The name of the Nintendo Wii may be something in the Western world to laugh at and may be the latest that has a humorous connotation to Westerners — in this case “wee.” However Nintendo Officials like to state that, it was not their intention.
“Wii comes from the English word ‘we’ in hopes that many people will enjoy playing it together, rather than just one” person playing alone.”
Said Yuka Tanegashima, a Nintendo Japan spokeswoman. She then went on to say.
“Each ‘i’ in Wii represents a person and the two ‘i’s express the way people gather to play the game. The “i”s are similar in appearance to the console’s unique and slim controller, whose motion sensors allow it to be used as a racket when playing tennis or any other tool needed for a game.”
It is known that this is not the first time that a Japanese product has had a humourous effect in the Western Market and we can be sure it will not be the last.