After the name was announced, it was met with much criticism and opposition from the gaming community (who, within a day of the announcement, came up with many clever satirical faux-logos for the console's new name).
2. "My Wii is my favorite toy."
3. "Excuse me, electronics store worker guy, can you open that case for me? I'd like to take a Wii."
The Nintendo Wii is taking a different direction to other consoles, instead of concentrating on the latest and greatest in graphical tech the Wii is boasting a revolutionary new controller and gameplay style.
"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."
The controller, paired with sensors placed on either side of the television screen is capable of detecting movement in 3D space. In this way, many actions possible in the game can be simulated and controlled by the user. It is rumored to have various extensions, called "shells," to change the style of gameplay accordingly to a certain game. For example, as illustrated by IGN, a gun-shaped shell could adapt the controller for FPS-style play. They are to be attached at the base of the controller, where an expansion port is located. A nunchaku-style analog extension has been confirmed, which will serve as a means of traditional gameplay (i.e. Gamecube), though the GCN's controllers can be used as well.
Nintendo has also claimed to provide free Wi-Fi (wireless fidelity) services for online gaming.
Specifications according to Wikipedia:
* IBM "Broadway" CPU
* ATI "Hollywood" GPU
* Unknown amount of RAM
* 512 MB built-in flash memory.12
# Ports and Peripherals:
* Two USB 2.0 ports.
* Support for wireless controllers.
* 4 Nintendo GameCube controller ports and 2 Nintendo GameCube memory card ports (for backward compatibility).
* Optional USB PC-compatible 802.11b (Wi-Fi) wireless attachment. (see Connectivity)
* Slot-loading optical disc drive compatible with both 12 cm Wii optical discs and 8.0 cm GameCube optical discs (1.5 GB) as well as standard DVD discs.
* 2 Front-loading SD memory card slots.
# Built-in content ratings system:
* PEGI 3+, 7+, 12+, 16+, 18+
* ESRB EC, E, E10+, T, M, and AO.
* CERO All Ages, 12+, 15+ 18+.
* OFLC G, PG, M, MA15+
* Wi-Fi by Broadcom
* up to 480p13 and will work with a computer monitor as well as any TV or projector.
It is often unfairly yet understandably ridiculed for the unfortunate connotations its name holds in American culture, its controller design which could very well be mistaken as a television remote, as well as its inferior system specifications (does not support High Definition TV, is marginally superior to the Xbox) as contrasted with Sony's Playstation 3 and Microsoft's Xbox 360 consoles.
However, it is anticipated to be successful by fanboys, speculators, and developers alike with its daring interface and the games that will come as a result of it. Much more will be revealed about the system during E3 of 2006.
"Hey, wanna come over to my house and play with my Wii?"
"The power of Wii is in your hands."
"Together, Wii will revolutionize gaming."
"There are more ways to play with your Wii than you think"
"Wii want YOU"
Next-gen Super Smash Brothers will OWN