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    Look, of course I am a gamer. But most of my friends are not. I try to encourage them to play games, and occasionally they do come over or I bring my GameCube over or PS2 or whatever and we play a multiplayer game. And usually they have a good time playing it - it's fun.

    So what am I going to say to these people - normal, average, everyday people - about Nintendo's new system? Up to this point I was stoked about it. It was cool. I did not write off the DS when it came out (thought it was promising), I had no problems with the "Dreamcast" name when it was released, the GameCube was neither one way nor the other with me, and the Revmote has great promise as a gaming device.

    Ideally yes, how the game plays is the primary thing. I will most likely end up buying one at some point. I'm not judging the whole system on its name alone.

    But I will probably be keeping it in the closet and bringing it out when I want to play it. I will not be talking this up to my friends whatsoever. How can I? Their reactions are going to be the same as all the English-speaking gamers. Why? Well, because "we" is such a common word that it will not even be considered in association with it, and so you're left only with "wee" - urine, penis, and / or small. I don't particularly care what they think about my games - I play Pokemon, and don't really hesitate to mention that to my normal, adult friends. But "wee?" Even I find that embarrassing. It's asinine, retarded, ridiculous, ludicrous - and just plain stupid. It's not a name that will create positive word-of-mouth in English-speaking countries, I don't believe - it certainly won't get good word-of-mouth from me.

    Perhaps people will "get over it" given enough time and exposure to the name. But there are lot of people out there - the so-called "casual gamers" - who will not spend significant time with the name / brand. They will hear about it once and either dismiss or embrace it right then and there. The buzz regarding this name will flare up initially and then die out, and this flare that will reach the mainstream audience just plain stinks.

    I used to think highly of Reggie's marketing skills. Part of me is wondering whether (and hoping that) this is a joke, a marketing ploy, in the days building up to E3. I hope they're just creating a stink so that the smell of a real name will seem like a fragrant aroma in comparison. But we'll see.
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    I can see why Nintendo call it the "Wii," but the problem is that putting the word in a sentence will make it more of a sex joke than a console. Let me tell you this, many French porno videos saids "Wee" on them! :P

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    At least me and hezeuschrist aren't the only two who know what's up. Chris Kohler just kicked all your internet asses.

    http://blog.wired.com/games/index.blog?entry_id=1467976

    That is completely all that needs to be said about it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by studvicious
    Just as long as people don't start calling the controller the "wii-ner"

    Quote Originally Posted by diskoboy
    That would be funny to see... But Nintendo wouldn't dare tarnish their 'family-friendly' image.
    Then I guessed you missed their commercial where they had a mouse humping a Micro?
    Actually, I don't think I have ever seen that commercial. I'll go see if youtube has it...

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    Ok after all this I still dont like the name and I still hope this is some kind of brilliant marketing joke/scheme from Nintendo BUT I still cant wait to play Metroid Revo...um Wii.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gamereviewgod
    What of the mainstream crowd Nintendo is trying to pull in? You know, the people that DON'T play games? Say someone is working in an office and in a casual conversation, they say "Hey, wanna come over tonight and play my Wii?"
    I know you may find this hard to believe, but the first time anyone HEARS the name, they'll see the word WE. Not Oui, not Wee, not Wii, We. And that's exactly what they'll think.

    As for your casual conversation, have you structred a sentance so poorly as such to call attention to the name of some object since third grade? Honestly, no one would ever say, "Hey, wanna come over tonight and play my Wii/Xbox 360/Playstion3/Dreamcast/DS?" And again, hearing the word will bring familiarity to the word we all use everyday. We. Not Piss.

    And Push, yes, this is a unique case, as it's obviously not comparable to the 360; it's been released and you've very likely had your hands on the system by now. Writing it off based on actual experience is quite alright. The PS3 is very likely going to deliver the exact same experience the PS2 did, just more expensive and prettier. Writing something off based on skeptiscm and internet toilet humor is absurd. The point is to be open minded and not write off a totally different idea just because it sounds wierd. Try it out before making a judgement. You know, books by the cover and all that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hezeuschrist
    I know you may find this hard to believe, but the first time anyone HEARS the name, they'll see the word WE. Not Oui, not Wee, not Wii, We. And that's exactly what they'll think.

    As for your casual conversation, have you structred a sentance so poorly as such to call attention to the name of some object since third grade? Honestly, no one would ever say, "Hey, wanna come over tonight and play my Wii/Xbox 360/Playstion3/Dreamcast/DS?" And again, hearing the word will bring familiarity to the word we all use everyday. We. Not Piss.
    Of course people think of it in other ways. This six page thread proves it. Also, it's not used to think "we." There's nothing when it's spoken to make people think as it reffering to multiple persons. It's used like "play with the Wii."

    And of course people have conversations like that. Let's change it:

    "Hey, I got a Xbox last night. Want to try it out after work at my place?"

    Let's flip it:

    "Hey, I got a Wii last night. Want to try it out after work at my place?"

    It doesn't work. Ever. In any casual situation. In a month, I'll forget that I thought of it as piss. When it releases, a non-gaming crowd won't give it that time or thought. They won't search out a product, not matter how spectacular it may be, when it gives the illusion that it's a tiny penis that plays video games.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gamereviewgod
    Quote Originally Posted by hezeuschrist
    I know you may find this hard to believe, but the first time anyone HEARS the name, they'll see the word WE. Not Oui, not Wee, not Wii, We. And that's exactly what they'll think.

    As for your casual conversation, have you structred a sentance so poorly as such to call attention to the name of some object since third grade? Honestly, no one would ever say, "Hey, wanna come over tonight and play my Wii/Xbox 360/Playstion3/Dreamcast/DS?" And again, hearing the word will bring familiarity to the word we all use everyday. We. Not Piss.
    Of course people think of it in other ways. This six page thread proves it. Also, it's not used to think "we." There's nothing when it's spoken to make people think as it reffering to multiple persons. It's used like "play with the Wii."

    And of course people have conversations like that. Let's change it:

    "Hey, I got a Xbox last night. Want to try it out after work at my place?"

    Let's flip it:

    "Hey, I got a Wii last night. Want to try it out after work at my place?"

    It doesn't work. Ever. In any casual situation. In a month, I'll forget that I thought of it as piss. When it releases, a non-gaming crowd won't give it that time or thought. They won't search out a product, not matter how spectacular it may be, when it gives the illusion that it's a tiny penis that plays video games.
    You've got some issues man, because I don't how the hell you got the illusion that it's a tiny penis that plays videogames. The name will accompany images of the system, or the games, or the controller. It'll rarely be displayed as "Wii" without context in print, on TV, or in PoP displays.

    The only thing this six page thread "prooves" is that it's absolutely a discussion that took place on the internet. It's ripe with overexaggerations, absurd conclusions from almost no context and overflowing with pee jokes. Really, this doesn't represent humanity in any reasonable way.

    It's a name for a videogame system. That's it. There is WAY too much thought going into this. When you tell someone about the system who has likely never heard about the system, you aren't going to introduce it as Wii, you will introduce it as a new Nintendo product that plays games X and Y in manner Z. Thats it. If you do introduce it as "Wii" you'll preface it with "The Nintendo."

    When you go to work next, given you don't work in a gamestore or a heavily game related environment, ask someone what they think of the Nintendo Wii. They'll ask what it is, you'll explain it, and thats it. Unless provoked, the average mature person won't make these stupid jokes.

    If you take ANYTHING out of context you can make absolutely retarded observations about it. The examples in that wired blog that were posted were perfect. In sixth grade "Oui" is the subject of the same stupid jokes, but once you get past middle school it's not funny or entertaining, just like all the allusions made in this thread. I'm a fan of stupid humor as much as anybody, but so far every Wii to pee joke thats been made isn't funny.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ShinobiMan
    But it's starting to grow on me. Like a fungus.

    You probably want to go and get that checked out.. after all, it may just be a STD caused from playing too much Wii.

    Anyways, the name may be Wii but it stinks like a big 'ol deuce.

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    In the span of 4 hours I've gone from being repulsed by it, to accepting it, to loving it. Just like a retarded child.

    I imagine that will be everyones eventual response, I just have no patience so I went through the phases as fast as I could.

    Don't worry, you'll all catch up soon.

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    It's a name for a videogame system. That's it. There is WAY too much thought going into this. When you tell someone about the system who has likely never heard about the system, you aren't going to introduce it as Wii, you will introduce it as a new Nintendo product that plays games X and Y in manner Z. Thats it. If you do introduce it as "Wii" you'll preface it with "The Nintendo."

    When you go to work next, given you don't work in a gamestore or a heavily game related environment, ask someone what they think of the Nintendo Wii. They'll ask what it is, you'll explain it, and thats it. Unless provoked, the average mature person won't make these stupid jokes.
    I believe that I read in one of the interviews that Nintendo does not want to preface the Wii with anything (ie, the Nintendo Wii) because they want it to stand apart from the "traditional" game playing machines.

    I might be alone, but I don't generally preface the name of the company to the name of the console... I say Xbox, not Microsoft Xbox; PlayStation not Sony Playstation; etc. With the Wii, I almost feel the need to append Nintendo to it just so that it's understandable as a game machine.

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    Personally, I don't like the name, but you can bet I'll happily walk into Gamecrazy and ask for my very own Wii on launch day.

    Remember how in the late 80's/early 90's there were some people who called every video game and every system "Nintendo"? Maybe that's what folks will start calling Wii. Just Nintendo. Instead of "hey wanna come and check out my Wii? I've even got attachments and accessories for it!" we'll all revert back to "hey wanna come check out my Nintendo?".

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    Quote Originally Posted by tylerwillis
    It's a name for a videogame system. That's it. There is WAY too much thought going into this. When you tell someone about the system who has likely never heard about the system, you aren't going to introduce it as Wii, you will introduce it as a new Nintendo product that plays games X and Y in manner Z. Thats it. If you do introduce it as "Wii" you'll preface it with "The Nintendo."

    When you go to work next, given you don't work in a gamestore or a heavily game related environment, ask someone what they think of the Nintendo Wii. They'll ask what it is, you'll explain it, and thats it. Unless provoked, the average mature person won't make these stupid jokes.
    I believe that I read in one of the interviews that Nintendo does not want to preface the Wii with anything (ie, the Nintendo Wii) because they want it to stand apart from the "traditional" game playing machines.

    I might be alone, but I don't generally preface the name of the company to the name of the console... I say Xbox, not Microsoft Xbox; PlayStation not Sony Playstation; etc. With the Wii, I almost feel the need to append Nintendo to it just so that it's understandable as a game machine.
    I've read that too, and I agree. But those are established brand names, do you think anyone in 1994 would have much of any idea what the crap a PlayStation was? The first time I heard it i thought it was some backyard plastic playset, not a next gen gaming machine.

    For the sake of context, people will brand it "The Nintendo Wii," regardless of what Nintendo themselves are going to refer to it as. Until it becomes an established pillar of the industry (Just as the Nintendo DS has become the DS, look at the cover of the Lite, Nintendo is nowhere to be found), people will refer to it in context.

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    Saying "Wii" in a gaming conversation isn't much weirder than just saying the initials of a system. "I'm going to buy a Wii game" isn't worse than saying "I'm going to buy a PSOne/PS2/PSP/DC/DS/GC game" - it'll just take some getting used to.

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    After a day of soaking this in, my stance on buying it has not changed (a launch day Yes), but I have this thought:

    Why couldn't they have called it Wi or even still Wii and have them pronounce it like Wi?

    The Nintendo Y. Would have been a better name, imo.

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    Ugh, Y would have been terrible, even worse that Wii from a marketing standpoint.

    The Nintendo Why. It would instantly cause the consumer to question the product itself and wonder why Nintendo made it. It would be an instant negative disposition towards the product.

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    Just to throw my 2 cents in, I think that every new system name sounds dumb. The PlayStation. The X Box. They sounded dumb, but everybody got over it. Personally, I think the Wii spelling is cool, who else can incorporate their controller design in their logo?

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    Nintendo is gonna make a portable version called the WiiMan



    The european version is gonna be called the Loo!


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