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Submitted by mrbojingles 751d ago | opinion piece

Why do people think the Wii U is an add-on for the Wii?

Since the Wii U's E3 2011 reveal people have been confusing the new console for an add-on for the Wii. And while Nintendo is certainly at fault for part of this, why do consumers have such a difficult time telling whether the Wii U is a new device but not with other items like Apple's iPhone line? (Nintendo, Wii, Wii U)

Jinkies  +   751d ago
Wii - Wii U

Come on, not that hard to work out

Nintendo only chose this name to try and trick casuals to buy the new consoles because they bought a Wii but the problem is they instead are going to think "Oh a new Wii, well I don't need an upgraded version because this one is working fine".

Seriously they should of changed the name of it...
Neonridr  +   751d ago
So Sony isn't guilty with the PS1, PS2, PS3 etc? I could understand some parents who aren't involved in gaming to not understand. But anyone who at least plays videogames shouldn't have any doubt that this is a brand new console.

They shouldn't have to give it a completely new name that bears no resemblance to the previous.
Jinkies  +   751d ago
Sonys differn't, each company is

Nintendo has always had names for there consoles, except for the Super Nes which face it it was only the second console ever to come out from them.

Sony has always done that because people know the next number means thats the most updated version out. They did it with the Vita, PSV - With V standing for 5, the 5th Portable from them.

Microsoft could call the next console anything they want because they don't have a history of naming there consoles "Xbox1" "Xbox2" etc
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iamnsuperman  +   751d ago
I think the big difference between the PS1,PS2, PS3 and the Wii, Wii U is funnily enough the number. Any idiot consumer can see its a successor. Problem with just adding a U and heavily advertising that it is a semi tablet like controller has created the image the U is just a new controller. It is a different situation (numbers are generally easier to recognise as successors by consumers especially when it is Playstation, Playstation 2, Playstation 3...)
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Neonridr  +   751d ago
"They did it with the Vita, PSV - With V standing for 5, the 5th Portable from them."

PSV is a short form for Playstation Vita, and Vita means Life in latin.

This is only the 2nd portable from Sony, not the 5th, so I don't know where you got that from. (PSP, PSV)
iamnsuperman  +   751d ago
"This is only the 2nd portable from Sony, not the 5th, so I don't know where you got that from. (PSP, PSV)"

Actually its the third (or forth if you count the Xperia) but lets not go there :P I do agree with you on the other part of your comment
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Neonridr  +   751d ago
well the Xperia was a handheld that could play crappy Sony games. But since it's primary purpose was a phone, I don't count that at all.

While the PSP had like 4 redesigns, I still don't think that counts as new hardware. It still plays the same games while only having a new feature here or there, but the core of the system is the same.
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n4f  +   751d ago
the one that are guilty are apple and people still buy it no mater what
rainslacker  +   751d ago
They're both banking off a name, however PS1/2/3 is a natural progression. Just like movie sequels.

The U in Wii U has no context. I don't even know what it stands for, and they've made no effort to inform the average consumer about it.

On top of that the commercials for this system do nothing whatsoever to indicate it is a new system, and if anything imply it's a cool add-on. I mean they have people using Wii-motes in the commercials, so what is the layman supposed to think? Just imagine Wii-Fit, it was an add-on. It's only natural to assume that Wii U follows that trend.

In reference to the PSV above...I think they consciously didn't want to use PSP2 because they want to differentiate this system from the mobile market. Given what we've seen on integration with the PS3, and most likely PS4, they are probably setting things up for the PSV to be something much more than a mobile platform.

Also Jinkies may have been implying that it's the 5th system that Sony has produced. PS1/2/3/PSP/Vita.
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Hicken  +   751d ago
You try too hard, Neonridr.

For one, Sony's history shows that the number indicates the newest system. On the other hand, Nintendo almost ALWAYS has a brand new name for their systems. more to the point, the Wii U hasn't been advertised as a new system; as iamsuperman points out, most of the marketing has been squarely focused on the controller, which would give the impression that it's just an upgrade, NOT a new system.

And Jinkies' example may not be likely, but it's still viable, since there HAVE been four models of handheld prior to the Vita.

What I find rather telling is that your responses completely ignore the other points- since you were obviously wrong- and instead focus on the rather insignificant point of the Vita's name and what it does or doesn't mean.

I think you failed.
Jinkies  +   750d ago
Dear God....come on guys

The 5th Handheld fron Sony

1) PSP
2) PSP 2000
3) PSP 3000
4) PSP GO
5) PSV
TheBardsSong  +   748d ago
No, it's definitely the second handheld. Those are all variations of the PSP.

That would be like calling the PS3 Super Slim the PS7 because the PS1, PS2, and PS3 all got redesigns.
SactoGamer  +   751d ago
They do?
mrbojingles  +   751d ago
Some do unfortunately
NukaCola  +   751d ago
I can see how a parent who doesnt game, confuse this and think the Wii U is the tablet controller. the Wii U looks like the Wii, the games use the wiimote and they emphasis on the controller the most in the ads. Should of went with something different for a name honestly. Would of loved something with "Super" in the title.
MasterCratosKong66  +   751d ago
Yeah they probably would have been better off calling it super wii like they do in Japan.
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The_Infected  +   751d ago
Because they're casual gamers which don't really know anything important about gaming.
rainslacker  +   751d ago
They buy games and shouldn't be dismissed. Just because their taste don't fall in line with ours doesn't make them any less important.
evilbart  +   751d ago
They definetely should of named it different,anyone I ask hasn't heard of it or thinks it's a wii add- on
doritos  +   751d ago
Because it is Wii U not Wii 2
Sanquine90  +   751d ago
Yeah , I was in a store today and some mom bought the wii and with some wii U games... That poor kid... He would scream where is the gamepad....
rainslacker  +   751d ago
No one at the store asked her about the discrepancy? You should have asked her if she had a Wii U and informed her of the difference.
Sanquine90  +   751d ago
I do not work at the store ,but i said to here that are not the good games for that console. But she said that here kid wants zombie U... I told here that she bought the wrong console but she refused to listen:P
chronoforce  +   751d ago
its Nintendo's fault for releasing so many peripherals with the wii and what were other 3 portables Jinkies claims sony have made?
wiiulee  +   751d ago
its expected to happen right at the beginning but after some good advertisement things will be right...nintendo need to work on getting more of the message out that the wiiu is the only true next generation machine on the market with too much possibilities
MorbidPorpoise  +   751d ago
Least people know the higher the number is on the Iphone, the newer version the phone it is.

Wii, Wii U... Not so much of a obvious difference when you also have Wii Fit which is addon, which could be why they think the Wii U is a tablet/controller addon.

Wii, Wii 2, Wii 3 etc, would have the people confused, not so confused.
CPTN MITCHELL  +   751d ago
Worse name ever even 3do sounds better and I don't like how they name the games example...zombie U, Super mario b U, Zelda U everything is U.......God of war 1,2,3 not gow-ps3 or halo 1,2,3,4 not halo360 big difference... Coming soon Grand theft auto drug dealer U
ylwzx3  +   750d ago
Really shouldn't have been named Wii U. It resembles the Wii too much for sure.

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