Michelle Obama Had No Idea What a Wii U Was (But It’s OK, Some Kid Told Her)

You'd think being the First Lady of the United States would mean you're on top of things, but not even the most powerful household on Earth isn't up to speed on everything.

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Godchild10202005d ago

Why the would the president's wife know what a gaming console is. That is like saying my mother should know what my PS3/360/Vita/3DS/Wii/U is. Just because she has kids that doesn't mean she knows everything they like or want. We don't even know if her kids even want one.

And better yet, I'm sure she has better things to worry about when what the a Wii U is or any other console out there.

Muffins12232004d ago

Most people dont know what a wii u is in my high school...

Rainstorm812004d ago

Most people I know thinks the Wii U is a tablet controller that hooks up to the Wii......

MAJ0R2004d ago

Honestly who would know anything about a last generation console?

Joking lol...

Blaze9292004d ago (Edited 2004d ago )

Lol a good majority of the earth's population STILL doesn't know what the Wii U well as the 3DS. Can blame Reggie for that.

Wolfbiker2004d ago

yes, lets blame the president of Nintendo of America because the majority of the earths 4-5 billion people don't know what a Wii U is.... -_-

ATi_Elite2004d ago (Edited 2004d ago )

I like that look on her face "WTF is a WiiU"

Ask ten random non Gamers on the street what a WiiU is and 9 outta 10 will have no clue!

Nintendo's Ad campaign and silly WiiU name has NOT been good!

Most Non Gamers know what a Xbox/ps3/wii are but regular consumers have no clue about a Wiiu

People who are computer illiterate know about Windows 8 cause of all the advertisement but ask them about a Wiiu "WTF is that"!

Godchild10202004d ago (Edited 2004d ago )

I have seen a good deal of WiiU Ads on TV, here in US. More than I have seen from Sony. I did see a Wonderbook Ad though.

rainslacker2004d ago

A lot of the people at my work wouldn't know what a Wii U except for the fact that I've been talking about it for the past several weeks. I'm pretty sure most of them would have never played it either if I hadn't invited them over on release day to play some games. Luckily most of them showed up after the update was done.:)

ATi_Elite2004d ago

I can't imagine asking my co-workers

"Hey you wanna come to my house and play with my WiiU"

I would be in the Human Resources office holding a box and a pink slip that read Sexual Harassment LMAO!

My co-workers know nothing about gaming except for two!

rainslacker2004d ago

LOL. I guess I'm lucky that most of the people I work with also play games in some fashion. They aren't as into gaming as I am, with one exception.

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Technical World2004d ago

Why is everybody acting like Nintendo isn't distinguishing it enough? The main advertised console is black, NOT white. It's horizontal, NOT verticle. The game cases are blue with a new logo. The controller is completely different. Advertisments show a system with the controller. There is a U after the Wii part. Not too complicated. If you've seen an ad about the system before anywhere (which maybe thats why she didnt know, it is a new system after all) you would have to be an idiot to not catch on to the fact that it's a new console.

Pozzle2004d ago (Edited 2004d ago )

Those things might seem obvious to gamers like us who visit N4G and other game sites all the time, but the average person who walks into a game store isn't going to know that different colored game cases = a brand new console, or that a "U" at the end of "Wii" = a brand new console.

It doesn't help that a lot of game stores have the Wii U section right next to the Wii section, which further confuses people who aren't that familiar with games or what the consoles are supposed to look like. Hell, I had to explain to my housemate why it's impossible to play online multiplayer between a Wii and a PS3 game...and she's been a gamer for years!

Baka-akaB2004d ago

You do realize that with a name as stupid (quite frankly) as Wii U , most people that dont care about games , are confusing the hell of the wii and wii u ?

They already sometimes had troubles with other consoles , except they at least had a sequel implied in the name , with their numbering system .

LOOK_AT_THIS_I2004d ago

Yep. They should have went with another name for this. Nintendo Revolution/extreme/etc....I know it is a hot seller but most of my friends think its just the tablet controller add on. Most people think it is gonna go the same route as the wii and cater a bunch of shovelware. Which is why i am kind of on he fence. I will never understand some of these big companies when it comes to how they come to terms on some of these decisions with names and advertising directions.

If it plays the games flawless on the tablet this could have been marketed towards married guys/dads etc...where they could have then went after more of the older/hardcore type gamers with wife/kids in the room and want the tv, no problem carry out your assassin mission on the tablet. Earn your killstreaks in call of duty while she watches Glee or the kids watch whatever the hot cartoon is now.
^ this is my reason for thinking about picking this up is for the remote play like feature.

SandwichHammock2004d ago

Concur completely about the name and its importance. I still have a bad taste in my mouth from Sony going with "Vita".

~~~a story by a bro~~~ :p
Even my partner who is not a gamer (and is actually a prime example of a regular consumer) has been like "oh you gonna play you PSP while I read?" me:"its not a PSP, its a Vita" her:"but isn't it the next version of the PSP?" me:"yup" her:"well that doesn't make sense".

For gamers its as clear as night and day, we're on top of this shit. But for your average person...

I really think this kind of thing hurts sales.

Baka-akaB2004d ago (Edited 2004d ago )

Everyone i know , even gamers , gt their tongue slipping and calling it "psp vita" , instead of "ps vita" .

And i've seen people request in stores the tablet for "wii" or going back to cancel a purchase , once they realise they bought a wii instead of a wii u (since that's what they requested)

Waddy1012004d ago

Wii Plus, Wii Fit, Wii Sports.
All are Wii (something), by calling the Wii U the Wii U Nintendo have done little to differentiate their new console from their existing one, which is confusing a lot of people who aren't gamers.

rainslacker2004d ago

Most people don't even notice the color of the case unless they're side by side on the shelves, which they're least at my gamestop.

The adds show the tablet, and people playing with Wii-Motes. The system itself looks a lot like the Wii in shape, and the Wii does have a black version.

The U has no context so it's meaningless.

There was a Fit after Wii Fit and it was not a new console, but an add on.

The point is Nintendo isn't differentiating it enough from the Wii to the AVERAGE consumer, likely on purpose. On here it's common knowledge. But I would challenge you to go out and ask 10 people what the Wii U is and see the responses you get before assuming everyone is as tuned in to it as we are.

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That-Guy2004d ago

This isn't news. It's just Kotaku rambling again.

Omnislash2004d ago

Oh look its Kotaku.



Voted down.

LightofDarkness2004d ago

I would imagine she has more important things to worry about than Nintendo's new video game console. In fact, I would hope so.

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