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Old 28-04-2012, 12:31
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The horrified reactions from 6 years ago are hilarious to read.

http://www.1up.com/news/wii_2

(Weirdly, they're very similar to the reactions to the Wii U name...)
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Old 28-04-2012, 18:44
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Nintendo Revolution sounded way sexier imo
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Old 28-04-2012, 18:45
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I dunno, it seemed like a shitty name then and still does today.
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Old 28-04-2012, 18:47
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Nintendo Revolution sounded way sexier imo
I always thought that sounded really naff. As if trying too hard. Wii, well that didn't give a f**k did it!
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Old 28-04-2012, 19:33
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Hmmm yeah Wii isn't a great name, but it was a nice simple term that reflected the 'we' focus of the console, that was to get families playing.So branding wise it worked well. In all honesty though rubbish/silly name have always been synonymous with consoles

Wonder Swan
Neo Geo
Game Boy
N-Gage
Famicom
Sega Nomad
Gizmondo
Dreamcast
XBox
Vita

they're hardly great names, and whilst i don't mind the term 'Playstation', Sony aren't exactly winning any creativity prizes for naming their consoles PSone, PS3, PS3
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Old 28-04-2012, 22:54
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Hang on... Wonder Swan?
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Old 28-04-2012, 23:11
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The Wii was originally going to be called the Nintendo Revolution?! Why the hell did they change it to "Wii"?!
What does "Wii" even mean? Is it "Wireless Interactive" or something? If so, then what can "Wii U" possibly mean?
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Old 28-04-2012, 23:26
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The Wii was originally going to be called the Nintendo Revolution?! Why the hell did they change it to "Wii"?!
What does "Wii" even mean? Is it "Wireless Interactive" or something? If so, then what can "Wii U" possibly mean?
They used "Wii" because it sounds like "we", meaning that it's for everyone, and because it's simple for all languages.
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Old 28-04-2012, 23:46
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They used "Wii" because it sounds like "we", meaning that it's for everyone, and because it's simple for all languages.
and the " ii" represents two people..

all consoles have working titles

n64 ultra 64

gc dolphin

kinect project natal

xbox err xbox
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Old 29-04-2012, 00:05
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, then what can "Wii U" possibly mean?
I'm pretty sure when it was announced, Reggie said it means We and You.
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Old 29-04-2012, 07:52
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I'm pretty sure when it was announced, Reggie said it means We and You.
to me, to you..
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Old 29-04-2012, 17:39
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The Wii was kind of a crap name, it still is tbh. I'd of also preferred Revolution or something like that.
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Old 29-04-2012, 18:39
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They used "Wii" because it sounds like "we", meaning that it's for everyone, and because it's simple for all languages.
Exactly that. Rather than having to use different names worldwide, universally, it is called Wii because it is very easy to say.

and the " ii" represents two people..

all consoles have working titles
n64 ultra 64
gc dolphin
kinect project natal
xbox err xbox
Nintendo DS was called Project Nitro, which even to now can still be seen on the back of the 1st Gen DS, and above the barcode on DS cases they have product codes that include NITRO without the vowels (NTR-ABCD-EFG)
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Old 29-04-2012, 19:07
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The Wii was kind of a crap name, it still is tbh. I'd of also preferred Revolution or something like that.
The Wii-volution.
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Old 30-04-2012, 15:24
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Lots of people laughed at the name, including Sony and Microsoft.

They're not laughing any more....
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Old 30-04-2012, 15:34
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This is true. If you ask me all consoles have sad names,

Playstation (sounds childish),
Xbox (boring),
Wii (stupid, stupid name)

They could all be so much better!
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Old 30-04-2012, 15:51
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This is true. If you ask me all consoles have sad names,

Playstation (sounds childish),
Xbox (boring),
Wii (stupid, stupid name)

They could all be so much better!
The last console to have a great name, was the Saturn. It didn't exactly do well...and neither did the jaguar. Oh well...
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Old 30-04-2012, 16:03
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True, Saturn was a awesome name You didn't like Dreamcast? That was a cool sounding name too.
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Old 30-04-2012, 17:36
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Sh*t name but excellent console. even better when modified
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Old 30-04-2012, 20:30
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True, Saturn was a awesome name You didn't like Dreamcast? That was a cool sounding name too.
the wonderswan...


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Old 30-04-2012, 22:59
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I typically liked the names of Sega's Systems. Master System, Game Gear, Mega Drive, Saturn....all cool names IMO. Not as fond of the Dreamcast name but it's not bad
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Old 23-05-2012, 08:11
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I know I am coming to this a bit late and it's probably dead, but I always remembered that they called it the 'Wii' because it could be said in any country exactly the same. As to get rid of the language barriers and everyone would know they are talking about the same console.
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Old 24-05-2012, 15:50
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I know I am coming to this a bit late and it's probably dead, but I always remembered that they called it the 'Wii' because it could be said in any country exactly the same. As to get rid of the language barriers and everyone would know they are talking about the same console.
But the console's become a brand, so even if (let's say) Sweden don't use the english words Play or Station, they will when refering to the console.
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Old 30-05-2012, 12:05
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Hehehe this made me laugh
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Old 31-05-2012, 10:45
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This is true. If you ask me all consoles have sad names,

Playstation (sounds childish),
Xbox (boring),
Wii (stupid, stupid name)

They could all be so much better!
xbox sounds so ****ing corporate, i'm surprised it wasn't invented on an edition of Apprentice USA.
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