The Revolution is over

Everyone waiting for the Revolution's official name can finally come up for air - it's been officially dubbed Wii, as in "we." The planet Earth has expressed its confusion (or bitter hatred)over this new name, though perhaps Nintendo's statement can offer some insight:

"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."

Now that we're all warm and fuzzy on the inside after that inspirational message, let's think about the name for a second. The first thing that jumps to mind is the glorious field day kids are going to have with this name on the playground, or French players wondering why the console is called the Nintendo Yes.

Brett Elston

A fomer Executive Editor at GamesRadar, Brett also contributed content to many other Future gaming publications including Nintendo Power, PC Gamer and Official Xbox Magazine. Brett has worked at Capcom in several senior roles, is an experienced podcaster, and now works as a Senior Manager of Content Communications at PlayStation SIE.