Wii.eal Name Or Viral Campaign?


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Is Wii the real name for Ninty's Console?...maybe not?

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Nintendo Wii. Brilliant!

Nintendo just announced that the name of their newest box, code named “Revolution”, will be Wii. And we think it is brilliant.

Nintendo officially ditched its long-used codename for its next generation machine Thursday, revealing Wii as the final name for the product. Pronounced like “we” (or “whee,” I suppose), the name is meant to emphasize that “this console is for everyone,” Nintendo said in a flash video which introduced the name change…

…The unusual spelling is meant to symbolize both the unique controllers and the image of people gathering to play…

…The core gaming community is already making its opinion known – and it’s a resounding thumbs down.

“Here, I’ll do it: Worst console name ever,” wrote Chris Remo, an editor at Shacknews.com, whose sentiments were immediately echoed by dozens of users. Forum members on Gamespot.com, IGN.com and other gaming sites expressed similar thoughts…

…By letting the gaming community vent now about the name, they will be less distracted as launch titles for the system are announced and initial reports about what it’s like to play the games begin to come in.

Wii has got to be the most savvy name announcement we have seen in many years, and it could be the most viral name announcement since Yahoo! Sure, the buzz is a all negative (News, Blogosphere) but that’s part of the beauty.

Because we don’t believe that Wii is the real name. We think Nintendo is setting you all up to be Punk’d at E3, generating a massive amount of positive buzz when the scam and the real new name are announced.

Crazy? Here is the first clue, “By letting the gaming community vent now about the name, they will be less distracted as launch titles for the system are announced and initial reports about what it’s like to play the games begin to come in.” Allowing your audience time to vent is not SOP in a name announcement, and also telegraphs that Nintendo knows what a stinker this name would be. Second, it’s not possible to engineer a worse name for this product.

Third, and this is a big one, there are no trademarks registered by Nintendo nor by any dummy corp in the U.S or over there for Wii. This is unprecedented for Nintendo and it is not possible that this is an oversight. If Wii were the name, they would have registered it. In fact, no new trademarks have been registered by Nintendo at all. This leads us to conclude that Nintendo has in fact registered the real name under a dummy corp, which is SOP when trying to keep a name a secret prior to launch.

Given that their video game audience is the same demographic as Punk’d, this whole campaign is perversely elegant. Except of course for failing to make the illusion complete by registering a TM for Wii.

Keep in mind, this whole PR campaign cost zero dollars. And yet, some “naming experts” just don’t seem to get it.

http://www.snarkhunting.com/2006/04/nintendo-wii-brilliant/
 
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I thought that myself. This whole name calling caused more buzz in a day than the unconventional controller did in months. That's creative advertising, right there.

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Yeah, I thought pretty much the same thing my self. It definately generated alot of buzz, quite a funny prank.
 

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Alex. posted on Apr 28 2006 at 02:53 PM said:
I thought that myself. This whole name calling caused more buzz in a day than the unconventional controller did in months. That's creative advertising, right there.

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Except as Kaplan said in interview with IGN, they announced it 2 weeks before E3 so that people can have time to digest it. If they change it again at E3, people will just talk about the name over again and they want people to pay attention to their games at E3 instead. I doubt they'll change the name. I believe they intentionally did all these to stear the pot and they seem to like it that way.
 
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Someone on another site said that nintendo did issue patents on Wii, it just takes time for the patent offices to update their online databases. Sorry guys, but I think its final.
 

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nickspoon posted on Apr 29 2006 at 07:47 AM said:
If Wii was the real name, why doesn't wii.nintendo.com exist? All the Wii stuff is still on revolution.nintendo.com.
Why doesn't ds.nintendo.com exist? Are you going to tell me that the DS doesn't exist? Perhaps they just haven't made the page yet. Stop with the wild speculation, it just makes you look incredibly silly.
 
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