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The Nintendo Wii could have had a much worse name

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It looks like the company wanted to focus on a fresh start, with suggestions such as “Reborn”, “Rebirth” and “Renascence” all listed. The document includes imaginative titles such as “New Nintendo Gamecube” and “Next Nintendo” alongside some more bizarre suggestions. “Nintendo Blue Thunder”, “Nintendo Game Carnival” and “Nintendo Juke Box” are all listed while “Nintendo Everlasting Wave” comes with a note that the acronym would spell NEW.

It also looks like they wanted to put an emphasis on family-friendly gaming as well, as seen by the possible names “Party Room” and “People’s Game”. That said, clearly it was the office joker who added “Nintendo Lethal Weapon” into the hat. In other news, Japan’s official Water Ambassador is a Pokémon, with Eevee evolution Vaporeon now the official mascot for Water Day.

In retrospect, maybe the Wii wasn’t such a bad name after all – especially when compared to the “Nintendo R.E.S.O.R.T. (Revolutionary Entertainment System On Relaxing Time)”.

There’s also a section dedicated to Nintendo’s history with suggestions relating to the Famicom, which is what the original NES was called in Japan. Our favourite pitch is the Air Famicom which, as the third column suggests, would be known as Nintendo AF. A leaked list of Nintendo Wii name suggestions. Credit: MondoMega via ResetEra

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