No need for alarm, Nintendo’s next console is most likely not called the Nintendo Zii, and hasn’t been trademarked as such. SiliconEra, which loves to dig up this stuff, found a Nintendo trademark for “Zii” in Japan, and speculated that this was perhaps the name for a high-definition Nintendo Wii, noting that three years is a bit late for something as simple as name protection. But after doing some digging, Engadget found that this is likely just a renewal of a trademark request from 2006. Also, trademarks from Nintendo were found for Bii, Cii, Oii and Yii. Why the Big N didn’t go the extra mile and trademark Xii, Uii, Iii and Nii is beyond me, and my Mii.
If you’re in the dark about what Nintendo is doing for a next-gen console, join the club. Analysts have speculated that a Wii HD is on the way either next year or in 2011, but Nintendo has kept the rumor mill pretty quiet. The most we’ve heard are second-hand reports from game developers and a prediction from Square Enix president Yoichi Wada. Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime insists that the product doesn’t exist, so we’ll have to hang tight for whenever Nintendo decides to announce that it does. [via Joystiq]