Is Nintendo Wii A Hoax?

Status: Undetermined (though highly unlikely)
image Last week Nintendo announced that it was renaming its soon-to-be-released console. The former name was Revolution. The new name? Wii. Barely had the name passed Nintendo's lips, than the snickering and outrage from the gaming community began. As one person astutely put it, "It means piss. For god's sake, it means PISS!" (It also means little in Scottish, but no one seems as upset about that.)

Does Nintendo hope to generate publicity by gaving the console such an odd name? Or is this a case of a Japanese company not having realized what the name of its product meant in translation? Or is this all an elaborate hoax staged by Nintendo?

Those who think it might be a hoax point out that there are no trademarks registered by Nintendo for Wii. However, Nintendo has responded that it has, in fact, registered the name, but it takes a while for trademark web sites to update.

Nintendo explains that the name is supposed to emphasize the communal, multi-player nature of the console. The two i's in the name are supposed to look like two players. My hunch is that Nintendo is perfectly serious about this and that the name isn't a hoax. But we'll know for sure when the product is officially launched at the upcoming E3 convention.


Posted on Mon May 01, 2006


Actually hardcore, IMO, isn't about having the latest hardware. That's just fueling the video card wars. Knowing ABOUT the latest hardware is okay, but actually buying it is the peak of insanity. In three months it'll be out of date, and by that time the product is usually much cheaper. Being hardcore for PC users I think isn't about the latest hardware, because anybody can go and buy the most expensive video card. But only the skillfull can take an old bit of equipment and make it scream for mercy as it runs the latest games.

I don't have a lot of money either, so I make do with what I have. Which is why my hardware probably fails quicker than it should (but we'll gloss over that). But I agree that games lately are running dry on innovation. Today people only care about which game uses pixel shaders in ways never before thought possible, or applies bumpmaps to everything or has polycounts that are so large we don't even bother reading them. Underneath that, it's still the same crap.

Blame the publishers. Innovation is seen as dangerous because nobody's sure if the next Elite will do well in the market, but they know that an FPS where you shoot nazi soldiers in WW2 will be bought. What's a developed to do? Take Armed Assault: realistic warfare game, but having trouble finding a publisher. Why? The question: do mainstream gamers really want realism like this, where you really can die from a random direction like in real warfare, or do they want a more arcade experience? Are we only going to sell this to fans of Operation Flashpoint? Is that going to cost us too much?

Take a risk, publishers! Let the developers bring back innovation!
Posted by Soldant  on  Thu May 04, 2006  at  05:47 AM
Speaking of Innovation... have you seen this yet?

I watched a Dev conference video about it... the concept is absolutely amazing (from my point of view...).

The fact that a lot of the game mechanics are procedural ... it just blows my mind how they program stuff like that...
Posted by Emidawg  on  Thu May 04, 2006  at  08:29 AM
I saw that too! The entire 30 or so minutes the dev confrence was running I was going "Wow... wow... wow". Initially I found out about it through a Gamespy preview and remember thinking "He zoomed out to a solar system? Wow, that's pretty cool, I guess." But when I actually saw him keep zoming out until he showed the galaxy, that made me really smile.

I have sooooo many questions about this game. But also about the technology: if it takes off, they could probably just downsize their staff (specifically art departments) and let programmers generatre models and textures for in-game characters. Or at the very least, the animators would be totally out of a job.
Posted by Soldant  on  Thu May 04, 2006  at  07:03 PM
Well, it's March 2008 and we all know now the the Nintendo Wii is no hoax. I own a Wii and it's great!!!
Posted by Dante  in  USA  on  Sun Mar 16, 2008  at  09:24 PM
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