Blasphemy, right? We think so, but that the is clarification Nintendo makes in Wario Ware Gold, which is now out for the Nintendo 3DS. The game includes a museum of old Nintendo consoles, and the description for the NES says that Nintendo pronounces it “Ness.”
In the museum section of the Japanese version of Wario Ware Gold, you can unlock some slides showcasing the Famicom. Also included is a picture of the NES. Within the description, Nintendo themselves says that “NES” is pronounced “Ness”. pic.twitter.com/Vg5JjXgJgy
— Kyle McLain (@FarmboyinJapan) August 3, 2018
We say Nintendo is wrong and that it should be pronounced “N-E-S,” but either way, it’s a win for Nintendo. After all, we are still talking about a game console 35 years after it was first released in Japan, and almost as long since it debuted in North America (October 18, 1985). It is one of the most popular gaming systems of all time, no matter how you pronounce it.
“The Oxford English Dictionary accepts both pronunciations. They are wrong. It is a soft ‘G,’ pronounced ‘jif.’ End of story,” Wilhite told The New York Times in an interview.
What say you, readers? Do you pronounce NES “Ness” or “N-E-S?” And about what about GIF? Sound off in the comments section below!
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