Uncovering tech's most peculiar product codenames

Tech companies go to painstaking lengths to keep new products confidential, which is why many of them assign "secret" product codenames. Here's an insider's look at some of the most unusual codenames, with themes ranging from felines to fairytales.

By Kristin Burnham, CIO |  Software, Apple, Facebook

Nintendo's 'Revolution'

Nintendo originally chose the name "Revolution" to represent its new gaming console that the world would later know as the Wii. But because "revolution" is long and hard to pronounce in some cultures, Nintendo then sought something that was more to the point, easy to pronounce and distinctive, ultimately going with "Wii."

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