Gearlog is reporting that Nintendo “Revolution” is being renamed Wii. 1up has posted Nintendo’s explanation as seen here:
“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.”
When it ships in 2006, most likely around the holidays, Wii is meant to be a virtual console, “capable of downloading 20 years of Nintendo content,” including games created for the NES, Super NES and N64, but not the GameBoy or DS according to a PCMag.com article. Wii is said to include a DVD drive that will play the small GameCube optical games, DVDs and CD music, along with Revolution-specific games; the console will be no bigger than three stacked DVD cases.
Wow we can’t wait for E3!
Via [Gear Log]