​You Might Been Pronouncing Nintendo's 'NES' Console Wrong This Whole Time

A recent reveal confirms that the correct way to pronounce Nintendo's NES console is actually Ness, and not En-Ee-Ess like some fans believe.

The Nintendo Entertainment System was released way back in 1983, but the debate of how you say the damn thing has finally been answered thanks to some new in-game slides.

In the Japanese version of Wario Ware Gold for the 3DS you can unlock slides in the museum section of the game, one of which depicting a NES console.

Underneath the image, Nintendo provided a description for how you correctly say the console name, which is ultimately Ness.

Obviously, this has the internet in a bit of a pickle. A lot of people were saying it correctly to begin with, fair play to them.

Others, however, were pretty shocked to find out they've been saying it wrong this whole time, and still believe that spelling out each letter is the only way to do it.

For some reason I pronounced it Nez, but thanks to Twitter I know I'm not the only one. Here's what some of you have said about the reveal:




Although this is an official confirmation, backers of the N.E.S campaign have found some valuable evidence to support their side of the debate.

A 1990s US ad for the SNES calls the console a Super En-Ee-Ess - you can't have it both ways, Nintendo.

If you've been living under a rock then you may not know the Classic NES console has recently hit stores, and topped the charts for the most console units sold in June.

It beat competition from rival Xbox One X and PS4 Pro consoles, and even Nintendo's own Switch device. This just goes to show how much nostalgia matters for video game fans, and that revisiting golden oldies can be beneficial for both old and new players.

Which pronunciation do you think is right? And will you be buying one of the new NES remakes? Make sure you let us know.

Featured Image Credit: Nintendo

Matthew McGladdery

Matthew McGladdery graduated with a BA in Broadcast Journalism from Salford University, where he worked at Revolution 96.2, Global Radio, and Fleetwood F.C. When he left university, he took on the role of co-editor for the Salfordian and worked as freelancer for the likes of BBC Sport. He continues to work in sport but loves talking all things Xbox, PS4, and PC just as much.

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