neither of them have even been announced? Although developer rumours set the processor at a Quad-Core 3.2Ghz processor based on the IBM Watson CPU architecture - and Nintendo are fairly confident it's actually capable of running 1080p games at ease, unlike the PS3 & Xbox 360. Hardly outdated or slow.

~Johnny said,

Really? Neither of them have even been announced? Although developer rumours set the processor at a Quad-Core 3.2Ghz processor based on the IBM Watson CPU architecture - and Nintendo are fairly confident it's actually capable of running 1080p games at ease, unlike the PS3 & Xbox 360. Hardly outdated or slow.


I'm sorry, didn't realize that Nintendo just wants to compete with 7 year old consoles…

MFH said,

I'm sorry, didn't realize that Nintendo just wants to compete with 7 year old consoles…

Quite what else are you expecting them to say? They've already stated it's more powerful than all the current gen consoles. Considering Nintendo are always coy on specs, and all the rumours do agree the WiiU is more powerful than the current gen by some notable degree, I'm not entirely sure what your statement is alluding too

MFH said,

I'm sorry, didn't realize that Nintendo just wants to compete with 7 year old consoles…

Sorry. Didn't realise everybody cared about what hardware the things running.

coth said,
they better change cpu and gpu. they are so outdated and slow...

If rumors are to be believed, then I am happy for Nintendo. Rumors pinpoint that MS will be 20% faster than the Wii U, which is not *that* much of difference, and I don't think that for that little bit, hardcore devs wouldn't like to launch games for it.

How was Revolution to Wii considered a name change? Wasn't aware project names were official.