Wii the People

What is in a name? Nintendo announced a week or so back that the new name of their next generation console will be the “Wii” (pronounced “We”).

When I first heard about this I thought it had to be a joke. I even went so far as to say it’s all a hoax to be sorted out at E3 this year. My backing for such a statement? Simple. Even after announcing the name, the subdomain on nintendo stayed “revolution”. And the fact that we are so close to the E3 expo that I figured it was just to start some buzz marketing.

However, I now lean more to the fact that this name may actually be real. The revolution subdomain now forwards to wii.nintendo.com and patents have been released for the name (covering everything from video game systems to wrist straps for cell phones and even voting machines). Makes me feel like they are trying to cover their bases and that a ton of products will be hitting the shelf soon.

Speaking of voting. There are petitions online right now that allow you to make your statement in either direction on this subject. Keep it or change it? People are making a stand in both directions. Personally I don’t think these will make any difference in the long run… a real stamped letter is more likely to be taken seriously.

Lets look at the name and logo a little further. On the official wii.nintendo.com page it states the following:

… While the code-name “Revolution” expressed our direction, Wii represents the answer…

…What does the name mean?
Wii sounds like “we,” which ephasizes this console is for everyone.
Wii can easily be remembered by people around the world, no matter what language they speak. No confusion. … just Wii.

… together, Wii will change everything

So with that, it help explains why they did it. But where did the logo come from? I’m sure it was an artist somewhere that made it up out of the thin blue air and that the following photos are just coincidence.

That “s” looks alot like the same font as the “w”… I wonder what “See” thinks of “We”.

In conclusion, all I can really say is the name may be a hoax. It may be real. It may even have to go to court. But at this point I really don’t care. I just want to buy one.

1 Comment

  1. Andreas KrausAndreas Kraus05-06-2006

    Cool news, if you find out anything about planned Games for Wii please let us know 😀

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