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Nintendo Explains the "i" in DSi

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Nintendo was recently quizzed on the reasoning behind the "i" in their latest portable, the DSi.

The inclusion of an "i" in a hardware product would instantly conjure up an association with Apple, iPod and iPhones, but Nintendo has different ideas for the use of I.

The "i" is symbolic of the subject "I" and its personal aspect. Plus, the addition of two cameras gives the system its own "eye" on things. Nintendo hope that the Nintendo DSi becomes more than a game system and more of a personal tool to enrich our daily lives.

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Do you like the DSi title? Should Nintendo have gone down a different route? What would you name the latest DS revision?

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Don't you just love PR bullshit.

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First "We" now "I/eye" whatever.

ALWAYS ABOUT THE PEOPLE NINTENDO, WHAT ABOUT THE GAMERS. Smilie

Dreamcast is the best console name ever I'm afraid.

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No, they stole the 'iPod' thang. No amount of PR bullshite can cover that up. God bless Nintendo.

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So what does the 'i' in iPod stand for? Smilie

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Well, to be fair, it isn't iDS, its DSi, which is at least more of an effort than some other companies make...e.g. iPlayer etc.

I don't understand why they expect you to pronounce the 'i' as a separate letter when they put it lowercase ... as if you don't already pronounce the 'D' and the 'S' individually.

If anything, it should be pronounced Dee-Seye, not Dee-Ess-Eye...

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JonnieRy said:
I don't understand why they expect you to pronounce the 'i' as a separate letter when they put it lowercase ... as if you don't already pronounce the 'D' and the 'S' individually.

If anything, it should be pronounced Dee-Seye, not Dee-Ess-Eye...

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yes becasue we all play out pussthree on our lucedetuvs ready for the hud that we bought at humvs

Awww I thought they would have said i for imagine.

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Nintendo hope that the Nintendo DSi becomes more than a game system and more of a personal tool to enrich our daily lives.

lolpsp.

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I think its just easier for Microsoft Sam to read like Nintendo... Wee Eye Eye, lolz Smilie

( Edited 22.02.2009 16:49 by Irfy )

hahah, do they think we are stupid!

I seriously want to know what's up with the technology industry and the letter "i" in lowercase.

SuperLink said:
First \"We\" now \"I/eye\" whatever.

ALWAYS ABOUT THE PEOPLE NINTENDO, WHAT ABOUT THE GAMERS. Smilie

Dreamcast is the best console name ever I\'m afraid.


Dolphin would have been an even better name than Dreamcast. Smilie

( Edited 22.02.2009 19:02 by The cheese. )

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Its arguable which console has the best name. But it isn't arguable which has the worst. Smilie

But yeah, if the iPod did not exist, the DSi would not exist as a name. Simple as. It's a ripoff.

Its funny because people were calling the DSlite the iDS. Don't think anyone anticipated Nintendo would actually do it. Smilie

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I was always under the impression it was just refrencing the cameras.


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Could they not have just said it stands for "DS improved"? fucking PR shiiiiiiiite.

Also:

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Hmm I do this same thing in graphics coursework. Slightly copy something that looks good in other products and then fire off some BS about how it has all sorts of deep meanings and took me ages to come up with.

Add me on anything. I'm always looking for new friends/opponents/town visitors/chances to appear more popular than I actually am.

I can understand XBOX... riiite... coz it was a HUGE BOX with an Green X... \"XBOX\" ... but the XBOX 360... it\'s not a sphere so it isn\'t 360.. and it doesn\'t have an blimmin huge great green big X on it?!?! SmilieSmilieSmilieSmilie

( Edited 22.02.2009 23:17 by Zapp )

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So, all those people dissing the name above?
What would -you- call it?
DSeye?
I really dont think you can claim the name has much to do with the ipod, frankly, especialy with a Nintendo system already called Wii.

The fact that i is lower case might, however, be strongly influenced.

( Edited 22.02.2009 23:21 by Darkflame )

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Darkflame said:
I really dont think you can claim the name has much to do with the ipod, frankly, especialy with a Nintendo system already called Wii.

The fact that i is lower case might, however, be strongly influenced.


In a world without Apple's iProduct, I actually don't see the Wii ever having that name I'm afraid. The lower case i is now synonymous with the age of new media, and it's all thanks to Apple, Nintendo are just jumping on the bandwagon.

OK it may not be a blatent rip off in the slightest, but Nintendo are undoubtedly cashing in on that techy trendy audience.

What would I have called it? I'm no director or marketing, but I like the sound of DSC or DSM .

On a slightly unrelated note, what was it with "SP" back in the GBA days? It was so random, but it popped up in a few games too. xD

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I think they said SP stood for "Special". Not too sure about that though.

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I thought it would be "Interactive" ?

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HazukiSan said:
Don't you just love PR bullshit.

I don't know, for making that up on the spot, it was pretty good. Smilie


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I think people are too quick to assume things when it comes to the "i". Sure Apple popularized it with its behemoth known as iPod. Does that mean Nintendo wants to cash in on that? I'd go with "no" seeing as how every console name has been Nintendos' own, and not a copy of anything else. Go back a few years to when the term "walkman" was in, and even then Nintendo didn't go with "Game Man".

Whatever meaning Nintendo has with their product names is their own way of trying to be innovative in every aspect. The name "Wii" signifies the concept of "we" as in bringing together gamers to play, and also goes with "ii" instead of an "e" to represent two gamers playing.

The "i" on DSi can't even be compared to what Apple has done for a few reasons. First off, as mentioned in a different post, it's not called "iDS", and it's also not spelled "DSi". DSi is just how we spell it for simplicities sake, but if you take a good look at the placement, the "i" is where the ™ would be on a product name. On top of that, the "i" is in-cased in a black circle- resembling the very cameras that are in the DSi.

The final reason is this: Go to the roundtable discussion on how the DSi came to be, and you will see that they clearly wanted to give the DS "eyes", which is also an indicator that Nintendo is simply using the letter "i" to promote the biggest new feature to the DS, its "eyes"- in other words its new cameras.

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