Nintendo Goes Wii Wii
Nintendo announced today that their new game system will not be called "Revolution" after all. Instead, it will be called "Wii."
"It's pronounced 'We,'" they explained. "To emphasize that it's for everyone."
Um... the only thing it emphasizes to me is "I have to take a piss."
Or, if you pronounce it the other way... WHY?
"Revolution" was a damn fine name. Naming game systems isn't really a science, at least, it hasn't been. First there was "Nintendo," then "Super Nintendo," then "Nintendo 64," then "Nintendo Gamecube." And its not like the competition has been going crazy naming their systems either. "Playstation," then "Playstation 2." "Xbox," "Xbox 360." Keepin it simple.
But Wii? They think a system with a wimpy name like that is gonna sell in the U.S.??
Why not just rename Mario, Mr. Wii Wii Pants?
Years ago, Chevy released a car called the Nova to the Mexican market. No one bought it. Why? In Spanish, "No va" means "doesn't go." Didn't these Japanese designers realize that a) Wii is pronounced "Why" following the rules of English pronuciation and b) Wee Wee is used to describe urination and the phallic appendage. Not exactly what you want associated with your new game system.
Nintendo, please, for the love of Princess Peach, change the name back to "Revolution!"
Or at least "Nintendo Gamecube 2."
I'm not the only one having this reaction.
The author on this site writes: "Nintendo has today confirmed the new title for the Revolution will be the Nintendo Wii (pronounced "Wee") - and honestly it's not some sort of joke as we first suspected."
Another writes: "Pronounced "we," as in "we really don't know about this name"
"So what's in a name" writes this blogger.