Many people thought that Nintendo was setting everyone up for a titanic practical joke when they unveiled “Wii” as the official and final name for the next generation Nintendo console.
Then E3 came and not only did Nintendo not “punk” everyone, they unveiled their totally “Wii’d” marketing platform, making “Wii” the official, final and E3 certified name for Nintendo’s next generation console.
Between Saturday and today Gamesforwii.net allowed a rumor to percolate that suggests that Nintendo will change the official, final and E3 certified name for their next generation console. The rumor was also picked up and commented on by I4U.
I have been a critic of the Wii, but in this case, I will stick up for it at least in name.
Nintendo is not changing the name of their official, final, E3 certified and now patented name for their next generation console.
The rumor cites someone named “Mike” who claims to work in the marketing department for Nintendo.
“We have received over 200,000 e-mails with complaints about the Wii, and the console name has been commonly associated with urine. We have been the target of many jokes, and we strongly believe that it’s a bad thing for the company’s reputation”, says Mike, who works at the marketing department of Nintendo.
Mike also adds that people are not taking this new console very seriously. In a recent poll, they found that 62% of gamers think “Wii” sounds childish, and 49% said they wouldn’t buy the console judging only by its name.
Of course “Mike” doesn’t cite where the recent poll came from. Certainly Nintendo did not conduct a poll asking people if they would not buy the Wii based on it’s name.
“Mike” is a hoax.
Do I have to embed the Wii E3 video again? It’s Wii, people!