Nintendo announces Revolution's real name

By Derek Sooman on April 27, 2006, 1:26 PM
Ending months of speculation, Nintendo has announced that the real name of the forthcoming Revolution console will be...

"Nintendo Wii."
Pronounced as "We", this will be the new name of the console that was previously code named Revolution. I must admit, for a moment I was kind of wondering if this was the first of April or not... Revolution is a pretty catchy name, Wii... well, isn't. Nevertheless, Nintendo seem just crazy about the name, and the marketing machine is already rolling.

"While the code-name 'Revolution' expressed our direction, Wii represents the answer. Wii will break down that wall that separates video game players from everybody else," Nintendo said in a statement on the Flash website it launched today revealing the name.
One would guess that it is Nintendo's intention to break the new console away from the traditional games market, going for a name that is more consumer-friendly... or so they think. I sense a whole raft of jokes coming on...




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DragonMaster said:
[quote]I sense a whole raft of jokes coming on...[/quote]Sure!They should have kept Revolution as the name... Hey, they even have a revolutionary name! It's Wii, it's not like all these others with Super Power Force Boost Xtreme 5 billion and bla bla bla. ;-)Do you pronouce the "i" twice? It then makes weehee! a new Nintendo. ;-)Anyways, I think it should be cool with the new controller.
Didou said:
I think it's supposed to sound like "we" as in everyone in the family. ;-)I think they were trying to go with something simple & catchy like iPod.
Phantasm66 said:
Its a totally sad name and I have no sympathy for them if it doesn't catch on as a result.
fiziks said:
what the hell
asphix said:
haha, gotten from Joystiq.com...* I need a Wii now! I can’t wait until this fall!* “Mum, I finished my homework. Can I play with my Wii some more?”* “Hey Mom, Roger’s bringing his Wii over. We’re going to connect his Wii to my Wii and then we’ll play all night.”* “We are the Knights who say Wii!”* Wii Willy Winky runs through town, upstairs and downstairs in his nightgown. Knocking on the window, crying through the lock “Are the children all in bed? It’s past eight o’clock.”* “Pass me that wemote contwol pwease?” — Elmer Fudd redux* “Do you have any Wii in stock?” asked the customer. “Or course we do,” exclaimed the clerk, “Urine GameStop!”* When you’re a kid and you wanna go “whee” but you ain’t got drugs yet. [NSFW, but funny as all heck.] (linked to gonads and strife flash video)
DragonMaster said:
[quote]I think they were trying to go with something simple & catchy like iPod.[/quote]But pod means something, not Wii.[quote] I think it's supposed to sound like "we" as in everyone in the family. ;-) [/quote]See the flash animation on nintendo.com, that's exactly what they say it means.
Eleventeen said:
I read this and laughed. Who the heck would call something Wii... besides Nintendo ofcourse.
Phantasm66 said:
[quote]* “We are the Knights who say Wii!” [/quote]Class![url=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Knights_who_
ay_Ni]Knights who say Ni[/url][img]http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/e
e1/Knightofnismall.jpg[/img]
fiziks said:
[b]Originally posted by Phantasm66:[/b][quote]Its a totally sad name and I have no sympathy for them if it doesn't catch on as a result.[/quote]I can agree with that
DragonMaster said:
X *BOX* was not perceived as a pretty good name at first too...I saw a place with links to these:[url]http://img241.imageshack.us/img241/764/spaceballs
ii0eg.jpg[/url][url]http://www.celestialmechanics.com/avat
r/wii.jpg[/url]and Gonads and Strife.
Phantasm66 said:
Really, I mean it... who the hell came up with this name? What were they on? Revolution is a cracking name... I had no idea before today it was merely a code name.
mentaljedi said:
well you can say at keast one thing. Theyy'll get a lot of publicity for this name
fiziks said:
I can't see one gamer finding this name intriguing.. and negative publicity isn't the best publicity to have
crossfire851 said:
As Hitler said "Whe wii pee pee"
allc0re said:
Who cares! If it delivers all the promises and technology they've teased us with, I'll have my own Wii as soon as I can get my hands on it and I'll play with it every night! :)
pikaj00 said:
if you ask me "Wii" sounds just as retarded as intel's new ViiV crap. in fact i hope intel sues the pants off of them the way microsoft sued lindows/linspire.
Didou said:
Anyways, seeing the animation on the Nintendo site, it seems the name & the whole idea behind it is well thought out. People are too concerned with the looks, name & whatnot when it all comes down to the games. Who cares what it sounds like ? If the games are good, they could call it the Nintendo doodoo & I would still get one.
fiziks said:
yeah i agree, it's still good to criticise if the need arises.. plus the name of this machine isn't going to affect my overall opinion on it.. you're right, the games are all it comes down to.. and the miniature screenshots I've seen thus far are nothing but promising
fiziks said:
and hopefully nintendo doesn't get sued by anybody over this, they're good people and everybody should know it
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