With E3 literally around the corner, there has been a rumor for renaming the Wii U for release. This rumor has yet to be confirmed or denied, but at E3 we will most likely learn the truth. But why would Nintendo rename their new system? Jeff Cork from GameInformer looks into both sides of the argument.

Hit the jump to see his points.

The Wii U as a system has many Nintendo fans on board, but why would it need renaming? Jeff Cork points out a few of the upsides for renaming the system:

  • The Nintendo 64 had a successful name change from Ultra 64, even though the name was close to the system release.
  • The Wii is known as a casual gamer system, so changing it would appeal to more hardcore gamers.

Those points are reasonable and acceptable, but they leave to question why not to change the system name. Cork says this about why Nintendo should keep the name:

  • The Wii U still uses Wii technology, which is why the Wii U would be accurate.
  • It paints a pretty picture for parents who thought the Wii was a kid-friendly system.

So there you have it. Nintendo could go either way with this one. We won’t know the truth until E3 comes around, and it still may change.

So what do you think of the possible name change. Do you support it or not. Tell us what you think in the comments below.

Source: GameInformer

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  • The Doctor

    I personally don't care whether they change the name or not. Like stated, there would be pros and cons to a name change. Whether the name is changed or left as is, it doesn't affect me. I'll still buy one. (Oh, and First)

  • N_S

    The big thing he left out is the whole 3DS =/= DS thing, which could very easily happen with the Wii U. I'm not sure HOW, considering he or she who had a keen eye knew what the console looked like back at E3 '11 and thus anyone with questions had them answered right off the bat, but people thought the Wii U was just an addon like the Balance Board. The uTab from Ubisoft is also a part of that problem. Both Wii and U are problems, so the only thing the name should keep if Nintendo wants to avoid financial suicide is Nintendo. The pros and cons listed in the article are all moot points compared to this.

    • RedBearLuX

      I agree, the 3DS name still causes confusion now, with the more casual audience still, in some cases, believing it to be a DS with 3D.

  • TheMaverickk

    Truth is that they ahd issues with the 3DS…. people were confused if it was a new DS or just a regular DS with some new feature.

    When it hurt the sales of the 3DS Nintendo took this into consideration of the Wii U.

    Mind you now things have turned around and the 3DS is doing really well.

    The Wii U name isn't exactly the best. I kind of hate seeing them recycle the game personally and a lot of people out there feel the same. Nintendo has always had a fresh new name for their system. Not following with a naming system like Xbox … Xbox 360, XBox 720… or PS, PS2, PS3… and the inevitable PS4.

    It would be nice to see the word Nintendo used in their system name again. Nintendo, Super NIntendo, Nintendo 64.

    Oh well I'll be in on the product either way.

    • RedBearLuX

      The Wii's full name is Nintendo Wii. And it was Nintendo Gamecube it just gets shortened to Wii, 'Cube', 'N64', 'SNES' 'NES'.

      • Jomama

        I never heard the "GCN" be called "cube" before.

  • Lucius Optimus

    At this point I don't think they should bother with a name change……….
    Wich I know they won't do anyway.

  • tomfewchuk

    1. Which corner is this E3 literally around from?
    2. The name is NOT going to be changed because NIntendo just made a Wii U Facebook page one week ago.. called Wii U, with a video of Reggie talking about Wii U.. so yea it's Wii U
    http://www.facebook.com/WiiU

  • Keimori

    I still say WiiU is a big mistake for a name.
    There are going to be far too many parents that are going to ask "Now *kids name here* you already have a Wii, why do you need a new one?"

    It's a big problem with naming your console with your old console name in it, gamers like us know for a fact that the WiiU is a new console entirely, with allot of potential and (If rumors are true.) allot more muscle than its predecessor.
    Which means HD 1080p, very competitive graphics capabilities, and all that other HDMI wrought goodness.
    (Heck, I know that I'm going to buy one.)

    But parents and common consumers just DON’T CARE.
    All they care about is "Newness", which means it needs to be marketed as new, this means it needs a new name.

    At least slap a 2 on the box, because apparently that works. *cough*applecorp*cough*

  • Baker1000

    Expected a few more points to be raised than 2 for each, which were pretty obvious anyway.

  • The Toader

    I don't think Wii U will have many people confused as long as it is marketed right. Lets look a crApple. iPhone, iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S.
    Granted none of them made any huge advances in comparison to Wii and Wii U, but I think people can figure it out.

    • lulless

      …crApple? Really?

  • lulles

    I personally don't really care, but I'm really worried that people will think the Wii U is just an "HD Wii" and will not want to buy it. It could hurt the system's sales.

    • Jomama

      lol even if it was just an HD Wii, I'd buy it

      • lulles

        I probably would too, but the majority of people wouldn't.