Apparently, there have been come confused customers in the retail world when it comes to the 3DS and DS portable consoles from Nintendo. It seems that the "3" ahead of the DS isn't enough for some people to tell the difference between the normal DS consoles and the new 3D device. Nintendo is said to be worried that something similar might be happening with the Wii U as well.
According to one insider, Nintendo is considering changing the name of the Wii U console before it launches. The move is to prevent similar confusion between the Wii and the new Wii U console. I will say that Wii U is a very strange name. It's interesting that there didn’t seem to be an issue understanding the differences between the DS, DSi, and DSi XL consoles.
Nintendo president Satoru Iwata has previously told investors that Wii U will have to learn "a bitter lesson" from the 3DS and confusion over its features. I think the problem with the 3DS wasn’t confusion with features as much as a junk game lineup that is still very lean many months after it launched. Confusion so far on the Wii U has a lot to do with the fact that most of the promotion has been on the controller with the screen rather than the console and its features.
Iwata said, "Because we put so much emphasis on the controller, there appeared to be some misunderstandings. We should have made more effort to explain how it works."
"We haven't made any kind of blunder, but I should have shown a single picture of the new console, and then started talking about the controller. The console is not drastically different, and Wii U is about the controller. The console itself will be almost invisible."