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Opinion: Nintendo names next console

'Wii' to be unveiled at E3 next week

Nintendo has announced that its forthcoming next-generation gaming console, previously codenamed the Revolution, now has a different name: Wii (as in we).

What the? Why Wii? I've had friends over to play with an XBox 360 before, but I'd feel vaguely uncomfortable inviting them around to play with my Wii.

Excerpts from the company's announcement try to put a positive PR spin on the wacky moniker: "Wii sounds like 'we', which emphasises 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... 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."

Right then. How very warm and fuzzy, yet incredibly odd. Personally, I think I still prefer Revolution myself. Still, judge for yourself by taking a look at the official Nintendo page (complete with animation), here.

I'm quite excited by this console, particularly its access to downloadable games from Nintendo's rich back catalogue. We'll be covering its official unveiling at the E3 (Electronic Entertainment Expo) next week, so make sure you check back for the latest.


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