You know it as: Wii
After two sound defeats at retail (sorry N64/GC fans), Nintendo needed something big to get gamers excited again. More and more were flocking to Xbox while PS2 continued its uninterrupted dominion over all of Gameland. The first hint Nintendo gave about its next system, that it was codenamed "Revolution," almost became an instant legend. Could this be Nintendo's big comeback? Will the past 10 years of staunch loyalty be rewarded?
Whether or not you consider Wii a reward, it's kicking everyone's ass up into their collective necks. It was first dubbed "Wii" on April 27, 2006. - we covered it here. Nintendo had this to say about the change:
"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"