Aug 5th, 2014


Yesterday we reported that former Nintendo of America indie contact Dan Adelman is leaving the company. After rumors that Adelman was restricted from talking with the press, it was finally confirmed by Adelman himself. He stated that he was eventually only allowed to do interviews with a PR person present, which evolved to him being unable to do interviews at all.

Now that Adelman has moved on from Nintendo, he has a few things to say about his former company that couldn’t be said while he was still employed.

Wii U is not selling as well as it deserves to. It has a lot to offer with great games you can’t get anywhere else. The value of the GamePad hasn’t been justified. But the name Wii U is abysmal. I think that cut sales in half right there.

Even Dan Adelman believes the Wii U name was a bad choice, given how prolific console accessories were for the Wii, so it’s nice to see someone who formerly worked for Nintendo acknowledge that the name choice for this console was a bad decision. Perhaps they should have stuck with Nintendo Revolution name for the Wii U, instead of leaving it as a codename for the Wii.

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  • anthony optimo

    Can’t really disagree, Wii U is a silly name. At least it’s better than Xbox one.

    • maverickbleh

      I also agree it’s selling less than it should. The console’s pretty unique. With really great first party games.

      • Stuart Thomas

        the Wii (U)nique…

        • Merry_Blind

          *clap* clap* clap* *clap*

      • jjbredesen

        It sure is unique, it reminds me a lot of the gamecube, it does not sell well and gets a lot of shit for being weak etc. but has absolutely fantastic games!

        But it also fails with 3rd party just like every Nintendo system since the SNES…..

        • companyoflosers

          Gamecube was in fact stronger spec wise than ps2. It just suffered from poor third party support much like the wii u is now.

          • Cody McKrell

            Third party was pretty strong on gamecube. The only thing it didnt get that i can think of is gta and im pretty sure that was mostly due to the micro disc capacity.

      • Nintendo Fan

        I agree. I mean the name is okay… but there are better names.

    • matthew garcia

      Wow now I know why Nintendo wanted to shut him up. He speaks the truth.

      • SolarShane13

        Wow. Wow. WOW. That is really sad and pathetic. I mean seriously? Firing someone because they speak the truth? That’s a new low!

        • Galanosgladius

          He quit.

          • SolarShane13

            Just because he said he quit, doesn’t mean he actually quit on his own accord. You haven’t heard of NDA’s, have ya?

    • Agreed, Xbox One is a really stupid name but the Wii U is also pretty silly as well.

      I would have called it the Ultra Entertainment System or UES

    • D.M.T

      Even Ouya is better than Xbox One. Damn it Microsoft…really?

      • matthew garcia

        They call it that cuz it only does one thing well and that’s play television

        • D.M.T

          Yup. Xbox One is a cable box on steroids.

          • 00EpicGamer00

            It’s a VCR with TV capabilities.

          • Nintendo Fan

            Yes. Yes it is.

        • Daniel Gonzalez

          Major burn.

      • Whilst i agree the Xbox One is a pretty bad name, Microsoft did well to justify it. ‘The all in one, Xbox one’ is very catchy. So whilst it’s a bad name, it worked out quiet well with that catch line. If Nintendo had something like that, the name would still be dumb but more people would understand why it’s like that. If they just market the Wii U properly, their only rival will be Sony.

        • greengecko007

          “Bringing next gen games to u(you), only on Wii U”

          • fireheartis1

            That’s pretty good man. Maybe Nintendo should hire you on their advertising team.

    • Magnus

      I have to be honest here. But the name is really not the problem here. The problem is first of all the marketing. Second it had a horrible lineup, with only two interesting games showing what the pad could do. 1. Zombi U 2. Nintendoland. Those two games was not good enough to attract hordes of people, but the Zombi U game hinted in a positive direction that Nintendo was going to tone down the childrens approach – wich they didnt. Thirdly, they decided to release a remake of a Zelda game way too early. Instead they should have focused their resources on getting NSM3DW and Mario Kart 8 out as soon as possible – preferably in the first year. Fourthly, they should have focused on the Virtual Console service in the long draught time, getting titles from N64 and GCN out to fill the gaps. Instead they chose to make the Wii U irrelevant from March until the Christmas holiday.There is where they lost all third party support – that wasnt great but wasnt as bad as it is now.

      On a technical level the name matters, but its not the main reason. Nintendo underestimated its time. They looked to past generations and said that “specs are not everything”, and here they underestimated what this generation is about – people buy a new iPhone at every launch, just because some minor spec change. People like to feel upgraded, with phones and pads and everything. Wii U had an outdated pad at launch that felt like mobile tech from 2010. When they chose to go that direction they should have analyzed what drives people in that direction. Do I think its right? No, I think its stupid as hell. Do I think its true? Yes, of course it is. Every report on Nintendos new console for the first year was about how underpowered it was. It didnt do better that Nintendo didnt have any games to change the news once in a while. It was compared with its predecessors in XBox360 and PS3 and spec wise it didnt look too different to justify a new purchase. Here is where Nintendo failed. If they had filled it with just 25-50% stronger specs, and kept the price point they had from start, everything would have been much more different. The first titles should have been released in 1080p even if thats just horse shit. Because kids want to say that they are playing in true HD etc. I know this is ridiculous, but Im pretty sure this is true. If they had done this they could have named it WiiOne and it would have sold as hot cupcakes.

      • The Clockwork Being

        Although I agree with most of what you say I have to ask something. WTF is NSM3DW?

        • Magnus

          I meant Super MArio 3D World.

      • abe

        If it wasn’t called Wii u none of that stupid confusion would of happened. I would of had to step in when a salesman I. My local GAME store tried telling a women the Wii U was just a redesign like the PS3 slim.

        Yes marketing was terrible but I agree with adlemen the name really kicked the system in the balls. If it was even poorly named as the Wii 2 it would of got more attention form the less informed mass

        • MichelChartrand

          Sales reps in stores like GAME or Best Buy or GameStop that didn’t know Wii U was a new system were either a) lying because they didn’t like Nintendo, b) really clueless at their job.
          Either way, Nintendo’s not to blame for that and neither is the name. If someone whose main job function is to be knowledgeable about game systems cannot tell the Wii U is a new system, then Wii 2, Super Wii, or any other name probably wouldn’t have helped that situation.

          • greengecko007

            You don’t have to be informed about video games to work at Gamestop. When Pikmin 3 came out, I went to a local gamestop to try and buy one. I didn’t see any out on display, so I asked the clerk if they had any left. He responded saying the game wasn’t out yet, and I proceeded to explain to him that it was, asking if he could check their stock. He went in the back room

          • MichelChartrand

            Agreed. I was at WalMart when Super Luigi U released physical copies and the employees told me it was a digital only add-on, even though their displays actually had the Luigi U display stickers on them. Eventually he went into the back by never returned.

            But these are bad employees who suck at their jobs rather than Nintendo not having proper names and such.

          • JudgeMethos

            Same thing happened to my girlfriend who was buying Pikmin 3 for me for Christmas last year. I was on the phone with her and the guy at Target had NO clue what the game was and he worked in the electronics department. She told him word for word what I asked her to and what do ya know…he goes in the back and there’s a fresh pile that hadn’t even been put out. Sigh…

      • Rinslowe

        Magnus Ericsson or Magnus Gonzalez?

    • The Clockwork Being

      I think they should just bring back the NES name.

      • “NES 2”

        • The Clockwork Being

          Yeah NES 2. Or 3 if we count the SNES as the NES 2.

    • Nathan C.

      Totally agree. Why couldn’t Ninty just name it something like Wii Universe? I didn’t think that would be hard to come up with. =/

    • Zach Cruz

      I think both are equally stupid… Wii U was the name because it was the console made for you as said by Reggie…. and Xbox One was the name because it was the all in One entertainment system… both are stupid names. Oh well though just a name. Playstation I’m sure is sitting on the side having fun with it all and taking the simpler approach of what works for them in the past… Next gen + 1 makes sense.

  • Virtual Boy 2? CD-U? Wii Disk Drive? Nintendo DreamCast? all honesty I have to kind of agree with him.

  • ActivesiN

    Wii U is a terrible name… I always liked NES HD

    • matthew garcia

      If they named it snes 2 there sales would have been right with ps4

      • UNES was a name I’ve given it.
        Ultra Nintendo Entertainment System

        • matthew garcia

          That has a nice ring to it

          • My obviously faked mock up, they would have done a better job but I feel that name would have made more sense.

          • matthew garcia

            Looks cooler already

          • matthew garcia

            The only other lame part of the box is that it shouldn’t say deluxe set by 32gigs. 32 gigs looks so small to be by the word deluxe

          • Like I said, it’s a mock up

          • matthew garcia

            I know that just saying I would like to see that changed

          • That’s what I would have called it and I’d give the Deluxe model enough HDD space to last the player a life time, not to mention I’d wait until Sony announced their PS4 console and just make this console that bit more powerful for £370

          • matthew garcia

            That’s much better.

        • ActivesiN

          too many uranus jokes lol

        • I would’ve named it “Premiere Nintendo Entertainment System.” Or “PNES.”

          Tagline: The console with balls.


      • D.M.T

        SNES 2? No…just no.

        • matthew garcia

          Would have done better then Wii u. At least people would have known it was a entirely different console and not a attachment. Wii u no…just no

          • D.M.T

            When someone goes to the store and they see the SNES 2 and the PS4? Which one are they gonna buy? The PS4 of course because 4 is more advanced than 2. SNES 2 and Wii U = No….just no.

            UNES is better, much much better.

          • matthew garcia

            For nostalgia reasons alone snes would bring back so much more memories especially for father’s of the kids today

          • fireheartis1

            Ultra Nintendo Entertainment System. That would have been a freaking awesome name. Wii U sounds like an ambulance siren blaring. Wii U Wii U Wii U Wii U lol.

    • Jason Mills

      I just call it the “U”

    • Hikingguy

      I like that name. This was really Nintendo’s shot at making that name work. Linking the present with the past.

      • ActivesiN


    • D.M.T

      The problem is that Wii U is not an HD version of the NES. It’s not even an HD version of the Wii.

    • I wish they made the console at least half as powerful as a PS4 and simply called it “Nintendo.” That would’ve been so friggin’ definitive. It’s commemorative and bold at the same time.

    • Iflywright

      OMG! I was just about to post that name! I really feel that Nintendo Entertainment System is more justifiable on this console than it was way back when.

      If they would have called it the NES HD, Gen Xers and the Millenials in America would have swarmed to the console. Sigh…

      I still think that they need to relaunch the wii u, rename it, throw a new color paint on it and sell sell sell.

  • Thomas Vienna

    I’ve always hated the name. There’s no use changing it now, though. After all, the name is permanently displayed on my Gamepad. I hope that next time, Nintendo chooses a unique name for their next console that doesn’t have the word Wii anywhere in it.

    • Rhiannon Martin

      Cover the name with a sharpie and name it whatever the Hell you want.

    • The Clockwork Being

      Going back to NES wouldn’t hurt.

      • Thomas Vienna

        I disagree. It would make it sound like a downgrade.

  • Christian Schoff

    Dan Adelman is an idiot who quit an amazing job because he wanted to talk trash about the company he was working for. Therefore everything he says is null and void.

    • Liverpiggy

      How is he talking trash about Ninty? He is just bashing the horrible name this classy console has been saddled with

      • Christian Schoff

        He was constantly talking trash about the company so they told him he was not allowed on Twitter. So he quit. If I had such an easy job with that good of pay, I’d have kept my mouth shut.

        • abe

          He quit a long time after the twitter stuff, he left because he saw a better job

    • linkzero65

      “cough” fanboy ” cough”

      • Christian Schoff

        What does that have to do with fanboyism at all? He said bad things about a company where he worked at and when he got punished for it he quit. He’s an idiot, and you’re an asshole.

        • linkzero65

          So you’re saying that the name “wii u” is a success?
          and btw how is he talking “trash” does that mean that facts are trash?

    • 00EpicGamer00

      Do you think “Wii U” is an awesome name? That’s what I thought. He isn’t talking trash. He said the Wii U has and will get great games. He just doesn’t like the name. And I think 99.9% of the world agrees.

      I wonder how Nintendo even came up with the name “Wii U” anyway? Was Nintendo bored at the Congress room, looking at the name “Wii” and was just like “I wonder if adding “U” after “Wii” would have been better than just Wii. Guy draws in a “U” and gets a brainstorm to name that as their new console.

      • Christian Schoff

        I think it is an OK name and makes more sense than Xbox One.

        • 00EpicGamer00

          Ehhhh…..even though I think the name Xbox One is stupid as well. At least Microsoft made a tagline so people understood why it was named that. Nintendo should have did the same thing.

          • Christian Schoff

            They did. The Wii was Wii will play and focused on togetherness and casual playing. The Wii U is Will You play and focuses more on the individual and hardcore gamers. It didn’t go 100% to plan but it was too late.

          • 00EpicGamer00

            Actually, the Wii’s “tagline” was “Wii would like to play.” And…the Wii U’s “tagline” is “how U will play next.” I forgot the Wii U’s tagline when I was writing that post. It actually sounds really good.
            But….it’s a little bit on the generic side. Any console can have that as their tagline. It’s not very unique like “the all in One system.” That ONLY the Xbox One can have (as of right now). “How U will play next” can be applied to any console.

          • Christian Schoff

            Huh. I wonder where I read the one I thought it was then.

          • 00EpicGamer00

            Wikipedia? Lol.

      • Christian Schoff

        Also I was referring to the dumb move of quitting a cushy job.

        • 00EpicGamer00

          Sometimes you have to quit a job to get job (know what I mean)? Nintendo and him weren’t seeing eye to eye. He wasn’t allowed to speak his opinions or even answer people’s questions. Basically, if you’re misreable at your job (by “miserable”, I don’t mean just being tired after coming home), you shouldn’t work there anymore. Just saying, being an Indie developer is more “cushy” than working at a major corporation.

  • tlopuse

    I also agree too. Wii U name is really, really sucks. I think Iwata smoked Japanese bad shit that day. Honestly, Nintendo I got a name for your new system “Miyawata 4U”. Bad joke, hahahahahaha. Revolution!!!!!!!!

  • D.M.T

    I said it once and i’ll say it again: doesn’t matter where you’re from or what you did/didn’t do in the past. What matters is where you at now and what you’re planning to do in the future. Wii U is a stupid name I agree but I’m done complaining about it because what I want now is for Nintendo to make the Wii U a success and I know they can because it’s freaking Nintendo! Lots of talented people there.

    • fireheartis1

      I do have to agree with you on that. Nintendo can make the name work if they just start marketing the thing correctly. Nice profile pick by the way. Sting is my all time favorite pro wrestler.

  • Adrian Brown

    I always hoped they renamed it “Utopia”

    • Petri

      Perfection that does not exist?
      Not too sure about that…

      • Adrian Brown

        more like “bringing the impossible”

  • Jason Mills

    It was a stupid name from day 1. I’m the system’s biggest defender. I’ve even turned a few of my friends on to the system, but he’s got a point. Wii U just sounds silly. I don’t regret my purchase at all, and I have a blast on mine just about every day but I simply call it the “U”. That’s pretty dumb, too, but it’s better than the alternative

  • Ibi Salmon

    Well, it’s not like it matters now. For better or worse, the console is stuck with it.

  • Mariofan3110

    I like the name,does anobody know a better one?

    • 00EpicGamer00

      Super Nintendo HD System. XD

  • anthony optimo

    I’ll call it Double U… As a term of endearment.

  • Jeffery02

    It’s too late now. I would love to see this theoretical “Fusion” system idea that was going around a while ago. The only thing that they can do now is learn from this. The next 2 systems I feel should be called Nintendo Fusion Home and Nintendo Fusion Go, to something like that. If Nintendo made a console and portable with the sole focus being interactivity between the 2, then there’s no was that they can’t make it a great feature. To be clear though, I don’t want it to be something like taking your console games on the go. I still want the 2 systems to be independent of the other, but some great inter-connectivity between the 2 would be amazing!

    • nintendope

      Kinda like ps4 and Vita?

      • Jeffery02

        No, further. If that’s the main focus of the 2 systems (like the GamePad on the Wii U, motion on the Wii, and dual screens on the DS), then Nintendo could take it farther than anything so far. Imagine taking your saves and profile to a friend’s house through the portable to use on your friend’s console. What if games like 4 swords adventure became common? I’d love it!

        • nintendope

          Lol I’d sure love it too.

  • Petri

    Just start call it “U”.
    Sooner or later “Wii” will drop out.

    • JB

      That’s what I already do occasionally. Saying the U makes it sound a little cooler, honestly. 🙂

      • matthew garcia

        That sounds like a college football stadium

      • Petri

        One guy at my workplace call’s it that, and he doesn’t even own the system.

    • C4

      Bingo. They should have dropped the Wii brand, or made it simply a line of accessible software and games (like Wii Sports)

  • Super Buu

    Agreed. Wii U is just confusing. Could’ve named it something else.

  • greengecko007

    Dang it Dan… After supporting you yesterday, this comes across as distasteful to me. Nothing wrong with a guy sharing his opinion, and I agree with what he says, but he’s a year late for the discussion. Why bother bringing it up again? The Wii U is 3 months shy of 2 years old. It’s not like Nintendo can rename the console now. As for giving the gamepad value, they are working on games with it specifically in mind, such as Captain Toad, Mario Maker, Mario vs Donkey Kong, Mario Party 10, etc.

    • 00EpicGamer00

      You forgot the Kirby game.

      • greengecko007

        That too! LOL, thanks! Of course, the new Zelda and Star Fox game are expected to use the gamepad in unique ways too, though those games are pretty far off in the future.

        • 00EpicGamer00

          Zelda isn’t too far off. We waited this long. Just a little bit longer and it’ll be here before you know it. Did Nintendo ever give a release date for Star Fox? By “release date” I mean just a year.

          • greengecko007

            Well, Zelda is Q3 2015 at the earliest, as Anouma said we will find out more at next year’s E3. As for Star Fox, I think the tease at E3 was just to show that they’re working on it. Haven’t heard anything on it since.

  • Stuart Thomas

    One console with a classy name was the dreamcast, i loved that console, shame it died.

    • matthew garcia

      Possibly the coolest console name of all time. I like dreamcast or Atari jaguar

    • nintendope

      Also pretty good design of console and controllers (at the time).

      • Stuart Thomas

        yeah the vmu was a fantastic idea.

  • Ony

    I like “Wii U”.

    • linkzero65

      same here but peapol are stupid these days they can’t tell the diffrence

  • I partially agree, but also partially disagree. It’s not Nintendo’s fault that so many human’s are stupid lol.

    • nintendope

      Actually it is their fault.. It is their job to know how stupid the average consumer is and work around it..

      • No, it’s their job to make games.

        • nintendope

          By that mentality you end up making good games and selling poorly.. Oh wait, that’s exactly what is happening! I bet you would put a lemonade stand called “cold piss” just because people should assume its a joke. Good luck with that.

          • And if your only purpose in the gaming industry is to make money, then you can fuck off.

          • Daniel Gonzalez

            Big companies have to make money to survive. So you expect them to put out games and have poor sales? How do you think the gaming industry even exists? Lol. You guessed it, money. If they fucked off, there goes your games. You would have indie games still lingering around of course, but indie games are just an added bonus and not exactly looked at, as a must have vs what the big corps develop. If these big corps left, the industry would suffer a huge loss, even a handful can do significant damage. Get real.

          • I’m saying a company should put 100% focus into making the best damn game they can, cause if they do that, then they would know money is coming. If they let money be the sole important thing then the game will suffer by at least 82.5% and end up being a hyped, broken game like Watch Dogs.


          • 00EpicGamer00

            Sorry for butting in on this conversation, but do you know anything about game development? It is nearly impossible to create a game with JUST a million dollar budget. What determines how much money is required is:
            1. How long you’re working on the game.
            And 2. How many developers you have on your team (each individual developer is payed 6,000+ a month, 6750 to be precise).

            For example let’s say…company A has 70 developers. They’ve been working on a game for…I don’t know 10 month. Since each developer needs 6750, they’ll be paying 472,500 each month. So, the whole 10 months working on the game, equals to the whooping number of 4,725,000. Keep in mind, this hasn’t been one full year yet, and they’re at 4 million already.

          • Rinslowe

            Not every developer is paid 81k per year. Not everyone in the team is worth the same coin. Fact of life really. Some studios could get by nicely on a mil in their budget. And factors like the time required to develop is not always a straight road of certainty either.
            It would be very fair to say that any large AAA multiplatform effort requires quite a bit more than a mil to complete the game as it is structured today/ utilising several studios simultaneously. If that’s more of what you’re getting at…

          • 00EpicGamer00

            I was only listing the average pay for a game designer. Of course not every company in the world is going to pay their employees that much. All I was saying is it’s nearly impossible to make a game with a million dollar budget. I gave an example on a game (Disney Infinity) that did, surprisingly, only needed 1 million to make. But…there’s not much to that game. I need to learn about this stuff anyway.

          • Rinslowe

            I don’t believe you do know what you’re talking about at this point any more pal. Game design differs by studio and by project as well as the projected deadlines and budgets/ investments etc…
            And the time taken to complete is not always at straight road to completion which is what I actually said.
            Coming from a guy with a 30% share in a local studio that focuses on casino and mobile games…
            I may not be a developer or have a hand in the day to day running of the business. But I have been up and down the business and know the challenges being faced daily.

            Another good friend of mine is directly running his own studio (roughly 70+ staff), web based browser games only and I’m there at least once a fortnight. So I’m quite aware of the investment side of things. Granted I’m based in HK and both studios are on the mainland China.

          • As an Indie Developer myself, who has his own studio yes I would hope I would be aware of critical things like that lol. Now granted it all comes down to choice, and the amount of employee’s. You have say 50 employee’s and your not making a big open world game, then you can have a much small budget. Our IP for example is made on our own money, and time, nothing more. Do we care if it sells a million copies? No. We simply want to make a fun new game that hasnt been seen before. We have very little interest in “making money” as our goal. As long as we break even or even just make a slight profit thats fine by us. We don’t let money rules us.

          • 00EpicGamer00

            Just curious, is making games “hard” at all? I realise it’s not the easiest thing in the world but….in your opinion, do you think it’s difficult? I’d like to be a game designer. But…I just have this thought in the back of my head that “it’s too hard, I can’t do it.” Even though I’ve never done it before.

            To be fair, when you’re an Indie developer money is not huge priority at all. Even if you have your own studio and employees. Don’t Indie games get all the money from kick starters?

          • Rinslowe

            Of course a companies focus is to make money. But how does a game studio make money? By making compelling experiences that people want to play. Whether that’s a sincere effort or not towards the creative side is not as important as the end result. Most dev’s come and go within a no’ of studios today. But, it does pay to have at least one or two champions that believe in the product being made. That aren’t just talent for hire. For obvious reasons. You can’t just go out and make a product JUST to make money. Your market needs to have a reason to buy into it. That’s the tricky part. Gamers are becoming more aware of what they like in gaming today.
            Even the big corporations have their true believers in the content being developed.

        • JB

          That’s why companies have marketing teams and such. Companies generally have to assume the consumer they’re selling to is un-knowledgeable. If the consumer is confused about what your product is/does, then they have failed at their job. Which is sort of what happened to Nintendo.

  • Stuart Thomas

    N64 Titles GCN Titles Gameboy, SNES, NES. ALL UNDERONE ROOF. After they get the VC sorted, they can announce that the U means unity (hopefully no lawsuits following.) Stating the U was to bring all the Nintendo consoles together under one roof. The Wii Unity or Unite or United (the new football team lmao). Or they could mess it up more and say it means Uno or Une, and go the xbox one route hehe.

  • Rinslowe

    Although I think the name of the console could have been a thousand different things better than “Wii U”. I also think at this stage of the game, if he did indeed still manage to logically make that comment now. Well, it just doesn’t make a whole lot of sense. Although the guy is within his right to be candid. It seems he’s wasting no time in letting it all hang out, lol.
    Better he gets on with his new career path and best of luck. New beginnings are exciting and scary stuff – all the best to the guy…

    • greengecko007

      Exactly. I’d rather see some progress getting into the indie scene, or at least opinions on topics that aren’t completely beaten to death.

      • JB

        To be fair, someone did ask him a question asking if Nintendo deserves to be in the mess they’re in.

        • greengecko007

          I would say his response to that question could have easily ended after the first sentence.

          “Wii U is not selling as well as it deserves to.”

          • JB

            Touché! 🙂

          • Rinslowe

            And yet there’s plenty of better ways to put it. Going straight for the jugular at this point isn’t going to score him any favours as he moves forward…
            He knows Nintendo inside and out. They’re a better ally towards his personal goals than a distanced associate for eg…

          • JB

            That’s true, though I guess I see it differently than you are, considering two things:

            It not like he bashed them through the whole ask for session, he had some good things to say even.

            Given the fact they silenced him on Twitter about the whole region locking thing, he’s apparently a pretty opinionated guy, so he was bound to say something critical especially now he doesn’t work for Nintendo anymore. It doesn’t make him a bad guy and he didn’t say anything more than Nintendo themselves have said about the Gamepad and communicating properly that the Wii U is a new system.

            Has the topic been beaten to death? Sure. But like I said, he just took the opportunity to expand on his thoughts since that one question was part of a broader set of questions. It just saves him time further down the line.

            I don’t think this hurts his relationship with Nintendo in the slightest.

          • Rinslowe

            Expand on his thoughts huh? Lol. Yeah I’m not disagreeing with you entirely. But the fact still remains he had a chance to keep it all under control. But chose not to. One small thing is all it takes and to be a professional and a paid professional requires you to be observant of what to say and how to say it. I think he is that type of guy exactly. So there are no mistakes in choosing to say what he did and how. I’m not against the guy. And I certainly don’t dislike him, at all. I don’t even have a strong opinion myself of his “disgruntled” comments either. But I do understand that to be strongly opinionated when you’re employed and paid to support in “public” those things that you may not like, is not going to end well for the opinionated individual. Again, he’s obviously smart enough to be aware of the lay of the land here. So it’s a puzzle. If employees aren’t happy with something on the job, where they’re paid to “do” a job. Then there’s a time and a place to discuss those aspects internally. Not on twitter or facebook or any other social media. It’s not rocket science to be in control of what to put out there.
            At the end of the day, I don’t think it’s anything to be too worried about from Nintendo’s perspective. But again, it’s not going to do him any favours consistently letting things slip in certain ways that outline a point on one hand and his personal feelings about it on another.
            I think if he continues to have these strong opposing views about how Nintendo is doing things. Policies which Nintendo has no intention of changing. It will only distance their relationship on a professional level, that would be inevitable actually mate.
            I’m not saying that’s where he’s at now. But it looks like he’s heading in that direction. And by choice.
            I’m sure it’ll work out when he finds his feet and he squares off from that position…

          • JB

            Can’t disagree with that, and personally how he’s handling things is not how I would in if I was the same position. I guess I was seeing the situation from a different set of lenses, but I totally see where you’re coming from on this.

            BTW, thank you so much for an intelligent dialogue. It’s really hard to find that on the internet these days, especially a site like this, where you have very passionate folks on both sides of an argument. Lol

          • Rinslowe

            “Wii U is not selling as well as it deserves to.”
            Bingo. As a fresh out of the box – ex-employee this would have been the rational response, short and sweet. Who burns their bridges so soon anyway? lol…
            Not that he’s done that exactly. But I’m sure his colleagues and Nintendo leadership that happened across these comments would only see a guy who seems more disgruntled, than motivated toward a new direction. He needs to front up to his choice of resigning. He wants more control on his direction/ career. That obvious. No need to make it personal with a company that can still be useful to him in that regard in future…

  • Kobe

    Wii U is a good name but bad saleswise. At first I thought it was the same as the Udraw

  • JB

    Eh. I can’t really fault Nintendo for trying to piggyback off the Wii’s success. The name was fine, I think the problem was Nintendo’s lack of marketing for the U. There was little to no advertising for it. No excuse for that as large as the Nintendo war chest is. Even when they did it, was confusing to the regular consumer being that when you show adverts using Wii accessories along with the Gamepad, they just think it’s a new device for the Wii. Why do you think people knew a what a new Playstation or XBox was (as baffling as the naming was)? They advertised! EVERYWHERE.

    Nintendo should’ve touted the upgraded visuals and made it loud and clear it was a new system, which to my recolection, they didn’t start doing until around SM3DW. I’m glad they have started to turn that ship around, but it’s almost too little, too late. That said, I still love my U and Nintendo and will continue to support them and any great 3rd party games that comes out for it.

  • nintendope

    FFS if thay called it Wii2 would have been better, sure you can say it kinda looks like the second world war, but at least there would have been less confusion -_-

  • Andrew Gonzalez

    Anyone could tell you that.

  • Jake

    While the name does suck, let’s not forget there were no games between April and August 2013, and no system sellers until Super Mario 3D World AND Nintendo decided to sell a $99 Wii mini. He is correct, the Wii U is the best console so. It actually does have awesome and fun exclusives, and so far the a true next gen expirence.

  • Jon

    If the Wii Never existed, the the name Wii U wouldn’t be bad but Nintendo wanted to try and cash in on the success of the Wii by giving the Wii U the same name which was a bad mistake.

  • cl0s

    Wii U mad ?

  • I agree. Nintendo needed to stop thinking that the Wii-branded lightning would strike twice. The Wii was successful for almost all the wrong reasons. Families and very casual gamers carried Wii more than veteran Nintendo fans. But since then, those families and Wii Fit-target audiences have moved on to their mobile devices for much the same sort of lighter gaming. The Wii U needed to be a refocus towards the core Nintendo fans, and needed to break completely away from the Wii brand with its own unique branding. Nintendo simply rested on their laurels here.

    • Nintendo coughed up their early lead in generation 8 of consoles. They were unprepared and caught by surprise with stepping up to HD game development. They utterly failed in marketing and promotion. They failed to gain early developer support before launching their new console. And they gave Wii U to a console that should’ve left the Wii legacy on its own, to start its own legacy. Nintendo completely dropped the ball with Wii U.

  • Logan Wayman

    I’m personally fine with the name. Like this comment if you agree!!!

    • I’m not against the name “Wii U” in itself. I would say I’m more against keeping the Wii brand around longer than it needed to be, when Nintendo absolutely needed a new direction from Wii. It was time to let “Wii” rest, and break out with a more unique and innovative brand.

      • Logan Wayman

        You’re not against the name itself? Well, good for you, boy!

  • AWwriter

    Absolutely, without a doubt. I have yet to meet anyone who has a Wii that even understands it’s a different console. I know several parents who went out last Xmas and bought Wii U software thinking that it would work on their Wii. Just sticking a U after it wasn’t like changing from a 3 it a 4 or even 360 to a One. When people do figure it out, when they just wanted a new game, they aren’t likely to dump $250 more to get the system on the spur of the moment. Hopefully this holiday season will be better as more folks begin to understand and plan for it. But this has been the Achilles Heel that has been here the whole time – why the sales are sluggish, 3rd parties have backed out, etc. All because the Japanese men who made this decision still do not understand American culture.

  • GameChanger

    I think that they should have gone back to their the “NES” name as the brand. The Wii U should be the NES 6. Maybe they can start with the next console and call it NES 7 and FC 7 in the east.

  • LordiMcKill

    I’m even halfs really, i didn’t like it at first but I got use to it eventually. Now if they’d called it the Streambox or Nintendo HD then that would have been fine. But no, they had to ride on the Wii’s success and call it the Wii U, even the the Wii 2 would have worked.

    The only fine example of this actually working and a letter being the complete difference was was with Alien and Aliens.

    I just hope the Wii U’s successor is finally a sequel to the N64: the N86!

  • Joseph Oliveira

    The problem is, Nintendo did horrible marketing when the Wii U was coming out. A lot of people thinks the Wii is the same as Wii U.

  • Call it the Nintendo Unity?

    Or you could call it the most fitting name available: garbage.

    I stand by that statement! FIGHT ME.

  • Merry_Blind

    I couldn’t believe it when they announce the console. I couldn’t believe they kept the name “Wii” for a new console. Wii was already silly enough; they managed to make it worse.

  • darkcreap

    I was never confused, but that could be because I am a long-time Nintendo fan.

    • 00EpicGamer00

      Or maybe because you actually have a functioning brain.

  • Kochou

    If they had to change the name, I’d say Wii Unity. It keeps the U and probably won’t confuse new buyers, plus it makes sense to the whole slogan basically. Only problem is that gamers would be confused by the engine Unity, but since the majority are people who probably don’t know that much about the industry itself it could work.

    I mean I actually do like the name as of now, not when it came out, but the U should have more meaning to it.

  • Xavier Lopez Chabelo

    Meanwhile Nintendo is like…

  • Mackenzie Jean Charles

    dear Dan, please give us some peace . go tell to sony to stop calling they console : ps3, ps4 (ps5, ps6, ps7 ps1000000 in the futur).you don’t understand the great philosophy behind this great name : WII = us , the producer, the creators – U = the public , the customer, the gamers family. then this name mean : nintendo is in a complete fusion with the customer. if you want to do some buzz, please go away fool ! and i think that you are a real coward like all of these who talking against nintendo

  • Javier Vega

    You can’t blame consumers for being confuse and not aware of the Wii U even I pay attention to what the system was does.Most people though it was an expensive Add-on I talk to a kid about the system he thought Call of Duty:Ghost was coming on Wii and he found out the hard way that Wii U was a New System.

  • Jason Weiland

    they should called it the N.U. Nintendo Universe …then on the box the NU “new” from Nintendo Compatible with the Wii..

  • JFizDaWiz

    Call it the NES HD and release the entire black box series rendered in 3D.

  • shanafan

    Wii U is a fine name. Glad to see this clown leave.

  • TheGamenerd5

    The name could be better but it works, plus it would cost to much to change it and would reuin Nintendo to do so. There are a lot of games coming out that will help move units

  • Fuzzylittlebastard

    Well what are they going to do? change it? they cant do that.

  • Richard Branches

    Once upon a time there was a game console named NIntendo Genesis, with a pro control and the console itself, it gained many money with it success…

  • FutureFox

    People seem to forget the iPad. The iPad has got to be the worst name for a tech product in the last 10 years at least. However, great marketing made what was (is?) a hilarious sounding product into a tour de force and must have item. It (along with the attached service) made Apple more money than plys of toilet paper each employee could fully use to wipe their own asses with for a year.

    I’m actually one of the few people who actually liked the name (Wii U) moreso for the marketing potential it had and subsequently squandered. “Wii would like to play” could easily have been extended to, “Wii would like to play with U…” or ” Wii play like U play.” followed by games that actually gave reason to the cause. But of course none of that happened.

  • Gabe Brady

    How about the Premium Nintendo Entertainment System! 😉 :3 lol

  • Alanistic

    I always thought they should have called it the NintendoHD. That way it turns Nintendo back into a valid household name. e.g. “I’m going to play the Nintendo”

  • Scott Patterson

    They could repackage and rebrand as a whole new console, apple did it with the apple mac and it sold millions

  • YoG99

    Nintendo Revolution was Wii’s code name … Nintendo Project Cafe was Wii U.

  • MujuraNoKamen

    yep he’s right, some decent marketing would have sorted the problem but they got everyone thinking it was a controller for the Wii and they still cant be bothered to fix it.

  • chemtale

    thats what i thought from day one, horrible name choice. its always been the nintendo (blank). what made them want to name a system after a system this late in the game… it would be like calling your wii the camecubeZ.

  • Justin Ordoñez

    I’m not a fan of the Wii U name but I think people have to let it be. Nintendo is not changing the name, and there were too many launch issues to accurately determine that this one factor played a large part over the others. Rehashing this topic doesn’t really bring us closer to anything.

  • Agent721

    He’s sadly correct. I still meet wii owners to this day who think the Wii U is an optional game pad.

    • C4

      While it does sound a bit like an accessory to the Wii, Nintendo could have done a better job to avoid that.

  • MrTravan

    Why is the Wii U name so confusing, yet nobody was confused by Playstation, Playstation 2, Playstation 3, Playstation 4, Xbox, Xbox 360, Xbox One, etc? It’s Wii, then Wii U. Same format as the other systems. Where’s the confusion?

    • 00EpicGamer00

      Because PS1 to PS2 to PS3 are numbered, so people understand more easily and clearly what is the new one and what is the old one. Now, Xbox One….mmmm… got me on that one. I honestly don’t understand all the confusion with “Wii U.” No one was confused when it went from NES to SNES. I wonder if the human “race” is just getting stupider.

      • MrTravan

        When I first saw the Wii U, I instantly understood it was a NEW console from Nintendo. I’m no genius, but I knew it was a completely new console. How can so many not get that? Just like I knew the Genesis was the new Sega console, and the Saturn was the new one, then the Dreamcast…

        • 00EpicGamer00

          I did as well. It’s not rocket science at all. Well….I guess to some people it is, lol. If someone is confused on what the Wii U is, they should get on their little compuper and look it up. Though, I guess Nintendo is a little bit at fault here. They didn’t really advertise the Wii U all that well. The very few commercials they did have at the beginning aired for maybe, like…a month and completely stopped. As soon as it stopped, I never saw another commercial until DK TF.

  • TomDobo

    Wii U is a stupid name and so is Xbox One. Both great consoles though.

  • Matski

    yeah I don’t get the confusion, its not been doing well simply because the games aren’t/weren’t there. nobody is going to buy a console with no games….and its only just about managing to pull itself back up with some awesome games and oooh surprise surprise sales are up too. Personally I don’t think anyone cares what the console is called, they just want to see results and its as simple as that. Otherwise why the hell is the XBox One doing so well? I mean its practically called XBone! god knows what they were thinking.

  • Kris

    Of course its a problem, I wish Nintendo would stop with all the fruitcake nonsense and just make the Super Nintendo 2 already and make it competitive hardware-wise. none of this ancient stuff. It annoying and they are losing out because of this. I want Nintendo to be number one again and there is no other reason than this Fruitcake nonsense and old hardware. People want a traditional console and it should be powerful.

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