18 thoughts on “Nintendo Wii! But Why?”

  1. Ahaha…not only does “wee” mean little in Scottish, “to take a wee-wee” is also slang/kiddy language for peeing…

    …why didn’t they just call it “Nintendo Wtf”?

  2. Joen says:

    Hehe, good one.

    But really, I’m warming up to the name. Granted, it’s no “Revolution” (pun intended), but they have some good things going with the logo. The two i’s resemble two stylized persons, which open up a few interesting graphic possibilities.

  3. Joen says:

    Some great puns here:

    http://www.joystiq.com/2006/04/27/nintendo-revolution-now-called-wii/

    • I need a Wii now! I can’t wait until this fall!
    • “Mum, I finished my homework. Can I play with my Wii some more?”
    • “Hey Mom, Roger’s bringing his Wii over. We’re going to connect his Wii to my Wii and then we’ll play all night.”
    • “We are the Knights who say Wii!”
    • Wii Willy Winky runs through town, upstairs and downstairs in his nightgown. Knocking on the window, crying through the lock “Are the children all in bed? It?s past eight o?clock.”
    • “Pass me that wemote contwol pwease?” — Elmer Fudd redux
    • “Do you have any Wii in stock?” asked the customer. “Or course we do,” exclaimed the clerk, “Urine GameStop!”
    • When you’re a kid and you wanna go “whee” but you ain’t got drugs yet. [NSFW, but funny as all heck.]
  4. Ah…slashdotted. That means puns by the pro’s!

    The logo is indeed quite sensible. However, I think the form factor, price, controller (and uhm, games) will be the main strongpoints of the Wiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii. Good to know they have a logo which doesn’t hinder them. cough xbox cough.

    “This little piggy went to market, This little piggy stayed home, This little piggy had roast, This Little Piggy had none and this lil’ piggy went wiiwiiwiiwiiwiiwiiwiii all the way home…”

    Know that nursery rhyme?

  5. Joen says:

    I did hear that nursery rhyme in a danish version, but I’m not quite getting the joke…

    As for the strongpoints, I completely agree. The name alone is not going to keep me from buying a Wii. But this kinda worries me:

    Instead of a tray, a single, innovative, self-loading media bay will play both 12-centimeter optical discs used for the new system as well as Nintendo GameCube discs. Owners will have the option of equipping a small, self-contained attachment to play movies and other DVD content.

    Attachment?? I don’t want no attachment! I want the form factor itself to play what I feed it.

  6. Jonas Rabbe says:

    I don’t get the name, but then again I’ve been very happy with my PS2 and will probably hold out for the PS3 anyway (unless the Wii is exceptionally cool).

    I did hear that nursery rhyme in a danish version, but I?m not quite getting the joke…

    How does it go in Danish? I can’t think of anything that I could easily smack the Wii on.

  7. I did hear that nursery rhyme in a danish version, but I?m not quite getting the joke…

    It goes whee whee instead of wii wii, so it fits perfectly.

    And I’d like to know the Danish version too :_)

  8. Joen says:

    I don’t remember exactly how the rhyme goes in Danish, but I distinctly remember a nursery rhyme which involved opening each finger of the hand successively and the story of “going to the market” and so on.

    Its… so… far away… can’t… remember.

  9. Jonas Rabbe says:

    Ah, I thought you meant you’d heard a version with Wii Wii … or something like that. I thought the piggy went “wee wee” all the way home, but I guess that was the piggy that drank the whole keg of beer 😉

  10. nandorocker says:

    Can you foresee the trouble? “When I’m home by myself, nothing’s as exciting as playing with my Wii. It’s also fun when there’s a lot of people over: up to four friends can play with my Wii at the same time!”

    I wonder what kind of Wii they’ve been smoking over there.

    But seriously, I heard “Wii” is the way you spell “We” in japanese, and the name works great there, so they probably should’ve tested it before choosing the american version’s name. I’m sure a focus group with ONE american person would be enough to rule it out…

    Hope the awesome innovations of the console don’t get obscured by this name crap, because it IS a great thing. And I’m sure if people protest enough they’ll change this thing before release.

  11. Actually, the American branch of Nintendo were consulted beforehand. After thinking about it, I think “Wii” will work out in the end – even in Anglo-Sakson countries.

  12. Joen says:

    nandorocker said:

    Can you foresee the trouble? ?When I?m home by myself, nothing?s as exciting as playing with my Wii. It?s also fun when there?s a lot of people over: up to four friends can play with my Wii at the same time!?

    How about “Have you tried playing with my Wii? It’s a whole new way to play with yourself!”

    I could go on.

    That said, and like James mentions, I think I’m finally understanding why it’s called “Wii”.

    1. We’re talking about it. Heck, I’ve seen more blog posts about this announcement, than about the PS3 or Xbox 2.
    2. It’s COMPLETELY unlike ANY console name previously, and especially unlike Playstation 3 and Xbox 360. This will no doubt appeal to the audience which is turned off by PS3 and XB2 (I’m part of that audience, btw).
    3. As much as the name is awkward and possibly dumb, it’s kinda fun and eye-opening. I’m thinking the conversation goes something like “Hey have you heard about the new Nintendo Wii?” – “The Nintendo what “.

    I’m not saying I think this is the greatest name ever (or even that I like it), I’m just saying maybe the marketing folks weren’t as stupid as we’re currently thinking they are.

  13. Samuel says:

    Joen said:

    nandorocker said:

    Can you foresee the trouble? ?When I?m home by myself, nothing?s as exciting as playing with my Wii. It?s also fun when there?s a lot of people over: up to four friends can play with my Wii at the same time!?

    How about ?Have you tried playing with my Wii? It?s a whole new way to play with yourself!?

    I could go on.

    That said, and like James mentions, I think I?m finally understanding why it?s called ?Wii?.

    We?re talking about it. Heck, I?ve seen more blog posts about this announcement, than about the PS3 or Xbox 2.

    It?s COMPLETELY unlike ANY console name previously, and especially unlike Playstation 3 and Xbox 360. This will no doubt appeal to the audience which is turned off by PS3 and XB2 (I?m part of that audience, btw).

    As much as the name is awkward and possibly dumb, it?s kinda fun and eye-opening. I?m thinking the conversation goes something like ?Hey have you heard about the new Nintendo Wii?? – ?The Nintendo what ?.

    I?m not saying I think this is the greatest name ever (or even that I like it), I?m just saying maybe the marketing folks weren?t as stupid as we?re currently thinking they are.

    You pretty much hit it on the head. Nintnendo, for all of their follies, make some incredibly bold and innovative choices.

  14. Brennan Dye says:

    Why is everybody acting FOOLISH…..well most of you anyway, and what’s the big deal a nintendo is a nintendo, and that is that.

  15. Brennan Dye says:

    I love the nintendo, and I just have to say that I really don’t need to DEBATE about this.

    I really don’t have anything thing to say, but I will say this “everybody needs to play their own NINTENDO Wii, because nobody is really geting along with eachother.”

    OH AND JAMES………HEHE

  16. Brennan Dye says:

    OH James try to speek english because…….Im an AMERICAN and Im proud of it.

  17. Brendan: Que? I’m Scottish (or, SCOTTISH, as you’d say) so I’m fairly confident I do at least “try” to ‘speek’ english.

    But good for you that you’re still proud of what you are.

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