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Nintendo takes the piss with console name change

April 28th, 2006 · No Comments

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In what can only be a fit of insanity, Nintendo has rechristened its next games console Wii (pronounced “wee”). Just the mention of it is now likely to send English-speaking kids into fits of giggles (“Mommy, pleeeeeeeeeeease let me have a wee!”) and will do nothing to convince adults that the system is a serious rival for the Xbox360 or PS3. Beneath the hood, NEC has been confirmed as a key supplier of LSIs, which it will make at its 300-mm wafer fab in Yamagata Prefecture, Japan. Capacity is said to be 11,000 wafers a month. The exact nature of the NEC LSI is confidential. IBM has been tapped as the CPU supplier with graphics courtesy of ATI Technologies. Previously, NEC produced a graphics LSI for Nintendo’s Game Cube.

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