From Arstechnica.com: "So everyone's excited about the frickin' Wii. That's how I find myself saying the name of Nintendo's upcoming game console most of the time: with an expletive as a prefix. Yes, I'm sure we're all slowly getting used to the name. Someday, it will seem completely normal. But that just means it's a salvageable name; it was never a good name. Wii: handily displacing Dreamcast as the Worst Console Name Ever. Lest we forget!
Moving on. I've been thinking a lot about the Wii lately. Although you might not guess it after reading the previous paragraph, I'm a dedicated Nintendophile. While I recognize that Nintendo has stumbled when it comes to appealing to the hardcore gamer, their hardware and software has always been perfectly aligned with my values. Even the lack of titles has aligned with my shrinking amount of free time. (I still have a stack of unfinished GameCube games.)
I'm also technophile. This, too, has historically played into Nintendo's hands. True, Nintendo has rarely hyped its technology to the degree that, say, Sony currently does, but it's never been bashful either. I remember a quote from a senior Nintendo executive after the release of the official PlayStation 2 specs that went something like this: "We have seen what the PlayStation 2 is capable of. We are not worried."
That seemed inconceivable at the peak of the Emotion Engine hype, and with the memory of the cartridge-bound Nintendo 64 still fresh in everyone's minds. Obviously, there was no way Nintendo could hope to compete with the power of the mighty PS2! As it turned out, that Nintendo executive's confidence was well placed. Nintendo didn't just compete, it arguably exceeded the capabilities of the PS2."