Saturday, April 29, 2006

Don't write off Nintendo Wii until you know its meaning

I, like most of you, have been wondering what the big N was thinking naming their next gen console Wii. Revolution was such a perfect name for what they have planned. Anyway, I realized that the highlight of Wii will be its revolutionary game play through the use of a wireless gyroscopic controller that can read every movement the controller takes on every axis.

When browsing digg.com I found a video of D'Fusion Technology created by Total Immersions that shows real-time video capture and perfect merges between video streams and 3D objects. Wii will most likely feature the tech shown early in the video when the speaker is holding the flower as this is most practical. This technology could be used to display a weapon on screen in a fps, or a baseball bat or golf club in a sports game, or anything really, just depends on your imagination (see this video for example of what a sword or gun on screen could look like).

So now we know the Wii focuses on a wireless controller that is interactive to the environment on the TV screen. We also know wireless abbreviated is Wi (see Wi-Fi), so it could be said that Wii means Wireless Interaction. A simple google search of Nintendo "Wireless Interaction shows the phrase has been used around the industry for a while.

Additionally, in an interview with Game Informer Online, Matt Attwood, Nintendo of America's PR Manager, said the following in regard to the who created of the name, "It was actually several people internally. But beyond that, we aren’t disclosing specifics on how the name came about. But it was several people at NOA and NCL."

Why are the specifics being disclosed? Nintendo has been very secretive in order to protect their revolution from competitors. therefore all of the information in this article has never officially been announced by Nintendo, and they aren't ready to make the big announcement yet. 'Wii' will have to wait for E3 for the revolution to begin...

**UPDATE**

Following the flash video announcing the Nintendo Wii, the following message appears:

"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 gather 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."

Now, let's go back and plug in Wireless Interaction...

"While the code-name 'Revolution' expressed our direction, Wireless Interaction represents the answer.
Wireless Interaction will break down that wall that separates video game players from everybody else.
Wireless Interaction will put people more in touch with their games ... and each other."

The next section about the meaning of Wii I suspect is purely for marketing. Let's continue...

"And Wireless Interaction, 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 Wireless Interaction. But now Nintendo needs you.
Because, it's really not about you or me.
It's about Wireless Interaction.
And together, Wireless Interaction will change everything."

It fits. I don't know what else to say.