Code names and titles for consoles/devices?

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Xbox One was code named Durango. PS4 was code named Orbis
360 was Xenon, Vita was NGP (Next Generation Portable)
GC was Dolphin
Wii was Revolution
Wii U = Project Café
??? = NX
3DS = Citra (i think)
Dreamcast was known as Katana but im not sure why. code names are weird.

So far there is been few instances where new consoles or devices have code name for things. Before nintendo 64 was the name, Killer instinct the arcade game or even commercial used to call it "ULTRA SIXTY-FOURRRRRR" Before Gamecube was... well game cube, it went by dolphin. Beforw wii was wii, it was revolution. Xbox was before "Direct X-Box" Sega genesis or megadrive, 32X, Saturn, dream cast. Etc.

Even android does it, naming their Firmware system os versions after desserts. Ginger bread, Lolipop, Marshmellow, Ice cream sandwich, Kit kat, Jellybean, Fro-yo. Either way, weather or not they are codenames Is is curious to me why the names are even chosen. Excluding the decision to use a code name, why the name they choose also confuses me to some degree.

Dolphin has nothing to do with Game cube, or video games, unless they were making one... But then sega would be appropriate, they have ecco the dolphin. Direct xbox is obviously based of direct x software for windows PC. Ultra 64, well no clue. Ultra means powerful, so it was basically a blast processing kind of thing i guess. Speaking of blast processing, Why is the megadrive known as genesis in USA regions? Was it based on genesis like in the bible of religion? Megadrive i think is a reference to the processing power used. Probably explains the quote in alien solider game. Megadriver souned like a appropriate maybe for a PC but is not so bad for console. :P

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Sega saturn, is obviously based on the planet in our solar system, then the dreamcast... I dunno where they went with this? Was it a dream to have? At the time, they advertised so much stuff the system can do perhaps it was every gamers dream to have. The 32X was a add on for genesis like sega cd. But they could been more creative with the name, before nintendo started using 64 for the console and the games for the console, the turbo graphics 16 by hudson was doing it first, then sega's 32X then nintendo 64. least it stopped. Then the stuff like Gameboy? Perhaps it was based off game and watch but game "BOY" All the way until the nintendo ds just ended it. Perhaps Game pal or something. Oh well i guess.

There is more i didn't get to like Game.com Nokia N-Gage, some other smaller devices. But i don't want to say to much so people will avoid reading it. I just wonder what others think. Playstation has always been common until the PSvita, whatever vita means i guess. What is your opinion on code names or titles for game consoles, or devices that have them?
 
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So is anyone gonna actually post something that is discussing this topic or just point out facts?:mellow:
Dreamcast was known as Katana but i'm not sure why. codenames are weird. I suppose codenames are made to represent its first incarnation or concept. Katana could mean cutting edge and it was at the time. Saturn could stand for the disc drive but at any rate codenames aren't meant to be taken literally they mostly stand for something. Why would Gamecube be called dolphin? lets think of what the gamecube was supposed to be or what nintendo had in mind. Gamecube was also planned to be 3D capable but was cut in dev.
 
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The playstation vr headset was codenamed morphus and the 4k ps4.5 is code named ps4 neo. A relation to the main charters of the matrix.

I have a hunch dolphin was based off the 64 launch title wave race 64 and there is a chip inside the gc with the picture of a dolphin on it
 

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3DS = Citra (i think)
It's not (however the opposite is true: the emulator and many homebrew libraries got the name from the 3DS's)

The codename of the 3DS (as seen in the sdk) is "project horizon"
C stands for Chiheisen = "horizon" in Japanese
TR nobody really knows, but a friend jokingly suggested "three"

DSi = TWL (Twilight)
N64 = NUS (Nintendo Ultra Sixty-foooooour)
Famicom = HVC (Home Video Computer)
Super Famicom = SFC (literally)
 
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NTR = Nitro System (Nintendo DS)
I think several development kits, the Debug ROM, and the file names (NSBMD etc.) refer to 'Nitro System' not 'Nitro'.

What was the SNES's code name?
 
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No one really knows. Rumor is that it was a trademark issue, but there could have been a marketing reason behind the name.
Most everything then was a marketing reason. But Genesis? "A new beginning" ? After the master system, megadrive was th proper follow up in my opinion, but genesis? Sorry i'm gonna laugh now. At sega, not you. :rofl2:
 

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