Revolution Renamed As Wii


Nintendo has finally revealed the name for it’s next gen gaming machine that was known as the Revolution: Nintendo Wii……

Erm maybe you need an explanation? Well here it is from the official Wii site:
Wii

Introducing … Wii.

As in “we.”

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.

Wii will put people more in touch with their games … and each other. But you’re probably asking: What does the name mean?

Wii sounds like “we,” which emphasizes this console is for everyone. Wii can easily be remembered by people around the world, no matter what language they speak. No confusion. No need to abbreviate. Just Wii.

Wii has a distinctive “ii” spelling that symbolizes both the unique controllers and the image of people gathering to play.

And Wii, as a name and a console, brings something revolutionary to the world of video games that sets it apart from the crowd.

So that’s Wii. But now Nintendo needs you.

Because, it s really not about you or me.

It’s about Wii.

And together, Wii will change everything.

:shock:

I’ve got a few different emotions running through me at the moment. One of them is laughter. The other is it makes sense….

I could easily make a joke about urine but I think I’ll stay well clear of that area. At least they haven’t made claims about being the centre of the universe…

Your thoughts?

You can check out a cool vid for the Wii below:

NINTENDO – Wii


Written by: Gary - News Contributor


  1. #1 by Gary on April 27th, 2006 [ 1780 Points ]

    I’ve been looking around different places & already people are making mock ups of the Wii with various insults with images involving the name & console.

    They should’ve stuck with the Revolution. People were used to it & recognised what it was, now it’s just being ridiculed….

  2. #2 by WonderSteve on April 27th, 2006

    I don’t mind “Wii” if it’s more representative than “Revolution” But it clearly is not.

    Revolution gives me an idea what Nintendo is trying to do. What does the “Wii” told us….ah…..I don’t know. At least not until I read Nintendo’s explanation. Names like “Playstation” and “Gamecube” make sense because they imply that it has to do with some form of entertainment. “XBOX” is fine too because you can definitely see a lot of “X” on the design of anything XBOX related.

    Everyone will get used to it eventually. It’s not a big deal. But Nintendo seriously needs a better marketing team

  3. #3 by Black Guy on April 27th, 2006

    iThought 360 was a horrid name but iGrew to like it; iThink the same will happen with Wii-Wii.

    Who am iKidd’n, this name sucks ass cheeks. if Nintendo expects to b taken seriously and regain their lost glory, naming their products after a bodily function is not a good start.

  4. #4 by Leo on April 28th, 2006

    Word. Gaming needs to stop taking baby steps in the path of Evolution; we NEED a “revolution” in terms of interactivity and gameplay freedom if the industry is to preogress. I’m no fan of Nintendo’s kid-centric policies, nor did I ever think that a system with barely more power than the orignal Xbox could make a revolution no matter how advanced the controller, but everyone already knows the Revolution by its name, not Wii. All this marketing BS would be easier to accept if the company promoting it hadn’t said just two years ago “consumers aren’t interested in online games”.

  5. #5 by Gary on April 28th, 2006 [ 1780 Points ]

    The name is ridiculous. Nintendo has seriously messed up with the choice of Wii.

    Hopefully they have seen mostly negative reactions from people & decide on a name change.

    Imagine if two parents got together to name a child like this:

    Dad:”Hmm how about calling our son Inbreeder?”

    Mom:”Yeah that’s a great name. Inbreeder. I like it!”

    Dad:”We’re brother & sister & he is a result of inbreeding so it makes sense.”

    Mom:”Yeah & it fit’s nicely with our surname, McHick.”

    Dad:”So Inbreeder McHick it is then.”

    Mom:”There’s no way the kids at school will pick on him with a great name like that.”

    Dad:”Yep. We’re so incredibly clever coming up with a name like that instead of our original choice of Mike.”

    Ludicrous Nintendo. Ludicrous.

  6. #6 by Henning on April 28th, 2006 [ 0 Points ]

    Maybe in England the name “Wii” is worse than it is here….

    But yeah, it still stinks….

  7. #7 by gary on April 28th, 2006

    :lol:

    Maybe I went a bit too far with the inbreeding analogy but Wii is just a ridiculous name asking to be mocked which is exactly what’s happening, which is the point I’m trying to make.

    “Wii” sounds like wee in England aswell….

  8. #8 by francois on April 28th, 2006

    Personnaly I don’t care about the name of a console. I don’t mind Wii. People don’t like it because it is new, they never have seen it before. It like when a car is redesigned, people don’t like it first, get used to it and love it.

    The concept of “We” is so true with Nintendo product. The only way I can have my girlfriend to play with enthousiasm a video games is if it is a Nintendo game. Other games are too violent or more for indivual play or network play.

    “All truth goes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Then, it is violently opposed. Finally, it is accepted as self-evident.”

  9. #9 by Gary on April 28th, 2006 [ 1780 Points ]

    I’m sorry but it just doesn’t sound like a games console which is what it is meant to be.

    Picture the scene, little Timmy is asked by his dad what he wants for Xmas & this is how the conversation goes:

    Dad:”So Timmy what do you want Santa to bring you this year?”

    Lil’ Timmy:”I want a Wii!”

    Dad:”What? Well you know where the bathroom is.”

    Lil’ Timmy:”No dad I want a Wii!”

    Dad:”Look son if you want a wee then just go to the toilet OK?”

    Lil’ Timmy:”You don’t understand I really want a Wii!!!”

    Dad:”Right for the last time go to the toilet or I’ll bring out my old leather belt with spikes & that will sort you out OK?”

    Lil’ Timmy:”No Dad I want the Nintendo Wii it’s a games console. Wii. W. I. I.!”

    Dad:”Oh. Well that’s a stupid name for a games console. Some bright spark at Nintendo almost got you 6 swipes of my spiky leather belt because they had to go & give a games console a stupid name.”

    This situation could be happening right now somewhere.

    It’s trying to appeal to non gamers & calling it the Wii will not do that. Nintendo is already severely hampered by the stereotype of being “for kids” which is partly justified & trying to be too clever in calling their new console the Wii will not & is not helping that situation.

  10. #10 by Matt on April 28th, 2006

    Horrible name. I was going to buy one and now I may not. I refuse to go into EB Games and ask for Burnout on Wii. It just sounds stupid. I would like to meet the Jackass who came up with this name and tell him to his face that I will not buy the Nintendo system because he is a retard. You just cost your company $1000 + dollars! Moron.

    Call me crazy but I apply this to all of my purchases. When a company has just flat out idiotic advertising I stop shopping at their store or buying their product. Target deceided to not guarantee the jobs of serviceman who had to fight in Iraq. Yep never shop their again.

    They screwed up because Revolution was edgy and invoked curiousity in me (haven’t played a Nintendo system since N64) Outisders (non-gamers) might be curious as to why a system was called Revolution. They screwed up. It sounds like a name to conquer Japan and nowhere else.

    Hey Nintendo, do some research on a name in the English speaking countries that buy more systems and games than your home country.

    Sorry I had a bad day.

  11. #11 by Guy on April 29th, 2006

    What kind of ****en name is Wii for a console. Revolution was much better.

  12. #12 by Matt on May 19th, 2006

    For anyone interested I’ve got a website set up tracking wii pre-order availability.

  13. #13 by Matt on May 19th, 2006

    For anyone interested I’ve got a website set up tracking wii pre-order availability.
    http://www.wiishlist.com


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