Yesterday, Nintendo announced via website that the name of their next console would be Wii. Previously known by its code-name, Revolution, Wii is widely expected to be available by the 2006 holiday season.
Nintendo explains the reasoning behind the name and its distinctness through a press release:
Introducing ... Wii.
As in "we."
While the code-name "Revolution" expressed our direction, Wii represents the answer.
Wii will break down that wall that separates video game players from everybody else.
Wii will put people more in touch with their games ... and each other. But you’re probably asking: What does the name mean?
Wii sounds like "we," which emphasizes this console is for everyone.
Wii can easily be remembered by people around the world, no matter what language they speak. No confusion. No need to abbreviate. Just Wii.
Wii has a distinctive "ii" spelling that symbolizes both the unique controllers and the image of people gathering to play.
And Wii, as a name and a console, brings something revolutionary to the world of video games that sets it apart from the crowd.
So that's Wii. But now Nintendo needs you.
Because, it's really not about you or me.
It's about Wii.
And together, Wii will change everything.
Nintendo has also uploaded a 30 second promotional video concerning the new name. As the Wii is expected to have a strong showing at E3 2006, stay tuned to RPGamer for the latest news.