Poll Results: Nintendo's Console Has the Dumbest Name

December 27, 2012 -

The results are in, the votes have been tallied and the sole light in my mom's windowless, basement bathroom burnt out while I was taking a shower this morning.  It's time to reveal which of the current consoles GamePolitics poll participants think has the dumbest name!

64% of 826 voters selected the Wii/Wii U as the console with the dumbest name.  Congrats Nintendo!  I'm sure we'd all like to know what names you passed up in favor of "Wii."  What potential monikers did you reject saying, "No, no.  Now that's really stupid!"?

In second place with 27% of the vote is the Vita, Sony's newest handheld.  Did you know "Vita" means "life" in Italian and Latin?  Doesn't that make it cooler?  No?  Moving on...

With 6% of the vote, Microsoft's Xbox/Xbox 360 lands in third place followed by Nintendo's handhelds the DS and 3DS with 2%.  Sony's PlayStation was voted dumbest console name by only 1% of voters - 9 people in total.

Of course, not every console was up for voting in last week's poll.  "It's not on here, but I would have voted for the Ouya," said reader black manta.  "Dumbest.  Name.  Ever."

The OUYA isn't out yet but honestly, had I thought of it, I would have included it.  It might have given the Wii a run for its money.

-Reporting from a snow-covered Kentucky, GamePolitics Contributing Editor Andrew Eisen


Re: Poll Results: Nintendo's Console Has the Dumbest Name

Thank you for posting the results.  And yeah, had Ouya been an option, I might have had to think twice before voting Wii...  ;)

Re: Poll Results: Nintendo's Console Has the Dumbest Name

I still think I'd go with Wii for two reasons:

1. Terrible pun value counts. Ouya is pretty useless as a pun, Vita can work but the result isn't that funny... but Wii sounds wee, and thus gets the juvenile potty humor vote.

2. The radio in my area is inundated with ads for a "tech friendly" retirement home that includes two old ladies discussing, "Why do you say it 'We,' it's spelled 'Why.'" "'Cuz its that there internet, like you don't say I-phone you say E-phone." "You're cooked, they do say I-phone."

Re: Poll Results: Nintendo's Console Has the Dumbest Name

I still think the Vita is just dumb. I think the way that Nintendo explained the name for the Wii reduced the "dumbness" of it thus dropping it on the scale below the Vita. The name just makes no sense.

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