Wii Text Reflow... Freak Factor!

hrant's picture

I know I'm going to seem late to the party, but:

Have you guys seen the way the Nintendo Wii reflows text?! It's the freakiest thing I've seen in a long time. I searched Typophile for a while and found nothing. Maybe because there's nothing we can do about it... But it's still freaky enough to be interesting.


On the Wii you can read live news stories. Super. You can zoom the text in and out. Super. When you change the zoom level the words fly to their new positions - each word separately! Super freaky. Should I put up a video of it on Flickr, or has everybody already seen it?

And does this mean the Wii text renderer (who made it BTW?) makes a "sprite" out of each word and then moves them all around, resizing them along the way?! The thing is, why go to the trouble? I guess it just makes it more game-like. Wow.


hrant's picture

OK, I found a video of it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xiBfd9U0g_k
Start from around 35 seconds into it.


Tomi from Suomi's picture

Is that real?

If it is, it is pretty awesome.

Tomi from Suomi's picture

But also somewhat scary: you take bits of text and turn it int headline. With enough text your headline is pretty much what you want. Robert Murdoch will love that: War in Irak is totally against any humanitarian gain > humanitarian War in Irak.

blank's picture

I can’t decide if it’s beautiful or horrible. Little of both, I guess. Maybe I should power up my Wii for the first time in year…

Tomi from Suomi's picture

And after writing that I guess I'm no longer welcome to US. Or I will ge a cavity search. Heh.

nina's picture

Yelp! That is nuts. Looks like the designer was tripping or something.

Tomi, the headline stays the same, it just looks like more bits are added from the text. The motion paths are pretty funky – when the size is decreased, it looks like the bits that reflow to the first line come from wayyy below. Seems pretty confusing to me, but then I'm so not the target audience for this sort of thing.

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