Posted April 28 2006 - 04:41 AM
From an IGN interview
with Perrin Kaplan (NOA's VP of corporate affairs)
| IGN Wii: You have said that you're going for a name that's unique, like Google. But Wii is also used as "we" every day and therefore only unique in spelling. Do you think there is a risk of confusing potential buyers with a title like this? |
Perrin Kaplan: I think it's really fun to look at, the logo. I think people are going to see that on the box and our package art. I think people will get it straight after a while - it's just something they're going to have to get used to.
"... just something they're going to have to get used to."?? Such arrogance. This name obviously sucks and she knows it. According to the interview the naming process took close to a year. I'm really surprised, that given a year, ANY group of people couldn't come up with a much better name. I'm sure the backlash from the gamer community is going to be a major headache for them at E3.
My other favorite quote was
| We actually have had a day of a lot of smiles around here with a variety of things that fans have created, let me just say that. It shows you that people are big fans of Nintendo. |
No, Perrin, its not because people are big fans. Its because they hate the name and are going to make fun of Nintendo because of it.
sigh... calming down... calming down...
I other article I liked from Gamespot
had this quote
| One industry analyst who spoke in the condition of anonymity said flat out the choice was wrong, for a number of reasons. "It's a sound that doesn't exist in Japanese, so Japanese people will struggle to pronounce it." |
Acknowledging that Nintendo has had code names for their consoles before--Dolphin became the GameCube, for instance. But this time, the analyst said, "Nintendo let the code name gain a little too much currency: people were used to it, and it was widely accepted as the console's name."
"Now they have a stupid-sounding manufactured name that probably wouldn't have tested well with English speakers if they'd bothered doing any market research," the analyst said. "And they're going to try to use it to replace an evocative, well-accepted name that people have been using for well over a year. Bad, stupid move."
However, Nintendo is confident that, after the initial shock wears off, people will take to the Wii name. "The other systems have an extension of their current names--ours is a new leap to something different," Nintendo of America vice president Perrin Kaplan told CNN/Money. A rep for the company echoed similar sentiments, assuring GameSpot that "the name will grow on you."
I guess it'll have to grow on me.