Why Wii 'U'?

Discussion in 'Wii U - Console, Accessories and Hardware' started by fossda, Aug 8, 2012.

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What do you think 'U' means?

  1. You

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    76.2%
  2. A third person

    2 vote(s)
    3.2%
  3. Doesn't mean anything really

    6 vote(s)
    9.5%
  4. Not sure

    1 vote(s)
    1.6%
  5. Something Else

    6 vote(s)
    9.5%
  1. fossda
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    fossda GBAtemp Regular

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    Just why? I don't understand the name... I know that the two i's in 'Wii' are supposed to represent two people playing together, but what does 'U' mean?
     
  2. 10_0ARMY

    10_0ARMY THE *Original* 1 Man Army

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    Wouldn't you like to know
    Maybe it means "Universe" since we will now be getting a nice network to work with :)
     
  3. Warrior522

    Warrior522 "In all things, balance."

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    U could mean anything, but I believe the marketing gimmick is that its the Wii, created specifically for "U."
     
  4. Taleweaver

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    Reggie Fils-Aime explained this at the beginning of the first announcement, on the E3 last year. I can't recall it word by word, but it was something like this:

    "the wi ...... stands for we ...... as in "us". But we...that is, the people, don't want just a console for "us"...we want to include one...that includes you...as well. Hence...WiiU. And that...is what we...at nintendo...are all about. To create...and enhance...and innovate...and blah...blah...blah..."

    And so on. It took me about thirty minutes where "WIIU" was displayed in the background before I realised that all that stuff about "we" and "you" was actually an excuse for the pathetic attempt introduction of the name.


    So if I was going for the technical correct answer, I'd vote for the first one.
    The cynical answer would be: "it means that marketing shows our audience like retarded names, so we followed up on the wii with this!" *.
    ...but in all honesty: I can't but vote for "it doesn't mean anything really". Those who think different** can try to convince me there's a reason for the second "i" in "wii".



    *the Ouya sure is going for the same marketing segment here :P
    **that's an incidental pun. For a change, it has nothing to do with apple.
     
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  5. fossda
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    The reason for the second 'i' in Wii, as I said in my first post, is that the two 'i's represent two people playing together.
     
  6. Taleweaver

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    *sigh*

    I understand you see that as a reason. Personally, I wouldn't go beyond that "it is supposed to" you used in the introduction post.


    To put it differently:

    The U in WiiU is supposed to be about 'you' in a similar way that a piece of colorful barf on canvas is supposed to be art.
     
  7. KingVamp

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    @ 0:38.

    So,all of the above?
     
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  8. chavosaur

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    I hope the wii-u uses commercials like this for marketing...
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UP-THj03Zk4
    I can see them using the name for a similar gimmick :P
     
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  9. DiscostewSM

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    "Wii would like to play.......with U"
     
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  10. fossda
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    I saw it in a facts book, and it said that Iwata chose the name for that reason. Although, of course, the other reason, as seen in KingVamps' post, was that 'wii' sounds like 'we'.
     
  11. pasc

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    Haha, nice one ;)
     
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    Its pretty obvious that it's "You" plus they've stated that over and over.
     
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  14. Kuragari Ryo

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    I thought the 'u' was for "Unite"?
     
  15. chris888222

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    Wii - We
    U - You

    "Together better"

    I suppose you didn't watch Pre-E3/E3.
     
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  16. 10_0ARMY

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    Wouldn't you like to know
    In the end I don't give a shit about what it means as long as Nintendo delivers, like they have for so many years :P
     
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  17. air2004

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    I thought it was because the P U name was already taken
     
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  18. ieatpixels

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    it means "the person holding the tablet". As that's the focus, rather than just "Wii" (the various people playing and playing together).
     
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  19. Pleng

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    Because Wi would be pronounced completely differently to Wii?
     
  20. Luigi2012SM64DS

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    JK but it think it means a good experience for U