We’re nearly five months until E3 2012 kicks off and a recent rumor has taken a lot of people by surprise. Technology company CVG has written an article stating they have been told by a trustworthy source that Nintendo are in big talks about whether to keep the name for their upcoming console or to scrap it and create a new name and logo.

Following the terrible confusion of people believing the 3DS to be just a DS with a 3D gimmick, Nintendo have stated they do not want to make the same mistake again. Β It’s one of the main reasons why the 3DS kicked off to a lackluster start. Β With the Wii U name some people have just looked at its tablet and boldly stated that it’s just a Wii console with the ability to use an extra controller. There’s no thought of it being a totally new system. This is the angle Nintendo are looking at and changing the name may just be the right idea. But remember it’s all just rumor for now.

Would you like to see the Wii U receive a name change? What name would you like it to be called? Let us know by hitting the comments now!

Source: CVG (Via GoNintendo)

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  • iDuffman

    They should use the Wii's original code name "Revolution." That was a great name for a console.

    • I definitely love that name Revolution! It would definitely fit because Nintendo are revolutionising with a totally new way of playing.

    • lootic

      I think there were some trademark issues with that name.

      • Mikael

        *I* had heard that is was a translation issue…but what the heck.

        • Chozo Knight

          Anything would be better than the Wii U. It sounds like they are making a sequel to the wii instead of a successor.

  • Olle

    Yes! i'd love a name change!

  • LuWiiG

    • joe

      lol

    • Soulless Creature

      Good one. πŸ™‚

  • As much as I like the name of the Wii U, a name change wouldn't be bad. What about the Nintendo U? Go back to classics, Nintendo!

    • mcdude910

      USNES- Unbelievably Super Nintendo Entertainment System

      • ZeroBlade77

        Or just UNES – Ultra Nintendo Entertainment System, because everyone knows Ultra comes after Super – not counting Duper – then Mega, then Wombo.

  • Supportedcoffe

    I'm one of the few who actually like the name wii u but changing the name would be a very smart move and it's good they are changing it now and not 3 months till the release of the system cause that would really mess with peoples heads.

  • YES! I really hope this is more than a rumor. A name change will make a world of difference for the many gamers who have become so "anti-Wii"

    Welcome to the next generation of Nintendo.

  • Kiran

    Good. The Wii U is a terrible name.

  • Rick

    revolution would be too much like the xbox 360 imo

    360 = 1 revolution

    • Soeroah

      Yeah, that's what I found annoying about the 360. It seemed to me as if they just took Nintendo's "Revolution" and tried to imitate it in some way.

  • Instead of "Wii U" they should name it "Wy Me" or definitely "Revolution"

  • thesecretpudding

    The Nintendo Yuu?

  • SpaGheTTi

    They should definitely change the name, for exactly that reason. People will think Wii U is a controller rather than a console.

    Nintendo U, or even Wii 2 would do better. Wii 2 would show people that it's something completely new, while still keeping the name that everyone knows by now.

  • Leroy

    Nintendo Yu.

  • Chris

    The new name should be "The Bob Marley extreme experiance system" πŸ˜›

  • Link17

    "We’re nearly five months until E3 2012 kicks off "

    Actually where nearly four months until E3 2012 starts but whatever lol.

    I want them to name it Revolution, In my opinion one of the best names for a Nintendo console, or Ultra Nintendo Entertainment System.

    • mcdude910

      The UNES. Retro gamers will swoon.

      • Soulless Creature

        Ultimate Nintendo Entertainment System, it's good but what will they do if they make something better in the next few years. Or does UNES mean something different ?

  • Carty

    I hope they do change it. Its a whole new console and people people might think of it as a slight upgrade from the wii. and some people had bad experiences with the wii or just dont like it, so if the name didnt say wii in it I believe more people would buy it.

  • Chevsapher

    It would definitely be less confusing, considering that the two systems have a Gamecube/Wii relationship. My mom wonders why I want "another Wii," ever though the Wii U is completely different (and in HD!!!!).

  • I'm all for a name change.

    Heck, when Nintendo premiered the Wii U at E3 earlier this year, I honestly thought it was just a controller for the existing Wii. Nintendo already recognized that just focusing on the controller was a big mistake, but they still need to change the name to make it more obvious it's its own system.

  • Twister92

    I think the Nintendo Revolution would be a good name for it…though, I just hope it will play Gamecube games…

    • mcdude910

      That's all anyone could ever hope for, my friend.

    • that guy

      I completely agree with you bro

  • Gwydion

    Count me in as someone who thinks it should be changed. I kind of liked Wii U, but it doesn't seem very smart from a marketing standpoint for all the reasons already pointed out, especially the point brought up about the 3DS. I love my 3DS, but I too always thought it was just a pumped up DS because I'd never played one (heck, besides the 3D, I still couldn't tell you the differences). The reason I even got the 3DS in the first place was for OoT with updated graphics, not because I necessarily wanted the system itself. Giving the general public this kind of confusion is a bad idea.

  • PeacefullyCrazy

    Wii, Xbox 360, PS3

    Wii U, Xbox 760, PS4.

    Oh yeah. I think they ALL need to be changed.

    • mcdude910

      Well, I don't think the next Microsoft system, if they were keeping up with their trend, would be 760, it would more likely be 720 (360 X 2). Maybe an extra forty for MORE POWER.

      • Soulless Creature

        NES, SNES, N64, Game cube, Wii
        PS1, PS2, PS3
        XBOX, XBOX 360
        Nintendo has a better imagination for names πŸ™‚

  • nayrugoddessofwisdom

    The N65!

    • mcdude910

      Hehe. I got a good laugh out of that one.

    • UnholySanctuary

      Haha, thanks for the good laugh, needed that πŸ™‚

  • BIG DICK I HAVE

    I WOULD CALL IT ======= WII-UBER NINTENDO 60CUBE

  • Mikael

    If the name doesn't have Wii in it I think it'll be mostly accepted. Wii U is just…dumb…and it makes people think it's nothing new or special. (Like movie sequels! XD LOL)

    Some have said Nintendo Revolution. I agree that Nintendo should totally try to go for that again. But issues arrived last time. I hope they can kick them this time. πŸ™‚

    • mcdude910

      Honestly, I think it would be more likely "The Nintendo Cafe" than "Revolution." I like the name and all, but Nintendo wouldn't go back to a working title for a console, let alone the working title of the console's predecessor.

    • UnholySanctuary

      As long as they don't name it something absurd like the Nintendo Pii I'll be fine

  • When I first watched last year's E3 Nintendo videos, I, at first, thought that the Wii U was just the controller and an addition to the current Wii. They shouldn't just focus on one feature to the game for the name, especially one that just mr. mimics the last console.

  • ChainofTermina

    yes, please PLEASE change that name! I do not like the name Wii U. I doesn't really roll off the tongue that great, plus it just plain sounds weird. They should name it……I don't know. the nPad? I'm not sure about Revolution. I feel like the name should have something to do with it's…'unique feature'.

    • AwkwardPigeon

      Isnt a unique feature in itself a bit of a Revolution?

  • Dan

    Ultra Nintendo Entertainment System is what I want

  • Jxudo

    I agree with iDuffman. The Revolution would be perfect for this console, because it may revolutionize Nintendo again!

  • Soulless Creature

    The Nintendo Portal. The console that takes you into the game.

  • black_ribbon

    The Wii U did lack creativity. I'd like a serving of name change please. ^.^

  • Angelo Mota

    I think the name could be just Nintendo U. And when a game uses the 2 tipes of controllers (the tablet controller and the Wiimote), they could say that is a Wii U game.

  • Definatly needs a name change. As someone who loves the Wii it will be hard to talk about if they have such close names since games can be very hostile when they don’t like something. What about the WU or NWU? “woo” or “enwoo” a play on words (at least in English). I know wu has some meaning in Chinese. Lol

  • Loftwing81

    super nintendo 2, or nintendo 664

  • Giovanni

    I think a name change is definitly a good idea. The name "Wii" just seems silly and childish to me, let alone very oriental. "Wii U" as a continuation of "Wii"'s lack of mature games is not a good option if nintendo is really planning on stepping up their game graphics and game contents.

    ….These gimmicks and stupid little childish games are an insult to those of us who actually know what Nintendo is capable of providing.

    Never settle for mediocrity.

  • Rob

    Nintendo Entertainment System 6

    Just to get 1up (..or 2up!) on the PS4 πŸ˜›

  • It should be named

    Eld I gato

  • Gerudude

    You can even take the tablet with you to the toilet.
    Than it's a Pee-Wii.

    hahahahah LOL I crack myself up.

    • that guy

      can't you do that with a wii remote as well?

  • Jesse

    I'm all for a name change. Like chainoftermina said, it doesnt roll off the tongue very well and really sounds like an onomatopoeia. If they keep it sounding like WII, I honestly think WII02 would be a great name. Or maybe go back to classic naming strategies and make it something that only has a comfortable name if you add "nintendo" to it. (Example: Nintendo 64 and Super Nintendo.)

  • that guy

    UNES – Uber Nintendo Entertainment System

  • veeronic

    good god thank you

  • heroofmasks

    how about nintendo Ultra code named nintendo u for short

  • Error

    I'd like to see a new name. I'm glad Wii controllers will work with the new console, but it doesn't NEED the Wii name attached. If anything it needs the name 'Nintendo' attached to it.

  • Hylian_Knight

    I hope they change the name. Like many I thought the pad was just an add on to the wii not a new system it's self until I read more into it. The only problem then is that it still LOOKS like a wii…but that's another issue for another day.

  • Whitney

    I would actually hope that they do change the name. I remember when they were announcing at E3 last year and they were getting everybody so hyped about the new system and then they said "Wii U" and I was like "oh.." All my hype went down the drain. Don't get me wrong, I like the new stuff they're putting with the system but the name just made it seem like it was an upgrade like the newer version of the Xbox 360

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    UltraNES

  • zelda4ever

    The PS5. Just to mess with them.

  • Ultimon

    An Australian reporter actually stated on a article on E3 that the Wii U was a new controller, So I think a name change would be good.

  • Ironspy

    Oi, oi, lets go back to Nintendo Revolution, am I right?

  • Mike Styles

    I propose it be named "Ü" so simple, it would be impossible to forget, and by stylising it with an Umlaut, you could keep the multiplayer aspect of the Wii, while cementing it's design as a return to the core gamer market.

    The logo would also look like a happy face, I am fine with this.

  • !CJ!

    I also thought that the wii U was simply a new kind of controler that added to the wii and new games would just be made to work with this controller or what ever.
    it wasn't untill just reacently I realized it was a whole new consol of it's own. even if it still looks like a wii with a new controler. so there's another problem. people are going to walk into gamestop and see this thing, and think it's the same old Wii they've been seing there except it now has this controller in the bow with it and wii U was put on the box to tell them that that controllers in there. people will think they're just buying another wii so they can get a fancy controller. they gotta make this system look unique, not just the controller.

  • Tingle's Tuner

    Nintendo Stream.

  • Ocarina11

    Yes!! They should change its name! It should be called the Super Nintendo Wii, just like the NES and SNES πŸ˜€

  • fiercedeityfan

    wii u is a stupid name! change it!!!

  • Luke

    The problem is, they've built up such a huge market with the "Wii" brand, they're going to want to hold on to that. I say they change it, but could you really blame them for keeping something with "Wii" in it?

  • iDuffman

    Honestly, Wii U makes me think "Wii University." And school doesn't exactly scream video games, you know what I mean?

  • Lilly

    I think changing the name is a good idea. It's not a good thing when people can't tell if something is a new system or just a new accessory. Plus it just doesn't sound very cool or anything.

  • miforever29

    I think it should be changed too.

    The name Wii U makes it sound like an upgraded version of the Wii. It also brings with it the imagery of having the remote/nun-chuck controller. With a new name, the preconceptions by those who are less informed about the differences between the old and new system will be reduced. It's a legitimate fear and a great concern to those in the marketing sector of Nintendo that consumers will make those assumptions. I would say that the rumour may not be that far from the truth.

    Hope they come up with something creative for a name though. As much as I loved the name back in 2001, I don't think 'Revolution' is going to cut it a decade later, and certainly not in the current market.

  • Ya im not a big fan of the wiiu … I do like nintendo revolution

  • Keimori

    I think a name change would be fantastic, make sure it does not contain the name Wii in it at all.

    Why? because I think one reason behind the 3DS’s slow sales is the name, folks, especially parents that know nothing about games look at the name and say "now *insert kids name here* you already have a DS *insert DS model here* why do you need this new one" and they fully believe that 3D Imagery is the only thing different, even though its really a whole new system.

    I'd hate to see Wii u sales crawl along due to a similar silly stigma.

  • ZeldaCrazy

    I certainly wouldn't mind a name change. I'm not too crazy about it being called Wii U. But at the same time, I've grown used to the name so I wouldn't mind if it stayed either.

  • Ghirahim

    I don't mind the name Wii U, but like with the 3DS, it could cause some confusion. But nobody was confused my the Xbox 360. Well, wether or not they change the name, its gonna be awesome

  • masterswordsman

    thats a very good pointname it after its key feature.

  • DragonChi

    The Nintendo Legacy would be a cool name.

  • Not a huge fan of the name "Wii U," although I could think of way stupider titles. Wouldn't mind a name change at all as long as it isn't worse. I can definitely understand why Nintendo is thinking about changing the name, especially if their new target audience is to rope back in more old-school "harder core" gamers like me.