Cubed3 Nintendo gaming, Wii and DS

Poll: Would You Rename Nintendo Wii U?

Poll: Would You Rename Nintendo Wii U? on Nintendo gaming news, videos and discussion

Rumours circling the interwebs suggest that Nintendo is considering re-branding the Wii U console - does it need a name change?

According to CVG, insiders are suggesting that Nintendo is really thinking hard about how to name the hardware and if "Wii U" would cause confusion amongst the general public.

Naming has played a vital role in the strategy for both the Wii and DS, the platforms have become household names in the public eye. The success of the original dual screened handheld has also offered a slight curse on the 3D follow-up: there was, and still is, a fair bit of confusion as to just what the 3DS is.

Granted sales for the 3DS are on the up, but the initial and ongoing confusion with the name has lead Nintendo to ponder how to approach the Wii U, so say those close to the Japanese outfit.

Image for Poll: Would You Rename Nintendo Wii U?


After the rapid price drop for the hardware last year, company president Satoru Iwata mentioned how Nintendo will learn "bitter lessons" when putting together the finishing touches to the new living-room box.

Do you think the Wii U needs a new name in time for launch? Have your say in our poll and comments below.

Read and post comments

User Poll: Poll: Would You Rename Nintendo Wii U?

Yes - Rebrand without the Wii name
Yes - But keep "Wii" name in there
Yes - Rename it Wii 2
Undecided - need to see the final hardware
No - keep the Wii U branding
Don't care - It's all about the games!

Share this article Share this article

26.01.2012 23:13

24

27590

Comment on this article

You can comment as a guest or join the Cubed3 community below: Sign Up for Free Account Login

Preview PostPreview Post Your Name:
Validate your comment
  Enter the letters in the image to validate your comment.
Submit Post

Reader comments - add yours today Comments on this Article

To this day I still hate saying Wii, its just a bad name for a console. I want a name change but I dont see Nintendo coming back from the name Wii, I liked Revolution better but I guess Revolution did suit the console at the time of the launch. What name would you have instead of Wii U? Name has to have a 3 letter/number acronym which will make it easy to refer to the console, pretty hard to come up with a name isnt it? lol

Senior ModeratorCubed3 Member

Definitely. Especially if they want to escape the issues that they have with the DS branding.

Staff Member

They should call it the Nintendo Wii 2... or the Puu! Smilie

Why do people keep jumping to Wii 2 when this is not Nintendo second console ever... Xbox 360 is called so because Xbox 2 sounds inferior to PS3, so, why not, "Nintendo 7" as a big F YOU to everyone else Smilie

Staff Member

They should call it the Souped-up Wii (with) Awesome Games. SWAG. Lol, jk. xD

Staff Member

Honestly, I don't give a damn about the name of a console; it's all about the games for me. That doesn't say that I wouldn't appreciate a new name for the Wii U though, especially if it's one that's easier to say and has a good acronym.

Calling it the Mega Nintendo Entertainment System (MNES) or something like that would be pretty cool. I'd love to refer to their next console just as the "Nintendo" though.

 

I don't mind the name, though I think there could be potential confusion by the uneducated consumer about whether Wii U is an entirely new console or not.

Though the Wii U name goes better with the fact that Wii Remotes (and other Wii accessories) are standard controllers in addition to the Wii U controller.

Ifry said:
To this day I still hate saying Wii, its just a bad name for a console.

Agree.
The re-branding issue is huge. The X-box did a good job and the playstation has had no problem. Nintendo... even had this problem in the SNES era. And speaking of the SNES...

SirLink said:
Calling it the Mega Nintendo Entertainment System (MNES) or something like that would be pretty cool. I'd love to refer to their next console just as the "Nintendo" though.

What they should really do is just go with the old Super Nintendo color sceme that was rumored about ages ago and go ahead and call the sucker the "Ultra Nintendo" or something along those lines, completely agree. I know "Hardcore" gamers who still worship that system. Just got done watching them play it.

Oh, and Nintendo, absolutely stop ripping off Apple with names, so the "Nintendo Wii Pad" is out the door. Smilie

Gretna (guest) 27.01.2012 08:20#9

Lol they should call it U. Then the next one U2... Oh the hilarity!

Arindam (guest) 27.01.2012 08:39#10

I'd call it the Wii T ('witty'Smilie, with the T referring to the Tablet.

gunpowder Glen (guest) 27.01.2012 08:39#11

Why not Wii 2?

Staff Member

I'd just name it the U, I'll probably end up calling it that if the console keeps its name, it's not too important, unless people get it mixed up with the Wii (which the 3DS is partly sales and retailers fault for not setting a distinction), my cousins even call the 3DS a 3D DS even though it clearly states everywhere on it that it's called the 3DS.

Just glad it's not called the Wii HD.

( Edited 27.01.2012 12:00 by Stulaw )

Stuart Lawrence
Follow Me on twitter :: @Stulaw90 || My Youtube || Backloggery
NNID: Stulaw

"Nintendo 6" Smilie

Or, rather, Nintendo VI!

Please give our little random review show a try;
http://randomreviewshow.com/index.html
We have special effects and umm...stuff...
Staff Member

 

 

This is probably what many of us thought when first hearing the name "Wii U" at E3 2011. Smilie

 

 

 

This is the first thing I thought of lol.

But yea, it's a bad name, reason being because the consumers won't know the difference between the Wii and WiiU. I always thought Revolution was a sick name though.

Call it "Yuu". Easy and simple. Everybody will think of the Wii when they see it, yet they also understand this is something totally new.

Stulaw said:my cousins even call the 3DS a 3D DS
Could do worse: today I heard a girl call it the DS 3. Smilie

Get rid of Wii entirely. I liked the name for the current Wii but the WiiU is just lazy. Nintendo need to completely redesign the WiiU and branding. Something fresh and different to gain more interest. Right now, it's mights as well be called WiiHD.

Ok here is what i think Nintendo should rename their upcoming gaming console they should call it the Nintendo Phantom!!!PS please comment and let me know if you like the name i came up with.SmilieSmilieSmilie

Phantom was a name of a console that never came out.

Canyarion said:
Call it "Yuu". Easy and simple. Everybody will think of the Wii when they see it, yet they also understand this is something totally new.

But Yuu doesnt mean anything :-/

Hence Vi which is close to Wii but also means their 6th console.

( Edited 27.01.2012 21:06 by Darkflame )

Please give our little random review show a try;
http://randomreviewshow.com/index.html
We have special effects and umm...stuff...

Yuu sounds like You. It's perfect. I wish I registered www.yuu.com.

Absolutely I'd rename it!! What was wrong with Revolution from the start? Sure it may be hard to pronounce in some countries but so it playstation!!

It is not wise to speak on subjects you do not know all facts about, nor is it smart to judge a game based on looks alone. PSN: Nintendo_Gamer 3DS: 4296-3029-7422
matt (guest) 30.01.2012 13:44#23

It will be called Nintendo_RS

3DS/RS

Revolutionary System

XBOXer (guest) 03.02.2012 21:16#24

i think it's best idea of the decade. Wii is probably going to stay, i am afraid, but that "U" is just f..ing ridiculous. Why not call system SNES 2? That was biggest ever name of the Nintendo hardware, why not call this one similar? "Wii" is a name for a toy console, not some new HD beast... Well, whatever ninty is going to come up with, it should be better than "Wii U" anyway.

Subscribe to this topic Subscribe to this topic

If you are a registered member and logged in, you can also subscribe to topics by email.

Follow this topic Follow this topic

Keep up with new comments with the RSS feed for this topic, or subscribe via email above.
Turqoise Radio - Cubed3's Glass to the Wall
Sign up today for blogs, games collections, reader reviews and much more
Latest news and updatesSite Feed
Vote on our latest community pollNintendo Poll
Vote: Which eShop Games will you Download this Week?
Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse
Disney Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two
Disney Epic Mickey: Power of Illusion
Etrian Odyssey Untold: The Millennium Girl Demo
F-Zero: Maximum Velocity
Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams
Golden Sun
I am in the Movie
Mario Golf: World Tour Demo
My Exotic Farm
My Farm
Nintendo Pocket Football Club
Putty Squad
Tiny Games - Knights & Dragons
Member of the weekMember of the Week
This week's top member is jres80, awarded the most stars for great posts.
Online Play and ChatOnline Nintendo Play & Chat
General Chatroom: Click here to chat Wii U Nintendo Network Codes - Find other Nintendo Wii U users 3DS Nintendo Network Codes - Find other Nintendo 3DS users
Listen to our Nintendo Jukebox - Classic Mario, Zelda, Metroid songs and more Nintendo news and reviews on the move