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    Nintendo is notorious for this. I remember the n64 early name Ultra. For the first 2 years after its release I would go into stores looking for games for the ultra 64.
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    Quote Originally Posted by davidbrit2
    So what was that whole "Nintendo Go" thing about? Are they trying to tell us to "Go Wii" or something?
    That comes later with the "Little Pig Advertising", in which Nintendo will go Wii Wii Wii, all the way home.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pacmanhat
    ...Interesting. I kinda like it.

    In any case, I can't wait to get a hold of my Wii and play with it this fall.
    Did you mean to put that double-entendre in there? You dirty dirty man.

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    Not that i planned on buying the thing anyway, but that name......I don't know if i should laugh or be disgusted.

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    It sounds like the name of some Japanese concept car.

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    You don't "plan" on buying a Nintendo system. It just happens.

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    You don't "plan" on buying a Nintendo system. It just happens.
    yeap right after you buy the other 2.

    That name is just bad. Gets my vote for worst ever of all serious contenders. If ever there was a system the public would not buy just based on a name alone this would have to be it. Awful.

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    I think only Photoshop can express our ideas on this name change.
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    As much as I love puns, I wouldn't name a game console based off of one.

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    They must have been smoking Wiid

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    Quote Originally Posted by pacmanhat
    I salute Nintendo for going with something eye-catching and different.
    It's pretty similar to Viiv. I almost want to think they got the idea from Microsoft. Kinda like theyre leeching off MS for some free "this is the future" advertisement. I have a hard time taking myself seriously when I say that but for whatever reason they chose it...it's stupid. Like it's already been pointed out, it's just as stupid as 360 sounded...but as I mentioned before I'll probably become desensitized to it's stupidity just like I did the 360. However, Wii sounds a lot like a penis...so it'll take some time before I get used to that one.



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    I... actually like it.
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    its gonna b fucked up when u start hearing little kids say "i cant wait to go home and play with my Wii all day" or " me, tommy, and alex all played with our Wii's together and it was awesome" im still gonna buy it but i hope to god they dont go through with that. please nintendo, to quote mrs. lovejoy from the simpsons, WILL SOMEBODY PLEASE THINK OF THE CHILDREN?!?!

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    first interview with Nintendo about Wii from Gameinformer.

    We still scratched our heads, so we spoke with Nintendo of America's Public Relations Manager Matt Atwood to get Nintendo's explanation of what the name was really about.

    Game Informer: Why change the name in the first place when people are already used to The Nintendo Revolution?

    Matt Atwood: We always stated that Revolution was a code name. While it indicates the disruptive nature of the system, we wanted a name that represents all inclusiveness, because thatís a huge point of the system. Itís not about you or me Ė itís about Wii. So, itís basically a different kind of a system.

    GI: Whose idea was Wii?

    Atwood: It was actually several people internally. But beyond that, we arenít disclosing specifics on how the name came about. But it was several people at NOA and NCL.

    GI: So it wasnít Yamauchi coming in with his iron fist and saying, ďWeíre calling it Wii!Ē

    Atwood: (laughs) No. No, it wasnít. For a long time there weíve been discussing the name and there was a lot of talk, and this is what the committee came up with. It was a large group of people that came up with the name.

    GI: This is going to sound really crass and rude, but a childís way of saying they have to go to the bathroom is saying they have to go wee. Doesnít that concern you at all?

    Atwood: No. Anytime you announce a new name youíre going to get a lot of questions and the whys. If you look at what TiVo did or Virgin Airline for instance, a sort of tie in for example. Those names have become household names and it had nothing to do with that at all. We wanted a name that represented the fact that this system was really for everyone to play. And Wii, the word, is W-i-i, and the two Iís represent both people and the controllers. So, itís really not about this sort of tongue in cheek.

    Again if you look at things like Yahoo! Or Virgin, or Caterpillar or Naked Juice, or Prius Ė the car, or Napster Ė these names either have funny connotations or donít make sense initially. But if you look at how we support this, and what the name represents, I think it makes sense.

    GI: So there were never thoughts of, ďLetís just stick with Revolution? Itís a really cool nameĒ

    Atwood: I think there were thoughts across the board. There were thoughts of sticking with Revolution, then there were thoughts of a completely different name, but once everything came together this was the name decided. I think they wanted a name that was very unique. Because this system is not about an upgrade of an old system. This is about an entirely new way to play, an entirely new type of system.

    GI: Just seeing the reactions in our office and seeing what people are saying online Ė it seems people are really shocked at this name, and arenít really that thrilled about it.

    Atwood: I think the first time you hear any name, it sounds odd. I think one of the reasons is that itís totally different and unexpected as you said. The first step will be getting to E3, and getting hands-on. Weíre pretty confident itíll become a lexicon like Google, or Amazon, or Virgin. Obviously there will be first reactions, but once you get your hands-on with the system and understand, and watch the video, and read the back story of what this name is supposed to represent, I think it all ties in.

    GI: Isnít it a little tricky that you have to give us a one sheet to explain what the name means and it doesnít say it by itself.

    Atwood: No, the point is we want it to be very clear what weíre saying. Again, weíll go back to your traditional naming conventions for systems. They tend to be fairly literal. Thatís not what we want at all. We want something that isnít as literal. But once you understand it, it makes a lot of sense.

    Once you touch the Revolution, this will make more sense. Once you play more games, and once the system is out, and more and more people play it, and youíre realizing these different experiences, itíll make more sense. Again, it may sound a little bit of a line, but I think it fits well. This is not about you or me, itís about Wii.

    GI: Is that the new ďBlue OceanĒ?

    Atwood: Itís all relational. It all fits. The Wii name fits in with the Blue Ocean strategy as far as going different, going unique, making a statement, but at the same time really pointing to the fact that this isnít a traditional system and not done the traditional way. This is about expanding the audience, while not at all ignoring our core, in fact appealing to them, which youíll find at E3. Itís about broadening.

    GI: Are you trying to connotate a Wi-Fi type thing?

    Atwood: I thought the same thing too. The Wi-Fi thing isnít really part of it, though, once you get to E3, there may be news on that. Weíve already said the system will be online out of the box, but while it lends itself and kind of fits, itís not the overall intent.

    GI: Why reveal the name now? Why not wait until your E3 press conference?

    Atwood: E3 for us is all about the games. We understand that when you announce a name itís going take a bit of time to get comfortable with it, and when we get to the show we want the focus to be completely on the games, and the gameplay. The focus of E3 is to get everyone to play this system. You can only appreciate the system when you play it. I know for a long time weíve been talking about all the possibilities, and I know you guys have been talking about all of the possibilities of the system.

    The key is to focus on the games and the gameplay at E3, not a name, but anything but that.

    GI: Speaking of E3, has Nintendo figured out how to control all of the different freehand controllers that are going to be pointing at 80 different directions?

    Atwood: Yes, NCL has worked on that and have a pretty good solution which you will see at the show.

    GI: This is a very different name and itís going to be really interesting seeing what the world has to say about it. Nintendo has always paved their own path since the NES, so is this sort of following in that tradition you think?

    Atwood: I think that the last few years Ė the best comparison would be the DS. When we announced DS everybody wasnít sure about the name, obviously that one is quite literal. But itís about the concept behind the DS and the concept behind the Revolution. So while Nintendo has gone their own way since the NES, as you stated, itís really about this new direction of expanding the market, taking care of our traditional gamers, but also developing games like Brain Age, Nintendogs, and the new titles youíre going to see at E3. Really approaching videogames in a very different way, because we donít believe that staying the course is the right way to go. We believe that a new way to play is the answer. People want more immersion and we will deliver it.

    GI: What did you honestly think of the name the first time you heard it?

    Atwood: First time I heard it, I sat down and thought about it for a bit, and ďDo I like it, Do I not?Ē and as I thought, ďHmm, it seems a little bit different. I donít understand it." And then I did the same thing you guys did and watch the video, and the more I understood about the system, the more itís made a lot of sense to me. Yeah, initially I went, "Wow, this is different." And then once I started getting more hands on with the system, and once I started to understand the concept behind the system and how the name ties in, I actually really like it. I think people will talk about it. Youíre definitely seeing it on the net, and people will continue to talk about it.

    What I like about it is, itís not about abbreviating anything. There will be no abbreviation needed. There is no Nintendo Wii. Itís just Wii. Itís a very inclusive name in that respect.

    GI: So what are you going to tell the people that think youíre crazy for naming it the Wii?

    Atwood: Weíre going to tell them, one, play the system. Kind of what we told you. I think initially youíre going to see some reaction, and I think its going to make a lot of sense. Get your hands on the system. Once you see entirely what weíre doing with the system it will make more sense. I would suggest really trying to understand looking at the background story of the name because itís really telling of the system. The system really supports it. I would say get your hands on the system first and then make your decision. The first look will be at E3, but that wonít be the entire one. The system comes at the end of 2006 and weíre pretty confident and comfortable.

    GI: Itís been rumored that the new big Revolution secret is the fact that the nun chuck controller is also motion detectingÖ

    Atwood: Really. Thatís interesting. I would say 9:30 in the morning on Tuesday of E3 will be filled with surprises and I would just show up. Because thereís been a ton of speculation. Some of itís right. Some of itís not. Weíd say that if thatís the only secret youíre expecting youíre going to be very surprised.

    GI: Do you think Nintendo is going to take home E3 this year? Why do you think Nintendo will be the big buzz at E3 this year?

    Atwood: I think it comes down to totally what Iíve been talking about with the name. Iíve been a gamer since Ė well I got my NES when I was 11 Ė and I am starving for a new way to play. I was cynical about the DS when it shipped, I was completely cynical. And long before I worked at Nintendo I found myself playing that system far more than any other handheld. The reason being is that I could do different things.

    Right now Iím playing Trauma Center for instance. I love that game. You cannot do that anywhere else. Those types of experiences are really what is compelling. When I can do something new Ė Nintendogs, Brain Age Ė those are completely different ways to play and itís what Iím playing right now. I love the classics, but Iíve played them for a very long time and with the Wii weíve already talked about youíre going to have the classics, youíre going to have the hardcore games, but youíre also going to be able to play new unique types of games. Thatís huge.

    To me that has massive social implications. For instance, Iíve played games for many years, and Iíve tried to talk to my mom about a game and it was completely Greek. I believe Wii will open that dialog. I believe it already has with DS. When you look at Brain Age, you can take that game to your parents, your uncle, your niece, and everybody likes it, and gets it, and wants to take it from you. Itís taking this very personal experience and allowing to become more social. And people can understand it more. I mean, when you play Brain Age, you hold it like a book, thatís very easy to understand. Youíre going to see more things like that.

    GI: (laughs) The name Wii makes me think of peeing! You said you have to hold the DS like a book for Brain Age, I hate to know how Iím supposed to hold the Wii controller.

    Atwood: Iím not going to go there, but you wonít be surprised. When you look at it, thereís so many different things you can do. But come to E3 and you will appreciate it.

    -Billy Berghammer

    http://gameinformer.com/News/Story/2...1154.38678.htm

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    Man that name is awful. The main problem I have with it is that no one is going to know how to pronounce it. There will be so many parents who come into shops and totally butcher the name. I don't like the 360 or PS3 names but at least they are easy for everyone to remember and there aren't more than one way to pronounce it. I think it could hurt Nintendo a bit in the end, it won't hurt them much but considering the market right now you don't want to give anyone an advantage.

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    Un-freaking-believe.

    I just took a quick glance over at the GameSpot forum's discussion on this. I am AMAZED at how shallow the gaming populous can be. Putting graphics over gameplay is idiotic enough, but putting the NAME of the system over anything else is downright incorrigable. Granted, the forum is packed with trolls, but still - it angers me to no end.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jcalder8
    The main problem I have with it is that no one is going to know how to pronounce it. There will be so many parents who come into shops and totally butcher the name. I don't like the 360 or PS3 names but at least they are easy for everyone to remember and there aren't more than one way to pronounce it. I think it could hurt Nintendo a bit in the end, it won't hurt them much but considering the market right now you don't want to give anyone an advantage.
    You mean except for the FIRST SENTENCE of Nintendo's announcement that explains how it's pronounced? And the thorough media coverage and advertisement that clearly pronounces the machine's name? Yeah, I'd miss that too.

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    "I just took a quick glance over at the GameSpot forum's discussion on this. I am AMAZED at how shallow the gaming populous can be. Putting graphics over gameplay is idiotic enough, but putting the NAME of the system over anything else is downright incorrigable. Granted, the forum is packed with trolls, but still - it angers me to no end."

    If they can't even get the name of their system right, how can gamers expect them to get the task that actually require skill correct? Another 3rd place in the console wars, and it won't even be close to 2nd place this time I bet. I hope I'm proven wrong, but I don't have high expectations.

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    Un-freaking-believe.

    I just took a quick glance over at the GameSpot forum's discussion on this. I am AMAZED at how shallow the gaming populous can be. Putting graphics over gameplay is idiotic enough, but putting the NAME of the system over anything else is downright incorrigable. Granted, the forum is packed with trolls, but still - it angers me to no end.
    Yeap thats why its a terrible name.

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    How did they get the name of the system "wrong"? It's THEIR NAME! It's a unique name, it'll be weird to say, sure, but that'll be overcome easily with time. It's certainly a change from the regular bland names for systems, and far more creative than "PlayStation 3" for example.

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