Totally agree with you on Xbox One, though. I wanted the next Xbox console to either be called Xbox 720 or Nexbox or something like that. One? Now I have to call Microsoft's fist console, which I always called the Xbox 1, the original Xbox. Sheesh.
(oh and..prepare to yell at me....I never liked the name Mega Drive. I always preferred Genesis. Mega Drive sounds silly.)
I remember the first time I heard the new Sega console was going to be called the Dreamcast, and my heart sank. I hated that name. Over the years obviously it has grown on me, but it's still lame.
Wanna swing my Wii around? It'll make sounds and vibrate!
Thanks for the neat articles, Mr. Critic.
Funny thing about the Sega Genesis - remembering in the 80s it was the name of a hit pop rock band (just say the word, Su-su-sudio), and also a major plot point of the best Star Trek movie, Wrath of Khan " as supertech stuff. Quotes include "According to myth, the Earth was created in six days. Now, watch out! Here comes Genesis! We'll do it for you in six minutes!" "Khan... Khan, you've got Genesis, but you don't have me". So 'Genesis' was in the American eye, but I think they really wanted the "Mega Drive" name in the US too but couldn't legally get it.
I think 2600 is truly iconic, but not a good name - its just a part number. Video Computer System was a good name to distinguish it from the Pong games it originally was on the shelves with. Odyssey is a good name, but not Odyssey Squared, or Odyssey Two, especially on the heels of Odyssey, Odyssey 100, 200, 300, 4000 and 5000. Sheesh. I think the NES was a good name - trying to brand it as not a video game, but an 'entertainment system' for the Atari-shocked masses of America. Speaking of which, what do you think of "Famicom" for Family Computer?
For Dreamcast, in the 90s weren't 'Dreamcatchers' a big thing...maybe a connection. For the Master System, its better than SG-1000 (Sega Game 1000?). Odd in that its also called a Power Base, isn't it? Would you have preferred the Sega Power Base? The N64, a pretty dull name, was "Project Reality"...that is a cool development name.
For the Saturn, that was its development name, wasn't it? There was a Jupiter and abandoned Neptune project, right? Do you think some consoles would have been better left named for the project instead of what the marketing department later came up with?