First off, Nintendo has never been very creative in naming their consoles. Allow me to provide this handy chart:
|1985||Nintendo Entertainment System||Well, our company is called 'Nintendo', and this is a system which is used for entertainment... seems pretty straight forward.|
|1991||Super Nintendo Entertainment System||Uhh, well it's like the NES, only better... like it's more powerful and stuff. Like a super version of it, or something. It's like a super Nintendo.|
|1996||Nintendo 64||Okay, Saturn and Playstation are huge and they're 32-bit systems... and ours is 64 bits, so we want to convey how it's double the awesome of those two, right? So it needs 64 in it... SNES64? NES64? Actually screw it, just drop the ES since people just called the other ones 'Nintendo' and 'Super Nintendo' anyway.|
|2001||Nintendo GameCube||Uhh, well it's shaped like a cube and it plays games, so...|
|2006||Nintendo Wii||I want to take that job with Sony, but I'm under contract with Nintendo, so I need to think of a way to get fired...|
Then of course there's the genius of the DS. DS, in case you have a very low IQ, stands for 'Dual Screen'. How did they ever come up with that? Game Boy is about the most creative thing they've come up with, and even that's kind of mediocre as far as cool names go. Virtual Boy doesn't count because it was a piece of shit.
But, I digress. The system still shows potential, and even mundane games like EA's Madden franchise could become more interesting.
I keep waiting for the name to grow on me though, and it almost does until I start to think about it. Consoles have never had amazingly great names; Playstation, XBox, Master System, TurboGrafx are all pretty goofy, but I got over them after a day. I thought XBox 360 was a dumb name for a few hours, but it's been a whole day and Wii still sounds just as stupid as when I heard it the first time. Plus when I go buy one I will be forced to say the name out loud for the first (and hopefully last) time, which will only cause me to rethink my entire life, and that's never a good thing. If I pre-order one I might even have to say it twice ("Hi, I'd like to pre-order a Wii" and then "Yes, I'm here to pick up my Wii"). Immature and stupid, sure, but come on. It's just a bad name.
Also the internet never fails to amuse me with its ability to absolutely pound obvious and not-that-funny jokes into the ground until they die horrible, foaming deaths naked with their hands down their pants in shame. At least it's a nice break from all the 'O RLY's and Chuck Norris jokes. Not that they're not the pinnacle of comedy the nine-thousandth time someone spouts them off.
But, whatever I guess. It doesn't change how interesting the system is (to me). Even if it turns out to be a horrible experiment gone terribly wrong, I'll at least have something to play GameCube games on. I never really got to try any and there are a couple that look pretty cool. Wii'll have to see how it turns out. Get it, because it's Wii! I'm so sorry. I almost made it too.