Nintendo yesterday announced that its next-generation console, developed under the codename ‘Revolution,’ will officially be called ‘Wii,’ and today there’s already an animated Internet short making fun of it. The 30-second machinima toon was produced by New York based animation studio ILL Clan Inc. and is an unscheduled episode of the group’s bi-weekly gaming news and talk-show, TrashTalk.
ILL Clan’s animated “Gaming News Alert” features characters ILL Will and Mal Content in a fast-paced “Who’s on first”-style send-up of the console’s name. ‘This was too good to pass up,” says ILL Clan co-founder Matt Dominianni, who directed the short. “We saw the gaming community talking a lot about this today, and our technique allowed us to create an animated response almost immediately.”
Part of an ever-growing community of machinima artists, The ILL Clan uses video game engines to create their animation. The studio’s work has been featured on MTV2, SpikeTV and as part of an ad campaign for the Audi A3. To watch the Wii spoof, go to http://trashtalk.illclan.com/trashTalkAlert01.php. The ILL Clan homepage is located at www.illclan.com and more information on machinima is available at www.machinima.org.