I not sure there's really much confusion about the name of the WiiU. I mean, it was made pretty clear several times, at two E3, and outside of those shows, what it was/is (I was fuming at journalists who "weren't sure if it was a new pad or new console" at the time. Why are they even employed and sent on fancy LA trips if the can't tell that simple fact when it's stated right at them! They're supposed to be the professionals! /rant). It's not like you'll buy a £300 machine with a clear image on the box, take it out, and slap your forehead as you realise you've bought a fully working console and you actually only wanted a controller for your now-secondary console.
Perhaps more none gamers need to know about the WiiU to get them into it and bolster Miiverse and online game, but I give people enough credit to realise what it actually is; Nintendo aren't exactly been obtuse about it! The same with this Wii Mini.
Just read about it not supporting 480p though, that's a bit disappointing. I know most people don't use anything but the cable it comes with, but it's sometimes nice to give a fellow Wii owner a component cable for a birthday or wotnot, plug it in, and see their eye's light up as the gracklevision is cleared!