Has anyone ever noticed how the design of the Wii sort of resembles that of the NES?
It's this really subtle thing that people tend to overlook, but I think it's a neat little throwback. There's no way it was unintentional.
I don't have a NES and I haven't seen a NES before (I have used a Wii before though.), but it's generally a good idea to build upon the design of a previously successful product (You can easily see this here with the evolution of Apple products - the various forms of iMacs throughout the years, PowerBook to MacBook Pro, different forms of iPods, ...).