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Nintendo Revolution Renamed 'Wii'

Zonk posted more than 8 years ago | from the weeeeeeeeeeee dept.

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Retroneous writes "The Nintendo Revolution has had its name changed to the Nintendo Wii." Confirmation on the official Revolution site. Update: 04/27 16:32 GMT by Z : More information available from a Gamasutra article: "New details on the disc format have also been revealed: 'Instead of a tray, a single, innovative, self-loading media bay will play both 12-centimeter optical discs used for the new system as well as Nintendo GameCube discs. Owners will have the option of equipping a small, self-contained attachment to play movies and other DVD content.'"

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966 comments

WTF8 (5, Funny)

iGN97 (83927) | more than 8 years ago | (#15213201)

"Because, it's really not about you or me. It's about Wii."

To quote Irwin Mahatma Fletcher: I R pissed.

Why wii? Confusion with Wifi? (2, Interesting)

EmbeddedJanitor (597831) | more than 8 years ago | (#15213352)

There was much confiusion between PCI and PCMCIA. What chance does Joe Average stand with Wii vs Wifi?

Re:WTF8 (0)

Directrix1 (157787) | more than 8 years ago | (#15213368)

I can see a lot of people getting the shit beat out of them. "Hey dude whip out your Wii!"

April 1st was 26 days ago (1)

MacBoy (30701) | more than 8 years ago | (#15213204)

Someone must have forgotten that today isn't April 1st, because this must be a joke.

Re:April 1st was 26 days ago (1)

balster neb (645686) | more than 8 years ago | (#15213309)

IIRC, "Revolution" was supposed to be the code name all along (the summary doesn't make this clear). What I'm less sure about is how good a name "Wii" is.

Re:April 1st was 26 days ago (3, Insightful)

RogueyWon (735973) | more than 8 years ago | (#15213390)

It's not an April 1st. Right now, the only explanation I can think of which casts Nintendo as anything other than a bunch of utter muppets is that this is the first half of some multi-staga announcement, in which it's revealed, once the initial furore has died down, that "Wii" is either an acronym for something less stupid, or the start of a longer name. For this reason, I'm holding back right now, for fear of being made to look stupid later.

However, I've commented on Nintendo's decade-old talent for self-destruction before, so it's entirely plausible that this is, in fact, nothing more than a really good example of them shooting themselves square in the foot again.

Whee! (1)

nathan s (719490) | more than 8 years ago | (#15213205)

I mean... Wii. Um. Okay. It just doesn't have the same ring.

Oh man. (1)

Digital Vomit (891734) | more than 8 years ago | (#15213207)

Please tell me it's April 1st in Japan. Nintendo Revolution was the perfect name. "Wii" (pronounced "wheeeeee!") sounds too stupid.

Re:Oh man. (2, Funny)

br0ck (237309) | more than 8 years ago | (#15213290)

And it has just dreadful connotations..

I need to go Wii Wii,
ha ha, my wii wii is bigger than yours,
WII the second world war,
W2 time to pay taxes,
this little piggie goes Wii Wii Wii all the way home,
honey, wii need to talk...

Doesn't sound right... (1)

creimer (824291) | more than 8 years ago | (#15213208)

The Nintendo Willy?!

BRB, going for a Wii (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15213217)

Worst. Name. Ever.

First Pun! (5, Funny)

fm6 (162816) | more than 8 years ago | (#15213222)

Wii not?!

Re:First Pun! (0, Redundant)

gbobeck (926553) | more than 8 years ago | (#15213316)

Wii not?!


Because.

Re:Worst Pun! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15213511)

Wii as in We, not why. RTFA

First to Say (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15213225)

Why?

Re:First to Say (1)

StarKruzr (74642) | more than 8 years ago | (#15213379)

No, Wii.

One of the... (1)

MorderVonAllem (931645) | more than 8 years ago | (#15213230)

...crappiest name changes in the world...i'll still get it though...but damn, "Yes, I'm looking to buy a Nintendo Wii"? wtf

I was hoping to be part of the Revolution... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15213231)

Only Japanese marketing would try and make a pun based on the way the letters look...

Oh Good Lord (3, Insightful)

Synesthesiatic (679680) | more than 8 years ago | (#15213234)

Wii Nintendo, Wii? Gotta say that's a very bad name. It doesn't make me think of video games at all, and opens itself to too many easy jokes (Wii Bother?). Maybe it sounds clever in Japanese, but I think the Revolution was a much better name for the console. But what do I know, I don't have a marketing degree or anything.

Clever (1)

Rydia (556444) | more than 8 years ago | (#15213237)

Very clever idea, but I'm not sure that it's the best choice of name, exactly. Wii is just a strange name, and has homonyms with bad connotations. Plus, get ready to cue the british pisstakes "Hey, that smells of wii!"

BHAWWHAAHAHAHAHAAHA! (0, Flamebait)

H3lldr0p (40304) | more than 8 years ago | (#15213241)

While the code-name "Revolution" expressed our direction, Wii represents the answer.


Seriously, do people read statements like this aloud before putting them out? I fully expect this console, should this change be true, to become the biggest joke among the six-year-old crowd there ever was. The jokes write themselves.

Your wii-wii is showing (1)

Forrest Kyle (955623) | more than 8 years ago | (#15213243)

Queue the jokes about the wee-wee's and wii-wii's.

There's some deep, dark, American GI Joe watching Transformer fan race car noise making gun fanatic within the murky depths of my soul that can't help but laugh at this stupid, childish marketing scheme.

I think the Wii looks fun as a videogame platform, but the marketing is nearly to the point where it requires you to not have a penis.

Terrible (5, Interesting)

ender- (42944) | more than 8 years ago | (#15213253)

Man that's just terrible. The name "Revolution" had a powerful feel behind it, which I think would have been useful in its marketing against the Xbox360 and the PS3. "Wii" sounds diminutive and powerless. I hope they reconsider. Somehow, saying 'Hey I'm going to go out and buy a Wii [we]' just doesn't have the ring of 'I'm going out to buy a Revolution!'.

Maybe it's just mii though...

Why? (0, Redundant)

ElleyKitten (715519) | more than 8 years ago | (#15213260)

It looks like it's pronounced "Why". And "why" is pretty much all I have to say about it.

Revolution wasn't like Dolphin, the stupid codename for the Gamecube that no one heard about. Revolution is a cool name that's been all over the game media. Everyone knows it as the Revolution, and all the Nintendo fanboys have been drooling over getting a Revolution forever. Now it's Wii? WTF.

Wii? (1)

gEvil (beta) (945888) | more than 8 years ago | (#15213264)

Wuuuuh?

Thats nice, but.. (1)

Ryz0r (849412) | more than 8 years ago | (#15213265)

I'll still be calling it the Revolution, or Rev, for short. Do they expect "Wii" to catch on in the West? OK, i'll give them credit for something more innovative than a just a number, but does "Wii" actually mean something really clever in japanese and we're all just missing the point?

Why? or should I say Wii? (0, Flamebait)

Tibor the Hun (143056) | more than 8 years ago | (#15213272)

Are they fucking serious?

bets on street pronunciation (1)

neonprimetime (528653) | more than 8 years ago | (#15213274)

i know it says it's supposed to be pronounced "We"
but I have a feeling a few others could be used
  • We
  • Why
  • W2
just doesn't seem like a catchy name

Wee! (1)

Fred Or Alive (738779) | more than 8 years ago | (#15213276)

Urine!
No, I think you mean Wii.
But I'm a big boy now...

Seriously, this is possibley the stupidest name in console history, and that includes the Gizmondo.

(Reference: This Flash animation [weebls-stuff.com] )

Can I try again... (1)

Fred Or Alive (738779) | more than 8 years ago | (#15213342)

"It's clearly going to piss all over the competition" is clearly a better joke than my first attempt.

Quick pronunciation question... (1)

Kantara (246758) | more than 8 years ago | (#15213278)

Is it pronunced like...

Why
Wii did they name it this?

or...

We
Wii don't understand...?

Re:Quick pronunciation question... (1)

Forrest Kyle (955623) | more than 8 years ago | (#15213328)

RTFA

Re:Quick pronunciation question... (1)

Hannah E. Davis (870669) | more than 8 years ago | (#15213340)

The site says it's like "We". So yes, you are going to have to walk into a store and ask for something that sounds like a synonym for piss if you want this system.

wee... (2, Funny)

sidb (530400) | more than 8 years ago | (#15213279)

My initial reaction: let the namecalling begin. Wii Nintendo Revolution becomes too easy an acronym. I can't be the only one to think of this.

Oh no. (1, Insightful)

RyoShin (610051) | more than 8 years ago | (#15213282)

Congratulations, Nintendo.

You've been building hype. New downloading. Twenty years of backwards compatibility. Brand new interface. Small. Sleek.

This is one gigantic step backwards. One, huge, gigantic step backwards.

I could go on a rant about this for a few paragraphs, but I'm too dismayed. Instead, I think I can some up everything I'm thinking in one sentence:

This is going to be known, gargonly, in America as "Nintendo Piss".

Fucking dammit.

Re:Oh no. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15213437)

Nothing sucks like an electrolux.

Re:Oh no. (1)

JWW (79176) | more than 8 years ago | (#15213477)

I've got to agree with you. While I was all ready to get a Revolution when it comes out, I'm not so sure I'd want to buy a Wii at all and its the SAME THING.

I just goes to show you that sometimes there is something behind this marketing stuff.

It seem that these days the marketing types have just lost it. I mean viiv? MacBook Pro?? and now Wii????? I mean come on, the codename for the project should not be coller than the name for the ACTUAL product, and if it is then chnange your product name to the code name!!!

They really have to change the name back.

Blah. (1)

Sai Enigma (965010) | more than 8 years ago | (#15213283)

You've got to be kidding me.

So does someone in marketing need to be shot? (1)

Shihar (153932) | more than 8 years ago | (#15213285)

Maybe Wii has some deep meaning in Japanese, but it is a fucking stupid name for the English market. Wii sounds like a word a child uses for piss or a comment on someone's penis size; either way it isn't good. This almost reminds me of a story I heard years back about how an American car company put out a car under the American name in South America that name sound like "junk", "broken" or something like that in spanish.

Whatever the case, this is just a stupid move. It would be nice to think that people would pick a product on merit alone, but there is a reality that perception is influenced by advertising. Part of advertising is the name you give to your product. Dumb move Nintendo.

Re:So does someone in marketing need to be shot? (1)

Mike Buddha (10734) | more than 8 years ago | (#15213363)

This almost reminds me of a story I heard years back about how an American car company put out a car under the American name in South America that name sound like "junk", "broken" or something like that in spanish.

That would be the Chevy Nova. "No va" means "No Go" in spanish.

Not entirely a correct correlation, but "Wii" is a stupid name. How the heck do you ponounce it?

Re:So does someone in marketing need to be shot? (1)

FerociousFerret (533780) | more than 8 years ago | (#15213419)

This almost reminds me of a story I heard years back about how an American car company put out a car under the American name in South America that name sound like "junk", "broken" or something like that in spanish.

If I remember correctly, that car was the Chevy Nova. "No va" means "it doesn't go" in Spanish but that is an urban legend according to this: The Legend of the Chevy Nova That Wouldn't Go [about.com]

Re:So does someone in marketing need to be shot? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15213424)

This almost reminds me of a story I heard years back about how an American car company put out a car under the American name in South America that name sound like "junk", "broken" or something like that in spanish.

That's an urban legend [wikipedia.org] . From the article: "A popular urban legend asserts that the Nova sold poorly in Latin America because the phrase no va means "no go" in Spanish. In reality, the Spanish no va and nova are as different as the English no table and notable."

Re:So does someone in marketing need to be shot? (3, Informative)

Quietust (205670) | more than 8 years ago | (#15213450)

Maybe Wii has some deep meaning in Japanese
Considering the Japanese language hasn't used the "wi" sound (equivalent to English "we", French "oui", etc.) in native words since the language reforms over 60 years ago (at which point it was dropped down to just "i"), I doubt it.

Re:So does someone in marketing need to be shot? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15213451)

Wii don't like it.

Hit/Miss now at 15/85 (1)

mykejm (587246) | more than 8 years ago | (#15213298)

Seriously? Wii? I think we're looking at a huge console bust (insert DOA Beach Volleyball joke). After the initial curiosity and interest in the novelty of the wand-like controller I can't see them sustaining very good sales. The Revolution/Wii seems like a very inconvenient gaming experience; who really wants that much macro-movement to control a video game? And when you consider it's hitting the market after the Xbox360 and the PS3, does it really have any shot at making a splash?

Re:Hit/Miss now at 15/85 (1)

h4rr4r (612664) | more than 8 years ago | (#15213442)

I think you mean the Chevrolet Nova. No Va would literally be "it does not go".

However I am not sure they sold it outside the US.

Re:Hit/Miss now at 15/85 (1)

timster (32400) | more than 8 years ago | (#15213508)

The Revolution/Wii seems like a very inconvenient gaming experience

I'm responding to you mostly because this comment fits in so well with the sig I've had for years. But to be on-topic, I suppose none of us have seen this controller in use, but why do you assume that it will be so much more movement than, say, moving a mouse around?

I'm going back to bed.... (1)

joshlake (841594) | more than 8 years ago | (#15213300)

I can't start my day like this.....

The question now is... (4, Interesting)

Hannah E. Davis (870669) | more than 8 years ago | (#15213307)

... can we, as gamers, keep the name "Revolution" in use? I mean, Nintendo can officially change the name of the system, but they can't force people to actually call it that. I'd feel embarrassed asking for a Nintendo "Wii", but I have no problem buying a "Revolution"... so certainly hope that stores continue to recognize the previous name.

Re:The question now is... (3, Insightful)

RyoShin (610051) | more than 8 years ago | (#15213381)

This might be the best way to go.

If we can keep the "Revolution" moniker alive and well in gaming circles and sites, and only refer to the "Wii" name when talking about the name itself, we might be able to convince Nintendo that this was a stupid fucking idea.

Of course, names can be changed before actual release.

Ultra 64, anyone?

This still pisses me off, though. Even "Nintendo GO" was better than this.

This goes a long way... (5, Funny)

gEvil (beta) (945888) | more than 8 years ago | (#15213310)

This goes a long way to putting to rest all that crap about Nintendos only being made for kids...

Of course! (1)

Dashcolon (946284) | more than 8 years ago | (#15213314)

They want people to hear "Nintendo" and think, "WEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!"

Weeeeee! (5, Funny)

spaztik (917859) | more than 8 years ago | (#15213321)

The first thing I though of upon hearing this name was the Gonads and Strife [funnyjunk.com] flash animation.

This name is..... interesting (2, Insightful)

CuBeFReNZy (771060) | more than 8 years ago | (#15213322)

I personally wouldn't vote for this name. It's too odd sounding for a video game system. Their explanation for why they choose this name makes a lot of sense, but they shouldn't have to explain the name to convince people about anything. The system's capabilities should speak for itself, not a name. I guess in the same way I got used to "DS" I'll get used to "Wii".

Re:This name is..... interesting (1)

Medium Rare (943012) | more than 8 years ago | (#15213367)

Honestly they could call it the Nintendo Dogshit for all I care and I'd still buy one over the PS3 and 360. :p

Horrendous (1)

mthornton (928418) | more than 8 years ago | (#15213338)

I've been hyping the Revolution since the introduced the control but Wii?! Why don't they call it the 3DO and be done with it.

When you're a kid and ya wanna go, "Weee!" (1)

krack (121056) | more than 8 years ago | (#15213349)

Gonads and strife, gonads and strife!!

Creative spelling (1)

Kaimelar (121741) | more than 8 years ago | (#15213353)

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

That's the most creative way to spell "stupid" I've seen.

What's with tech product names recently? Viiv? MacBook Pro? Wii?

And one Xbox to rule them all.... (1, Troll)

WhiteWolf666 (145211) | more than 8 years ago | (#15213356)

With Sony's poor financial health (go look it up; the PS3 will have to be a blockbuster in order for the company to remain profitable during the next FOUR years), and Nintendo looking more and more like a dying Sega, I suspected that MS will be the last man standing in the console arena.

By the time PS3 and Nintendo's Wii have established some degree of market penetration (1 year after release?) we'll see an Xbox 360-2.

The sad truth of the matter is that MS has the financial resources to manhandle Sony (especially given Sony's miscalculations regarding the PS3's costs and schedule), and the financial resources to bury Nintendo.

I'm not happy about it, but the console market today is starting to looking like the OS market right around the time Windows 95's release. I'm scared that after huge financial outlays Sony's going to have to sell it's console division, and MS is going to be sitting there with a huge pile of cash....

Re:MOD DOWN (1)

youknowmewell (754551) | more than 8 years ago | (#15213475)

Mod down -1 Old Apocalyptic Scenario

I think it's ok (1)

youknowmewell (754551) | more than 8 years ago | (#15213364)

If you look at the video, you can see that there is good marketing potential for this, using the double i. I'm down with it, even if Revolution was a 'cool' name, it doesn't exactly appeal to the crowd Nintendo is gunning for.

Bring on the Wii box!

Japanese name only? (3, Insightful)

revlayle (964221) | more than 8 years ago | (#15213373)

I wonder if the offical name for Europe and North America will be different? Much like NES and SNES was the Famicom and SuperFamicon (respectively) in Japan.

Of course, back then, those systems were released in Japan first and the original Japanese names were never used as part of the marketing campaign in other parts of the world.

Re:Japanese name only? (1)

Fred Or Alive (738779) | more than 8 years ago | (#15213402)

Why announce the new name in English, on the US Nintendo.com site then? Sadly, we may be stuck with this, unless Nintendo have a sudden turnaround over it.

Re:Japanese name only? (1)

AudioEfex (637163) | more than 8 years ago | (#15213408)

If you read the article, they state one of the reasons for chosing it is that it is multi-lingual. It will be the world-wide brand.

AE

Re:Japanese name only? (1)

RogueyWon (735973) | more than 8 years ago | (#15213496)

Multi-lingual? As in "equally nonsensical and daft-sounding in multiple languages"? In that case, let me try a few suggestions of my own:

The Nintendo Plurk
The Nintendo Wakkiwakkinong
The Nintendo Xlurtlflurx

Not only are all of those perfectly multi-lingual by that definition, but they all have the decided benefit of not sounding like a well known euphemism for piss.

Snakes on a Plane (1)

sho222 (834270) | more than 8 years ago | (#15213374)

Snakes on a Plane was going to be renamed Pacific Flight 121, but a huge uproar from internet fan sites caused the studio to keep the orginal (and much cooler) name.

I'm not optimistic that Nintendo will reverse its decision on this one, but I'm sure the online petition sites are starting up right now.

also announced (5, Funny)

rayde (738949) | more than 8 years ago | (#15213376)

it will be released in 3 sizes to combat the 3 colors of PS3. these sizes are:

Wii. Not so Wii. and FREAKIN HUGE.

"Touching is good...", "Wii-wii..." Oh My (5, Funny)

AudioEfex (637163) | more than 8 years ago | (#15213385)

Just like the marketing guy who coined the "Touching is good..." slogan for the NDS, the guy who came up with this and thought it was clever needs to be a bit more in-touch (pun intended) with American culture.

Just like parents thought twice about buying a product for their child that kept telling you how good it was to "touch", it's going to be hard for self-respecting gamers to ask for a "Wii". And God-help us when the 16-year-old behind the counter at Wal-Mart explains to the nervous parents how the NDS will interface with the Wii, so the product with the catch-phrase "Touching is good" can be used to interface with your..."Wii."

I love Nintendo, and I think the new console is going to rock - but naming it "Wii" is like naming your kid Richard when your last name is Head; you're just gimping them unnecessarily from the start.

AE

Wiiaboo!! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15213400)

Did I hear someone say... "Wiiaboo"?

*pulls out the spanking paddle*

Grabbing Satoru Iwata's pinkey toe, I say... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15213401)

"And this little piggy went Wii Wii Wii, all the way home."

Super, 64, DS (5, Funny)

uberjoe (726765) | more than 8 years ago | (#15213415)

So does this mean that all the games are going to be appended with Wii? Super Mario Wii, Zelda Wii, Metroid Wii? Or even worse Madden Wii? This has got to be the worst product name since the Kia Smegma.

Sony and Microsoft wiin. (1)

nevergleam (900375) | more than 8 years ago | (#15213417)

This is the biggest marketing blunder since "Coca-Cola" in China.

Sooo (1)

Daysaway (916732) | more than 8 years ago | (#15213420)

If I put two of them next to each other, do I get a WiiWii?

Wow... (1)

grumpyman (849537) | more than 8 years ago | (#15213425)

A: "Wow..."
B: "Aye"
A: "Aye"

language barrier? (1)

crerwin (971247) | more than 8 years ago | (#15213428)

Nintendo executive: "What do we call this Nintendo?"
French employee (I don't know why he's in Japan either) that interpreted the question wrong: "Nintendo, oui."

Or is it just missing an 'f'?

Wii are not amused. (1)

AniamL (948455) | more than 8 years ago | (#15213429)

At least, that's what Queen Victoria would say.

Perfect Name (1, Interesting)

Metabolife (961249) | more than 8 years ago | (#15213431)

This name embodies exactly what Nintendo was aiming for with this console. It's not a futuristic power name like Xbox360 or Playstation3, it's simple and thought provoking Wii. Nintendo's next system isn't aiming to kill you with eye candy, it's aiming to entertain you in new ways. It may seem weird at first, but that is what happens when you change something people have become used to. The name Wii represents the console better than some big powerful name. It's not about the name, it's about the experience.

Wii! (1)

Mathiasdm (803983) | more than 8 years ago | (#15213435)

Wii! [firefoxflicks.com]

here's a thought ... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15213443)

For all you whiners ...

Who fucking cares what it is called?!

just you losers ...

I feel victimised (5, Funny)

mccalli (323026) | more than 8 years ago | (#15213446)

This year, my Powerbook become a MacBook Pro and now my likely console upgrade has turned into wee.

Was it something I said?

Cheers,
Ian

Overthought (1)

Belgand (14099) | more than 8 years ago | (#15213448)

Just reading the statement on why they chose this as the name shows that it was massively overthought. Just look at the reasons: doesn't need to be abbreviated, double 'i' represents "people coming together to play" (yeah, now if only they release some good multiplayer games that aren't sports of Smash Bros. because my girlfriend and I would actually love to play something together other than X-Men Legends and Mario Kart), it has a lame hominym with "we" which sounds like a lame attempt to build trust and togetherness, distinctive (showing that they can't tell the difference between different-good and different-stupid), pronounced the same in Japanese and English (I'm guessing here, but it fits a bit with what they said).

Seriously, this is a terrible name. It sounds like a committee sat down with a list of high-minded bullet points about what they want to communicate and didn't leave until they had something that fit them. Of course, they completely failed to consider that matching a list of specifications doesn't matter if the damn thing sounds stupid.

A rose by any other name... (4, Funny)

192939495969798999 (58312) | more than 8 years ago | (#15213452)

They could call it the Nintendo crap bucket, doesn't matter. I'm still getting one so I can play all those old Nintendo games.

My 2 cents... (1)

futurekill (745161) | more than 8 years ago | (#15213454)

I like revolution better...

And the controllers name now? (1)

Turken (139591) | more than 8 years ago | (#15213457)

Cute. So now everyone will have to stop calling the controller a "RevMote" (kinda awkward sounding anyway) and call it the "WiiMote"

With a name like this, Nintendo is going to have a harder time shaking off the "kiddie" image.

Still, I don't mind the official name too much.

Hrmm... (1)

Guppy06 (410832) | more than 8 years ago | (#15213462)

"Owners will have the option of equipping a small, self-contained attachment to play movies and other DVD content."

If they can attatch a DVD player, they can attatch a hard drive.

To Wii (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15213465)

To Wii or Not To Wii that is the question!

I thought Revolution was a great name.

DVD + game disc = more possibilities? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15213466)

Since program storage and DVDs can be used independently, I wonder if Nintendo can make any neat games using DVD content. Mario Film Editor!

Nintendo Wheeeee! (1)

JoshDM (741866) | more than 8 years ago | (#15213468)

It's pronounced "We" or "Weee" or "Whee" as in "us" or "fun".

That Said (3, Insightful)

Rydia (556444) | more than 8 years ago | (#15213476)

People are overreacting to this. It may be a dumb name, but the majority of the population isn't going to instantly think "wee" and giggle, or worry about jokes on a playground. If anything, it'll get kids talking about it, and all publicity is good publicity. But the whining about the loss of the revolution name is a bit silly, people alternately saying that the masses are sheep for buying marketing while simultaneously talking about how they won't buy it because the name is so silly.

Actual reaction will doubtlessly be in between.

Self loading? (1)

MrFlannel (762587) | more than 8 years ago | (#15213479)

Stupid name change aside... self loading media bay? no tray?

While I couldn't find more information on this, I expect this to be a "you slide the disk in a slot" sort of loading...

great, just what I need.. mandatory contact with my disc surfaces. Scratched surfaces here I come!

ugh.

wii (0, Redundant)

towsonu2003 (928663) | more than 8 years ago | (#15213487)

weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

...

wii (3, Funny)

drwiii (434) | more than 8 years ago | (#15213490)

I fully approve of this name, even if it is one 'i' short.

Sounds to me like the site was hacked (1)

isaacklinger (966649) | more than 8 years ago | (#15213492)

It's hard to believe that lousy press release.

Maybe not as bad as it seems... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15213494)

Although the name Wii probably doesn't appeal to most American (and almost any other non-Japanese nation) customers, I feel this is a step in the right direction. In all honesty, calling their system "Revolution" is a pretty risky act because it implies a drastic change, indicating their system will blow everyone out of the water. Although Nintendo has stated that they are going against the grain in their design decisions regarding the Wii, I believe keeping the name Revolution would be foolish at best. What happens if their system isn't so revolutionary? What happens if it's a flop? Playstation, Xbox, Nintendo DS, etc..etc.. - Do these names conjure up any specific images or ideas? They do now that they have been out for a while. But the word playstation doesn't express any grand plans or ideas, but on the other hand, the word Revolution does have an explicit meaning. To cut things short, I think this is a good move.

Nintendo Wtf? (5, Funny)

Kenshin (43036) | more than 8 years ago | (#15213497)

I think "Nintendo Wtf" would have much more universal recognicion than "Nintendo Wii", because "Wtf" is what I think when I see that name.

WTF?

I think people have the wrong idea.. (3, Insightful)

jonnythan (79727) | more than 8 years ago | (#15213498)

It's not that bad. Really.

They clearly state that they intend to bring the video game system from "gamers" to "everyone else." "Everyone else" doesn't want an "X-Box" or a "Playstation" or a "Revolution" or a "Super Whiz-Bang Toy 2010." They want something simple, sophisticated, intuitive, and a little artsy. "Wii" fits the bill for that type of goal.

I don't think the name is going to appeal to the gamer sect at all, but then again the gamer sect doesn't really give a shit about the name - they care about how cool the games are.

Actually the gamers would probably buy any console if it said "Bad Ass Motherfucker" on it, but, barring that...

To Wii or no to Wii... (1)

rafusmx (971073) | more than 8 years ago | (#15213509)

Why it's Wii? I don't see anything wrong with it... In the end it's just a name. I just hope that they will release good games...

.... all the way home. (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15213512)

Yes I get the name and it's sort of neat. No, it doesn't work when you have to explain the concept to people (especially in 'merica). I think you all are missing the point that this name is not aimed at teenage boys who are self-conscious about their size and lack of female companionship. Sure, they could have named it the GameCube720wtfbbqpwnedhax0rb0x3n but his isn't aimed at teen to 20 something males. This is aimed at my friends who now have children.
Think about some of the DS titles that have gotten major attention. Brain Teaser and Nintendogs?! Guys don't admit to playing them but women are snapping them up like crazy. This name is aimed squarely over our heads at at the remaining 90% of the market that don't call themselves gamers.
Is the name kind of ghey. Yup. Especially compared to Revolution. Is this a potentially brilliant marketing move, probably. Are all of you who wanted a "Revolution" still going to buy one anyways. Yes, you just won't tell your friends about it quite yet.

I prefer "Revolution" (1)

norminator (784674) | more than 8 years ago | (#15213515)

I think "Revolution" would actually be a better name for the released product. Maybe Wii whould have been the pre-release code name. I think they got it all backwards.

Now not only will Wii have worse pronunciation issues than Intel's Viiv has (according to the Nintendo site, it's pronounced "we"), but it will have negative connotations attached to the as yet unsuccesful Viiv. Who approved this name? Maybe the President of Nintendo was on a roller coaster when someone asked him what the name should be and he just happened to be saying "weeeeeeeeeeeeeee!"
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