Nintendo May Change Wii U Name to Prevent Confusion

CVG is claiming that sources close to Nintendo have indicated that Nintendo is considering a name change for the Wii U. Considering the mass market out there, who may become confused and think Wii and Wii U aren’t very different from each other, I can see why they would want to do it.

Many gamers were confused as to whether the Wii U controller could be used away from the system. Wait, there's a system!?

Even I was a bit confused about the Wii U as I was sitting with the rest of the audience at Nintendo’s 2011 E3 press conference. Can I use this controller away from the television, anywhere I want? Does it have its own power supply, cpu, motherboard, ram and graphics card? Of course, now I know that the controller is just streaming images from the console, but imagine all of the confusion it caused for everyone, especially for those not seeing the system at work at E3. Now imagine the general public who are not gamers who read game websites. Yeah.

Nintendo released the DS, and apparently had to make a statement at the end of this commercial to make sure customers knew there was a difference: “This is not DS. This is Nintendo 3DS”.

So, if this source from CVG turns out to be right, I could really understand why they would want to stray away from the Wii U name. When you’re putting out a new product, you want to make sure that customers understand that it’s a completely new product.

If you’d like, you can make up your own new, fun names for Nintendo’s console in the comments below.

Source: CVG
Via: VG247

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