I think they're gonna go forward with the Wii U name. I know Nintendo's aware of the potential confusion but I think at this point they're committed. I'm sure they will try to alleviate any possible confusion with the original Wii in their ad campaign.
The problem here is that Nintendo still want to be creative with the name, but there's no reason to be at this point. All it serves to do is confuse people, but adding a number makes it clear that it's a new system. Adding a letter makes it seem like a revision, especially when Nintendo's handheld revisions have added letters. System names don't matter, so they should just call it "Wii 2" and be done with it. Use that creativity for the games.
I'm not convinced they will change it, but the name wasn't well-received so there is a chance. Most people didn't like the Wii name, but eventually accepted it; however, everyone still doesn't like the name Wii U so things are a little different now. But I don't think Nintendo understands why it's a bad name, and they like it. If they do come up with something else, it's going to be something as equally stupid that fits with whatever else marketing slogans they can come up with.
I've always really disliked numbering consoles like sequels. I like the name Wii U and hope it sticks around.
Nintendo got waaaaaaaaay more flack for the original Wii's name anyway. Stick with "Wii U"--it keeps the brand name in, kinda works nicely with the whole pronoun thing, and a month after release, absolutely no one will care about the name. People have been differentiating system enhancements from bigger systems since the Game Boy Pocket, so why worry about it now?
I really don't know. I think Wii 2 is easily the best name, but I think Nintendo doesn't want to go that route because just putting numbers after the name of your console is kind of a Sony thing.
I think Wii 2 could be good for marketing though. Wii 2 sounds like "me too" and could be used as a play on words maybe to make the new Wii seem like it's for casual and core gamers like Nintendo is saying it's supposed to be.
I wish they would change the name, but I am pretty certain they won't - especially after seeing the recently leaked controller redesign with added logo. While I understand their desire to stick with the successful Wii name, the added U, just seems... I don't know. I just don't like it. I would have preferred the console to have a name all its own.
Whenever I think of WiiU, I think of something like this:
I don't know if I'm the only one that gets a "university" vibe from the name or not, but it's the first thing I thought of upon hearing/seeing it and the thing that keeps coming to mind.
It'll probably be stuck with me now too, thanks to you and Mop it up!
I will say that I like the look of the WiiU logo, I just don't like how it sounds. But, I loathed Wii when it was first named, and now it doesn't bother me at all. I almost even like it now. Time heals all, I suppose.
I think you'd all be surprised at how quickly you stop calling it the WiiU.
"WiiU" just wreaks of this elitist, high brow marketing crap I can't stand. I mean, Wii already did that, but WiiU takes it to a whole new level.
"NONONO, SEE, THE FIRST SYSTEM WAS ABOUT EVERYONE PLAYING TOGETHER. WIIIIIII ALL PLAYED TOGETHER. NOW, IT'S NOT JUST WIIIIIII THAT GET TO PLAY TOGETHER. UUUUUU CAN HAVE YOUR OWN EXPERIENCE. HENCE THE U. GET IT???"
Why they can't call it Wii2 or WiiHD or even Wii XD is beyond me.
@NoName I'm still meh on the Wii name. It's funny, I usually don't mind game names because there's always a new game in the series in the near horizon that will probably not have a horrible name and I can always call it by its series name. For example, I don't like the name Animal Crossing: Jump Out but I really don't care because I'll just call it Animal Crossing. I didn't even know the GameCube version had a subtitle (Population Growing) for years. I thought it was just a tag line.
System names will stick for years though and will be remembered for a long time. I also like the look of the logo, I just don't like how it sounds.
Sure it may change, but that's the name of the new Animal Crossing? I didn't realize it had a name yet! That is sincerely a horribly nasty, stupid name. If we had a barfing Kirby emoticon thingy, I'd surely use it a thousand and one times in this post.
And yes, I'm not infatuated with the Wii name, it has just grown on me exponentially more so than I thought it would. I went a smidgeon ballistic when it was first announced, I have to admit. I would like to have console names more akin to Gamecube's. How awesome was that name! Or Sega's, Dreamcast. I never cared for Revolution, despite the popularity of it, but I would have preferred it, I think, to Wii. I think.