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Nintendo Files Trademark for 'NSW'

Nintendo Files Trademark for 'NSW' - News

by William D'Angelo , posted on 01 July 2022 / 3,661 Views

Nintendo has filed for a trademark with the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) today, June 29 for "NSW." This was spotted by a user on ResetEra.

The trademark was filed in the "Goods and services" category under the "Electronic game programs" and "Games" sub-categories. 

It isn't known what Nintendo will use the "NSW" trademark for, however, it is likely an abbreviation for "Nintendo Switch" as many consoles are also known by their abbreviations.

Video game consoles are often abbreviated. For example, the PlayStation 5 has an abbreviation of the PS5, GCN for the GameCube, X360 for the Xbox 360, and N64 for the Nintendo 64.


A life-long and avid gamer, William D'Angelo was first introduced to VGChartz in 2007. After years of supporting the site, he was brought on in 2010 as a junior analyst, working his way up to lead analyst in 2012 and taking over the hardware estimates in 2017. He has expanded his involvement in the gaming community by producing content on his own YouTube channel and Twitch channel. You can contact the author on Twitter @TrunksWD.


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31 Comments
Wally_Mc (on 29 June 2022)

Oh god
Wii => Wii U
Switch => Switch W (double U) 😰

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CaptainExplosion Wally_Mc (on 29 June 2022)

That's what I'm afraid of. -_-

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TruckOSaurus Wally_Mc (on 29 June 2022)

I've always found it weird that in English "W" is called double U when it's clearly a double V (like we say in French)

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Yeah, that never made sense to me, and neither did Nintendo's marketing strategy for the Wii U.

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theDX TruckOSaurus (on 29 June 2022)

U and V were once used interchangeably to represent the same sounds.

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Hiku TruckOSaurus (on 29 June 2022)

Thank you! This has been bugging me for a while.
It also comes after V in the alphabet. And it's also called double-V in Swedish.

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Alistair Hiku (on 30 June 2022)

"w" has a "u" sound, they are connected, why would you call it a double v unless your "v" in Swedish doesn't sound like a "v" in English at all.... I assume your "v" sounds like our "u" then... "v" didn't exist in old English

also the "w" doesn't look like two "v"s if you write it curvy, it looks like two "uu"s... it's just a font issue

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Alistair TruckOSaurus (on 30 June 2022)

It's not complicated. In old English times, scribes started using Roman letters to write down English. There was no "v" in the Roman alphabet. English scribes used "f". Think of the word "of" which is pronounced "ov". Since there was no "w" letter for the sound in Latin, they wrote it down like this, "uu", a double u. "wonder" is spelled like "uundra" in the first recorded English poem. It's been called that ever since, and then later the "u"s were connected and written w. There are more vowel and consonant sounds in English than we have letters, you have to write them with combinations.

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Mandalore76 Wally_Mc (on 29 June 2022)

Nintendo Switch Wii. It's the console only version of the Switch that so many people have been asking for..

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xMetroid Wally_Mc (on 30 June 2022)

it's only cause the terms NSW is what's used for the console online...

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sundin13 (on 29 June 2022)

Nintendo buying New South Wales? Pog?

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Kakadu18 (on 29 June 2022)

So why do people here now think this is for a new console? NSW has been the abbreviation used for the Switch for years now.

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Jumpin (on 29 June 2022)

Nintendo Switch Wicked
Or
Nintendo Switch WeShouldJustCallItSwitch2

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CaptainExplosion (on 29 June 2022)

Just PLEASE don't be another Wii U. -_-

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JackHandy CaptainExplosion (on 29 June 2022)

I loved Wii U.

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SvenTheTurkey JackHandy (on 29 June 2022)

Definitely had its share of issues, but was a great system. Mostly irrelevant with all the ports now though. The gamepad is still the best gyro controller because of the size and shape in my opinion.

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Mnementh SvenTheTurkey (on 30 June 2022)

Well, I use it still to play Wii games, as Wii doesn't have HDMI out. Also XCX and the Zelda HD ports are not on Switch yet.

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SvenTheTurkey Mnementh (on 30 June 2022)

Well the Wii compatibility is definitely a reason to have one. And yeah. I said mostly irrelevant because there are a few stragglers.

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CaptainExplosion JackHandy (on 29 June 2022)

I liked it, but it was such a flop that it nearly killed Nintendo.

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siebensus4 CaptainExplosion (on 29 June 2022)

Nintendo made so much money with Wii and DS that they can have a couple of flops until 2040, even without the success of Switch.

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CaptainExplosion siebensus4 (on 29 June 2022)

And how can you be so sure of that?

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From their financial reports. Even while the Wii U was flopping, they still only posted losses in a few quarters. They never had a single generation of hardware losses completely wipe out all of the profits made from previous generations. It's the most likely reason for why the Wii U never received price cuts. They basically sold those 13.5 million units at full price to limit their losses until the Switch could release.

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Jumpin Mandalore76 (on 30 June 2022)

They were mostly kept afloat by 3DS. The Wii U didn’t make enough revenue to even fund Nintendo’s operations. Had the 3DS been doing as well as the GBC, GBA, and DS, they might have avoided any losses.

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Jumpin (on 30 June 2022)

Nintendo Switch Woke
Launch title: Phoenix Wright: Critical Race Attorney

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SKMBlake (on 30 June 2022)

Nintendo Swatch incoming

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SKMBlake (on 30 June 2022)

Nintendo Swatch incoming

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yvanjean (on 29 June 2022)

It's about time that Nintendo release a new updated version of the Switch. 1080P60FPS + Faster load time (Docked - Upscale 1440p or 4K) is all I want from the new version. They can probably get close to Xbox series S performance with more modern chips for low cost hardware.

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SanAndreasX yvanjean (on 29 June 2022)

There’s still a chip shortage going on.

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SvenTheTurkey yvanjean (on 29 June 2022)

Don't see that happening until the successor. And when that happens, it'll probably heavily rely on dlss and have a pretty crisp 4k docked/1080 handheld.

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Pemalite yvanjean (on 29 June 2022)

Not yet. Give it a few more years.

Because these are a handhelds, we do need to hold them to a different expectation in regards to hardware capability... They don't have allot of TDP to play with to push large and fast chips like a fixed console.

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SanAndreasX Pemalite (on 29 June 2022)

That's what I was thinking. You can't stuff a lot of high-powered chips into that kind of form factor without having major heat issues.

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